Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Recovery

This Task Force was created during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and is no longer active.

The Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Recovery will work in partnership with Guelph’s business community with a goal to sustain, develop and maintain the robust local economy through intergovernmental advocacy efforts and by sharing insights across sectors. The task force will also collect and share critical data demonstrating how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected day-to-day business operations and Guelph’s local economy.

Latest updates

Helpful links


Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Recovery: Challenges and Opportunities (May 6, 2020)

Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Recovery: Proposed Solutions Bucket List (May 6 2020)

Appendix A: Summary Report on COVID-19 Impact on Guelph’s Business Community (May 6, 2020)

Appendix B: Preliminary Data on Guelph’s Business Landscape (May 6, 2020)

About the task force


Name Title Organization
Patti Broughton Executive Director Guelph Arts Council
Julia Christensen Hughes Former (Founding) Dean University of Guelph – Lang School of Business and Economics
Kealy Dedman Deputy CAO, IDE City of Guelph
Court Desautels CEO Neighbourhood Group
Cathy Downer Councillor City of Guelph
Crystal Ellis Director Wellington County
Jim Estill President & Chief Operating Officer Danby Appliances
Dan Gibson Councillor City of Guelph
Julia Grady Executive Director 10C
Cam Guthrie Mayor City of Guelph
Charlene Hofbauer Executive Director Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin
Rick Jamieson President & CEO ABS Friction
Jim Jarrell President Linamar
Abhi Kantameni PhD Candidate Our Energy Guelph TF, former member
John Klassen Plant Director Denso
Melanie Lang Executive Director University of Guelph – John F. Wood Centre for Business and Student Enterprise
Lloyd Longfield Member of Parliament Government of Canada
Kristel Manes Executive Director GW Business Centre
Dominique O’Rourke Councillor City of Guelph
Paul Osborne Associate Vice President of Marketing Community Relations and Special Projects Conestoga College
Dan Pastoric Vice President of Strategic Growth and Special Projects Alectra
Mike Schreiner Member of Provincial Parliament Government of Ontario
Shakiba Shayani CEO Chamber of Commerce
Mike Soligo President & CEO RWDI
Anne Toner Fung CEO Innovation Guelph
Marty Williams Executive Director Downtown Guelph Business Association
Marie Zimmerman Executive Director Hillside Festival