By Lethbridge Herald on April 9, 2015.
There’s a new voice at the helm of Economic Development Lethbridge.
EDL board of directors announced Thursday Trevor Lewington has been appointed chief executive officer, and will assume the role effective May 11.
Lewington holds a bachelor of commerce with a major in human resource management, completed a change leadership certificate with Cornell University and is a certified human resources professional through the Human Resources Institute of Alberta. He is also a certified logistics professional through the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation.
Currently, he is the manufacturing director of Western Canada supply chain for PepsiCo Foods Canada (Frito-Lay plants). According to EDL, Lewington has held progressively more senior management positions since 2005, and is now responsible for three manufacturing plants in southern Alberta.
“On behalf of the EDL board of directors, I am delighted to welcome Trevor Lewington to the role of CEO of Economic Development Lethbridge,” said board chair Kurt Schlachter. “With experience in industry, as a small business owner and in the public sector, Mr. Lewington brings a robust perspective which will enhance initiatives that drive continued economic growth in southern Alberta.”
Schlachter added the new CEO also demonstrates a very accurate and knowledgeable understanding of the economic strengths and challenges facing Lethbridge and the region, and brings an experience in the agri-food and manufacturing sectors.
“I’m excited to join the award-winning EDL team — they have a strong legacy of proven results and innovative thinking,” said Lewington. “It’s also a unique and powerful advantage to have a volunteer board of directors who are so passionate and knowledgeable about their community as well as the mission of the organization.”
Lewington added, as a result of Lethbridge’s level of diversification, the city has managed to avoid the traditional boom-and-bust cycles associated with oil and gas in the province. He said moving forward, the city needs to stay focused on continued diversification by balancing the cutting-edge opportunities and continued success clients at tecconnect represent.
“At the same time, we will continue to build on our core industries and anchors like the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College.”
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