Andy Mitchell, President and CEO

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mitchell_andyAndy Mitchell joined the GPA EDC in October 2006.  He brings a wealth of experience in the fields of politics, finance and economic development to the corporation. In the past Andy has held the position of Community Bank Branch Manager in Cornwall, Elliot Lake and Gravenhurst and has served as the President of the Elliot Lake, Gravenhurst and Northeastern Ontario Chambers of Commerce.  He was actively involved in the municipal economic development activities of the Elliot Lake and Gravenhurst councils and has an extensive background in tourism development.

Andy has a broad background in politics. He was elected as the Member of Parliament for Parry Sound Muskoka in 1993 and served in that capacity for over twelve years. He has held numerous cabinet posts including Secretary of State for Parks Canada, Secretary of State for Rural Development and Secretary of State for FedNor. He also served as Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs and Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food.  He is presently a Director of the Former Parliamentarians Association.
Andy currently serves as President of the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster.  He is also a board member of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Work Force Development Board and the International Consortium on Anti-Virals.

Andy has a B.A in Political Science from Carleton University and is currently teaching fourth year political science at Trent University.