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Jason Kipfer

Economic Development Director

Expertises
  • Investment Attraction
  • Business Development
  • Economic development
  • Marketing
  • Strategic positioning

Jason holds a double honours degree in Communication Studies and Sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Over the past four years, Jason played a key role in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) to Waterloo Region through Canada’s Technology Triangle and the Waterloo Economic Development Corporation. During this time, he acted as the primary lead in successfully attracting 15 FDI opportunities to Canada resulting in the creation of 200+ immediate jobs and more than 70,000 square feet of leased commercial real estate.  Within the past year, Jason supported FDI and economic development within municipalities across Canada from a private sector position with thinkCOMPASS. Jason’s influencer network spans the globe with key relationships with trade commissioners, ambassadors, consuls general among other levels of government, industry associations and private sector professionals.

In his early career, he spent more than a decade helping start-up to medium-sized Canadian companies with their sales and marketing strategies and access to capital needs.

Jason is also called upon as a subject-matter expert to speak on FDI and investment readiness and has presented to the Economic Development Association of Canada, Canadian Urban Manufacturing Summit, the Think Smarter: Economic Development Forum and post-secondary institutions, including the University of Waterloo, York University, Seneca College and Conestoga College. 

Working in partnership with Canadian municipalities and offices of economic development, Jason has worked in collaboration with the Consider Canada City Alliance, Global Affairs Canada, Think Canada: Global Business Summit, Ontario Technology Corridor, Ontario Food Cluster, Ontario Manufacturing Communities Alliance and the Ontario Clean Technology Alliance.