Region of Queens Hires Executive Director of Economic Development
April 22, 2013 – Liverpool, NS: The Region of Queens Municipality is looking at everything through an economic development lens this year. After passing an annual budget on April 15 that focuses on economic development, as well as a realignment of staff within the Region to further its economic and business development goals, Council voted to approve the appointment of Lisa Dobson to the position of Executive Director of Economic Development. The position is a two-year appointment, fully funded by the Province of Nova Scotia.
In 2012, when the Bowater Mersey Paper Mill closed, Dobson was elected Team Lead for the Economic Development Unit on the Interprovincial Bowater Response Team. In accepting the position of Executive Director of Economic Development with the Region of Queens Municipality, she plans to continue the challenging and rewarding work of driving business development initiatives for the Region of Queens.
"The Region of Queens is very fortunate to have Lisa join our team, and take a leadership role in our renewed focus on economic development," said Mayor Christopher Clarke. "She has a thorough knowledge of the opportunities and challenges in Queens, through the hands on work she did with the Transition Team. She has a large network of contacts and alliances to draw on, which will help us to further our goal of increasing business opportunities in Queens."
Dobson, along with Jill Cruikshank, Director of Economic Development of the Region Of Queens Municipality will develop strategic initiatives and further the objectives of the Queens Attraction Strategy and the Transition Advisory Team's Final Report (Our Community, Our Future), and explore other economic opportunities for Queens County. Dobson will begin as the Executive Director of Economic Development on May 9, 2013.
"We are very pleased to be welcoming Lisa to our expanded Economic Development team and also appreciate that our Council has put a focus in this area. With the benefit of Lisa's expertise, we will be able to focus on strategic sectors and take initiatives to further develop our business base," said Jill Cruikshank, Director of Economic Development.
Dobson has a long history of working in economic development, working with a wide range of businesses in the Strait Area region during her 11 years as Account Executive with Nova Scotia Business Inc. She and her colleagues on the Mill's Team were recently recognized by Premier Darrell Dexter for "Outstanding Public Service Work" in their assistance in helping communities impacted by the Mill closure; she received the "excellence in Public Service" award in March, 2013; and she was acknowledged by the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce in 2008, winning the Presidents Award for "Outstanding Dedication to Community and Business". Dobson has a Bachelor of Science degree, Major in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree fromSt. Francis Xavier University. She also has a Diploma in Community Economic Development from Nova Scotia Community College, and a Certification in Business Retention and Expansion from the University of Florida. She is in the process of completing a six month leadership program with the Nova Scotia Public Service Commission.