Intelligent Cities – how Oshawa plans to thrive despite GM closures
When news came in November 2018 that GM would be closing the largest automotive assembly plant in the world, the news hit the City of Oshawa hard. It was a blow to thousands of employees and 100 years of Canadian automotive history. As devastating as it is, the impact of the closure of the city’s largest employer could have been worse but for the efforts of municipal leaders to look to the future and diversify the local economy.
Oshawa’s strong economic base and balanced economy has led to it being recognized numerous times in recent years, including as a City of the Future, a top small American city of the future, a top Canadian neighbourhood for investment, a top neighbourhood to buy real estate, as well as its fastest growing economy.
Jag Sharma, an electrical engineer with an MBA, joined the City of Oshawa in 2011 and was appointed City Manager in 2015. He worked with city staff to further the municipality’s goal of more diversification to counter declining production at the GM plant and create new opportunities wherever it could.
Sharma will share his experience as Oshawa’s City Manager at a special breakfast, organized by the Schulich Executive Education Centre and JP Gedeon, program director of the Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership.
Join us for this timely and informative session to hear how one municipality planned for the future and how it is coping with the challenge of losing a major employer in turbulent times.