March 3, 2021 eNewsletter
Ontario East Events
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Women’s Entrepreneurship Program – Event
On March 4, 2021, women entrepreneurs can invest in themselves by attending the StrikeUP Digital Conference for Women Entrepreneurs with a lineup of dynamic women speakers and panelists. For more information visit
North & Eastern Ontario Local Food Virtual Conference
10am to 12pm, Every Wednesday from March 10 to 31, 2021

A series of Free Webinars exploring the diverse perspectives on Local Food

The COVID-19 pandemic has created immense opportunity and pressures for local food systems. It showed how critical these systems are, as well as exposing weaknesses that make them vulnerable. The goal of these sessions is to explore the hard-won lessons learned from a global pandemic that can help local food businesses and organizations strengthen as a result.
Keynote speaker Dr. Evan Fraser will kick off the series. Dr. Fraser is a professor of geography and the Director of the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph. A passionate communicator, he has written for the Globe and Mail, the,,, the Walrus and the Ottawa Citizen, and has authored popular non-fiction books about food and food security; most recently Uncertain Harvest, published in 2020.
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Ontario East Talent Identification Support Project Update

As part of OE-TISP, the Workforce Development Board (WDB) and the Centre for Workforce Development (CFWD) are working in collaboration on a career pathways project with Edge Factor. The career pathways project includes the delivery of an Edge Factor Community Hub for each organization.

The WDB Community Hub and CFWD Community Hub provide FREE local labour market information to help the youth and job seeker communities explore what local industries are important and to provide valuable insights on job outlook and growth.

WDB and CFWD are also filming eight local videos for construction, manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality, and tourism with many already included in the Local Virtual Workplace Experiences Videos feature within the Edge Factor platform.

You can watch the video series on the WDB and CFWD Community Hub in the Local Virtual Workplace Experience Videos section here and here!

More Local Virtual Workplace Experience Videos on Manufacturing, Tourism and Health Care are coming soon!
North Glengarry Employment Opportunity

Full Time Position: Economic Development & Communications Officer

Application Deadline: 12 (noon), Friday, March 19, 2021

The Township of North Glengarry is seeking an independent, enthusiastic, dynamic individual who is also a strong team player to support clients through economic development activities. The emphasis will be on business retention & expansion strategies, business start-up assistance and the continued implementation of the Township’s Community Improvement Plan, Development and Marketing Strategy, and Economic Development Strategic Action Plan.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of three years’ experience in a related field, and marketing and/or public relations skills. The candidate will also possess excellent interpersonal skills and have the ability to multi-task. Relevant post-secondary education and/or economic development designation are considered an asset.
Chronicling the rise and fall of an industrial powerhouse

By Ronald Zajac, Feb 27, 2021, The Recorder & Times

The 20th century was Brockville’s industrial golden age, and The Recorder and Times was there to chronicle its rise – and fall.

One of the names appearing most often in our pages as Brockville reached its Fortune 500 zenith, then suffered its decline, was Dave Paul.

Brockville’s economic development director, who retired four years ago, started on the job at city hall in 1988.

When he retired in February of 2017, Paul recalled working with Doug Ellis, the top city hall administrator who hired him, on some major manufacturing successes as the region reached new heights as a manufacturing powerhouse.

“It was the heydays,” Paul recalled as he retired. “We had over 5,000 people employed in manufacturing.”

“That was the era of the Fortune 500 names.”
Congratulations to EDAC's Marketing Canada Award Winners 

Ontario East wishes to extend congratulations to the following award winners from eastern Ontario:

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