Niagara Regional Council Fills Key Post with New Planning Commissioner

Welcome Michelle Sergi – Most Recently Chief Planner for Waterloo Region – to Niagara this July 19th

Diana Huson

“The importance of the work undertaken by the Region’s Planning and Development Services – whether it be managing development approvals, planning for the future of our communities or designing policies to protect Niagara’s natural environment, cannot be underestimated. Michelle’s experience and leadership will be critical as we work to ensure that Niagara’s social and economic future is one we can be proud of.”                         – Pelham Regional Councillor and Chair of Niagara Region’s Planning and Economic Development Committee, Diana Huson

A News Release from Niagara’s Regional Government

Posted June 11th, 2021 on Niagara At Large

Meet Niagara Region’s incoming Planning Commissioner, Michelle Sergi

Niagara, Ontario – Michelle Sergi joins Niagara Region as Commissioner of Planning and Development Services Niagara Region is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Sergi as the Region’s new Commissioner of Planning and Development Services.

Sergi’s appointment was approved at a Special Council meeting on June 10, and follows an extensive, Canada-wide, recruitment process that was undertaken by an independent recruitment agency. She brings with her a proven track record of success in a wide variety of areas, including strategic planning, policy development, natural heritage protection and relationship-building.

As Commissioner, Sergi will be part of the Region’s Corporate Leadership Team and will lead the Planning and Development Services Department, which comprises Infrastructure Planning and Development Engineering, Long-range Community Planning and Development Approvals.

Sergi comes to Niagara Region with more than 20 years’ experience in planning policy and development. Her most recent position was as the Director, Community Planning and Chief Planner with the Region of Waterloo. Sergi also gained many years of experience at the City of Hamilton, where she held a number of increasingly senior positions within the City’s Planning Division.

Sergi will begin her role as Commissioner of Planning and Development Services on July 19.

Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley


“The role of Commissioner of Planning and Development Services is an important one, especially as we continue work on Niagara’s new Official Plan – a project that will have far-reaching impacts on our community for years to come. I along with all of Regional Council, look forward to working with Michelle as we make progress on this project, and the many others undertaken by our Planning and Development Services staff.” ~ Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley

“Michelle’s years of experience and unique expertise in her field will be valuable assets, both within the Planning and Development Services Department, and across the organization, as we work together to move forward on Council’s Strategic Priorities. I’m excited to welcome her to Niagara Region.” ~ Acting Chief Administrative Officer Ron Tripp

“There are many exciting initiatives and projects underway at Niagara Region. I’m excited for the opportunity to work with the talented team in Planning and Development Services, other Regional staff, our local municipal partners and business community to move these important projects forward.” ~ Michelle Sergi, Commissioner of Planning and Development Services

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