"We located Stellar Pharmaceutical Inc. in London due to our most important asset - people. London provides a qualified labour force for our company's future growth and a quality of life that is second to none, making it easier to attract key personnel. The LEDC and its talented staff have kept Stellar involved in local business networks and provided valuable services that are important to the growth of our business."
London’s new City Manager is a dynamic and respected leader who has more than 20 years of municipal government experience, as well as an extensive educational background. Art Zuidema was confirmed today as London’s new City Manager effective August 13, 2012.
Mr. Zuidema comes to London from the City of Hamilton, where his most recent position was Director Corporate Initiatives. In this role, he has been responsible for strategic planning, corporate-wide initiatives, communications and chairing the senior management team. His previous positions with the City of Hamilton include Senior Solicitor and Executive Assistant to the City Manager.
“Council believes that Mr. Zuidema’s experience and vision make him the perfect choice to lead the City over the coming years," said Mayor Joe Fontana. “He has an extensive record of bringing diverse teams of people together to deliver results. Mr. Zuidema’s municipal experience, combined with his ability to gain the respect and trust of those around him will be a tremendous asset to London and to our organization.”
Mr. Zuidema is 49 years old and is married. He and his wife Jyoti have an eleven year old daughter Zoe. He has earned two masters degrees in Public Administration and Business Administration from Western University. He also holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Urban and Regional Planning). He is an Adjunct Professor at Western University, teaching Municipal Law in the Masters of Public Administration Program, with previous teaching positions at the Ivey School of Business, Seneca College and Conestoga College.
“I am very excited and honoured to have the opportunity to contribute to the community of London,” said Mr. Zuidema. “I look forward to working with Council, City employees and community members as we continue to deliver high quality services and results for Londoners.
Jennifer Buchanan Mayor’s Office Tel: 226-919-9025