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Craig Desjardins

Director of the Office of Strategy, Innovation & Partnerships at the City of Kingston

Craig is the Director of the Office of Strategy, Innovation & Partnerships at the City of Kingston. In his role, Craig is responsible for the development and integration of strategy and innovation activity across the corporation. Additionally, he leads the workforce development & in-migration and smart cities initiatives and oversees the Kingston Airport.
 
Prior to joining the City of Kingston, Craig was involved in economic development, where he managed Investment, venture capital and grant funds that supported business startup and expansion in the communities west of Kingston.

In the past, Craig served more than a decade as an elected municipal politician in the City of Quinte West, and then joined the faculty of the Queen’s School of Business in 2011, teaching in the full-time MBA Program with a focus on new venture startups.  He has also taught entrepreneurship at the Royal Military College of Canada. 

Craig is a graduate of both Western University (BA, Economics) and Queen’s University (MBA).