Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | November 21, 2017
Economic Development Summit
Economic Development Summit draws
sell-out crowd, three award winners
KEMPTVILLE - For the first time in its history, three area business leaders are honoured  recipients of the Bill Thake Memorial Economic Development Leadership Award. 

Wendy Banks, of Wendy's Country Market, Heather Howard, of FoxRun By-The-River Retirement Residence, and Gerald Tallman, of Tallman Group, each received the Warden's Award for outstanding leadership in economic development.

"This is definitely a moment to remember - three impressive community leaders being recognized for making this region a better place to work and live," said Leeds Grenville Warden Robin Jones. 

Ms. Jones presented the awards with the help of Bill's widow, Marlene, and first-ever Thake Award recipient Glenn Allen  at the 9th annual Leeds Grenville Economic Development Summit on Friday at the North Grenville Municipal Centre. 

The event hosted by the Economic Development Office was sold out with more than 200 business leaders, not-for-profit organizations and government representatives from throughout the area and neighbouring counties in attendance. The theme was 'Collaborating in a Global Marketplace'.

The keynote speaker was Pierre Cléroux, Vice President and Chief Economist with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).  Mr. Cléroux said the arrival of the fourth industrial revolution, known as Industry 4.0, allows companies to improve efficiencies and respond quickly to their customers.

Carey Bidtnes of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation, outlined a major $225-million investment by Feihe International to produce infant formula and the impact it will have on related sectors throughout Eastern Ontario, including Leeds Grenville.

Robert Nolan, Brockville's Director of Economic Development, and Ellen Barton, a Human Resource Leader with Procter and Gamble discussed how the company is supporting employees ahead of the plant's closure in 2020. Presenter David Leonard, of Cardinal Health in Gananoque, said the company is looking to hire another 50 people to keep up with production demand for its defibrillation and ECG electrodes, obstetrics and neonatal devices.

Presentations and video coverage of some of the day's events will be available on our website and YouTube channel in the coming weeks. See the Counties Media Releases page for more coverage on the event and its speakers.
Top feature photo: Recipients of this year's Bill Thake Memorial Award are from left Heather Howard, Gerald Tallman and Wendy Banks.

Keynote speaker Pierre Cléroux and Leeds Grenville Warden Robin Jones.

P&G HR Resource Leader Ellen Barton with Rob Nolan of the City of Brockville.

Tom Russell and Heather Lawless of the 1000 Islands and Grenville CFDCs, partners in the event.

North Grenville CAO Brian Carré provided an update on the plans for Kemptville Campus at the summit.
North Grenville receives EODP funding
Kemptville Campus will receive $84,900 for redevelopment through the Eastern Ontario Development Program's (EODP) Community Innovation projects stream. The announcement was made by Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation's Executive Director Heather Lawless at the summit.

"This investment in the Municipality of North Grenville will assist in repurposing a significant community asset, increasing community capacity for business development and positioning the community for economic diversification activities," said GCFDC Chair Chris McCorkell.

The funding is pending completion on the sale of the former Kemptville College Campus to the Municipality of North Grenville from the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario, a provincial agency of the Ontario government. Once the sale is complete, the money will help to transform Kemptville Campus into a multi-tenant, education and community hub focusing on three pillars: education and training, health and wellness, and economic development.

Learn more about the Kemptville Campus Renewal
Regional Marketing

Publicize your upcoming event in the FEO Guide
I t's time to submit your listings for the Festivals and Events in Ontario Guide 2018-2019. It's Free!

Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) is producing its consumer publication and is now accepting festival and event listings. To be considered, your festival or event listing must be submitted to both the Festivals and Events website and the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation website

DEADLINE:  Friday, December 1, 2017
Workforce Survey
Help identify regional workforce needs 
Your assistance is requested. The 2017 EmployerOne Survey is now underway. If you completed the survey last year, you are invited to enter your updated information. If you have not participated before, please take a few minutes to let them know more about your business and workforce requirements.

Complete the survey. The first 50 that fill out a full survey will receive a $10 Tim Hortons gift card.

Need help?
Contact Maureen Keeler
T: 613-382-7462

Upcoming Event
Still time to register for the Ignite Inspiration Tourism Summit

LANSDOWNE - Hosted by the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, the summit will feature keynote speakers Guy LaFlamme, Executive Director of Ottawa 2017, and Carol Greenwood, of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario.  Learn about the benefits of sourcing local, networking within and building businesses together.

WHEN:  Friday, November 24, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
WHERE : Lansdowne Community Hall,  1 Jessie Street, Lansdowne
COST:  Free 

Learn more about this upcoming event by visiting our  Workshops and Seminars  page.
Workshops and Seminars
WSIB Supporting Return to Work Services Program

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board is presenting this session on how a return to work specialist can assist employers with their WSIB claims. The agenda will include Return to Work Services and work transition.

WHEN: Thursday, November 28, 12-1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Buell Street Bistro, 27 Buell Street, Brockville
COST: $20 + HST for non-members, Free for HRPA members. Lunch is included.

Business Mentorship Series

Topics of discussion will include: Successful Alliances in Business, Business foundations, Social media Do's and Don'ts, Networking 101. 

WHEN: November 28, 
12-1 p.m.
WHERE: Prescott Town Hall, 360 Dibble Street, Prescott
COST: Free. Bring your own lunch. Treats and coffee provided.
Diversity Day session

Learn about intercultural communication challenges and solutions from a local perspective at the Leeds & Grenville Diversity Day. The workshop will enhance your ability to communicate with people from different cultures and backgrounds.

WHEN: Wednesday, November
 29, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Brockville Country Club, 1548 King Street West, Brockville
COST: Free. Lunch and snacks provided.

Register by November 22.
HR Essentials, Human Rights Legislation

This session provided by the Employment and Education Centre looks at Criminal Records - The Business Case for Hiring and What you can and cannot do according to Human Rights Legislation. The presenter is Robyn Holmes, a court worker and bail supervisor with the John Howard Society. 

WHEN: Tuesday, December 5, 7:30 registration, 8-10 a.m. 
WHERE: Employment and Education Centre, 105 Strowger Boulevard, Brockville
COST: Free. Seating is limited

Contact Kim Barkley at 613-498-2111, ext 245 or kim@eecentre.com 
WordPress Design for non-designers

This session gives an overview of the process for setting up a WordPress website. For attendees with laptops, you will have access to your own WordPress test site to follow along and go through the exercises. 

WHEN:  Tuesday, December 5, 10 a.m. 
to 12 noon
WHERE:  Small Business Advisory Centre, 91 Cornelia Street West, Smiths Falls
COST:  $20 or $25 if combined with WordPress
Workshop for Beginners (same day and same location, 1-3 p.m.)

To learn more and register, visit our Workshops and Seminars page.
Workshops and Seminars