INVESTING IN ONTARIO CITIES & REGIONS
As the Sr. Business Development Consultant working predominately on Investment & Trade for the City of Hamilton’s economic development team, Jennifer is mainly focused on relationship building, facilitating strategic partnerships, coordinating industry and sector initiatives, and forging substantive collaborations between the public and private sectors. Jennifer has been working in the economic development industry both internally and at arms-length for over 20 years.
Jennifer is responsible for development & implementation of the City of Hamilton’s Foreign Direct Investment Strategy and is the team lead on investment attraction and trade. Jennifer has led and is an active participant in a number of globally focused economic development initiatives, including the Consider Canada City Alliance; the Invest Hamilton-Niagara Partnership; The Ontario Investment Alliance; the Ontario Food Cluster; the Ontario Manufacturing Communities Alliance; and the former Ontario Clean Technology Alliance; all activity that focus on investment attraction and trade for the City of Hamilton.
In 2008, Jennifer led the initial development and implementation of the economic development team’s CRM System as well as their “After Care” Program - “Hamilton Calling”. Hamilton Calling has since been recognized at many levels as a best practice. The teams work plan targets existing and new companies in the city by providing relevant information, statistics, facilitating introductions to key resources with expert advice and promoting opportunities for further investment and trade - i.e. in 2017 the team led two trade missions: one to Leipzig, Germany and a second one to Colombia. The Hamilton Calling initiative has proven to be strategic for local industry, community partners, and has contributed to the economic growth of the city of Hamilton.
Jennifer is a big advocate for economic development, as a past President of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO), she remains an active member of the organization through committee work, adjudicator for the Marketing Ec Dev Awards, and mentor to new economic development professionals. She supports the Economic Development Association of Canada (EDAC) and holds an “Economic Development” designation from the University of Waterloo. More recently she is an active member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) with who she has obtained her “Certified Economic Development" designation and she sits on the International Advisory Committee.
- City of Toronto – Invited
- City of Guelph – Mr. Tyson McMann, Business Development
- Region of Niagara – Mr. Tim Reynolds, Manager, Trade & Investment
Tyson is currently the investment attraction and site selection lead for the City of Guelph. A mid-sized city situated just outside the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and among one of the fastest growing economies in Canada. In this role, Tyson supports incoming investment by providing site selection services as well as acting as the point person for their interactions with City Hall. Since taking over the role, Tyson has established an extensive network of realtors and site selectors that has been extremely beneficial in supporting foreign investment. Tyson is also responsible for the analyzing and reporting of economic performance for the City of Guelph.
Tim’s primary responsibility with the Niagara Region’s Economic Development Department is Foreign Direct Investment.
Tim arrived in Niagara in 2014, following a career as a principal and partner in Whyte Reynolds International Inc., a management consulting firm. Throughout its 30-year existence, the company specialized in private sector development consulting to both the private and public sectors in Canada and both emerging and advanced countries. Much of Tim’s experience in business has been acquired working for banks and trustees on work-outs and bankruptcies. This experience was embellished by 16 years of structuring joint ventures and building supply chains for international trade deals.
Tim’s international experience includes private sector development project management in Russia and South East Asia, which has kept him out of North America for most of 21 years, prior to his move to Niagara. The central theme of Tim’s career has been sustainable economic development.
Tim is also a Certified Management Consultant [CMC] and Ec.D., and holds both a B.A. [Hons.] and a Master’s Degree from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.
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