PKED Leadership Team
President and CEO
705-743-0777 Ext. 2120
As President & CEO for Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, Rhonda leads and mobilizes the organization to achieve its mission and vision. Works directly with the PKED team to the promote, facilitate and develop a strong unified economic development presence within the region. Working cooperatively with local municipalities, businesses and other organizations and stakeholders to ensure that business investment opportunities through the region are effectively developed and supported.
Director of Business Development
705-743-0777 ext. 2127
As Director of Business Development, Suzanne leads a team of Economic Development Officers to support and assist existing businesses, potential investors and local municipal initiatives.
Barb van Vierzen
Director of Operations
705-743-0777 Ext. 2162
As Director of Operations, Barb develops and manages the processes and support systems that help ensure the smooth functioning of the organization so that staff can successfully fulfill their mission. Barb also provides leadership to the Operations Team and oversees the human resources, procurement processes, policy and procedure development, records management functions and any other legislated requirements of the corporation.
Contact Barb for: information regarding Human Resources, procurement processes, records inquiries, policies and procedures.
Director of Tourism and Communications
705-743-0777 Ext. 2129
As the Director of Tourism and Communications, Tracie coordinates the promotion of PKED and the services offered to targeted regional, national and global markets. Tracie also provides leadership to Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism, the region's official destination marketing organization, in order to attract visitors and larger scale tourism-related investments to the local economy.
PKED Business Development Team
Economic Development Officer - Tourism Sector
705-743-0777 Ext. 2138
As the Tourism Sector EDO, Joe develops and converts leads and inquiries within the regional tourism industry into investment expansion, job creation and development activities that ultimately help Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development fulfill its mission to promote and facilitate business opportunities to create a thriving economy, resulting in regional prosperity.
Business Advisory Centre
705-743-0777 x 2136
As the Entrepreneurship Officer that oversees the Starter Company Plus program, Madeleine leads the development of services for entrepreneurs through the Business Advisory Centre (BAC) program to guide small business talent and investments in the Peterborough region.
Business Retention & Expansion Officer
705-743-0777 Ext. 2123
As the Business Retention & Expansion Officer, Steven develops and converts leads and inquiries into investment expansion, job creation and development activities that ultimately help PKED fulfill its mission to promote and facilitate business opportunities to create a thriving economy, resulting in regional prosperity.
Rural Economic Development Officer
705-743-0777 Ext. 2160
As the Rural Economic Development Officer, Gabi works with the Peterborough region’s rural communities and businesses to identify rural and agriculture-based investment opportunities. Gabi develops and converts leads and inquiries into investment expansion, job creation and development activities that ultimately help to create a thriving economy, resulting in regional prosperity.
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism Team
Visitor Experience Officer
705-742-2201 Ext. 2141
As Visitor Experience Officer, Jaimie develops and implements tourism communications and programs to attract visitors, local residents and tourism related investments. Oversees the front line operations of the PKT Visitor Centre.
Tourism Partnerships & Development Officer
705-742-2201 Ext. 2143
As Tourism Partnership & Development Officer, Susan leads partnership initiatives with Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism to generate tourism product and program development that attracts visitors, local resident and larger-scale tourism related investments to the region.
Visitor Services Assistant
705-743-0777 Ext. 2155
As the Interim Visitor Services Assistant, Hannah serves as first point of contact and provides front line services within the PKT Visitor Centre to new and local visitors.
Corporate Finance Specialist
705-743-0777 Ext 2140
As the Corporate Financial Specialist, Gail oversees the daily financial operations and key activities of the corporation to assist staff in successfully fulfilling and achieving set targets and project goals. As part of the Operations team, Gail also ensures that corporate expenditures are in compliance with policies and procedures and assists in monitoring key funding initiatives for reporting requirements. She supports key record management functions and supports the Financial Controller with reconciliation activities. She is also a member of the Joint Health & Safety Committee.
Contact Gail for: financial related inquiries re: accounts payables and receivables, proof of payment, general financial inquiries.
Aleks de Oliveira
Corporate Operations Coordinator
705-743-0777 Ext. 2122
As Corporate Operations Specialist, Aleks leads key executive and administrative services to help ensure the smooth functioning of the organization. She provides essential support to the President/CEO as well as the PKED Board of Directors. As part of the Operations team, she oversees the day-to-day functions of the organization ensuring staff have the resources to complete daily tasks. Aleks supports the record management functions of the organization and serves as PKED’s Health & Safety Officer. She also provides administrative support to the Kawartha Manufacturers Association and is a key organizer for many of the monthly meetings.
Contact Aleks for: appointments with the President/CEO, inquiries regarding the Board of Directors or KMA, general inquiries.
Marketing & Communications Team
Corporate Marketing Officer
705-743-0777 Ext. 2130
As the Corporate Marketing Officer, Kelly leads the marketing development and promotion of core initiatives on a provincial, national and global level. Kelly serves as the first point of contact for all external media outlets and journalists.
Corporate Communications Officer
705-743-0777 ext. 2116
As the Corporate Communications Officer, Keaton leads the promotion of core economic development initiatives of Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development externally to the Peterborough region.
Keaton also works collaboratively with the Marketing and Communications team to promote corporate programs and initiatives to stakeholders, media and the public.
Corporate Digital Media Coordinator
705-743-0777 ext. 2175
As Corporate Digital Media Coordinator, Alyssa supports the marketing and communications efforts of PKED overseeing the social media accounts. Serves as the main contact for the digital voice of the corporation online.
Board of Directors
Board Vice Chair