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Organization Name City of Guelph OMVIC
Industry Municipal Government
City Guelph
Province/State Ontario [ON]
Country Canada [CA]
Job ID COGGM0818
Title General Manager, Business Development and Enterprise Services
Company Overview / Background City of Guelph

The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with a population of over 120,000, located in the heart of Southern Ontario. Set in a picturesque natural setting, the City of Guelph’s progressive approach to environmental sustainability, culture and heritage, growing economy and excellent quality of life make it a great place to live and work. Because of its clean environment, higher standard of living, and lower than average crime rate, Guelph is consistently rated as one of Canada's best places to live. Guelph maintained one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country throughout the Great Recession. In February 2016, it had the lowest unemployment rate in the country, at 3.9 percent, compared to the national rate of 7.3 percent.

Guelph is home to the University of Guelph as well as Conestoga College - rated a top college in Canada. Guelph is in close proximity to the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University in nearby Waterloo, Ontario.

Guelph is proud of its diverse and stable economy. The private sector includes such established companies as Linamar, Cargill Meat Solutions, Polycom Industries, The Co-operators, Guelph Manufacturing Group Inc. and Blount Canada. Public sector employers include Upper Grand District School Board, University of Guelph, City of Guelph, Wellington Catholic District School Board, Guelph General Hospital and Homewood Health Centre. The Guelph area has attracted many advanced manufacturing companies supporting agri-food developers, innovation firms, environmental management and technology companies, and tourism operators.

Because Guelph has attracted these five important emerging sectors, they have been identified in Guelph’s Economic Development Strategy as growth industries upon which to focus economic development activities.

Position / Responsibilities

The City of Guelph is seeking a new General Manager, Business Development and Enterprise Services who will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation of the Economic Development and Business Development divisions on behalf of the City.

Reporting to the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (DCAO) Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise (IDE), the GM, Business Development and Enterprise Services’ primary focus is on business development programs and services within the following areas:

  • Economic Development; and
  • Downtown Renewal.

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

Candidate Requirements

Having completed your university education, preferably a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Economics 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 a minimum of 10 years of relevant professional work experience (preferably at the municipal level) with at least 5 to 10 years at a Senior Supervisory 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 and Business Owners, the Real Estate Industry, Manufacturing Organizations, Institutional Stakeholders and other levels of Government externally, as required.

Download a PDF Candidate Brief for this position.

Years Experience

Minimum 10 Years

Search & Application Process

We anticipate having a shortlist of candidates for interviews by late June 2018, with interviews being held in July 2018. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity further, and to receive a comprehensive Position Profile, please contact Kartik Kumar, Managing Director at Legacy Executive Search Partners, at 416-271-4397 or by email, at

The deadline for all applications is June 14th, 2018

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