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  • 02 Apr 2020 12:49 PM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

    Title: Manager of Economic Development & Tourism

    Department/Division: Office of the CAO/Economic Development & Tourism

    Reports To: Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

    Date Prepared/Revised: 2020

    Job Purpose

    To develop and deliver programs to support, increase and strengthen the business communities of Perth County. This role will work with business organizations on community and economic development projects that will promote Perth County tourism, public transportation, business development and stabilization. In addition the role leads Corporate communications for the County, both internal and external. The Manager, Economic Development develops and implements Economic Development policies, a multi-year strategic plan, a multi-year transportation plan and promotes the benefits of Perth County as a business location.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Develops annual and multi-year strategic business plan in alignment with the Corporate Strategic Plan, Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) and with specific goals and objectives in terms of economic development and action plan details.
    • Executes marketing strategies pertaining to business development, retention, expansion and investment attraction initiatives within the County of Perth
    • Establish meaningful contacts with all levels of government, the business community, educational institutions, and interest groups to develop economic initiatives and opportunities.
    • Designs, delivers and implements a cross-jurisdictional public transportation program. Maintains and monitors program based on key performance indicators.
    • Represent Perth County globally, by leading foreign direct investment portfolio. Meets with companies interested in establishing a presence in Canada. Able to assist in the negotiation of land sales and trade development.
    • Responds to business investment inquiries and prepares professional promotional materials to attract investors and business to locate or expand in Perth County.
    • Implements and maintains an effective local business retention and expansion program.
    Management and Leadership
    • On-going supervision of three staff: Tourism Officer, Economic Development and Communications Officer and Transportation Project Coordinator.
    • Acts on behalf of the County by chairing or representing County interests on several external Boards. Provides subject-matter expertise on behalf of the County to advocate to all levels of government (including MPs and MPPs) on economic development, tourism and regional issues that impact Perth County and the surrounding region.
    • Active member on the County’s Senior Management Team, provides support to peer group and all County staff.
    Technical Responsibilities
    • Prepares the Economic Development operating and capital budgets and co-ordinates grant programs including reporting, expenditures, compliance with program guidelines and adherence to budget.
    • Develop and maintain an accessible online presence to increase the visibility of the County including Perth County website, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networking sites. Ensures Economic Development information posted on the website is relevant and complies with the brand of the Corporation. Builds online information resources to attract and assist potential investors and businesses.
    • Establishes and maintains external strategic relationships with the real estate community business leaders, developers, financial institutions and investors
    • Conducts research to gather information and identify resources available to assist local businesses or for entrepreneurs and new businesses. Also investigates export opportunities or diversification and expansion opportunities available through government or corporate assistance programs.
    • Establishes and maintains effective liaison and business development communications. Leads and facilitates economic development projects to generate business and community development.
    • Promotes Regional economic development initiatives through increased online presence and serves as ambassador for the County, utilizing various opportunities to promote the County.
    • Responds to all business investment inquiries and prepares professional, promotional materials to attract investors and businesses to locate or expand in Perth County. Pursues external economic development funding opportunities from senior levels of government and other sources. Ensures high degree of accuracy in all funding grants, representing not just the County, member municipalities, partner organizations and local businesses.
    • Manage funding application reporting to federal and provincial ministries ensuring all required documentation, financial information and project status updates are submitted correctly and on scheduled timeline.
    • Technical support management of Opportunity Lives Here regional job board portal.
    • Lead the development and implementation of County Economic Development and Communications Programs and initiatives.
    • Draft Policies impacting Economic Development, Tourism, Transportation and Communications.
    • Liaises with County officials, businesses, potential investors, community organizations including the Chambers of Commerce, Business Associations and Community Futures Development Corporation to encourage a collaborative approach in supporting economic development initiatives. Maintains business directory and contact management system to ensure effective outreach to local businesses and organizations.
    • Provides leadership support to lower-tier municipalities to deliver their economic development priorities. This includes providing technical assistance, advice, research, and supporting the sale or acquisition of property.
    • Collects, maintains and analyzes statistical data from primary and secondary data sources, including Census, Employment data, website traffic reports, and municipal land prices; to ensure an ongoing understanding of market, economic, housing and labour trends that could impact the County, and develops responses to critical issues and to maintain a directory of businesses in the County. Uses this information to support task forces and committees, including the Affordable Housing Taskforce.
    • Maintains expertise by attending appropriate courses, seminars and conferences and by undertaking selected reading.
    • Leaders and Supervisors are responsible under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of workers. This includes ensuring the Occupational Health and Safety Act and County of Perth policies and procedures are adhered to. Leaders and Supervisors are accountable for providing job specific training including awareness of job hazards and instructions on methods of control and for monitoring workers for compliance.

    Read the full job description here.

    The online posting is available at:

  • 12 Mar 2020 3:50 PM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

    Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

    Ontario Public Service

    Growing Ontario’s agri-food sector and supporting rural communities, helping to create a stronger economy for the province.

    The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) helps to build a stronger agri-food sector by providing expert advice to farmers and commodity groups, investing in the development and transfer of innovative technologies, retaining and attracting investment in food processing and agri-businesses, developing global markets, providing regulatory oversight, assuring food safety and providing effective risk management tools. The ministry also helps enable rural Ontario to build strong, vital communities with diversified economies and healthy social and environmental climates.

    Leading the ministry, the Deputy Minister is in a unique position to positively impact the economic health of the province and the lives of Ontarians. If that prospect appeals to you, consider applying to this senior executive leadership opportunity.

    What can I expect in this role?

    As the Deputy Minister of OMAFRA, you will report to the Secretary of the Cabinet (SoC), Head of the Ontario Public Service. You will be a trusted advisor to the SoC and enable informed policy and program decisions and delivery on government priorities throughobjective, strategic advice to the government. You will be a strategic partner to all Ministries in the OPS.

    As a senior executive, you will join a leadership team responsible for building a skilled, ethical, inclusive and diverse public service. In this critical leadership role, you will provide executive leadership to the team that is responsible for:

    • Fostering economic development of Ontario’s agri-food sector and the province’s rural and northern communities and cultivating growth by ensuring decision makers and the sector have access to the best information and services related to current and emerging issues and solutions. 
    • Promoting Ontario as a premier location to invest, innovate, and compete domestically and internationally and identifying opportunities to support innovation, exports and productivity while providing a “rural lens” for government decision-making.
    • Ensuring protection and assurance in the agri-food system, including accountability for food safety and the health of farmed animals and plants; performing regulatory and compliance functions to ensure food quality and support consumers in making informed choices; and contributing to the public dialogue around standards of production and animal welfare.
    • Providing stewardship of Ontario’s capacity to produce food and bio-agricultural products, including accountability for soil quality and a shared accountability with other ministries for agricultural land availability, water quality and quantity, and biodiversity.
    • Supporting the sustainability of agri-food business through a business climate conducive to profitable businesses and continued human capability and motivation to produce food.
    • Building and maintaining strong stakeholder relations.
    • Ensuring full integration and collaboration with the entire OPS, especially Ministries whose responsibilities impact directly on the sector and rural Ontario.
    • Enhancing ministry operations and effectiveness while maintaining a geographic presence in centres across the province and building stronger local and community relationships and understanding of rural needs and opportunities.  

    How do I qualify?

    Inspirational and Inclusive Leader

    • You are an inspirational and inclusive leader with a distinguished record of accomplishment in a related sector and have demonstrated experience in coaching and developing leaders.
    • You’re a proven resilient change leader versed in organizational transformation with the demonstrated ability to deliver results in a complex and constantly changing environment. You are able to adapt to shifting priorities and changing needs while balancing between delivery and people leadership.
    • You have exceptional executive experience creating a culture that builds commitment to excellence and leading senior executive teams to take accountability for results in a complex customer facing organizational environment.
    • You have successfully fostered organizational cultures that are diverse, inclusive and accessible.

    Strategic Policy, Planning and Decision Making

    • You have exceptional executive experience with policy development, strategic planning, financial and resource management utilizing a solutions-oriented approach.
    • You have led operations in new directions with awareness and management of risk.
    • You can anticipate new directions, issues and trends and provide advice to establish organizational policies, programs and priorities to meet the expectations of various stakeholders.
    • You have a solid understanding of OMAFRA issues, challenges and opportunities to help guide the creation and implementation of leading edge strategies, policies and programs.  

    Relationship Management and Communication

    • You are a sophisticated communicator with the ability to effectively engage in complex, multiple stakeholder negotiations and influence peers, stakeholders and decision-makers.
    • You have superior communication skills and can effectively lead by example, gaining consensus and motivating people to action.
    • You have proven ability to foster collaborative relationships with partners across sectors and jurisdictions including the federal government, municipalities, private sector businesses and representative industry groups
    • You have highly developed relationship building skills to develop and sustain effective partnerships with sector stakeholders, government officials and communities across the province including Indigenous communities and the private sector.
    • You act with integrity and are self-aware of your impact on people and organizations.

    Security Clearance Requirement

    • If you are the successful candidate, you must successfully complete an Ontario Provincial Police security screening check.

    How to apply

    To be considered for this position, kindly submit a cover letter and resume in confidence to with the following in the subject line: Application for OMAFRA-2020.

    The deadline to apply is March 31, 2020 midnight.

    If you would like further information about this key leadership role, please contact Kumho Kim at  

    • The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer and is committed to diversifying its senior leaders
    • If you require communication in another format and/or accommodation to apply, please contact the Executive Programs and Services Branch at

    Note: Most ministry employees are located in Guelph and frequent travel between Guelph and Toronto is required.

  • 18 Feb 2020 12:53 PM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

    Job ID: 4361

    Job Category: Economic Development, Arts & Culture

    Division & Section: Economic Development & Culture, EDC Business Growth Services

    Work Location: City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

    Job Type & Duration: Full-Time, Temporary (12 months)

    Salary: $95,596.80 - $112,320.00. Please note: The salary reflects 2019 rates

    Hours & Shift Information: Monday to Friday, 35 Hours per Week

    Affiliation: Non-Union

    Number of Positions Open: 1 

    Posting Period: 12-FEB-2020 to 27-FEB-2020

    Toronto is home to more than 2.9 million people whose diversity and experiences make this great city Canada’s leading economic engine and one of the world’s most diverse and livable cities. As the fourth largest city in North America, Toronto is a global leader in technology, finance, film, music, culture, and innovation, and consistently places at the top of international rankings due to investments championed by its government, residents and businesses.

    The Role 

    With a vision to make Toronto a place where business and culture thrive, our Economic Development and Culture (EDC) Division works to advance Toronto’s prosperity, opportunity and liveability by fostering employment and investment opportunities, encouraging cultural vibrancy through enhanced cultural experiences, and engaging partners in planning and developing the City’s economic and cultural resources. If you are passionate about cultivating relationships and partnerships, and are committed to meaningful engagement with the Indigenous community, then consider this mandate as an excellent career opportunity!

    EDC is seeking a strong leader who, as part of the Business Growth Services unit, and working very closely with the Indigenous Affairs Office, will contribute to achieving divisional objectives, particularly regarding Entrepreneurship Services. As a Project Manager, you will also work closely with First Nations, Métis and Inuit stakeholders, to strengthen the City's relationship with Indigenous communities and advance reconciliation in the City of Toronto.

    In particular, you will work in an environment where your project management and leadership skills will drive your ability to advance and help shape the direction of the Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICIE). Designed to give the Indigenous community an opportunity to explore their entrepreneurial aspirations, the ICIE provides space, business programming, advisory services, mentorship supports, shared workspace, community event space and connections to business networks.

    Assuming accountability while adapting effectively to change

    A results-oriented conceptual thinker, you’re prepared to develop, review and implement plans related to the ICIE, and capably manage assigned projects, as well as oversee multidisciplinary teams in the delivery of high-quality project management services on EDC projects and events. We will also rely on you to recommend strategies to resolve emerging issues by using your expertise and knowledge to determine the best solutions and course of action, communicate any potential situations of media attention, and keep the Director/Manager apprised of any issues impacting the service delivery of the project and the potential impact on ECD operations.

    Building productive relationships in a politically complex environment

    Well recognized for your political acumen, you’ll cultivate effective relationships and partnerships enabling you to work collaboratively with the Indigenous community, the Aboriginal Affairs Committee, City Council, corporate representatives, media partners, local businesses, politicians from all three levels of government, and internal senior-level management. Your ability to see the bigger picture will also be evident as you undertake the planning, research, progress and completion of assigned projects, investigate policy and program options, and take into account developments within the field, corporate policies and practices, legislation and initiatives by other levels of government.

    Coaching, developing and engaging a customer-focused team

    A skilled manager, you’ll conduct and/or coordinate appropriate staff training and related communication with respect to events/projects policies and procedures, with a view to ensuring that the quality of work and service meets corporate and divisional standards, and that employees are well equipped to perform their duties in compliance with all applicable legislative regulations. You will also develop, coordinate and approve effective communications for all levels of staff in the Division to ensure that the strategic plan is widely understood and paramount in all strategic and day-to-day decision-making.

    Driving continuous improvement and innovation while managing financial resources

    This leadership role encompasses the usual managerial accountabilities, as you’ll be supervising, motivating and training assigned staff, ensuring effective teamwork, high standards of work quality and organizational performance, and promoting continuous learning and innovation. You will also develop and administer project budgets, control and maintain expenditures within approved limits, as well as ensure that contractual obligations with donors and sponsors are met, along with City objectives.

    Key Qualifications

    Among the strengths you bring to the role of Project Manager, your application will be screened against the following qualifications:

    1. Post-secondary education in Economic Development, Business or Public Administration, or an equivalent combination of education and/or relevant experience.
    2. Extensive project management experience leading end-to-end complex and multi-faceted diverse projects requiring innovative solutions.
    3. Considerable experience in establishing and maintaining partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, including community-based organizations, civic institutions and the public.
    4. Considerable experience in managing, leading and motivating a team of professionals, while supporting divisional objectives.

    You will be assessed on the above-noted qualifications as well as on your:

    • Political acumen, judgment and insight, including the ability to negotiate and achieve consensus among parties having different objectives.
    • Proven ability to be flexible and thrive in a high-stress creative environment with frequent and competing deadlines, multiple tasks and high performance expectations, and set and exceed goals.
    • Well-developed interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate and work effectively with staff at all levels of the organization, including senior management, elected officials and external stakeholders.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to analyze and prepare reports and deliver effective presentations to effectively brief senior officials.
    • Highly developed strategic, organizational, analytical and conceptual thinking skills, with the capacity to understand complex operating issues, and performance measures, and the ability to respond to emerging issues.

    Committed to supporting Toronto Public Service values, you’ll lead by example in managing and growing a culture that champions equity, diversity and respectful workplaces, supports service excellence and promotes the best interests of the City of Toronto. You can also foster an organizational culture that emphasizes innovation, collaboration, learning, transparency, accountability and trust while promoting a strong code of ethics and integrity to support public service excellence.


    Given the scope and focus of this role, lived experience as an Indigenous person will be considered an asset, as will knowledge of the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, including the legal, social and economic issues affecting Indigenous communities, coupled with a demonstrated commitment to reconciliation.

    For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at, on LinkedIn at or on Facebook at

    Salary Range: $95,596.80 - $112,320.00 per year (salary reflects 2019 rates)

    How to Apply:

    For more information on this and other opportunities with the City of Toronto, visit us online at To apply online, submit your resume, quoting Job ID 4361, by February 27, 2020.

    Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

    The City is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to creating a workplace culture of inclusiveness that reflects the diverse residents that we serve. Learn more about the City’s commitment to employment equity.


    The City of Toronto is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive organization. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

    Should you require Code-protected accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs. Disability-related accommodation during the application process is available upon request. Learn more about the City’s Hiring Policies and Accommodation Process 

  • 06 Feb 2020 11:04 AM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

    Job Title: Economic Development Officer

    Employment Status: Permanent Full-Time

    Reference Code: 679

    Closing Date: February 19, 2020

    Location: Midhurst, Ontario

    Position Summary

    Under the direction of the Manager of Economic Development, this position is responsible for facilitating, promoting and ensuring community and economic development in order to secure opportunities and facilitate processes for economic and business development and sustainability, and to increase business growth.

    Position Requirements

    1. Requires a university degree in Planning, Business Administration, Urban Development, Political Science, Economics, or a related discipline.
    2. An Economic Development certification through a 2 year post graduate course and attainment of Economic Development designation is an asset.
    3. Requires at least three (3) years’ experience in a related environment.
    4. Previous experience in a municipal environment will be considered an asset.
    5. Requires knowledge of community economic development theories and practices as well as knowledge of local and regional economic development potential and opportunities.
    6. Requires an understanding of municipal planning processes, working knowledge of the Ontario Municipal Act, Planning Act and Regulations.
    7. Requires an understanding of municipal affairs, business principles and market analysis and a good knowledge of marketing and business promotion. Knowledge of real estate as well as geographic and socio-economic characteristics of Simcoe County is a benefit.
    8. Must have an excellent understanding of municipal government process as well as the ability to interpret policies, regulations and legislation.
    9. Demonstrated “Customer First” service treatment of customers, partners and colleagues.
    10. Demonstrated flexible and positive approach and initiative in completing assignments.
    11. Proven ability to foster a cooperative work environment with multiple, cross-functional stakeholders.
    12. Strong interpersonal, time management, presentation, multi-tasking, and communications skills (both written and oral).
    13. Computer proficiency in MS Office software applications.
    14. Class G Driver’s License in good standing and reliable vehicle to use on corporate business.
    15. Graphic design, Word processing, spreadsheet and database computer skills required as well as map reading software is an asset.


    $71,859.00 - $86,228.00 per annum

    To Apply

    View the job description and submit your application online at

    The County of Simcoe thanks all applicants for their interest in this opportunity, but please note that only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

    Personal information provided is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act (2001) and will be used to determine eligibility for employment. The Corporation of the County of Simcoe is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and will provide employment accommodation upon request.

  • 31 Jan 2020 12:43 PM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)


    Office of the Chief Administrative Officer Economic Development Division Requires a 10 Month Temporary Economic Development Officer

    Under the supervision of the Director of Economic Development, the Economic Development Officer leads the implementation of economic development strategies that support local economic growth.  The Officer supports partnerships to facilitate business investment, retention and attraction in Wellington County. Departmental initiatives include Ride Well rural transportation, talent attraction, attainable housing, the Community Improvement Programme, business enquires, business retention and expansion activities and the Taste Real Local Food programme. The Officer enjoys the variety involved in economic development, feels confident coordinating projects and working with a range of stakeholders.

    The minimum qualifications for this position include:

    • Three year college diploma in economic development, business administration or related field.
    • Minimum four years of experience or equivalent, preferably in economic/tourism/business development.
    • Familiarity the rural municipal landscape and understanding of municipal economic development issues.
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
    • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook), email and internet.
    • A valid driver’s licence (minimum G2 Class) and access to a reliable vehicle.

    This position offers a benefit package and an hourly range of: $32.85 to $38.43 (2020 Non Union Compensation Grid).

    Visit our website at:

    Applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume, clearly marked Posting #014-20 by Friday, February 7 at 4:00 pm.

    ATTENTION:  HR DEPARTMENT, County of Wellington Administration Centre, 74 Woolwich Street, Guelph ON N1H 3T9.  E: or F: 519.837.8882. Please respond by one method of application only. No phone calls please. Personal information in relation to the recruitment and hiring process is collected under the authority outlined in the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

    The County is an equal opportunity employer. Accommodation for disabilities is available for all parts of the recruitment process. Applicants must make their needs known in advance.

  • 31 Jan 2020 9:59 AM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

    Reporting to the Director, Economic Development, the Strategic Marketing Manager is responsible for developing the strategic marketing plan, sourcing resources required to implement the plan, and monitoring and reporting on key performance indicators that are aligned with both long-range economic development plans and the Corporate Communications strategy.  This role focuses on promoting Niagara as a location for both business and resident attraction.

    Education & Knowledge

    • Post-secondary degree in Marketing, Public Relations, Business Administration or equivalent related field of study. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
    • Master's degree level in Marketing, Public Relations or Business Administration, or equivalent related field of study is preferred.
    • Minimum of 8 years of progressive experience in a senior marketing position working with traditional and emerging marketing channels.


    • Develops marketing strategies and annual marketing plans to support overall economic development goals and objectives.
    • Supports team partners with marketing of their various initiatives including investment attraction, business retention and community outreach, along with any other initiatives delivered via the Director, Economic Development
    • Initiates and champions special projects for strategic marketing development, based on current environment, often in partnership with external organizations.

    To view the full job description and requirements, visit our Careers page. Job Opening # 25342

    Uncover the wonder of the Niagara Region and join a team dedicated to meeting tomorrow’s challenges…!  

    Let us know why you would be an excellent team member by submitting your online application no later than February 27, 2020 before midnight by visiting our ‘Careers’ page at We thank all candidates for their interest however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

    Great Careers & Healthy Lifestyles

    Located between lakes Erie and Ontario, the Niagara region consists of some of Canada’s most fertile agricultural land, the majestic Niagara Falls and a dozen communities that are rich in both history and recreational opportunities.

    With over 3,000 employees, Niagara Region is responsible for such diverse areas as land use planning, transportation, water and wastewater treatment, waste collection and management, emergency medical services, public health, children’s services,  and seniors’ programs to name a few. Niagara Region offers great career opportunities in municipal service and our competitive salaries, attractive benefits, and wealth of programs will support your personal wellness and professional growth.

    We value Choice, Honesty, Respect, Partnerships, and Service. If you share the same passion, we want to hear from you.
  • 30 Jan 2020 10:15 AM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

    Guelph Overview

    The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with a population of over 131,000, located in the centre of the Innovation Corridor. Set in a picturesque natural setting, the City of Guelph has a progressive approach to creating a sustainable, creative and smart local economy that is connected to regional and global markets and supports shared prosperity for everyone. Guelph’s culture and heritage, growing economy, thriving downtown and excellent quality of life makes it a great place to live, work and play.

    Because of its collaborative environment, higher standard of living, and lower than average crime rate, Guelph is consistently ranked as one of Canada's best places to live. Guelph continues to maintain one of the best labour markets with its employment and participation rates being among the highest in the country. In February 2019, it had the highest employment rate in the country, at 69 percent, compared to the national rate of 61.8 percent.

    Guelph is home to the University of Guelph as well as Conestoga College and provides access to more than 16 post-secondary institutes within an hour’s drive.

    Over the past decade, revitalization of the Downtown has been a resounding success. The community’s efforts have renewed the places and spaces in the downtown core, attracted new businesses and residents, and supported innovative projects. The result has been an energetic, vibrant urban neighbourhood with unique shops and restaurants, award-winning community spaces, and numerous events that offer something for everyone.

    The City also owns and operates the Guelph Junction Railway. The Guelph Junction Railway consists of 38.6 kilometers of track running from Campbellville, Ontario to Guelph’s northwest industrial park. The railway connects to the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Canadian National Railway and provides a transportation alternative for businesses.

    In recent years, Guelph has attracted national, and international attention for a number of Initiatives, including: Smart Cities, Community Plan, Grow Guelph Business Retention & Expansion Program and the Downtown renewal, among others.

    Earlier this year, Guelph-Wellington was awarded $10 million from Infrastructure Canada to implement their Smart Cities vision: Our Food Future, Canada’s first circular food economy that has ultimately led to the introduction of a dedicated Smart Cities office to carry out the goals that were set. The goals include a 50 per cent increase in access to affordable, nutritious food; 50 new circular food business and collaboration opportunities; and 50 per cent increase in economic revenues by reducing or transforming food waste.

    Over the course of more than a year, City staff consulted the people who live, work, study and visit Guelph to develop a collective vision: what they care about, where priorities lie, and what they want Guelph to look like over the next 10 to 20 years to help inform the Community Plan. This Plan was shaped by the community, is owned by the community and will be implemented collaboratively by the community. The Community Plan will inform and inspire as Guelph moves forward. It will guide the work of local government and agencies that serve the community and provide a framework for monitoring progress.

    Building on the vision of the Community Plan, in 2019 the City of Guelph’s City Council and staff released the City’s New Strategic Plan for 2019-2023. This strategic plan looks at how the City can achieve aspects of the Community Plan that fall within our areas of responsibility. The priorities of this plan aim to improve sustainability across many areas including:

    • Powering our future - an economy that empowers us
    • Sustaining our future - an environment that sustains us
    • Navigating our future - a transportation network that connects us
    • Working together for our future – a modern government that works with us
    • Building our future – a community that supports us

    The City’s Strategic Plan will inform the City’s new Economic Development Strategy and Implementation Plan, currently underway. This plan will be completed in the Spring of 2020 and it will be one of several tools that will help Guelph achieve its collective vision to be an inclusive, connected and prosperous city.

    Key Responsibilities

    Reporting to the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (DCAO) Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise (IDE), the GM, Business Development and Enterprise’s primary focus is on business

    development programs and services within the following areas:

    • Economic Development;
    • Downtown Renewal;
    • Business Retention and Expansion;
    • Guelph Junction Railway.

    These integrated divisions work to create a city that attracts and supports business investment, fosters collaboration and partnership among stakeholders, as well as leveraging local assets to create sustainable city and growth opportunities for the community.

    Having completed your university education, preferably a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Economics, Marketing or a related discipline, ideally, you will also have a professional designation in Economic Development, either through EDAC or International Economic Development Council. You will have extensive professional work experience (preferably at the municipal level) with experience at a Manager level. You possess a rare combination of political, consensus-based leadership and business development skills that will position you as a key liaison between Council, the Deputy CAO, Business Owners, the Real Estate Industry, Manufacturing Organizations, Institutional Stakeholders and other levels of Government externally, as required.

    We anticipate having a shortlist of candidates for interviews by mid-February 2020, with interviews being held in late February and early March.

    If you are interested in exploring this opportunity further, and to receive a comprehensive Position Profile, please contact Kartik Kumar, Partner at Legacy Executive Search Partners by email at

    The deadline for all applications is: February 17th, 2020

    For more information, visit:

  • 23 Jan 2020 10:12 AM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

    Position: Transit Project Coordinator

    Start Date: TBD

    Employment Status: Temporary Full Time, up to 36 months (3 years)

    Reporting To: Manager of Economic Development and Tourism 

    Union Affiliation: Non-union

    Posting Date: Friday, January 3, 2020

    Closing Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Position Summary: 

    The Transit Project Coordinator will coordinate activities related to the Intra-County Transportation Pilot project. This role will provide project management expertise to ensure effective and efficient completion of project milestones and performance management measures. The position will be responsible for coordinating between all project stakeholders who include all seven (7) member municipal partners, Ministry staff, service providers, vendors, and service users amongst others. The position will promote ridership through the development and delivery of information materials related to project progress and transportation route services.


    • Post-secondary education in business administration, public administration, communications or relevant experience
    • Project Management Professional or other certifications in process analysis and project management, digital media and communications training, or relevant experience
    • 3-5 years related work experience, including coordinating large projects involving numerous stakeholders and partners with the ability to multitask and prioritize in a deadline driven environment
    • Work experience in the public sector, especially related to transportation services, is an asset
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with a focus on customer service to develop and maintain effective stakeholder relationships
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills with high attention to detail and accuracy of information, including the ability to present complex information to a variety of audiences to support project outcomes and deliverables
    Hours of Work: 

    Full Time temporary (35 hours per week) for up to 36 months (3-years). Expected to be onsite when required (early mornings, evenings)

    Salary Range: 

    $37.96 to $44.41 per hour. Please note salary may be adjusted to reflect cost of living adjustment as appropriate.

    Those interested may submit their application online at by Thursday January 30, 2020 at 4:30 pm.

    We thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Personal information is collected under MFIPPA and is used to determine eligibility for potential employment. Perth County is an equal opportunity employer. Accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

  • 23 Jan 2020 8:50 AM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

    Business Development, Communications and Strategic Initiatives Department

    Director of Business Development, Communications and Strategic Initiatives



    With a population of 32,000, Orillia is a sustainable and creative city that leverages its core strengths: a lively and historic downtown, exciting growth, and vibrant waterfronts along two lakes.  Orillia is located one hour north of the GTA and offers affordable living alongside major employers like Lakehead University, Georgian College and the Ontario Provincial Police headquarters. Orillia offers an excellent quality of life with four-season recreation and cultural opportunities for every age including an impressive parks and trail system, festivals, galleries, music and live theatre. Located in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country, Orillia is a great place to live, work and explore.


    The City of Orillia has realigned functions across the organization and part of this process involved the creation of a new Department of Business Development, Communications and Strategic Initiatives. The Director of Business Development, Communications and Strategic Initiatives is a member of the City’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and reports to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).

    The Director is a results-oriented, progressive, innovative, and collaborative leader and is guided by the values of teamwork, respect and integrity.


    Business Development:

    As a strategic, innovative thinker with a sound knowledge of business development, who thrives in a results-oriented environment, you will develop and implement effective, measurable programs designed to attract business investment and promote economic growth. You will oversee the ongoing implementation and maintenance of an effective Business Retention and Expansion program as you actively network with current and potential commercial and industrial businesses, identifying retention and expansion opportunities, providing research and resources, and connecting contacts to relevant support programs and services offered by various levels of government and industry players. 


    Develop and implement a corporate communications strategy, identify issues and act as the expert resource for City staff and Council regarding the implementation of all communications requirements. Develop and implement the Tourism Strategy including branding and wayfinding, which includes implementing new methods to promote the City as a tourist destination in partnership with current area tourism partners.

    Strategic Initiatives/Innovation:  

    Encourage change management, create and champion innovative ideas, support and generate organization and community initiatives.  Monitor the implementation of the corporate strategic plan, related departmental objectives and actions, and alignment with key strategic priorities.


    Create accountability framework and monitor results to ensure corporate performance objectives are being achieved.


    • Post-secondary degree in a related field (e.g., business, economic development, communications, public administration)
    • A minimum of 10 years progressive management experience is preferred, which includes five years direct senior managerial experience.
    • Designations in Economic Development Certification (EcD.) or Accredited in Public Relations (APR) an asset.

    Skill and Competencies

    • Excellent communication, organizational, analytical, coaching, time management, strategic planning and management skills.
    • Strong computer skills using MS Office applications, including Word, Excel, e-mail and the internet.
    • Demonstrated understanding of municipal services and functions.
    • Highly developed business planning skills with a proven track record for long-term visioning, planning and budgeting.
    • Ability to work as team with others.
    • Able to prioritize work, set goals and achieve objectives.

    Compensation for this exempt position is $115,945 to $145,447, plus a comprehensive benefits package. Interested applicants are invited to submit a resume (MS Word or PDF Format) in confidence by February 7, 2020 at noon to:

    Lori Bolton, CHRL, Director of Human Resources, City of Orillia

    50 Andrew Street South, Suite 300,

    Orillia, ON   L3V 7T5

    Email:    Fax: 705-325-5904

    Please refer to the City’s website for the full job description.

  • 16 Jan 2020 11:06 AM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

    The Ontario East Economic Development Commission was created 30 years ago with a mandate to develop, implement and administer strategies to attract new economic investment, facilitate economic growth and to defend against de-investment. Ontario East Economic Development Commission membership is comprised of professional economic developers and associated organizations and businesses representing cities, towns and regions in eastern Ontario, from Kawartha Lakes in the west, along the Lake Ontario shore to the Quebec border and north to Haliburton and Algonquin Park. Representing a region with over 2 million people in thirteen counties and municipalities, the organization exists to leverage the power of the broader economic region to ensure investment is optimized across eastern Ontario.

    We are looking for an experienced Executive Director to oversee all operations, functions and activities. The successful candidate will be the face of the organization, responsible for advancing the strategic directions; implementing a high quality vision; providing organizational leadership and risk assessment; responsible for day to day operations managing the administration, finances, programs, events and activities of the Commission.

    The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and supervises staff and contract positions for approved projects to meet the goals of the organizations. We will offer a competitive salary and opportunity for the Executive Director to be located anywhere within the Ontario East geographic region.

    Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their resume to the Executive Director Search Committee electronically at the following address:  APPLY@ONTARIOEAST.CA

    Link to full search profile and information about Ontario East:

    We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please note that accommodations are available upon request to support the participation of persons with disabilities in applying for jobs and during the interview and assessment process.  If you require an accommodation, please contact the Ontario East Economic Development Commission and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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