Municipality of Kincardine Expands Strategic Initiatives Department, Hires Staff in Communications and Economic Development

Posted On Wednesday October 06, 2021

The Municipality of Kincardine’s newly formed Strategic Initiatives Department has filled two staff positions - one to enhance communications and one to fill a vacancy in economic development.

Jessie McGibbon has been hired as Communications Coordinator, a position created to improve communications and engagement with the public. Jessie comes to the Municipality of Kincardine with considerable experience in communications in both the public and private sector. Jessie worked with the County of Bruce for 5 years, where she helped craft messaging for economic development and planning programs. Jessie has a bachelor’s degree from Trent University, a Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo and is currently working to complete a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario. Jessie grew up in Bruce County and currently lives in Paisley.

“The delivery of communications to the public and our community stakeholders is an important priority that was set out by Council in the Corporate Strategic Plan last year. Our goal is to demonstrate that the Municipality is engaging, listening, and communicating with the public and our partners in inclusive and proactive ways,” commented Mayor Gerry Glover.   

Over the next couple months, staff will work to create a Communications and Engagement Plan to increase public awareness of Municipal initiatives and services, providing the public with information they need to better understand and participate in local government.  

The Municipality of Kincardine has also welcomed Cherie Leslie as Community Economic Development Coordinator. Cherie will support the work outlined in the Economic Development Strategy and comes to the Municipality with extensive experience in planning and development. Cherie worked for the Town of Gravenhurst as a Community Planner, for the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority as an Environmental Planner, and most recently for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) as Senior Engagement Advisor. Cherie has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo and is working towards a Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo. Cherie lives on a farm near Teeswater.

The Municipality of Kincardine’s Economic Development Strategy includes actions to support local business retention and expansion, examine housing needs, support agriculture, and capitalize on nuclear supply chain opportunities, among other goals.

“The pandemic impacted us all. It has changed the way we live, the way we work, the way we serve our community. As we move out of the pandemic, it’s time to rebuild, reconnect, and support our long-term economic sustainability,” said Glover.