What is the LEDC?
The London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) is the lead economic development agency for London, Canada. LEDC works with business, government and community partners to attract business investment, develop a connected and supportive business climate and grow London's talented workforce.
What does the LEDC do?
The LEDC provides economic development services including:
- Attracting new business and foreign direct investment to London
- Retaining existing business and assisting with local expansions
- Advocating for improving the business environment in London
- Providing workforce development leadership to connect businesses with education institutes and employment sector agencies
- Marketing and promoting London for business opportunities in overseas markets
- Establishing business support partnerships throughout the community
- Assisting the City of London in development of strategic plans such as industrial lands strategy
In 2015, the LEDC:
- Partnered with The City of London and Downtown London to create The Last Mile Fibre Optic Program. In partnership with the London Small Business Centre, the LEDC launched a multi-phase food and beverage program to support entrepreneurs looking to start their own business. Extra talent development supports were available for smaller companies that don’t have Human Resource staff—assisting over 50 local companies. Introduced a Concierge program, providing answers to frequently asked questions.
- Held marquee industry events including Student-2-Business Career Networking conference and the Best Defence conference to enhance advanced manufacturing cluster and youth engagement initiatives.
- Engaged thousands of audiences, locally and internationally, through websites, blogs, newsletters and millions of quality conversations on social media. Launched and widely distributed the London Magazine locally and internationally in print and online.
Attracted $67 million in corporate investments which led to the creation of 1,700 new jobs
Worked with 650 local companies and developed 58 active expansion projects
Participated in 24 government led site selection tours and/or international investment promotional missions in key markets
Hosted 26 attraction visits by corporate site selectors and decision makers
Assisted companies in accessing more than $12 million in funding from programs including CME-Smart, Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP), Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF) and more
The LEDC Team
President & CEO
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Kapil Lakhotia was named President & CEO the London Economic Development Corporation in 2014 after leading the corporation’s investment attraction portfolio for over 10 years. Under his leadership, LEDC has implemented a new strategic plan, launched a number of exciting initiatives and formed local, regional and international partnerships.
Kapil has provided leadership on infrastructure development, workforce and other important elements of economic prosperity. His efforts resulted in significant new investments and jobs in London through developments including Dr. Oetker, Arvin Sango, Original Cakerie and Natra.
He has led several investment and trade missions around the world and regularly advises senior leaders at all levels of government. Kapil is active in a number of regional economic development initiatives, including Consider Canada City Alliance, Ontario Automotive Communities Alliance and the Ontario Food Corridor.
Kapil holds an Honours degree in Economics from Western University and a Masters of Economics from the University of Waterloo. He has also taught economics at King’s University College, Western University. Kapil is a member of the Fanshawe College Board of Governors, King’s University College Board of Directors, and London Children’s Museum Advisory Committee.
Manager, Business Growth & Retention
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Jack Adams, Manager, Business Growth and Retention. With past work experience in the software, electricity, and forestry industries, Jack joined the LEDC in January 2012 while completing a postgraduate degree in public relations at Western University. Jack provides Growth & Retention support to local business and industry research for LEDC initiatives. When not researching economic development, Jack enjoys cooking, fishing, film, gaming, and sports.
Coordinator, Business Development
Candace joined LEDC in January 2016 while completing a post graduate diploma in public relations and communications at Western Continuing Studies. She supports the business development team by preparing responses to inbound inquiries, collecting data and updating records. Candace is proud of her small-town roots and enjoys outdoor activities. She also likes to experiment with ingredients and try new food.
Director, Workforce Development
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Robert Collins, Director, Workforce Development, brings significant experience from senior roles in provincial and municipal governments in South Western Ontario to this portfolio. More recently he was Vice President of Workforce Development for a leading community employment agency. Robert is active in a number of initiatives designed to address the anticipated labour market shortages and close the gaps between supply and demand - an identified cornerstone of community economic resilience and sustainability.
Robert has taken a leading role in the development of a number of broad based collaborative initiatives (Employment Sector Council of London and Middlesex, United Way’s Young Leaders of Tomorrow, Founder’s Day of the University of Western Ontario among many).
Robert has made full use of London’s fine educational opportunities graduating from the University of Western Ontario, Teacher’s College and Fanshawe College after originally coming from London, England.
Robert continues to be an active volunteer and is currently a member of Western University’s Senate
Director, Marketing and Communications
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Ashley has a strong background in strategic communications planning and execution, as well as media, stakeholder community and government relations. Ashley brings a wealth of experience from over a decade of working in provincial politics where she held a number of positions including, Chief of Staff for the MPP of London West and Senior Advisor to the Minister of Energy at Queens Park.
Ashley has a passion for building relationships, and facilitating effective partnerships. Ashley has taken on a number of other challenging projects in both independent consulting, as well as in roles of Community Relations and Government Relations at Western University. Ashley sits on the board of directors for the Children’s Aid Society, London & Middlesex, is a Trustee on the Brescia University College Board of Trustees, and is very involved with the Centre for Research & Education for Violence Against Women & Children.
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Rachael Courtemanche joined the LEDC team in June 2015 while completing an Honors Specialization in English Literature and Creative Writing at Western University (2013-2016). Rachael creates content for the LEDC website and social media channels, including articles and press releases, while developing and monitoring communications and marketing strategies. Outside of the office, Rachael is an avid reader and weightlifter.
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Primilia Ludaes joined the LEDC in February 2005. As our front office receptionist, Lia answers and direct calls, responds to client and visitor inquiries, handles couriers and mail, orders office supplies and provides support and assistance to our staff.
Originally from the Philippines, Lia immigrated to Canada in 2001. Prior to moving to Canada, Lia worked in Hong Kong providing family care and support. Lia continue to further her education through internal training and computer courses at Fanshawe College.
In her spare time, Lia enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends.
Director, Business Development
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Larry is responsible for the attraction of new investment and the growth of existing companies in the manufacturing, food processing, building products, financial services, and digital creative sectors. He also works closely with all levels of government and partner organizations supporting these sectors.
Larry is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and has been a Western University and Fanshawe College instructor in Entrepreneurship and Marketing Research Methods.
Larry is a Board Trustee of Brescia University College, a member of the London Chamber Global Business Opportunities Committee (GBOC), and a Board Member of Larg*Net.
Manager, Business Development
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Brittany Medeiros, Manager, Business Development. Her passion and curiosity led her into the Technology industry and provided work experience in Ontario’s Interactive Games industry, recruitment, events planning and innovative start-up support services. Brittany provides business development support for small companies on their expansion journeys with special emphasis on the digital creative sector.
Brittany is a proud graduate of Fanshawe College and Western University with a Bachelor of Art and a Bachelor of Science.
Coordinator, Talent Development
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Marketing and Design Specialist
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Katie Wilhelm is the Marketing and Design Specialist responsible for bringing the local and global communications of the London Economic Development Corporation to life.
A graduate of the Graphic Design program at Fanshawe College in London, Katie contributes a wealth of education and experience in corporate branding coupled with an innate artistic creativity that shines through the LEDC’s various projects.
An art enthusiast and community builder, Katie has been involved in the creative cultural sector as event organizer, consultant and entrepreneur professionally since 2009. Katie continues to volunteer with individual artists and collaborative organizations to see the continued growth of London’s arts and culture sectors.
With a passion for digital creative and technology industries, Katie sits as an active member and as President/Chair of LondonFuse New Media Collective.
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Sandra Zarate has strong analytical skills in addition to knowledge of database software and business intelligence systems. She oversees the performance of the CRM software, as well as the database of the Business Directory to ensure their accuracy and integrity with other data sources.
Originally from Colombia, Sandra is fluent in English and Spanish and prior to moving to Canada, she achieved her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a specialization in Marketing. Sandra continued her education through CE at Fanshawe College, receiving certificates in Office Administration and Marketing.
The Board of Directors
Partner, Miller Thomson LLP
Mayor, City of London
Vice-President (External), Western University
President, Auburn Developments
President, Trojan Technologies
President and Chief Executive Officer, Stiris Research Inc
Former President, McCormick Canada Co
Senior Vice President, Western Ontario Region, TD Canada Trust
President and CEO, LEDC
President, ONS Projects
President Emeritus Fanshawe College
President, Digital Extremes
Principal, Southwest Sun
Chair, Chelsey Corporation
President, FMT Consulting