Valerie’s primary focus on the Niagara Economic Development team is oversight of long-term projects and strategic initiatives that encourage economic growth within Niagara. In addition, she is responsible for developing the team’s annual operational business plan and performance measurement for the department.
Valerie has over two decades of diverse economic development experience including a number of senior management positions in business development in both Canada and the United Kingdom. Much of this work has focused on investment attraction through community economic development strategies; growing sectors through business retention and expansion strategies; and the development of business cases for communities to promote their competitive advantages. Valerie has an honours degree and a PG Diploma in Business Studies.