Sunday, February 28, 2021

Former Wallaceburg resident set to lead Sarnia’s economic development department

A former Wallaceburg resident is set to lead Sarnia’s economic development department.

The City of Sarnia announced last month the appointment of Kelly Provost to the position of Director of Economic Development.

Provost is set to start with the city on January 4, 2021, city officials say.

“Having grown up in Wallaceburg, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to come back to the area and serve the city of Sarnia,” provost said in a media release.

“I look forward to advancing Sarnia’s economic development priorities and helping contribute to its future prosperity.”

City officials say Provost has 15+ years of experience managing small and large economic development projects, combined with a strong background in communications and stakeholder engagement.

Provost is making the jump to Sarnia from the Niagara region’s economic development department, where she is currently the acting manager of strategic initiatives and manages significant projects that advance and expand infrastructure investments, develops the labour market and supports job creation, city officials say.

“We look forward to Kelly’s leadership leveraging the city’s economic development portfolio, liaising with local organizations and community stakeholders and working with city staff and Council with the opportunities and implementation of the economic development strategy,” city officials said in a press release.

Provost also brings a strong background in entrepreneurship through her experience managing the St. Catharines Small Business Enterprise Centre and she also teaches at Niagara College, Sarnia officials added.

Provost graduated from Brock University with a bachelor of arts honours degree, has completed the public relations post graduate program through Niagara College and obtained an economic development certification jointly through the University of Waterloo and Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC), city officials say.

She is also currently working towards her project management professional designation.

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