Director, Economic Development

Reports to:
City Manager

Direct reports:
  • Manager, Sector Development and Economic Partnerships
  • Manager, Business Investments and Client Services
  • Manager, Small Business and Workforce Development
The Director oversees 16 staff.


The Director, Economic Development provides overall strategic direction and management of the economic development activities within the City in support of the Economic Development Strategy. The Director enables the City to expand its economic development agenda to respond to the demands of the globally competitive knowledge-based economy and enhance its value proposition for the attraction of business, employment and investment to the City. Click here for the link to the Department’s webpage.

Important documents to review include:

In 2016, the City's Economic Development Office (EDO) created targeted value propositions grouped by sector. The propositions were intended to attract more knowledge-based, innovative businesses to Mississauga. The EDO team received an award for Gold Excellence in Economic Development for its 2016 Sector Profiles project from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The EDO has received additional awards, including:

  • One of the Top Ten Canadian Groups for Site Selection’s 11th Annual “Canada’s Best Locations 2017 Award”
  • fDi Magazine American Cities of the Future 2017/2018 award as the winner overall for mid-sized cities in all of the Americas; winner in mid-sized cities for business friendliness; top 10 in mid-sized cities for economic potential; top 10 in mid-sized cities for connectivity; top 10 in mid-sized cities for FDI strategy

The Director responsibilities are to:

  • Develop divisional goals, objectives and long range plans consistent with the Corporation’s Strategic Plan and departmental plans.
  • Direct the operations of the division with accountability for human resource management, asset management, budget, revenue generation and cost containment.
  • Advise Mayor and Council and the Leadership Team on economic development related issues.
  • Coordinate the development, revision and implementation of the Economic Development Strategy.
  • Play a leadership role on economic development related committees and organizations.
  • Manage the work and performance of the managers in a team environment.
  • Meet with major prospects and senior business executives to support the Business Attraction and Business Retention programs.
  • Act as a spokesperson for business and economic development matters on behalf of the corporation (e.g. Media, public speaking).
  • Provide direction for the preparation of the annual budget and work plan for the division.
  • Represent the City and EDO at associations and business events.
  • Manage or lead special projects as requested.

Leadership Competencies

  • Applies strategic agility – maintains awareness of internal and external trends (political, intergovernmental and community of interest) and applies this knowledge to support the long-term vision and success to the City.
  • Demonstrates business acumen – enhances performance and builds public trust by understanding the impact of decisions, issues and outcomes to the City’s business needs and strategic priorities.
  • Communicates and builds relationships – proactively builds and maintains professional relationships, networks and/or contacts (internally and externally) and effectively works and communicates across the organization.
  • Develops culture and people – demonstrates alignment with City values and genuinely fosters the long-term learning and development of others.
  • Drives innovative change – develops an environment which embraces change, encourages acceptance and guides others to proactively, effectively and efficiently move through transition.
  • Accountable for results – takes ownership of responsibility and produces results through the timely implementation and evaluation of programs and policies.

First Year Priorities

  • Champion the implementation of the new Economic Development Strategy and Work Plan. Priorities in the Work Plan include:
    • Focus on Advanced Manufacturing sector development
    • Build partnerships for innovation
    • Sector research and workforce development
    • FDI change management
    • Focus on Life Sciences sector
    • Increase awareness of EDO services to key stakeholders
    • Define and develop marketing campaign to highlight innovation in the City
    • Entrepreneurship programs
    • Optimize innovation marketing strategies/tactics
    • Client information management system
  • Bring instant credibility to the role and develop a solid reputation with the City Manager, Mayor and Council; provide regular updates and ensure full awareness of opportunities to advance the City’s economy.
  • Build rapport with your team to ensure they continue to function as a collaborative and high performing division.
  • Create greater awareness of the City at other levels of government; representing Mississauga’s interest and negotiating support and securing funding opportunities.

Candidate Profile


  • University degree in Business, Commerce, Economic Development, Urban Planning or other related field.
  • Ec.D. designation through Economic Development Association of Canada and Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation through the International Economic Development Council are preferred.
  • Minimum of ten years’ relevant work experience, with a minimum of five years at the senior management level.
  • Possess and demonstrate key leadership competencies including strategic agility, sound business acumen, communication and relationship building, developing culture and people, driving innovative change and being accountable for results.
  • Demonstrate highly developed research and report writing skills with excellent planning and time management.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills essential to work with all levels of staff, elected officials and members of the public, agencies and community groups.
  • Ability to effectively manage staff; motivate, coach and mentor staff ensuring that appropriate development strategies and plans are in place to develop a high performance team.
  • Possess a high level of integrity and trust with proven success in developing and building relationships and professional networks.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the role of Council and the municipal relationship with the regional and provincial levels of government.

Contact Us

The City of Mississauga is partnering with the executive search firm Odgers Berndtson in this search. To explore this opportunity further please contact Julia Robarts. The full list of team members from Odgers is listed below.

Margaret Campbell, Partner at margaret.campbell@odgersberndtson.com

Julia Robarts, Engagement Manager at julia.robarts@odgersberndtson.com

Alexis Trunks, Project Coordinator at alexis.trunks@odgersberndtson.com


Odgers Berndston respects the privacy and confidentiality of personal information provided by candidates in our search assignments.

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