Accelerating Business Episode 7 | Building Relationships and Facing Challenges with Chris Murray, City Manager of Toronto

01 June 2020



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Chris Murray is the former City Manager of Hamilton and is now in the same role with the City of Toronto. He is a city planner by trade, a relationship builder, and a problem solver. Perhaps most notable of his accomplishments, Chris played an intricate role in the completion of the Red Hill Valley Parkway. In this episode, Chris dives into how he solves problems and builds relationships – and discusses how mentorship and education have shaped and will continue to shape, the professional he is in today.

Topics discussed 

  • The City of Hamilton
  • Corporate culture
  • Education
  • Innovation
  • Chris’ role with the City of Toronto
  • Building and Cultivating Relationships
  • Solving Problems in a rapidly growing city

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Video: Accelerating Business, Episode 7

About Chris Murray

 On June 27, 2018, Chris Murray was appointed the City Manager of Toronto. Previously, Chris was the City Manager of Hamilton for almost 10 years where he left an indelible mark. Under his leadership, the City of Hamilton forged ahead with several city-building initiatives including the Pan Am Games, a renewed focus on the downtown and waterfront, a mobility strategy, healthy neighbourhood program and an immigrant entrepreneur program, among many other successful initiatives.

Chris is a registered professional planner with over 25 years of experience implementing and leading major infrastructure, including the currently topical light rapid transit initiative in Hamilton, the downtown McMaster University, City of Hamilton Health Campus and the completion of the Red Hill Valley Parkway. As part of becoming City Manager, Chris was the director of housing and the CEO of City Housing in Hamilton, where he worked with community partners to provide housing options for the most vulnerable in this community. Chris has also led various regional transportation initiatives, having been a driving force in the creation of the Golden Horseshoe Transportation Alliance. Additionally, he is the Chair of the Municipal Benchmarking Network of Canada which collects and shares data from 16 municipalities across Canada to inspire continuous improvement in the delivery of services to our communities.


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