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Lauren Millier

Lauren Millier

Lauren began her professional career as a senior planner with the Toronto firm of Walker Wright Young, before moving to a position as senior portfolio planner with the Management Board Secretariat and Ontario Realty Corporation. In 1995, she joined Coopers & Lybrand, rising to the position of Vice-President in the series of corporate mergers that produced PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 2003, she helped spin PWC’s successful real estate advisory services practice into a new firm, urbanMetrics, which she joined as a partner. As her work and interests increasingly moved away from traditional urban planning and into the economic development field, Lauren helped launch Millier Dickinson Blais as a vehicle for delivering high-value consulting assistance to communities and organizations wrestling with their shifting roles in a global economy and the challenges and opportunities this can create. Lauren’s past clients are a diverse group, representing public and private sector interests from all across North America including senior levels of government in both Ontario and Alberta. She is adept at managing the synthesis of a broad range of interests and achieving an outcome that is widely supported by all stakeholders whether this is economic development strategies, workforce development or community based marketing and investment attraction. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Honours Planning) degree from the University of Waterloo and is both a Registered Professional Planner and a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. She has served for several years as Director on the Board of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario and in 2010 was elected President of that organization. She was also invited to sit as a member of the Toronto Board of Trade Economic Development Committee. Born in Brockville, Ontario, Lauren now lives in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood with her husband Nigel and son Cameron.

lmillier@millierdickinsonblais.com

Articles Posted by Lauren Millier

Review: Startup Communities

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Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosysytem in Your City

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The end of cool?

As part of an ongoing challenge to incorporate more non- fiction in to my personal reading routine I stumbled across a book called The Last More...

Is economic development too trendy?

We spend a lot of time in our line of work reading reports, publications and articles that detail the trends and opportunities.