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Norm Schleehahn 

Director, Economic Development
905-546-2424 ext. 2669

Hamilton is open for business

Welcome to and the team page for Hamilton Economic Development. 

So much has changed over the past couple of years, but so much has stayed the same as well. The Hamilton Economic Development office is still here to assist with any and all investment inquiries, provide important financial incentives, welcome international investors and students and provide the programming to help Hamilton’s small business community grow and thrive. Although many of our services are quickly being brought back in person, the fact that Hamilton exceeded $2 Billion in building permit values in 2021 in a relatively virtual environment is astounding. A large thank you goes to our investment community who stayed the course and continued their economic pursuits and commitment to this city.  

The sight of cranes and growing commercial spaces demonstrated that even during the most challenging of times, Hamilton is still capable of doing great things.

Even more so, the Hamilton Economic Development office now has a blueprint for the future of our local economy- chiefly through the 2021-2025 Economic Development Action Plan (EDAP)– that was approved in 2021. This document serves as a blueprint for the future of Hamilton’s economy. The EDAP identifies six priorities and 77 actions to help Hamilton’s economy recover and move forward over the next five years. The document also includes considerations for economic development from an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Climate Change lens, so that economic progress remains as equitable and sustainable as possible across our community.

As we move through 2022, the entire Economic Development team looks forward to continuing to serve Hamilton’s business and investment community as well as doing our part in welcoming newcomers from across the globe to our diverse and exciting city.

Ray Kessler

Chief Corporate Real Estate Officer
905-546-2424 ext. 7019

Judy Lam

Manager, Commercial Districts and Small Business
905-546-2424 ext. 4178

Jennifer Patterson

Manager, Business Investment and Sector Development
905-546-2424 ext. 4475

Chris Phillips

Manager, Municipal Land Development Office
905-546-2424 ext. 5304

Daran Somas

Corporate Real Estate Office Manager
905-546-2424 ext. 7952

Brian Morris

Senior Business Development Consultant, Investment and Trade
905-546-2424 ext. 5602

Karol Murillo

Senior Business Development Consultant, Urban Renewal & Finance, Insurance and Real Estate Industries
905-546-2424 ext. 7859

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Kristin Huigenbos

Coordinator, Hamilton Business Centre
905-546-2424 ext. 4110

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Carlo Gorni

Coordinator, Urban Renewal Incentives
905-546-2424 ext. 2755

Michael Marini

Coordinator, Marketing
905-546-2424 ext. 1781
Mobile: 905-977-0883

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Phil Caldwell 

Senior Project Manager, Urban Renewal
905-546-2424 ext. 2359

Sarah Wayland

Senior Project Manager, Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council (HIPC)
905-546-2424 ext. 7565

Asmaa Al-Hashimi

Business Development Consultant, ICT/Digital Media, and Life Sciences
905-546-2424 ext. 4222

Tyson McMann

Business Development Consultant, Agri-Food and Food & Beverage Manufacturing
905-546-2424 ext. 5780

Alfonso Principato

Business Development Consultant, Advanced Manufacturing
905-546-2424 ext. 5363

Sue Rimac

Sue Rimac

Business Development Consultant, Goods Movement
905-546-2424 ext. 1011

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Debbie Spence

Business Development Consultant, Creative Industries
905-546-2424 ext. 3049

Mohammad Araf

Program Officer
905-546-2424 ext. 4359

Cristina Geissler

Business Development and BIA Officer
905-546-2424 ext. 2632

Adam Durrant

Business Development Analyst
905-546-2424 ext. 4486
Mobile: 365-323-0672

Stefa Sokolowski

Economic Development and Research Officer
905-546-2424 ext. 2363

Natasha Hernandez

Communications Associate
905-546-2424 ext. 4882

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Tammy Hwang

Business Development Officer, Global Hamilton
905-546-2424 ext. 2786