Chatham-Kent Announces Kyra Knapp as Economic Developer for Wheatley's Revitalization

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is excited to welcome Kyra Knapp as the Ontario-funded Economic Developer for Wheatley, embarking on a crucial two-year mission to spearhead the town's economic revitalization. This appointment comes in response to the devastating gas explosion in August 2021, with the Wheatley Task Force and Knapp at the helm of a comprehensive recovery and development strategy, fully funded by the province with a budget of $450,000.

Knapp brings to Wheatley her expertise in economic and community development, underpinned by a strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Her accolades include being named one of EDCO's Top 10 Economic Development Professionals in 2021 and securing a spot in Business Elite's 2023 Top 40 Under 40 in Canada, highlighting her as a visionary leader. Kyra's adeptness in municipal and Indigenous economic development, underscore her comprehensive approach to fostering regenerative economic practices.

Her role will focus on project management for the Wheatley Task Force, driving projects aligned with the municipal-provincial agreement to foster economic growth, supporting business retention & expansion, engaging with community business leaders, and acting as Wheatley’s ambassador. Her efforts are aimed at promoting recovery and sustainable economic strategies to rebuild and strengthen Wheatley’s community and business landscape.

“We are grateful for the provincial support and for the opportunity from Chatham-Kent to have participated in the selection process,” said Wheatley Task Force Chair Howard Gabert.  “We felt that Kyra’s professional background and leadership attributes made her the ideal candidate to take on this important role.  We are confident that she will bring significant momentum to Wheatley’s recovery and help the community move forward in a progressive and positive way.”

Stuart McFadden, Chatham-Kent’s Director of Economic Development, echoed this sentiment, “We’re confident that this position and Kyra’s leadership will add significant momentum to Wheatley’s recovery. The future of the community is bright and we know that this position will go a long way in helping the community move forward in a progressive and positive way.”

Knapp’s appointment marks a significant step towards Wheatley's recovery and long-term development, promising to leverage her extensive experience for the benefit and resurgence of the community.

Chatham-Kent Economic Development is committed to fostering a dynamic and resilient economic environment. With a focus on innovation, sustainability, and community, it aims to drive growth and prosperity across the region.




Media Contact:

Eric Labadie

Manager, Corporate Communications

Municipality of Chatham-Kent

519-360-1998 x 2039



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