Burlington Economic Development Welcomes New Board Members

September 6, 2023

Burlington, September 6, 2023 | Burlington Economic Development (Burlington EcDev) is pleased to announce significant additions to its Board of Directors. The organization welcomes Ron Laidman as the new Board Chair and Daniel Kube as Vice Chair, along with four new board members: Kuljit Bhogal, Leslie Cooke-Bithrey, Vanessa Dupuis, and City of Burlington Ward 5 Councillor Paul Sharman.   

Burlington EcDev bids farewell to departing board members Dr. David Conrath, Gordon Kack, and outgoing Chair Randall Smallbone, expressing gratitude for their invaluable contributions to the organization.  

Ron Laidman's appointment as Board Chair brings a wealth of strategic leadership expertise to Burlington EcDev. He is well-prepared to guide the organization in achieving its mission of fostering economic growth and innovation within the Burlington community.   

In the role of Vice Chair, Daniel Kube introduces a fresh perspective, aligned with Burlington EcDev's commitment to fostering innovation. His entrepreneurial background makes him a valuable addition to the board.   

Joining the board are four new members, each bringing unique skills and perspectives. Kuljit Bhogal, Leslie Cooke-Bithrey, and Vanessa Dupuis are poised to contribute their diverse expertise to Burlington EcDev's mission. Their insights will bolster the organization's efforts in positioning Burlington to attract new jobs and talent.   

City of Burlington Ward 5 Councillor Paul Sharman returns to the board, bringing a deep understanding of municipal governance and a dedication to fostering economic development within the city.  

Anita Cassidy, Executive Director of Burlington Economic Development, expressed her enthusiasm about the new members, stating, “We are excited to welcome Ron Laidman and Daniel Kube to their new roles, as well as our new board members Kuljit Bhogal, Leslie Cooke-Bithrey, Vanessa Dupuis, and Ward 5 City Councillor Paul Sharman. Their collective experience and passion for Burlington’s growth will undoubtedly strengthen our efforts to support businesses and drive economic vitality in the city.” 

A complete list of Burlington Economic Development’s Board of Directors can be found here.  




Claire Green  

Manager, Marketing and Attraction   

Burlington Economic Development  



About Burlington Economic Development:   

Burlington Economic Development (Burlington EcDev) is an agency of the City of Burlington that works to attract high-value companies to Burlington, support the expansion of existing businesses, and encourage the start-up and growth of new companies. The team works across all industries and sectors to deliver personalized support to businesses and collaborates with partners across the private and public sectors to maintain Burlington’s robust and diverse economy. 


Website: investburlington.ca  



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