General Manager, Business Development and Enterprise Services

City of Guelph, Guelph, ON

Closing Date February 17, 2020 Location Guelph, ON
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The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with a population of over 131,000, located in the centre of the Innovation Corridor. Set in a picturesque natural setting, the City of Guelph has a progressive approach to creating a sustainable, creative and smart local economy that is connected to regional and global markets and supports shared prosperity for everyone. Guelph’s culture and heritage, growing economy, thriving downtown and excellent quality of life makes it a great place to live, work and play.

Because of its collaborative environment, higher standard of living, and lower than average crime rate, Guelph is consistently ranked as one of Canada's best places to live. Guelph continues to maintain one of the best labour markets with its employment and participation rates being among the highest in the country. In February 2019, it had the highest employment rate in the country, at 69 per cent, compared to the national rate of
61.8 per cent.

Guelph is home to the University of Guelph as well as Conestoga College and provides access to more than 16 post-secondary institutes within an hour’s drive.

Over the past decade, revitalization of the Downtown has been a resounding success. The community’s efforts have renewed the places and spaces in the downtown core, attracted new businesses and residents, and supported innovative projects. The result has been an energetic, vibrant urban neighbourhood with unique shops and restaurants, award-winning community spaces, and numerous events that offer something for everyone.

The City also owns and operates the Guelph Junction Railway. The Guelph Junction Railway consists of 38.6 kilometres of track running from Campbellville, Ontario to Guelph’s northwest industrial park. The railway connects to the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Canadian National Railway and provides a transportation alternative for businesses.

In recent years, Guelph has attracted national, and international attention for a number of Initiatives, including: Smart Cities, Community Plan, Grow Guelph Business Retention & Expansion Program and the Downtown renewal, among others.
Earlier this year, Guelph-Wellington was awarded $10 million from Infrastructure Canada to implement their Smart Cities vision: Our Food Future, Canada’s first circular food economy that has ultimately led to the introduction of a dedicated Smart Cities office to carry out the goals that were set. The goals include a 50 per cent increase in access to affordable, nutritious food; 50 new circular food business and collaboration opportunities; and 50 per cent increase in economic revenues by reducing or transforming food waste.

Over the course of more than a year, City staff consulted the people who live, work, study and visit Guelph to develop a collective vision: what they care about, where priorities lie, and what they want Guelph to look like over the next 10 to 20 years to help inform the Community Plan. This Plan was shaped by the community, is owned by the community and will be implemented collaboratively by the community. The Community Plan will inform and inspire as Guelph moves forward. It will guide the work of local government and agencies that serve the community and provide a framework for monitoring progress.

Building on the vision of the Community Plan, in 2019 the City of Guelph’s City Council and staff released the City’s New Strategic Plan for 2019-2023. This strategic plan looks at how the City can achieve aspects of the Community Plan that fall within our areas of responsibility. The priorities of this plan aim to improve sustainability across many areas including:

Powering our future - an economy that empowers us
Sustaining our future - an environment that sustains us
Navigating our future - a transportation network that connects us
Working together for our future – a modern government that works with us
Building our future – a community that supports us

The City’s Strategic Plan will inform the City’s new Economic Development Strategy and Implementation Plan, currently underway. This plan will be completed in the Spring of 2020 and it will be one of several tools that will help Guelph achieve its collective vision to be an inclusive, connected and prosperous city.

Key Responsibilities

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

Economic Development;
Downtown Renewal;
Business Retention and Expansion;
Guelph Junction Railway.

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

Having completed your university education, preferably a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Economics, Marketing 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 extensive professional work experience (preferably at the municipal level) with experience at a Manager 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, Business Owners, the Real Estate Industry, Manufacturing Organizations, Institutional Stakeholders and other levels of Government externally, as required.

We anticipate having a shortlist of candidates for interviews by mid-February 2020, with interviews being held in late February and early March.

How to Apply

If you are interested in exploring this opportunity further, and to receive a comprehensive Position Profile, please contact Kartik Kumar, Partner at Legacy Executive Search Partners by email at

The deadline for all applications is February 17th, 2020