Director of Economic Development and Tourism Services for the City of St. Catharines
David Oakes was educated at Brock University with a B.A. in Environmental Economics and at the University of Waterloo with a Masters in Local Economic Development. He has been with the City of St. Catharines since 2000. Over that period, the department has won in excess of 20 awards in economic development and tourism at the provincial, national and international levels.
Oakes is a member of the Economic Development Association of Canada, Economic Development Council of Ontario and International Economic Development Council. He is a member of several Board of Directors including Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, Destination Niagara and nGen - Niagara Interactive Digital Media Generator, where he holds the position of Chair. A certified economic development professional, David is a happily married father of two who enjoys golf, curling and reading.