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Frank Miele





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  • Local economic development
  • Urban planning
  • Municipal finance
  • Civic administration and management


Frank Miele held several senior positions as commissioner of economic development for over 35 years with Niagara Falls, Scarborough, and Vaughan, Ontario. He was also the town manager for Meaford, Gravenhurst and Erin.

Frank currently teaches local economic development at:

  • Ryerson University School of Urban & Regional Planning
  • York University School of Public Policy and Administration
  • Seneca College School of Law & Public Administration (also teaches Municipal Finance)

Frank is a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.

Education background:

  • 1979: University of Waterloo, bachelor of environmental studies (honours in urban & regional planning, political science minor)
  • 1986: University of Waterloo, certificate & diploma in economic development
  • 1990: University of Waterloo, master's of applied environmental studies-- (local economic development)  

Research Interests:

  • Business succession planning
  • Digital innovations that stimulate new enterprises and job creation
  • Tourism: Leveraging natural and cultural assets to drive growth and innovation through digital media

Selected Publications:

Miele F. (2017). Local Economic Development: An Introspective in Theory and Practice.  Toronto, ON: The Economic Development Journal Publishers.

Professional Affiliations:


Digital Cultural Innovation Hub – Matera, Italy

  • 5G network development

  • Digital augmented reality apps

  • Smart City portal to cultural tourism


Selected Publications & Presentations:

  • Ontario Municipal Management Institute, President, 2000-2001
  • Economic Development Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in the economic development profession, 1998
  • Certified Municipal Manager III, Ontario Municipal Management Institute, 1995
  • Richard Preston Award, International Economic Development Council, in recognition for outstanding long-term contribution towards enhancing the educational advancement of the Economic Development Practitioner (first Canadian recipient), 1995
  • The Economic Development Journal of Canada, Founding Editor/Publisher, 1988 - present
  • President’s Award from the Economic Developers Council of Ontario in recognition of valuable service to the Council and the profession, 1988, 1991 and 1995

Position Currently Held:

Academic Coordinator/Instructor

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  • SBB-446, South Bond Building