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Economic and Cultural Development

Raphael Costa

Raphael Costa

Director, Economic and Cultural Development

905-832-2281 x8274

Contact for: Economic and Cultural Development



Administrative / Program Assistant


Economic and Cultural Development department reception desk

General inquiries

Phone: 905-832-8526
North American toll-free: 1-844-832-2112
Vaughan City Hall, Level 200
2141 Major Mackenzie Dr.
Vaughan, ON L6A 1T1

Business Development


James Bang

Economic Development Officer

905-832-2281 x8288

Contact for: Industrial site selection, Vaughan Enterprise Zone, workforce development

Lindsay Davidson

Lindsay Davidson

Economic Development Officer

905-832-2281 x8937

Contact for: Economic development intelligence and policy initiatives

Julie Flesch

Julie Flesch

Economic Development Officer

905-832-2281 x8893

Contact for: Emerging sectors, innovation, strategic projects


Economic Development Officer

905-832-2281 x8367

Christian Zavarella

Economic Development Coordinator

905-832-2281 x8095

Contact for: Economic development data

Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Don De Los Santos

Don De Los Santos

Manager, Small Business and Entrepreneurship

905-832-2281 x8874

Contact for: Small Business and Entrepreneurship


Kate Jung

Small Business Advisor

905-832-2281 x8937

Contact for: Small business advice and consultations, seminars and workshops, commercial neighbourhood and retail support


Manav Acharya

Entrepreneurship Coordinator

905-832-2281 x3633

Contact for: Summer Company, Starter Company Plus, innovation and entrepreneurship advice and consultations

Nadia Vidiri

Nadia Vidiri

Information and Administrative Representative

905-832-2281 x8890

Contact for: Business registration, small business and entrepreneurship

Special Projects

Cristina Prinzo

Cristina Prinzo

Acting Manager, Municipal Partnerships and Sponsorships

905-832-8585 x8187

Contact for: Partnering with the City of Vaughan on sponsorships, employee engagement and other opportunities.

Kitty Yung

Project Manager, Smart City Business Program

905-832-2281 x8548

Contact for: Smart City Business Program

Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development


Ashley Travassos

Manager, Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development / Executive Director, Tourism Vaughan Corporation

905-832-2281 x8472

Contact for: Tourism Vaughan governance and operations, arts and culture programs and services

Feiona Gobin

Feiona Gobin

Tourism Development Officer, Tourism Vaughan Corporation

905-832-2281 x8208

Contact for: Meetings and events, destination sales


Sharon Gaum-Kuchar

Senior Art Curator and Planner

905-832-2281 x8088

Contact for: City-wide public art, On the SLATE Art Exhibitions, visual art initiatives

Mirella Tersigni

Mirella Tersigni

Creative and Cultural Officer

905-832-2281 x8459

Contact for: Cultural and heritage programming and events, arts and culture sector development, VMC Performing Arts Centre Feasibility Study

Ashley Angeloni

Ashley Angeloni

Tourism Development Coordinator

Contact for: Destination marketing and communications

Susan Giankoulas

Susan Giankoulas

Clerical Assistant

905-832-2281 x8850