New hire will lead Guelph’s strategy, innovation, and intergovernmental services department

Guelph, Ont., September 4, 2019 – The City of Guelph has hired Jodie Sales, former director of corporate communications and government relations at the Town of Milton, as its new head of strategy, innovation and intergovernmental services.

“We’re looking forward to having Jodie join our team,” says Guelph’s CAO, Scott Stewart. “Her experience in the public and private sectors has shaped a customer-centred approach to public policy and local service delivery. She brings well-rounded and valuable experience to a portfolio that’s more important than ever as cities work to modernize and innovate to solve complex problems.”

The Strategy, Innovation and Intergovernmental Services department supports Council and senior administration with advice and expertise on provincial and federal policy matters, and by building relationships with other levels of government and partners to influence policy, advance community needs, and further the City’s goals. The department advises on a range of intergovernmental advocacy issues, funding opportunities and priorities such as regional transportation, infrastructure, jobs and economy.

The role has—until this week—been held by Barbara Swartzentruber, who is now spearheading Guelph-Wellington’s Smart Cities Office in support of our communities’ work to become Canada’s first circular food economy.

Jodie holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Guelph. She joins the City of Guelph effective September 9.

Media contact

David Godwaldt, General Manager, Human Resources
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2848
david.godwaldt@guelph.ca