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Economic and Cultural Development

Raphael Costa

Raphael Costa

Acting 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

Currently on Parental Leave, please contact Michelle Samson

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


Kate Jung

Economic Development Officer

905-832-2281 x8937

Contact for: International business development, delegations, economic and cultural partnerships


Nisha Manocha

Economic Development Officer

Currently on Maternity Leave

Contact for: International business development, delegations, economic and cultural partnerships


Michelle Samson

Economic Development Officer

905-832-2281 x8367

Contact for: Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, office and retail site selection, economic development marketing

Stephan Schmied

Economic Development Coordinator

905-832-2281 x8095

Contact for: Vaughan Economic Monitor, economic development data

Small Business and Entrepreneurship


Manager, Small Business and Entrepreneurship

905-832-2281 x8841

Contact for: Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Lindsay Davidson

Lindsay Davidson

Small Business Advisor

905-832-2281 x8892

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

Julie Flesch

Julie Flesch

Entrepreneurship Coordinator

905-832-2281 x8893

Contact for: Summer Company, Starter Company, Activate!Vaughan, 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.

Shirley Kam

Shirley Kam

Manager, Special Projects, Economic Development

905-832-2281 x8874

Contact for: Health Precinct Feasibility Study, economic development policy projects

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