New Executive Director announced for Kemptville Campus

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Following an extensive search, the Kemptville Campus Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Ms. Liz Sutherland will be the new Executive Director of the Campus as of January 10, 2022. Ms. Sutherland succeeds Ms. Pat Remillard, who has been Project Manager since the Campus began to transition from the University of Guelph to the Municipality of North Grenville in 2016.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish to congratulate Ms. Sutherland in her new role as Executive Director of the Campus,” said Board Chair, Karen Cooper. “Her work in the nonprofit sector, and her significant experience with community economic development, will ensure the Campus’ goals for the future are met.”

Liz Sutherland is a collaborative leader, with 25 years of policy and program experience in the nonprofit and public sectors. Liz has worked on issues ranging from social enterprise policy to child care, women’s health, and active transportation. Most recently, she led the policy team at the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) for seven years, focusing on public policy issues affecting the non-profit sector. 

“The hiring of a new Executive Director is a significant step forward for Kemptville Campus,” stated North Grenville Mayor, Nancy Peckford. “On behalf of myself and my Council colleagues, we enthusiastically welcome Ms. Sutherland, and look forward to her leadership, collaboration, and vision.”

Ms. Sutherland has a passion for inclusive and sustainable local economies, and participates in national tables on community economic development. With a background in political science, Liz holds a B.A. (Hons.) from Trent University and an M.A. from the University of Victoria. She has just completed seven years on the board of a community health centre serving youth, and now volunteers on the board of a community foundation. Raised in Nepean/Ottawa, Ms. Sutherland is happy to be back in Eastern Ontario and is now based in Perth.

“I’m really excited about embarking upon this role, and look forward to working with the Campus Board and community,” explained Ms. Sutherland. “I appreciate the warm reception I have received thus far – and can’t wait to spend time listening and learning as we prepare to move the Campus Master Plan forward together.”

Reporting to the Kemptville Campus Board of Directors, Ms. Sutherland will lead the development of business, strategic, operational, educational, funding, and communication plans for the Campus. Other key responsibilities will be to foster relationships with government ministries, NGO’s, universities and colleges, school boards, and industry associations, and identify and facilitate strategic partnerships in each of the Campus’ Three Pillars to ensure financial sustainability.

Kemptville Campus Education and Community Centre is an educational and multi-use facility serving the community of North Grenville and surrounding area. The Campus includes 630 acres and 17 main buildings, as well as woodlands, cropland, wetland, greenspace, green houses, an agroforestry centre and maple bush, trails, and other buildings – sports facilities, residence, and catering facilities. The Campus Master Plan was completed with significant community input, and can be found at https://www.kemptvillecampus.ca/regen.

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