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Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis

Sarah is a Senior Development Analyst in Millier Dickinson Blais’ Calgary office. She brings many years of economic development experience to the project team, including four years as the Economic Development Officer of Nipigon in northwestern Ontario. Sarah established the first full time Economic Development Office in Nipigon. Her first responsibility included the development of a joint economic diversification strategy with the neighbouring Red Rock Indian Band, and the construction of the Nipigon Downtown Revitalization Project, completed in 2010. With a construction value of 3.8 million dollars, the project consists of a tourism park connecting Nipigon’s waterfront with the downtown core, and an update for the streetscape of the downtown, supporting the development of new businesses in the community. As EDO, Sarah further completed an investment attraction strategy targeting the forestry sector, the Nipigon Wood Supply Evaluation, and designed the process for the Nipigon Waterfront Development project, securing more than $200,000 in funding for the Waterfront Master Plan. Since joining Millier Dickinson Blais, Sarah has played a key role in a variety of economic development and workforce development strategies, investment attraction projects, and community marketing projects including; the creation of the Yukon Skills Table Strategic Plan and Work Plan for workforce development, the branding of Crowsnest Pass , Alberta, an economic development action plan in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, and a sector based economic development strategy in Marathon, northwestern Ontario. Sarah further completed a Business Park Business Plan for Brighton, Ontario, and is currently working on a Business Opportunity Assessment for Vulcan County, Alberta. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Waterloo and received their inaugural Arts Young Alumni Award in 2009. She is currently working towards her Economic Development Association of Canada Professional Certification.” Twitter: @sarahannlewisLinkedIn

Articles Posted by Sarah Lewis

Review: Thinking Fast and Slow

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Review: 13 Ways to Kill Your Community

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