BEDC E-Newsletter
Say Hello To Our 2015 Annual Report!
T he Best Place to Live is also the Best Place to Grow
This year's annual report is anything but typical. It's vibrant, energized, and designed to inspire! Created by local illustrator Michael Byers, the front and back covers fold out to create a  mural highlighting all of the wonderful things that make Burlington not only one of the best places to live, but also to grow.  In fact, we were so excited about the artwork, we decided to capture its creation on film. 
Designed with the City of Burlington's new 25-year Strategic Plan in mind, the report highlights the City's focus on areas that are important to quality of life and economic growth. 

Click here to read the full report,  and to watch Michael bring the mural to life.
BEDC Feet on the Street
BEDC AGM, Burlington: My Place to Grow brought business, partnership, and leadership to the forefront
Left to right: Archie Bennett, Antoine Shiu, Karen Grant, Alf Zeuner, Shaun Pennell, Scott Mackey, Maureen Barry, Ron McKerlie
In addition to unveiling the 2015 annual report, we introduced our  Speaker Spotlight Series, where we heard from three unique businesses that are growing right here in Burlington: Angel One Investor Network (Karen Grant), Cogeco Connexion (Antoine Shiu), and Adlib (Scott Mackey). We also recognized four individuals who have demonstrated Outstanding Leadership in Economic Development: Archie Bennett (Kinneil Capital Inc.), Alf Zeuner (AXYZ International), Maureen Barry (Burlington Public Library), and Shaun Pennell (Halton Hive). 

Fi nally, a keynote address from Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie highlighted the importance of partnerships, and how Mohawk and Burlington will continue to work together to attract and retain top talent in our communities. 
BEDC Executive Director Frank McKeown and Adlib CEO Peter Duff
BEDC Presents 2016 Export Development Award to Adlib 

On April 8, more than 500 members of the Burlington business community attended The Burlington Chamber of Commerce's annual Business Awards Gala. BEDC was thrilled to be a part of it when we presented our 2016 Export Development Award to Adlib. 

Founded in 1998, Adlib employs more than 140 people and develops all of their software right here in Burlington. More than 5,500 organizations in the Energy, Life Sciences, Insurance and Banking sectors, among others, around the world leverage Adlib technology. With their technology solutions, Adlib helps organizations enhance content-centric processes by unlocking the value in unstructured content. To learn more, click here.
Upcoming Events

Cyber Security Symposium 2.0

Hosted by Sheridan College, this half-day symposium will provide the landscape of Cyber Security in today's business world. Targeted to executives and management in a variety of industries, from business, to government, to food services and health care.

Halton Futures Innovation Summit & Awards 

BEDC is proud to sponsor this inaugural one-day conference bringing together leading companies, influencers, and entrepreneurs to connect, collaborate and celebrate new innovative technologies being developed and put to work right here in Halton Region.

Kno wledge@DeGroote: What Now? A Guide to Your next Phase in Life

Whether you're thinking of retirement, wondering about a potential promotion or considering a career change, it is essential to know what you value. Going with the flow does not get you closer to what you want. 
BEDC has partnered with the DeGroote School of Business to design an executive education program tailored specifically to the needs of family-owned and closely-held businesses. Don't miss this great opportunity!

Ron Joyce Centre
Small business does not mean simple. Get beyond the basics of your B2B or B2C small or medium-sized business. This program is designed for family-owned and closely-held businesses in Burlington and the surrounding area. Learn about four specific topics that are important for small businesses:
  • Succession Planning
  • Governance
  • Attracting and Developing Talent
  • Risk Management
Register for individual courses, or receive a 10% discount when you register for all 4.
Governance (July 27)
Check it Out!
BEDC Announces Launch of Site Selection Tool, BurlingtonSites
What if you could complete 97% of your site selection process in just one click? With BEDC's newest online tool, you can! BurlingtonSites is your first stop every time you start your site selection process. Much more than a site selection mapping tool, BurlingtonSites allows you to access everything from real estate and business intelligence to demographic and industry breakdowns in one place.

Click here to start using BurlingtonSites now!
Calling all small, medium-sized and large corporate technology companies operating in Halton. If you want your achievement in technology innovation and commercialization recognized, then submit your nomination for a Halton FUTURES Innovation Award today! Nominate your own company, or another company in Halton, by 5pm Monday April 25, 2016. Click here   for more details.  
BEDC is pleased to announce a new partnership with Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) and its Canadian Manufacturing Network  to support the launch of ManufacturingGPS, an online Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) system  for tracking key workforce trends and occupational intelligence. EMC is also seeking manufacturing employers' input to implement ManufacturingGPS. To learn more , click  here .
Study of Sustainable Business Practices in Burlington, Ontario: A University of Waterloo student research team is performing research on sustainable business practices in Burlington. All respondents will receive an Executive Summary of the results to see how they compare to their sector.  For more details, click  here .