Director, Economic Development

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Located on the Trent-Severn Waterway in the heart of the Kawartha tourism region, Peterborough is a unique community known for its exceptional quality of life and beautiful setting. Peterborough has it all – a multitude of recreational opportunities, a diverse industrial, commercial and agricultural base, quality health care and excellent schools – including two outstanding post-secondary institutions. Peterborough is just one hour from the Greater Toronto area.

Job Details

As the Director of Economic Development, you will play a pivotal role in driving diversified economic growth and innovation for the City of Peterborough contributing to a robust and dynamic local economy. A visionary and strategic leader, you will lead and champion the build out and launch of the City’s newly established Economic Development Services Division that will operate as an in-house centre of excellence providing first in class programs and services related to attracting new business and investment, supporting business startups and innovation, supporting business retention and expansion, and bolstering local employment through strategic talent attraction.

In this role, you will provide strategic oversight and leadership in the development and execution of progressive economic development strategies, plans, policies, and practices, as well as innovative programs, initiatives, and strategic partnerships that will help build a future-ready modern economy that is prosperous, sustainable, and resilient, and that contributes to improved quality of life for the entire community.


  • Knowledge and experience normally associated with a university degree in Business, Commerce, Economic Development, Urban Planning, or a related discipline. Designation as a Certified Economic Developer would be a definite asset.
  • Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA), Economic Development (MED), or a related discipline is considered an asset.
  • Innovative and results driven leader with a with a proven track record of economic development success, preferably in a municipal environment.
  • Minimum of 10 years of economic development management experience overseeing and leading a full range of economic development functions including business attraction, retention, and expansion, partnership development, talent attraction, workforce development, marketing, research and analytics.
  • Proven or related experience managing in a unionized environment.



Application Information

Qualified applicants are invited to submit 1 file containing a résumé and cover letter (ensure your name is in the title of the document), quoting file number 24-P-86 on the file as well as in the subject line, no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 19, 2024, to People and Culture.

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