Stone Crop Acres Winery. See their Success Story below
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The Ontario East Economic Development Commission is seeking nominations to recognize an economic development practitioner in Eastern Ontario as the  Economic Developer of the Year at the  Ontario East Municipal Conference (OEMC) to be held in Cornwall, Ontario  on September 12-14, 2018

Nominations are open to all active and associate members of the Ontario East Economic Development Commission.

If you wish to nominate an individual, please contact Ontario East Economic Development at or at 613-634-8569 for a nominations form.

The form is to be completed and sent to Ontario East Economic Development by the  deadline of 4:00 p.m. Friday, August 24th 2018.

Also, a reminder that the deadline for nominations to the Ontario East Board of Directors is this Friday, July 27th at 4:00pm.   If you wish to nominate an individual, please complete the linked nomination form, and email  to the Ontario East Economic Development Commission,

Don't forget to check out the Events and News below for what's happening in Ontario East. 


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Ontario East Municipal Conference 2018 -  Highlight

Networking Events

Over the years, OEMC has consistently received high marks for providing attendees with the time to network and share best practices with colleagues across the region.

Be sure to attend the following events to make the most of your time at the conference this year:

Wednesday, 5:00pm to 6:30pm: President's Reception/Exhibitor Wine and Cheese, an opportunity to connect with all the exhibitors in one location.

Wednesday, 6:30pm: Taste of the Town, an old favourite with all new locations.  This is your opportunity to join with other delegates of OEMC and experience a selection of Cornwall restaurants that will feature delicious, local foods. (Note, this event is on Wednesday evening, this year.) 

Thursday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm: BBQ Dinner Reception, another popular event with an added twist - an outdoor BBQ featuring local entertainment. 

Click here  to register for the conference and for more information regarding the program

And a reminder to reserve your over-night accommodations at the NAV Centre as soon as possible. 
Developing a HACCP Plan: 
Free Workshop

Tuesday, September 11th
8:30am to 4pm at Innovation Park, Kingston

Kingston Economic Development Corporation is pleased to host a "Developing a HACCP Plan" workshop on Tuesday, September 11 presented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).  Workshop participants will receive a certificate of completion for this course. Registration is limited to ensure that participants are able to work with the food safety advisor to develop a HACCP plan for their individual operations.  For this reason, priority will be given to participants who are employed in the food/beverage processing industries and/or who have responsibility for food safety measures. 

21st TCI Network Global Clusters Conference -  Registration Open

October 16th to 18th
at the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

TCI 2018 is the leading global clusters event for government, business, and academic leaders, to make unexpected connections for economic growth and shared prosperity.

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Northern Cables Inc. expansion in Prescott creates 10-12 new jobs

Prescott - Northern Cables Inc. is investing $2-million in an expansion connecting two of its facilities in the Fort Town.

"It's been a pleasure doing business in Prescott," CEO Shelley Bacon said at the announcement July 16th before a crowd of workers and guests at the Susan Street plant. The 16,200-square-foot addition will connect the Susan Street facility with a Northern Cables building on Wood Street...

The expansion will mean new jobs in Prescott and also another 10-12 at their Brockville sites over the next few years. Northern Cables makes low voltage armoured commercial and industrial cable for the North American market.
The Township of Minden Hills Employment Opportunity

Economic Development, Destination and Marketing Officer

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Economic Development, Destination and Marketing Officer shall be responsible for the planning and implementation of economic and destination development, as well as marketing activities aimed at attracting new visitors, residents, business and investment to Minden Hills. The ideal candidate is expected to bring energy and creativity along with community relations and communications expertise to the role as they grow and enhance the Township's profile. Other varied and exciting responsibilities/initiatives shall include business retention, youth retention, entrepreneurial ventures, promoting existing, new and expanding business, investment, BIA support services, program and event planning, tourism, website and social media administration, advertising, volunteer opportunities, initiatives that support existing and new Township plans, and departmental administration.
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Stone Crop Acres Winery

A combination of many serendipitous opportunities and the wisdom, know-how and willingness to take full advantage of those opportunities could be said to be the 'secret' of success for Norene Hyatt-Gervais, owner and winemaker of Morrisburg's popular Stone Crop Acres Winery, which is celebrating its first anniversary this July.

A veterinarian by trade and training, she had always harboured a passion for wine and the dream of someday opening her own artisanal winery was always in the forefront of her life's ambitions. Shortly after moving to the picturesque eastern Ontario community, a scientist in the U.S. had unlocked the genetic code for creating varieties of grapes that would be able to weather the cold climates of Canada.

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