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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

905-832-2281 x8288

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

Katie Maginn

Katie Maginn

Acting 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

Feiona Gobin

Feiona Gobin

Tourism Development Officer, Tourism Vaughan Corporation

905-832-2281 x8208

Contact for: Tourism


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, VMC Performing Arts Centre Feasibility Study

Susan Giankoulas

Susan Giankoulas

Clerical Assistant

905-832-2281 x8850