Mark Boileau: Eco­nomic De­vel­oper of the Year

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Twelve years ago, Mark Boileau de­cided to change ca­reer paths, mov­ing from plan­ning to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment at the City of Corn­wall. At the time, he thought it was a move that would al­low him to more ac­tively in­flu­ence the growth of the city’s busi­ness sec­tor.

To­day, Mr. Boileau’s achieve­ments have been rec­og­nized by his peers as he has been awarded the 13th an­nual Eco­nomic De­vel­oper of the Year Award at the On­tario East Mu­nic­i­pal Con­fer­ence.

“ Mark Boileau is a good ex­am­ple of ex­cel­lence in our pro­fes­sion,” said Stephen Paul, pres­i­dent of the On­tario East Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion ( OEEDC). “ He has been an ac­tive mem­ber in On­tario East, a strong ad­vo­cate for Corn­wall and in the past year alone, he has helped se­cure a ma­jor dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre for Corn­wall and East­ern On­tario.”

Mr. Boileau is the man­ager of the City of Corn­wall’s Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment. He con­tin­ues to work with Shop­pers Drug Mart as the re­tailer builds a new state-of-the art, 500,000square-foot dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre in the Corn­wall Busi­ness Park.

The Eco­nomic De­vel­oper of the Year Award is awarded by On­tario East and is de­ter­mined through a nom­i­na­tion process among de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cers from across East­ern On­tario. The award recog- nizes those in­di­vid­u­als in eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment who “ go above and be­yond their job to at­tract busi­nesses, re­tain busi­nesses and at­tract in­vest­ment.”

“ Mr. Boileau is the sec­ond Eco­nomic De­vel­oper from Corn­wall to win the award, as found­ing On­tario East mem­ber Paul Fitz­patrick has also been hon­oured in the past,” added Pres­i­dent Paul. “ Through this pro­gram, OEEDC is seek­ing to con­trib­ute to the pro­file of the en­tire pro­fes­sion by high­light­ing one of our best. We hope that by do­ing so we are also pro­vid­ing a role model for new peo­ple en­ter­ing the pro­fes­sion.”

“ It is very heart­en­ing to see Mr. Boileau’s achieve­ments rec­og­nized by his peers,” said Bob Kil­ger, mayor of Corn­wall. “ Mr. Boileau is an ac­tive and val­ued mem­ber of our se­nior man­age­ment team, and we con­grat­u­late him on this well-de­served hon­our.”

A wide range of Mr. Boileau’s achieve­ments were rec­og­nized in the nom­i­na­tion process, as ev­i­denced by the fol­low­ing com­ments re­ceived by the Com­mis­sion.

“ In the last ten years, Corn­wall’s econ­omy has di­ver­si­fied and grown— and Mr. Boileau has been an in­te­gral player in our suc­cess. He has helped many com­pa­nies es­tab­lish in Corn­wall, which has re­sulted in hun­dreds of jobs be­ing cre­ated,” said Gilles La­tour, chair of Team Corn­wall, a busi­ness am­bas­sador group. “ Mark Boileau is an ex­cel­lent am­bas­sador for Corn­wall and East­ern On­tario.”

“ We have per­son­ally worked with Mark for over twenty years: the past twelve years in his eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment role, and prior to that, when he worked for Corn­wall’s plan­ning depart­ment,” said Terry Lan­don and Jamie Cameron, bro­ker-own­ers of Re­max Corn­wall Realty Inc. “ What­ever the role, Mark con­tin­ues to bring a con­sis­tent, pro­gres­sive and pos­i­tive ap­proach to deal­ing with cor­po­rate in­vestors.”

The On­tario East Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion is a group of over 124 On­tario East eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment pro­fes­sion­als and busi­ness leaders who are work­ing co­op­er­a­tively to pro­mote the re­gion as a pre­miere busi­ness lo­ca­tion. To­gether, the Com­mis­sion rep­re­sents more than 200 com­mu­ni­ties, thou­sands of busi­nesses and nearly 2 mil­lion res­i­dents.

The OEEDC rep­re­sents an area from Kawartha Lakes-Hal­ibur­ton on the west to Prescott-Rus­sell on the east and from the Ottawa River in the north to the St. Lawrence River in the south.

The On­tario East Mu­nic­i­pal Con­fer­ence ( OEMC) is a three-day con­fer­ence held an­nu­ally in Septem­ber and is hosted in part­ner­ship by the On­tario East Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion and the On­tario Min­istry of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs & Hous­ing ( MMAH). OEMC pro­vides nu­mer­ous work­shops that fea­ture speak­ers with hands-on, prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence of in­ter­est to small, medium and ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Pic­tured are Mark Boileau ( left), man­ager of Corn­wall Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and Eco­nomic De­vel­oper of the Year, and Stephen Paul, pres­i­dent of the On­tario East Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion.

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