After an extensive six month executive search, Mayor and Council are pleased to announce the appointment of Leon Gous, P. Eng, MBA to the role of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), effective September 7, 2021. Chad Turpin will continue to act in the position until September 6, 2021.
“I am delighted to work with Leon in his new position. It was evident throughout our rigorous recruitment process that Leon possess the depth of knowledge and experience we need in this role at the City of Burnaby,” said Mayor Hurley. “His commitment to deliver exceptional services to our community has been unmistakable. Leon’s calming presence combined with his pragmatic attitude and innovative spirit will be a welcomed presence as CAO.”
Mr. Gous began his career with the City of Burnaby in 2013 as Director, Engineering and currently oversees an operating budget of approximately $190 million and an $80 million capital program. Under his leadership, the engineering team has played a key role in designing and delivering critical infrastructure that supports the growth in population and business within the City and corroborates the Regional Growth Strategy of Metro Vancouver. Mr. Gous has extensive experience in municipal governance. Prior to joining Burnaby, he worked with the City of Vernon, where he served as the Chief Administrative Officer for six years after a two-year period as the General Manager, Community Services.
Mr. Gous holds a Bachelor of Engineering (civil) and a Bachelor of Urban Engineering (Honours) from the University of Pretoria, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.
“It has been a privilege to work for the community of Burnaby alongside all the dedicated staff in the Engineering Department,” said Leon Gous. “I am now honoured and humbled to have the opportunity to be able to work with Mayor and Council and all the devoted staff of the City of Burnaby to build a service-focused culture that will ensure we remain a community of choice in the Lower Mainland.”
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