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Sheila Jones Named City of Burlington’s New Executive Director of Strategy, Risk and Accountability

Sheila Jones, City of Burlington Executive Director of Strategy, Risk and Accountability.
Sheila Jones, City of Burlington Executive Director of Strategy, Risk and Accountability.

*Please see media release below issued  by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont. — Dec. 13, 2019 The City of Burlington is very pleased to announce that Sheila Jones is the successful candidate for the position of Executive Director of Strategy, Risk & Accountability. Sheila’s new role will be effective on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. More than 90 applications were received, and Sheila was the successful candidate among all the applicants. The applications received were individuals from both the public and private sectors.

The position of Executive Director of Strategy, Risk & Accountability is a new position to the City as part of a new organizational design implemented in September that put more emphasis on strategic management, risk assessment and public accountability.

“On behalf of City staff, I want to congratulate Sheila on her new position. Sheila brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of risk management and accountability. Having Sheila dedicated to working closely with the Burlington Leadership Team and leading our strategic planning and risk management functions, including oversight of the implementation of Council’s Vision to Focus work plan, will ensure the goals within the plan are met.” — Tim Commisso, City Manager, City of Burlington

Prior to her new role, Sheila was the City’s Auditor, a position she has held since she began with the City of Burlington in 2009.

From 2013-16, Sheila led the Business Performance Advisory Unit that introduced Service portfolios and business plans to the organization. Prior to working at the City, Sheila worked with RBC Financial Group. Sheila holds a MBA from Queen’s University, is a Certified Government Auditing Professional, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Internal Auditor and has Certifications in Control Self-Assessment and Risk Management Assurance.

Sheila’s position will have corporate responsibilities for strategy execution, business performance, service reviews, continuous improvement, change and risk management. Sheila will champion the organization’s strategic plan and corporate strategies and related risk mitigation initiatives.

Filling the Executive Director position will complete a key role and team in the City Manager’s Office. Reporting directly to Sheila will be the positions of Business Performance Manager and Manager of Strategic Initiatives & Corporate Projects. Chief among Sheila’s responsibilities will be to lead this team in monitoring, guiding and reporting back, on a regular basis, on the City’s Vision to Focus workplan. From Vision to Focus is the City’s work plan that prioritizes key strategic directions from Burlington’s long-term 25-year Strategic Plan and details key goals and strategic actions required to move these priorities forward during this term of Council.


Congratulations to Sheila on her new role at the City. Strategic management, risk assessment and public accountability are three very important pillars at the City of Burlington and I know Sheila will uphold them well and ensure we are on track in hitting the goals we have set out in our Vision to Focus work plan.

*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist.

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