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New Economic Director of Economic Development for Western Ontario

GUELPH – The Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus has hired a new Executive Director of Economic Development for Western Ontario.
Kate Burns Gallagher will take on the new role and will be implementing the actions outlined in the Economic Development Strategic Plan developed in 2017. She will be tasked with following the region’s goal of working together and speaking with one unified voice on critical economic issues in southwestern Ontario, including workforce planning, infrastructure investment, sector strategies, marketing and promotion.
Burns Gallagher has been working in the economic development industry for over ten years. She has worked diligently with planners and Ministry representatives to develop the first County Level Community Improvement Plan of its kind in Ontario. She also developed the internationally recognized program Savour Elgin in 2010.
Chair of the Western Ontario Wardens Caucus Economic Development Committee George Bridge is excited about the hire.
“We are excited to launch the regional economic development program. From Essex to Simcoe, we all have similar economic concerns and we look forward to working collaboratively to address our
workforce, technology and infrastructure challenges.”
Burns Gallagher has her BA in Communications from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Post Graduate in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Fanshawe College.