Who We Are
Kathy Weiss, Ec.D.
Kathy excelled as a senior manager for over 20 years in Economic Development and Tourism where she led teams who focused on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E), Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Visitor Attraction.
Kathy’s economic development expertise resulted in numerous achievements in a vast array of economic development goals for the municipalities of Durham Region, Chatham-Kent and the City of Kitchener, all located in the Province of Ontario. Attracting new investment and jobs as well as retention and expansion of existing businesses were the primary foundations of those goals.
As a seasoned Economic Developer, attracting FDI played a key role throughout Kathy’s career. Working primarily in China, Europe, Germany and the USA, Kathy travelled globally on a regular basis and has a solid understanding of the business practices and cultures in those countries.
Strategy development, planning for community growth and prosperity, public relations, public speaking and superior customer service were priorities for Kathy in her many functions as the Director, Economic Development and Tourism.
In her earlier career, Kathy worked for Hershey Canada as a Retail Sales Rep (RSR) and won Canadian RSR in the second year of her employment. Having a full understanding of retail sales and merchandising in the food and beverage industry is a crucial benefit to the Weiss Choice Group.
Kathy has worked for and chaired numerous boards and committees, including:
- Economic Development Council of Ontario (EDCO), Past President;
- Toronto Global, Economic Development Officer (EDO) Management Council;
- Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance (GTMA), Board member;
- Greater Toronto Airport Authority Consultative Committee, Board Member;
- Communitech Association, Entrepreneur and Commercialization Council; and
- Ontario Chamber of Commerce Executives, Board of Director.
Kathy’s education is diverse and includes a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from York University, Certification in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo and Certification in International Economic Development through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), located in the USA.