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Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development: Economic Development Officer – Tourism

Closing Date: September 26, 2022

Position: Economic Development Officer – Tourism, Permanent, full-time 35 hours/week

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED) is a non-profit corporation responsible for the delivery of economic development and tourism services on behalf of the City of Peterborough and County of Peterborough. We play a leadership and strategic role in developing the economic capacity of the Peterborough region.
PKED operates Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism (PKT) which is the official Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for the region. PKT provides industry leadership and destination marketing services to attract visitors to the region and operates the year-round Visitor Centre located in the Venture North Building.
PKED also operates the Business Advisory Centre (BAC) which is one of 54 Small Business Centres in the Province of Ontario, serving as an entrepreneur’s first point of contact with the business support community. Services, consultations, tools and resources are delivered to help start-ups and small businesses succeed.
We have a team of dynamic professionals who offer economic expertise that identifies growth opportunities, provides services to existing ventures, and attracts new companies and visitors by sharing the region’s competitive advantages.

Reporting to the Director of Tourism, the Economic Development Officer – Tourism works as part of a high-energy team, responding to lead and advancement inquiries. Playing a critical supporting role to attract new tourism business investment to the region, this position also works with existing local tourism businesses to identify opportunities for growth as well as proactively identify challenges that may cause a business to consider relocation. The Economic Development Officer – Tourism works with key partners across the business, academic, sustainable and innovative community to create long-term growth and prosperity for the region. This position provides one-on-one, on-site consultation with businesses to explore matters such as marketing opportunities, operational and financing challenges, human resources issues, and strategic planning.
The incumbent will have proven experience in a sales environment with a strong understanding of proactively developing relationships within the tourism industry to attract meetings, conferences, group travel and sports events to the region. This role requires an ability to “close sales” and meet targets to generate revenue for local tourism businesses.
The expected outcomes of this role are to attract, retain and expand existing tourism-based events and businesses which will ultimately generate high-value jobs in the Peterborough & Kawarthas region.

Please send your application (PDF or Word document) to Barbara van Vierzen, Director of Operations at by September 26, 2022.