After a year away…the Progress Breakfast 2017

So, stopped blogging for a while. In reality I’ve struggled to find time for any in depth writing, and some of what I was able to do shifted to Facebook, which I have a love-hate relationship with…in any event, herewith my presentation from the 2017 Progress Breakfast last week.  There was an incredible opening speaker, Nicole Verkindt of CBC’s Next Gen Dragon’s Den, who talked about the path to success for young entrepreneurship and the impact of disruptive technology on just about everything. My talk was both a State of the City update (first ten slides) and then a discussion about shifting service delivery models to being proactive instead of reactive…and leveraging the sharing economy.  here’s the deck:


And I do plan to start writing back here now and again…



About jefflehman
Jeff Lehman is the 46th Mayor of the City of Barrie. The Ward 2 Councillor for the City of Barrie from 2006 to 2010, he was the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Council, chaired the City’s Growth Management Working Group, and created the Historic Neighbourhoods project, a new initiative to protect and revitalize Barrie’s oldest neighbourhoods. Jeff has lived in Barrie for most of his life, having grown up in Allandale and attended Barrie Central Collegiate. Jeff holds a B.A. from Queen’s University, and a Master’s Degree with first class honours from the UK’s prestigious London School of Economics. He was hired to teach at the LSE following his graduation, and lived and worked in London for two years as an academic. Since that time, as an economist, he has worked with cities across Canada to manage redevelopment and invest in their urban infrastructure. In 2005, he established the Growing By Degrees Task Force to assist in expanding university education opportunities in Barrie, and has volunteered his time with many organizations in the City. Jeff lives near Downtown Barrie with his wife, Jennifer, a part-time professor of political science, and their young daughter Cassie, who is already smarter than her father.

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