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Peterborough & The Kawarthas Economic Development: Economic Development Officer

Application Deadline: By June 10, 2022

Position: Economic Development Officer, Permanent, full-time

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 the Business Advisory Centre (BAC) which is one of 57 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 offered free of charge in order to help start-ups and small businesses succeed.

PKED also 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.

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 President/CEO, the Economic Development Officer works as part of a high-energy team, responding to lead and advancement inquiries.  Playing a critical supporting role to attract new business investment to the region, this position also works with existing local businesses to identify opportunities for growth as well as proactively identify challenges that may cause a business to consider relocation. The Economic Development Officer 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 actively oversee and administer the annual Regional Business Count Survey, including the data analysis and research this entails.

The expected outcomes of this role are to attract, retain and expand existing businesses which will ultimately generate high-value jobs in the Peterborough & Kawarthas region.