January 16, 2020 E-Newsletter
Ontario East News
If you have any news that you would like us to share, we would love to hear about it. 
Please forward to  info@ontarioeast.ca
Ontario East Economic Development Commission Seeks
New Executive Director
The Ontario East Economic Development Commission is looking for an experienced Executive Director to oversee all operations, functions and activities. The successful candidate will be the face of the organization, responsible for advancing the strategic directions; implementing a high quality vision; providing organizational leadership and risk assessment; responsible for day to day operations managing the administration, finances, programs, events and activities of the Commission.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and supervises staff and contract positions for approved projects to meet the goals of the organizations. We will offer a competitive salary and opportunity for the Executive Director to be located anywhere within the Ontario East geographic region.
Feasibility Study an d Business Case for an
Eastern Ontario Local Food Aggregation/Distribution Centre -
Focus Groups Invitation
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED) is currently evaluating the feasibility to develop a Local Food Aggregation/Distribution Centre (Local Food Centre) in Peterborough County. The Feasibility and Business Case Study will assess the need to establish a wholesale marketplace that will facilitate the aggregation, storage and distribution of locally produced food to wholesale buyers in the Eastern Ontario region. 

This process involves gathering opinions, ideas and visions through focus group discussions from food producers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, distributors, educational institutions and other stakeholders involved in the Eastern Ontario food ecosystem.

To support the information gathering process, you are invited to participate in one of our three, 90-minute focus group sessions organized and managed by our consulting group, Explorer Solutions, to ensure that your voice and insights have a meaningful impact.
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership: Cost-Share Funding-
Intake Now Open

Applications for the Place to Grow: Agri-Food Innovation Initiative will be accepted from January 6-27, 2020

The Place to Grow: Agri-food Innovation Initiative is part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3-billion commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada’s agri-food and agri-product sectors.

Cost-share funding is provided to agriculture and food-value chain partners who identify sector opportunities and address challenges. 

Funding for Sectors and Strategic Solutions funding streams will support agriculture and food value-chain partners in addressing emerging challenges and opportunities with sector-wide benefits.
Ontario East Events
Visit the Ontario East  Events Calendar  and stay up-to-date on what's happening
in East ern Ontario.
If you have any events that you would like us to share, we would love to hear about them. Please forward to  info@ontarioeast.ca
Ontario East Annual General Meeting
Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Toronto
3:15pm to 5:00pm, Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Ontario East will be holding its Annual General Meeting during the EDCO Annual Conference and Showcase.

At the AGM we will recognize outgoing directors, welcome new directors and elect new officers, approve audited 2019 financials and provide an update on our activities.

This event is free and open to all members of the Ontario East Economic Development Commission.

This event is free and open to members and anyone who is interested in learning more about the Ontario East Economic Development Commission. 

We hope to see you there!
Ontario East Municipal Conference (OEMC) 2020
NAV Centre, Cornwall
September 16-18, 2020
Call for Speakers and Session Topics Open

Please click HERE for details and information regarding the Call for Speakers for OEMC 2020. Or, if there are topics or speakers that would be of interest to you, please click HERE. The deadline for session submissions or topics is February 28, 2020.

We invite you to forward the Call for Speakers fo any other individuals or organizations you feel would make a contribution to this great event.

NEW! Reservations at the NAV Centre Now Open
CIFFA Canada-European Union:
The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
1:00pm to 2:00pm, Friday, January 31, 2020

This workshop covers the contents of Canada’s most important free trade agreement since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and its impact on various parties involved in international trade. 

Participants can benefit from a pre-recorded lecture, a list of questions and answers from a previous session and a one-hour live session.

Participants will have access to a pre-recorded lecture upon registration. It is recommended that they listen to the recording prior to the live session on January 31, 2018.
EDCO 63rd Annual Conference and Showcase
Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Toronto
February 4 to 6, 2020
This year’s Conference theme, Get Your Game on at #EDCO2020, challenges economic developers to be game-changers and champion new and inventive ways to break through the status quo in an ever-changing landscape.

Ontario East Success Story
Naylor Systems
Superior Quality and Service Passed Down Through the Generations Key to Naylor Systems Success

It’s an inspiring story of how an idea meant to help students learn about welding and fabrication ended up becoming the foundation for a business – one that is considered to be an industry leader, with customers from coast to coast and an unparalleled reputation for product and customer service excellence.

Such is the tale of Cameron, Ontario’s Naylor Systems, a family-owned and operated firm that has been designing and constructing a variety of docks and marine systems, including their exceptional and popular range of boat lifts, since 1975. Kaye Naylor was a licenced tool and die maker with a natural gift for engineering. In 1974, the shop teacher and budding entrepreneur worked with his high school shop class to build a steel boat lift. Seeing the effectiveness of the lift in action, Naylor’s neighbour asked to have one build for his boats. Four more orders came in from friends and acquaintances that summer and the next thing Naylor and his wife Aileen knew, they were in the marine business.
Ontario East Economic Development Commission
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