All The Best To #Guelph Deputy CAO Al Horsman!


Guelph deputy CAO accepts expanded role in Sault Ste. Marie:

Below is the City Media Release, my thoughts are after it.

GUELPH, ON, August 25, 2015 – Al Horsman, Guelph’s Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services, will leave the City of Guelph next month to join the City of Sault Ste. Marie as its new Chief Administrative Officer.

“Al informed me of his decision today,” says Guelph’s Chief Administrative Officer Ann Pappert. “While we’re all disappointed, we understand his wish to evolve his own career and take on an expanded role in Sault Ste. Marie.”

Al joined the City of Guelph in 2012.  Since then, he has provided leadership as Chief Financial Officer and most recently in his role as Deputy CAO with oversight of infrastructure, planning and enterprise activities including environmental services; planning, urban design and building; and engineering services. Among his key achievements are two successive credit rate increases in 2013 and 2014; attraction of increased investment and development in the Hanlon Creek Business Park and downtown; and implementation of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. (GMHI).

“On behalf of our executive team and City staff, I extend my sincere thanks to Al for his many contributions to the City of Guelph,” Pappert says.

In the interim period, Derrick Thomson, Deputy CAO of Public Services, will oversee Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise with support from senior management.

Al’s last day with the City of Guelph is September 11, 2015. He begins his role in Sault Ste. Marie on September 28th.


I personaly want to thank Al for his service over the past few years here at the city. I have had an opportunity to speak to him today and wish him all the best in his new role in Sault Ste. Marie. Al has always been kind (and patient I’m sure) with me since meeting me as a city councillor and now as mayor. He gave me good advice today that I will always remember and carry through with me in my leadership role here.

Thanks Al!


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