Life and career
Born in Ashington, Sussex, England and graduated from Cambridge University in 1968, majoring in modern languages. Osborne was initially an accountant in his early career after becoming a chartered accountant in 1972. Osborne left Britain to work for Arthur Young, Clarkson Gordon in Toronto and later in Rio de Janeiro in 1976.
From 1981 to 1994 he was with Maclean Hunter becoming the head of the media company in 1986. Osborne left after Rogers Communications acquired Maclean Hunter. In 1995 Osborne went to BCE Inc as COO and then with Bell Canada as president and CEO. In 1997 he left the private sector to join Ontario Hydro and later as president and CEO of Ontario Power Generation after the breakup of Ontario Hydro.
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