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Job changes: Former Sam Sullivan chief of staff moves on from MITACS, Van Economic Commission CEO moves to Alberta

January 7th, 2013 · 9 Comments

Comings and goings all the time among current and former city people.

The latest: Former Sullivan chief of staff Daniel Fontaine, who was working at the innovation-boosting organization MITACS until recently, has moved on to become CEO of the B.C. Care Providers Association. Not sure if David Hurford, also formerly with Sam Sullivan as communications guy, is still there as well — he was the official spokesperson as recently as August 2012. If so, they can reminisce about old times together. I was wondering if Daniel was going to move into radio, though — for those who didn’t hear, he hosted the Simi Sara show several times on CKNW over the holidays.

Also, announced last week: Lee Malleau, who has been with the Vancouver Economic Commission for four years — four years where Mayor Gregor Robertson has turned the commission into an agency for promoting Vancouver as the digital-high-tech-animation-green hub of the world — is leaving for the Calgary economic commission. It’ll be interesting to see who becomes the next CEO, a telling sign of what new direction the mayor wants to go in here.

The announcement re her new job below here.


January 4, 2013

After four years with the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), CEO Lee Malleau is announcing her departure from the City’s economic development agency.

Ms. Malleau’s tenure with the VEC will end in late January when she begins her new role with the executive team at Calgary Economic Development.

“I want to thank Lee for her service to Vancouver, I have very much appreciated working with her and look forward to her future success,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson, who chairs the VEC. “She helped lead our city’s economic development agency through some tough economic times with great results.”

During her tenure with the VEC, Ms. Malleau led the City’s Olympic Business Program which generated more than $350 Million in economic benefit, oversaw the restructuring of the organization and worked closely with the City’s leaders to deliver Vancouver’s most comprehensive economic action strategy ever produced.

“My time at the VEC has been tremendously rewarding,” said Ms. Malleau. “I will always look back with a great deal of pride and satisfaction at the work we did, and the results we produced as a team, and with the community.”

With Ms. Malleau’s departure the Board has asked the VEC’s Joan Elangovan to be the Acting CEO while an open search occurs.

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