Guelph, Ont., August 3, 2018 – There’s a new leader in the City of Guelph’s Business Development and Enterprise (BDE) office—Helen Loftin. Loftin joins the City as the new General Manager of BDE on September 10.
“We’ve been looking for someone with international experience, commitment to the community and a true sense of partnership to build an even stronger local economy,” said Scott Stewart, Deputy CAO, Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise for the City of Guelph. “I’m confident that Helen has the leadership and foresight to set Guelph on a successful course for the future.”
Loftin comes to the City with over 30 years’ experience working with government, private sector and community partners, most recently as Senior VP Marketing and Communications for Mennonite Economic Development Associates, a regionally-based international NGO. Loftin was also the district manager in Guelph for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, an organization devoted to advocating on behalf of small business.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to contribute to the success of this city. Guelph is known as an innovative leader and progressive-thinking municipality,” said Helen Loftin. “I look forward to joining this stellar team and becoming part of this great city.”
Loftin will oversee the BDE office which provides business development programs and services for the divisions of Economic Development, Downtown Renewal, Community Energy, and Parking. These integrated divisions work to create a city that attracts and supports business investment, fosters collaboration and partnerships, and leverages local assets to create sustainable growth opportunities for the community.
“This is an exciting time for the City,” added Stewart. “Helen will bring important insight and experience as we develop the Baker District downtown, renew our focus for economic development with a new strategic plan, and continue to grow our partnership in the Innovation Corridor.”
Loftin holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and a BA from York University.
For more information
DCAO, Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise
519-822-1260 extension 3445