Mr. Hammond received a Bachelors degree in Administrative Sciences (accounting & finance) and a Masters degree in Public Administration from l’Université de Moncton. He was Secretary-Treasurer (municipal administrator) for the Village of Pointe-Verte, N.B. from 1987 to 2001. During this work experience, he was involved in numerous regional organizations (ambulance regional commission, regional development, economic development commission, regional airport commission, regional tourism association, solid waste commission, BNPP regional police service commission).
From August 2001 until December 2012, he held the position of Executive Director for Enterprise Chaleur, a Community Economic Development Agency responsible for the economic development of the Chaleur region. Within his mandate, he has to lead and coordinate economic development activities for the Chaleur region, to provide advice and guidance to the Board of Directors in strategic economic planning, and to manage the priorities activities of the region as expressed in the annual work plan, including investment attraction. He was also an ambassador of the port of Belledune and was part of the adjustment process for the closure of the Smurfit-Stone Mill in Bathurst, and a member of the team that planned the closure of Brunswick Mine.
From January 2013 until March 2015, he was Assistant-Deputy-Minister with the Department of Economic Development for the Small Business Development. He was responsible to manage a team of over 30 people to deliver three programs in support of both business start-up and expansion of existing business.
Since April 2015, he’s been with Opportunities NB, first as the Regional Director for Northern & Southeast NB, with three regional offices in Edmundston, Bathurst, and Moncton and satellite offices in Grand Falls, Campbellton, Shippagan, Miramichi, and Bouctouche and now as Vice-President – NB Business Growth.