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Welcome to, home to Hamilton’s Economic Development team.

While there have been great changes over the past few years, there are also signs that many things have stayed the same. In particular, 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. With services fully in-person once again, the team in the Economic Development Office is moving swiftly to assist with new and existing investment matters.    

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

We also focus on the future through the 2021-2025 Economic Development Action Plan (EDAP). With the recent approval of sector strategies in Life Sciences, Manufacturing, and Foreign Direct Investment and a soon-to-be-completed Workforce Strategy, we are laying the groundwork for the Hamilton economy to come. In partnership with our industry partners from across the community, we are taking a team approach to ensure Hamilton is an economic leader for the 21st Century – much as it has been in many decades past. 

The EDAP 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 2023, the Economic Development team looks forward to continuing to serve Hamilton’s business and investment community and doing our part in welcoming newcomers from across the globe to our diverse and exciting 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

Darlene Cole

Acting 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

Portrait of Carlo Gorni

Carlo Gorni

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

Michael Marini

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

Portrait of Phil Caldwell

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

Laura McLeod

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