Tim Dobbie

Our Values and Approach


  • We listen

  • We get to understand the culture of the organization

  • We look at the different processes to arrive at the answers

  • We recognize each organization is unique and that no standard approach will work

  • We recommend approaches and strategies that the Organization is capable of delivering

  • We make sure the implementation recommendation will deliver an improvement

About Us

Tim Dobbie is well known throughout the municipal sector, having served the City of Burlington for over 30 years, including 11 years as City Manager. He has experience in every facet of city management, along with a broad range of expertise in private industry and the not-for-profit sector.

His experience includes:

  • Overseeing 700 employees and an annual budget of $100,000,000 as City Manager for the City of Burlington
  • Vice Chair of the Board of Directors Amity-Goodwill
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Burlington Museum Foundation
  • Former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Burlington Community Foundation
  • Former Director of the Jobs Prosperity Collaborative of Hamilton
  • Past Board member for the Institute of Public Administration of Canada
  • Past Member of Board of Directors of the Burlington-Hamilton United Way, President in 2002-2003
  • Past President of the Ontario Municipal Administrators' Association

Tim Dobbie

Tim Dobbie was appointed City Manager for the City of Burlington in October of 1995, overseeing 700 employees and an annual budget of $100,000,000. In June of 2007, Mr. Dobbie retired after 33 years of service. Tim is a graduate of Civil Engineering from McMaster University.

As the City Manager of the City of Burlington, Tim Dobbie was engaged in a considerable number of governance issues dealing not only with the City of Burlington, but also the Region of Halton and the other area municipalities, being Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills. Tim was responsible for assisting Council in their deliberations in 1996 whereby City of Burlington Council agreed to reduce its numbers from 17 (16 Councillors and 1 Mayor) to 7 (6 Councillors and 1 Mayor). Other governance projects Mr. Dobbie undertook during the time that he was City Manager for the City of Burlington, included a “Who Does What” review of all municipal services in Halton Region. This work was done by Tim and the CAO's of the other municipalities in the Region. Other significant governance work involved the review of the possibility of amalgamating Flamborough with Burlington, work with the other area municipalities on the implementation of a 311 phone system as well as a long and involved process dealing with regional roads in Halton Region.

Mr. Dobbie was born and raised in Hamilton, receiving all of his schooling in the Hamilton / Burlington area. He has been a member of the Burlington Community Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Burlington-Hamilton United Way, where he served as President in 2002-2003 and the Hamilton-Burlington YMCA. He also served as a Board member for the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), is a Past President of the Ontario Municipal Administrators' Association (OMAA), as well as a former Board member of Burlington Hydro. In October 2006, Tim received the Engineer of the Year award from the Hamilton-Halton Professional Engineers Chapter of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and the Hamilton Engineering Institute. In April 2009, Tim received the Canadian Public Relations Society, Hamilton PR Professional of the Year award. This award is given to a lead manager of an organization who demonstrates a commitment and belief in the value of public relations as an effective business strategy. Tim is a former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Burlington Community Foundation as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Goodwill Amity Group.

Mr. Dobbie formed a consulting business upon his retirement from the City of Burlington drawing upon his experience in management, leadership, land use development and government relations. Tim is the former Director of the Hamilton Jobs Prosperity Collaborative. He has been involved in many executive searches including the City of Brampton, Cambridge Markham, Burlington Library, Brant County and Oxford County and the Canadian Urban Institute; organizational reviews in Belleville, Scugog, Region of Waterloo, Town of Parry Sound, City of Hamilton, City of London, Brant County, Centre Wellington, City of St. Thomas, as well as a governance review for the Region of Peel determining planning responsibilities between Peel and the area municipalities – Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon; developmental application reviews in Town of Lincoln, Brant Country and the City of London, governance review of two committees of the Niagara Region, strategic plan consultation for Region of York, Region of Waterloo, Town of Lincoln, Royal Botanical Gardens; consultations for land developers in Burlington, Georgetown, Elora and Hamilton as well as executive assistance for Horizon Hydro, MNP and Ameresco. In 2012, Tim served as the Interim City Manager for the City of London for a period of six months.

Tim Dobbie is also an associate of Promeus, an executive search firm that provides solutions for executive recruitment and selection in the Education, Government, HealthCare, Municipal, Private, Public and Not for Profit sectors.

For more information about Promeus, visit promeus.ca.

Associate Consultant - Tracey McQueen

Tracey McQueen has a Bachelor Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies and Business Administration from Brock University. She started her career as the Marketing Coordinator for Hamilton/Burlington YMCA's then moved to coordinating all recreation programming for the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto for several years showing her adaptability to work with many sectors.

Twelve years ago Tracey moved to the public sector with the City of Burlington. At the City of Burlington she was instrumental in the implementation of Tansley Woods Community Centre strategic plan, a facility with banquet facilities, library, swimming pool and a gymnasium. It is in this role that Tracey increased sponsorship by 65% with a formal naming and sponsorship strategy. It was a result of this strategy Tansley Woods was able to build a $200,000 indoor play structure with new revenue streams and a reduction in operation cost. Tracey then moved responsibilities to overseeing the marketing and special events for the City of Burlington and administrating all the facility allocations and account relationships for over 200 sport and community users.

In 2012 Tracey was part of the 'core team' that developed an unique partnership with Halton District School Board, Burlington Public Library and the City of Burlington to develop a three-storey, 142,810 square-foot (13,267 square metre) high school; a 12,273 square-foot (1,140 square metre) joint integrated library and a 53,886 square-foot (5,006 square metre) recreation facility that was opened on time and on budget in the Fall of 2013.

Since joining Tim L. Dobbie Consulting in the Fall of 2014, Tracey has completed the facilitation for the St. Catharines and Elliot Lake Strategic Plan with the Mayor and Council and Senior Staff, assisted with the Application Review for the Town of The Blue Mountains and the Implementation Plan for Royal Botanical Gardens Strategic Plan and the hiring of an new Chief Administration Officer and Executive Director's role for the Town of Lincoln, Grimsby and the Multi Service Centre in Tillsonburg.
Tracey is very passionate about community development and facilitation which is illustrated by working with over 250 community groups, businesses and organizations in her past roles. Her relationship building skills, innovative ideas and approaches to problem solving are her strengths. She is committed to making the tough decisions for the betterment of all issues.

Tracey also finds the time outside her work life to be an active community leader, coach and operate a successful business, Sports Concept which provides recreational and educational programs for children of all ages.

Associate Consultant - Bob Carrington

Bob began his career with four years at International Harvester Co. and four years in the city of Hamilton's finance department. He then joined the city of Burlington in 1974 as the assistant to the city treasurer. While in Burlington, Bob became city treasurer and director of finance in 1994. He served as general manager of the corporate services division (overseeing Finance, Legal, HR, IT and City Clerk) commencing in 2000 and, as part of the city's general manager rotation, was general manager of the community services (overseeing Roads and Parks Maintenance, Recreation and Fire Department) and development and infrastructure (overseeing Planning, Engineering and Building) divisions. Carrington was acting city manager in 2007.

During this time he also continued his education and completed the Society of Management Accountants course and became a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) which led to a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation in 2014. In addition to his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation, Bob has an AMCT designation from the Association of Municipal Managers Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario. He has completed the Queen's University Program for Public Executives and also retains membership in the International City Managers Association. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Burlington Hydro and is a past President of the Burlington Municipal Employees Credit Union.

After 35 years with the City, in 2009 Bob established his consulting business, CCi Carrington Consulting inc. The company was built on his reputation as a successful and effective manager and his broad range of municipal, financial and management experience.

In his consulting roles Bob has participated in work with the Jobs Prosperity Collaborative and the Citizen's Forum on Area Rating in Hamilton with Tim L. Dobbie Consulting, as well as projects with the Hamilton Utilities Corporation, McMaster University, Mohawk College, Liberty Energy, and other municipal clients.

His initial consulting work at Mohawk College led him to be engaged in a number of roles including a six month term as Interim President in 2014. In both employee and consulting positions at Mohawk, he has helped lead a $100 million renewal of the college while fulfilling the following roles:

  • August 2014 to December 2014 - Interim Vice President, Corporate Services
  • February 2014 to July 2014 - Interim President
  • January 2012 to January 2014 - Associate Vice President, Facilities and Property Development
  • January 2011 to January 2012 - Senior Vice President, Corporate Services
  • September 2010 to December 2010 - Acting Vice President, Student Services
  • June 2009 to November 2009 - Acting Vice President, Corporate Services

Associate Consultant - Nancy Johnson

Nancy F. Johnson is a seasoned professional with a twenty-year career managing voluntary sector organizations. She is a versatile writer, editor and researcher with a Master's degree in journalism. Her hands-on experience in collaboration, fundraising, public awareness, volunteer management, programme development and administration—combined with her outstanding writing skills—make her the ideal choice to help your organization meet a special communications or management challenge.

Nancy has partnered with Tim. L. Dobbie Consulting Ltd. on projects with the Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton Community Foundation, and several municipal projects, including organizational reviews for the Township of Centre Wellington and the County of Brant, where she focused on survey design and communications.