Work Experience

Manager, Entrepreneurship Services

City of Toronto

May 2014 - Present

Chris works within the City of Toronto's Economic Development and Culture Division, managing a number of the City's support systems for entrepreneurs. Chris oversees Enterprise Toronto, the City's one-stop source for starting or expanding a small business, as well as the Business Incubation and Commercialization Program, which aims to establish business incubation support for specific sectors within the City's economy.

 

Manager, Strategic Economic Initiatives

Regional Municipality of York

August 2012 - May 2014

Chris was responsible for a range of initiatives in the Economic Strategy Branch at the Regional Municipality of York, including: overseeing the management of the York Small Business Enterprise Centre and its delivery of services to the region's entrepreneurs; managing and coordinating the region's tourism promotion and product development initiatives; and guiding the development of innovation related infrastructure that supports the region's economy, including attracting post-secondary investments and partnerships, the creation of innovation hubs, and the realization of a regional broadband network.

 

Senior Project Manager, Partners in Project Green

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

April 2008 - August 2012

Chris was the Senior Project Manager for Partners in Project Green: A Pearson Eco-Business Zone. The initiative aims to transform Canada’s largest employment area surrounding Toronto Pearson International Airport into an internationally recognized eco-business zone. Partners in Project Green develops and delivers programming to help businesses collaborate to reduce energy and resource costs, identify new green business opportunities, and address everyday operational challenges in a cost-effective and green manner.

 

Lecturer

Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

September 2009 - May 2011

Chris lectured on corporate sustainability as part of the graduate program in Green Business Management. The focus of his work was on assisting companies turn sustainability into a business opportunity.

 

Project Manager, Etobicoke and Mimico Watersheds

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

April 2007 - March 2008

Chris developed strategic relationships with governments, non-profits, volunteers and businesses to improve the health of the Etobicoke and Mimico watersheds. This included developing and managing the implementation of restoration ecology initiatives in the Etobicoke and Mimico watersheds and leading public-private partnerships to address local environmental issues.

 

Watershed Planner, Etobicoke and Mimico Watersheds

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

April 2006 - March 2007

Chris developed and implemented restoration ecology initiatives in the Etobicoke and Mimico watersheds, planned and coordinated community stewardship events, and managed watershed communications and stakeholder consultation.

 

City Councillor

City of Stratford

December 2003 - November 2006

During his time on Stratford City Council Chris Chaired the Planning and Heritage Committee, and the Energy and Environment Committee. Chris also served on the Community Services Committee, Public Works Committee, City Centre Committee, Heritage Stratford and the Stratford-Perth Museum.

Some of the projects Chris worked on included: authoring and implementing the city’s environment plan; promoting a user-pay model for stormwater control; authoring a long-term business plan for the Stratford-Perth Museum; assisting in the development of a new development charges regime; introducing tax-increment financing for downtown and brownfield redevelopment; shepparding a secondary plan process; and, development of a downtown beautification program.

 

Community Cable Television Host / Commentator

Rogers Communications

January 2004 - October 2006

Chris provided weekly political commentary for Rogers Television's community cable news program and hosted Politically Speaking, its monthly local politics round-table.

 

Editor / Publisher

What's Up, Chuck? Magazine

April 1997 - January 2001

As editor and publisher of this infamous monthly political satire and local entertainment magazine in Stratford, Ontario, Chris was responsible for coordinating writers, authoring and researching articles, selling advertising, evading libel litigation and walking his lawyer’s dog.

 

Owner

10 Day Cafe

April 1996 - April 1998

Chris owned and operated a live music cafe in scenic downtown Stratford, Ontario while finishing high school.


Education

Master of Public Administration, Local Government Program

University of Western Ontario

2005 - 2007

Research focus on policy development, local government, program evaluation and strategic planning. Chris' thesis provided an analysis of the political economy of land-use change in the City of London, Ontario. View a copy of it here - Land-Use Change in the City of London: An Analysis of Zoning By-Law Changes and the Predominant Forces in the Land-Use Change Process.

 

Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Planning

University of Waterloo

2001 - 2005

Graduated with a Honours in Planning with a focus on land development, policy formulation and economic development.