Geoff has been working in local governments on Vancouver Island in progressively more senior roles for 20 years, most recently as General Manager of Strategic and Community Development with the Regional District of Nanaimo, but also previously with the City of Courtenay and the Comox Valley Regional District. He has lived in the Comox Valley since 2000.
Geoff holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s University, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government from the University of Calgary, and a Professional Certificate in Local Government Administration from Capilano University. His professional expertise focuses on strategic and long-range planning, sustainable community development, climate adaptation, and Indigenous relations.
“I love the Comox Valley, and I’m truly excited to be returning to lead the team at the City of Courtenay,” said Garbutt. “I’m eager to work with Council, engage with the area and get to know City staff. This is a great community and I’m looking forward to taking on this new role and developing strategies to implement Council’s vision.”
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