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New Director of Economic Development Brings Extensive Municipal Experience and a Passion for Community Growth to the City’s Leadership Team
The City is pleased to announce Meredith Armstrong has been appointed Director of Economic Development. Brett Williamson, the current Director of Economic Development, has accepted a new opportunity outside of the organization as of November 19.
“I want to thank Mr. Williamson for his contribution during his tenure at the City and wish him all the best in his future endeavours,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger. “I also want to congratulate Ms. Armstrong on this permanent appointment. She has a proven record for success in collaborating with City Council, developing strong partnerships with stakeholders and community partners and leading staff. I look forward to working with her as she joins the Executive Leadership Team.”
The Director of Economic Development is responsible for a large portfolio of important economic-related services which include Investment and Business Development, Tourism, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Culture and Immigration. The Director also works closely with the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation (GSDC) Board, which provides strategic leadership for all aspects of economic development in our community.
“With her unique achievements and her well-established relationship with the GSDC Board, Ms. Armstrong embodies all the qualities needed to continue to support the work of the GSDC Board in her new role as Director,” said Lisa Demmer, Chair of the GSDC Board. “I want to thank Mr. Williamson for his efforts and dedication as we worked together to position Greater Sudbury for ongoing economic recovery and success amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. I wish him all the best in the future.”
Ms. Armstrong began her municipal career with the City of Greater Sudbury in 2005. She has held various leadership roles within the organization, including Manager of Tourism and Culture and most recently Manager of Investment and Business Development. Ms. Armstrong also served as Acting Director of Economic Development from 2018 to 2020, providing leadership and direction for the City’s business development, tourism development, entrepreneurship and investment attraction objectives.
Ms. Armstrong has a Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction from the University of Toronto with a post-graduate certificate in Ecotourism Management from Fleming College. She is a proud member of the Board of Directors for Indigenous Tourism Ontario and plays an active role with many other regional initiatives.
“I am thankful to Mr. Williamson for his collaboration and leadership, yet I am also excited for the opportunity to welcome Ms. Armstrong to this role. Her passion for the community is strong and her experience will be valuable for leading the division’s work.” said Ed Archer, Chief Administrative Officer at the City of Greater Sudbury.
“I came to Greater Sudbury in 2003 for a one-year internship with FedNor and never looked back,” said Ms. Armstrong. “Greater Sudbury is not only my home, but also a community I strongly believe is positioned for success locally, and on a global scale. I am excited to continue to support the strategic priorities of City Council and the GSDC Board, and work with the various stakeholders, community partners and staff to build a strong future for our community.”
Originally from Stratford, Ontario, Ms. Armstrong has called Greater Sudbury home for over 18 years. She continues to be a strong community supporter and lives downtown with her family.