Burlington taps acting Halifax Chief Information Officer as new CIO


Published August 9, 2021 at 7:41 pm


Chad MacDonald has been named the City of Burlington’s new Chief Information Officer (CIO).

MacDonald will take over the position on Tuesday, September 7 for former CIO Christine Swenor, who retired in June.

MacDonald brings over 25 years of private and public-sector experience in information technology, telecommunications, and innovation to the City of Burlington.

He has served as Director of Strategic Planning and Delivery and acting CIO with the City of Halifax for the past three years where he was responsible for enterprise-wide IT strategy, operations, and investments.

MacDonald oversaw the implementation of many organizational improvements and enhancements including Enterprise Resource Planning and Identity Management systems and the implementation of customer centric design and user experience practices, data governance and an organizational maturity model.

“We are really looking forward to Chad joining the City of Burlington,” said Tim Commisso, City Manager. “Burlington City Council has made digital transformation for the City a priority; Chad’s experience in this area will be a major asset in moving us in the direction of transforming our digital services to better serve our residents and customers.”

A graduate of the Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University and a certified Project Management Professional, MacDonald also spent 15 years working for the Province of Nova Scotia.

As a director there, he was responsible for the delivery of projects in the areas of Business Registry, Registry of Motor Vehicles, Vital Statistics and Permits and Licensing.

Other responsibilities included leading the Portfolio and Project Management Office which was accountable for all IT delivery and management of cloud services.


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