Katie Desharnais is a highly accomplished professional leading strategic marketing initiatives at Niagara Region Economic Development's Strategic Growth Services division. With a focus on building a vibrant community in Niagara, attracting new businesses, and supporting newcomers to the region, Katie drives economic growth and prosperity.
With extensive experience in core industries such as wine, tourism, and sport, Katie possesses a deep understanding of Niagara's unique economic landscape. She excelled in executing international marketing initiatives for Canada's largest wine producer and honed her communication skills through strategic positions, including notable roles at the Canadian Olympic Committee and an internship with Google. Additionally, she holds a strategic marketing certificate from Cornell University, complementing her degree from Brock University.
Beyond her professional achievements, Katie is a talented photographer whose work has been featured in national publications. Combining her photography and communications skills with a passion for accessibility and inclusion, she actively supports charitable organizations like Niagara Children's Centre, The Bruce Trail Conservancy, and the National Ballet of Canada.