About Us

The Economic Development team works with companies, potential investors, and various stakeholders to showcase the many benefits of relocating or growing your business in Grande Prairie.

The team builds on the strength of our local economy by supporting the retention and expansion of existing businesses, as well as attracting new businesses and investment opportunities that continue to diversify our economy. Contact us by email at ecdevinfo@cityofgp.com to find out how we can support your business goals.

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Kim Pinnock
Director (Acting), Economic Development

Kim supports gathering and analysis of relevant data, building networks, and creating pathways for growth in the City. With a breadth of knowledge in northern economic and social development and a strategic approach to making connections and building collaborative relationships, Kim oversees projects and initiatives that will deliver impactful economic benefits and attract newcomers. Through this role, she continues to share the innovative stories and potential that makes the City of Grande Prairie a great place to live, work and explore.

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Rebecca Dodd
Director, Economic Development

In her role, Rebecca oversees business investment attraction as well as business retention & expansion initiatives. With a specialty in investment attraction, she actively works with potential businesses to identify local investment opportunities by illuminating economic trends and identifying economic drivers within the region. Through her work, Rebecca is always marketing the City of Grande Prairie as a great place to live, work, and invest.

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Chad Sheldon
Economic Development Officer

Chad is focused on industrial park development and is responsible for growing existing business, marketing investment opportunities, attracting new business and assisting with site selection. With extensive experience across Municipal economic development, private sector senior management, business ownership and leading community organizations, Chad is a relationship builder with a knack for connecting people, ideas and opportunities. Combining Chad’s “always open for business” attitude and strong client service focus simplifies the path ahead for you.

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Cindy Paton
Business Retention & Expansion Coordinator

Cindy is here to learn more about your business. Having lived in Grande Prairie for many years she is a great resource to connect you with the right people to better understand possible barriers to growth or operations. Cindy is your go-to when it comes to the Downtown Incentives Grant, business development, retention and expansion questions or concerns.

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Ainsley Miller
Economic Development Officer

Ainsley is a liaison between industry and government to ensure business retention, expansion and investment continue within Grande Prairie. She focuses on supporting employers through workforce development opportunities and immigration programs such as the Rural Renewal Stream. As an immigrant herself, Ainsley has a personal passion for showcasing our welcoming community to build visitors into residents. Any questions related to building the labour pool to ensure capacity for further investment growth can be directed to her.