Stephen Thompson joined Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership as CEO in 2017 following a four-year diplomatic assignment, where he focused on investment attraction and trade development as Ontario’s senior representative and head of office in the Western United States. Previously he was General Manager and Director of Economic Development, Tourism & Marketing for the City of Port Colborne, Ontario. Stephen is among a select group of fewer than 40 people in Canada to have obtained the Economic Development Fellowship designation, the highest level of economic development certification in the country. A Certified Economic Developer and a Registered Professional Planner, Stephen is also a member of the Economic Development Association of Canada, Economic Development Council of Ontario, International Economic Development Council, Ontario Professional Planners Institute, and Canadian Institute of Planners. His career in economic development began in 1997 with the Region of Ottawa-Carleton. He also has experience operating a small business and working in local, regional, and provincial levels of government in both planning and economic development. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, with degrees in Environmental Studies /Geography and a master’s degree in Local Economic Development. Stephen currently serves the Economic Development Association of Canada as an elected board member and has been part of the University of Waterloo Economic Development Program committee since 2007. He has previously served on more than a dozen boards and committees including chambers of commerce, industry associations, investment attraction corporations and tourism organizations.