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Organization Name The Region of Waterloo The Region of Waterloo Ontario
Industry Municipal Government
City Kitchener
Province/State Ontario [ON]
Country Canada [CA]

Chief Administrative Officer


The Region of Waterloo is seeking a seasoned executive as their next Chief Administrative Officer who can embrace change and build on existing successes. The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership and interpersonal skills, be a strategic thinker and have the presence, stature, and strong, proven communications abilities to develop credibility with Council, Senior Management Team, External Agencies, Area Municipalities, Provincial and Federal Government.

Are you ready to lead the fastest growing region of Canada?



About You

You are a visionary with excellent collaborative skills and the ability to work with various stakeholders in the region and beyond, and ensure that competing priorities are met between the cities and townships and proper health, safety, and wellness standards are maintained for all the residents and business professionals of the Waterloo Region.

You understand the two-tier government structure.

You will work with a high functioning senior management team and unleash their potential through inspirational leadership and delegation. You have a well-rounded background and a solid and proven understanding of Planning, Engineering, Finance, Human Resources, Paramedic Services, Economic Development and Arts and Culture. You must be willing to work with a diverse set of stakeholders to meet the objectives of the strategic plan and bring out what’s best for the people and foster new ideas. The ideal candidate must demonstrate a keen understanding of the needs of Regional Council, and work with them to provide the best results to all residents of the Region.

You must be open, approachable and responsive as part of the Regional government. You are willing to listen to the people, and work to provide the best service for everyone in the community at any level or demographic. You have a proven and engaging customer service approach. Ideally, the candidate will have a professional level university degree and post graduate training with a focus on public administration or management.



About the Role

Oversees the Corporate Leadership Team’s pursuit of the Region’s vision and mission as directed by Regional Council; provides direction for the various Regional government departments as they serve the needs of the residents and businesses of the Region; reports directly to Regional Council and advise Council in its development of policies, services, programs, initiatives, and fiscal matters in response to the diverse needs of the Region’s varied communities.

You must be willing to oversee and rectify any issues related to various public health and wellness services, including health inspections, health services, and health reports as well. Community services must also be a focus as well, and you should be ready to report to the Council of any issues that come from any community services implementation.

You are directly responsible for six department heads, a Director, Corporate Communications; a Manager, Strategic Planning & Strategic Initiatives; and an Administrative Assistant, as well as approximately 3,500 full- and part-time employees and you manage a budget of $1.5 billion annually.

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About the Region of Waterloo

Waterloo Region is the 10th largest community in Canada located in the heart of southwestern Ontario's greenbelt. We have all the amenities of a large urban centre while still maintaining the charm and character of a smaller rural community.

Each of our three main cities (Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo) and four townships (Woolwich, Wellesley, Wilmot, and North Dumfries) offer their own unique attractions:

Cambridge has a rich cultural history reflected in the picturesque limestone buildings lining the Grand and Speed Rivers. It offers live theatre, museums, “the world’s oldest operating arena” and Canada's longest continually operating farmers' market. Boasting a vibrant, growing advanced manufacturing sector, Cambridge is home to Toyota, Canada’s largest auto manufacturing plant, ATS and BWXT. Conestoga College is consolidating all its skilled trade programs in Cambridge and University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture is nestled along the Grand River in an old textile mill. A burgeoning TV and Film industry showcases historic downtown Cambridge as a backdrop for many movies and TV shows, such as the popular Handmaid’s Tale.

As the largest municipality in Waterloo Region, Kitchener is a vibrant and dynamic city which continues to be poised for development and growth, enhancing its reputation as a leader in city-building and innovation, with nationally recognized strategies to build its neighbourhoods, its digital infrastructure and its diverse economy. Throughout its history, Kitchener's economy has prospered as a result of entrepreneurship and innovation...from bold industrial foresight in the previous century to the advancements of the digital age today.  Today Kitchener's economy is home to everyone from advanced manufacturing found in companies like Christie Digital and Mitchell Plastics to hundreds of technology companies ranging from startups, home-grown scale-ups like Vidyard, North, Apply Board and Faire and global giants like D2L, Oracle and Google who is more than doubling their Canadian engineering HQ in the city's downtown.  The city is also home to the main campus of Conestoga College, secondary campuses of both area universities and two of the region's largest hospitals.

The City of Waterloo has a strong knowledge- and service-based economy with significant insurance and high-tech sectors as well as two universities. The city's largest employers are Sun Life Financial, the University of Waterloo, Manulife Financial, Open Text, Shopify Plus and Wilfrid Laurier University. The city is also home to three well-known think tanks – the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, an advanced centre for the study of foundational, theoretical physics and award-winning educational outreach in science; the Institute for Quantum Computing, based at the University of Waterloo, which carries out innovative research in computer, engineering, mathematical and physical sciences; and the Centre for International Governance Innovation, an independent, nonpartisan think tank that addresses international governance challenges.

The Townships of Woolwich, Wellesley, Wilmot, and North Dumfries complete the Region of Waterloo. The region's governing body is the 16 member Waterloo Regional Council. The Council consists of the Regional Chair, the Mayors of the seven cities and townships, and eight directly elected Councillors – four from Kitchener and two each from Cambridge and Waterloo.



How to learn more, and apply

To obtain more information or to express your career interest in this leadership opportunity, please forward your resume and cover letter in complete confidence to, Kartik Kumar, Partner 1-416-271-4397.

To learn more about the Region of Waterloo, please visit their web site at

The deadline for all applications is Friday, March 13th, 2020

Although, we appreciate all applications, only the ones that are the closest fit to the client's requirements would be contacted for the next steps.

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