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In 2023, Hamilton achieved unprecedented economic milestones by setting a new record for building permit values, reaching $2.55 billion. Commercial and industrial permit values also reached $700 million, making it the second-best year on record. These remarkable figures underscore the resilience and diversity of Hamilton’s economy, reflecting renewed and sustained investor confidence in our city.

Amidst this bustling economic activity, the City of Hamilton has introduced strategic initiatives to shape our growth trajectory in the coming years. Finalized strategies spanning Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Foreign Direct Investment, Workforce Development, and the forthcoming Goods Movement blueprint lay the foundation for the city’s economic future. Through collaborative efforts with industry partners, we are committed to positioning Hamilton as a 21st-century economic leader, building upon the legacy of decades past.

The Economic Development Office’s mission is to provide timely and effective services to the investment community. The Invest in Hamilton team is poised and ready to support your ventures in 2024 and beyond.

I invite you to connect with any team member, share your investment concepts, and seek assistance where needed. Count on us to amplify your economic success stories. As we navigate through this year, the Economic Development team eagerly anticipates sustaining its commitment to serving Hamilton’s business and investment community, extending a warm welcome to newcomers from across the globe to our diverse and dynamic city.

Portrait of Norm Schleehahn

Norm Schleehahn 

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

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

Danielle Sbeiti

Manager, Commercial Real Estate Office
905-546-2424 ext. 7910

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

Portrait of Kristin Huigenbos

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

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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

Devon Hogue

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

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

Mohammad Araf

Program Officer, Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council (HIPC)
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

Business Development and Global Hamilton Officer
905-546-2424 ext. 4750

Anthony Urciuoli

Economic Development and Research Officer
905-546-2424 ext. 5198

Natasha Martinez

Community Relations Coordinator, Hamilton Immigration Partnership (HIPC)
905-546-2424 ext. 4882

Hildegard Snelgrove

Business Development Consultant, Tourism and Culture
905-546-2424 ext. 5770