After 36 years working at the City of Mississauga, I am retiring. For the last 5 years I have had the privilege of leading the Economic Development team as director! This has been the area of City-building where I have been the most passionate. In total, I have spent about 22 of my 36 years as an economic developer! I have had the great fortune of promoting Mississauga for business attraction, business expansion and new business start-up, supporting the City’s Strategic Plan under the Prosper pillar. Both former Mayor Hazel McCallion and Mayor Bonnie Crombie have provided incredible support for economic development over the years. They have been and continue to be the best cheer leaders for the economic vitality of our City.
I always say that in order to be effective in economic development both internal and external partners are critical. In order to build a strong reputation, ambassadors are essential.
Internally, all City Council and all City departments are stakeholders for our continued prosperity and the quality of life that we enjoy. I cannot tell you enough how I have appreciated the great support of our City Manager, the Commissioners and my fellow directors.
Externally, members of our business community, MBOT, the RIC Centre, UTM, Sheridan College, GTAA, Alectra Utilities, the Mississauga Chinese Business Association and the Mississauga Board of Chinese Professionals and Businesses and of course our newest partner Toronto Global. I thank them for their commitment to the growth of Mississauga’s economy! We are so fortunate to have these dedicated business community stakeholders.
This City has in its EDO, a fully engaged and creative team, motivated and focused on the future. This team has been a joy to work with. I want to thank them all for their dedicated work every day! I am confident that Mississauga’s future will continue to be in good hands!