New executive director will leverage City’s economic potential

Municipal financial and enterprise leader Albert Horsman joins Guelph on June 18

GUELPH, ON, April 26, 2012 – Chief Administrative Officer Ann Pappert today announced the selection of Albert Horsman as the City’s first executive director/chief financial officer of the newly created finance and enterprise service area. He was selected after the City conducted a comprehensive search and evaluation of potential candidates.

“Mr. Horsman is an innovative financial and enterprise leader with solid experience in municipal financial planning and policy,” said Ms. Pappert. “His strong negotiating skills with government and community and business partners have resulted in a track record of exemplary multilateral agreements for funding local economic development opportunities in innovative, sustainable ways.”

As a municipal finance expert with significant Ontario government experience, Mr. Horsman led the development, analysis and administration of Ontario’s municipal financial policy while serving as acting director/senior manager of the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s municipal finance planning branch. As a vice-president of Infrastructure Ontario and a senior policy advisor in the municipal infrastructure branch of the former Ontario Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal, he negotiated federal-provincial tax programs and secured infrastructure agreements for the 2015 Pan-Am Games in Toronto. Mr. Horsman also served as senior manager of the City of Toronto’s financial planning division, where he provided strategic advice on financial matters relating to the City’s amalgamation. Currently, he is chief administrative officer for the City of Kawartha Lakes – a post he is leaving to join the City of Guelph.

Mr. Horsman is a sought-after, senior public administration professional who has served on several, high-profile Ontario government committees and agencies. These include the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association, the Regional Treasurers’ Group, the CAO Ontario Municipal Benchmarking Initiatives, Ontario University Boards and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s land ambulance committee.

He holds a Master in Arts in Administration (commerce and economics) and a Bachelor of Arts (geography and mathematics) from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Arts in Urban Geography and Transportation Planning from the University of Waterloo, and is a graduate of Queen’s University’s executive development program.

“Mr. Horsman’s proven leadership and financial stewardship capabilities will provide sound oversight of the City’s financial requirements,” said Ms. Pappert. “In addition, his expertise in identifying and pursuing positive enterprise opportunities will greatly benefit the City and the community we serve.”

In January, the City’s economic development, downtown renewal and community energy divisions joined the finance department to create the new finance and enterprise service area – giving the City a new focus on business and enterprise opportunities and a dynamic way to leverage the City’s strengths and economic potential.

For more information

Ann Pappert
Chief Administrative Officer
T 519-822-1260 x 2221