may 21st 2019 
Evonik Maitland Site, See their Success Story below

The end of May is just around the corner and Ontario East will be hosting its Quarterly Meeting and Networking Event  in Hawkesbury next week, on Friday, May 31st. 
With its focus on tourism, there is less than a week left to register  for this timely event. See below for the agenda highlights. 

And check out this year's  OEMC Opening Keynote Speaker. 

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Ontario East Quarterly Meeting and Networking Event-

9:00am to 3:30pm, Friday, May 31st at the Centre Culturel Le Chenail in Hawkesbury

Agenda Highlights

Morning Presentation 1 - Tourism development in Prescott and Russell:
  • Forêt Larose - Manon Besner (Video)
  • Festival de La Bine - Alain Lapensée
  • Fromagerie St-Albert- Éric Lafontaine
  • CANAMEX - David Gillespie
  • Popsilos - Jennifer Larocque
Morning Presentation 2 - Making sure your region is on the map:
  • Local Food Counters - Geneviève Bougie
  • Cycling Map - Louise Bissonnette
  • Ready for Investment Sites Mapping - Olivier Berthiaume
Afternoon Tours: 
  • The Green Beaver Company
  • Beau's Brewing Company

Ontario East Municipal Conference (OEMC) 
NAV Centre,  Cornwall
September 11 to 132019
Click HERE for conference rates and to register for this year's event. 

Click HERE if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or in booking a booth. 

Reservations for accommodations at the NAV Centre are open for OEMC 2019 as well. Click HERE for rate information and for the link to make your reservations. 

Opening Keynote Speaker:
Meg Soper, Motivational Humorist, 
Co-Author of From the Stage to the Page

9:00am, Wednesday, September 11th

Meg Soper is recognized as one of the premier motivators in North America. She combines her unique blend of comedy with inspirational stories to connect with her audience, break barriers, and deliver practical strategies for being more effective at work and at home.

Agriculture Advisory Committees:
Case Studies and Lessons Learned  
Free Webinar

10:00am to 11:30am,  Thursday, May 23rd 

Join the Agriculture Economic Development and Planning COP for an engaging session on the structure, mandate, membership, and general experiences of Agricultural Advisory Committees. Findings from a recently released report by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance will be highlighted. 

Stories of Rural Entrepreneurship Programming Free Webinar Series

ROI is pleased to highlight case studies of how communities and organizations are supporting entrepreneurship development in rural Ontario.

Join this webinar series to dive deeper into these case studies. 

Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs May 28th, 2019 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Emily Morrison, LaunchPad YATC
  • Barb Smith, Brock Youth Centre
  • Tracey Snow, Business Development Officer, Lennox & Addington
  • Chris Garwood, Economic Development Coordinator, Norfolk County
 Re-Purposing Space, June 6th, 2019 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Jack Baribeau, Elgin Innovation Centre
  • Peter Miller & Carla Leon, United Church of Canada
  • Mike Farrell, PEC Food Hub
 Eco-System Building June 12th, 2019 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Paul Nichol, Huron County CFDC
  • Mark Hastings, Enterprise Facilitator, Hastings County
  • More TBD
Win This Space June 20th, 2019 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Jan Hawley, Economic Development Officer, Huron East
  • Trina O'Rourke, Cotton Harvest Quilt Shop.
  • More TBD

Canada's Free Trade Agreements: How to benefit from them - 
Free Seminar

2:00pm to 3:30pm,  Monday, June 3rd, in Ottawa

Canada currently has 3 major Free Trade Agreements (NAFTA, CETA & the TPP) plus smaller ones with 14 countries, providing Canadian entrepreneurs with great international opportunities but how exactly do they work and how can we benefit from them, both from an exporter's and an importer's point of view?

This seminar will explain how these Trade Agreements are structured, the benefits for the trade in goods, the rules of origin, customs and documentation requirements, the benefits for services, and where to find the relevant information. This session will be of interest to companies and individuals currently involved or wanting to get involved in international trade, in particular importers and exporters of tangible goods.

FDI 101: Attracting Foreign Direct Investment for Practitioners Training
Registration Deadline, May 22nd!

June 4th and 5th, in Toronto

This 2 day session will be helping 'experienced and new economic developers' to: 
  • evaluate the local/regional FDI attraction potential; 
  • develop new strategies & programs;
  • and measuring impacts.
It will also provide participants with a general overview of investment promotion, prospecting and services functions. 

This session represents a great networking opportunity and a dynamic forum to discuss roles and responsibilities, while at the same time, consolidating local/regional, provincial and federal partnerships.

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Canadian Experience Fund for tourism related projects

Driving innovation and growth:
  • The Canadian Experiences Fund (CEF), delivered by regional development agencies across the country, is a two-year $58.5-million national program to help Canada's tourism sector innovate and grow.
  • FedDev Ontario has been allocated more than $11 million to deliver this Fund in southern Ontario.
FedDev Ontario is looking for:
  • Municipalities
  • Not-for-profit organizations operating in the tourism sector
  • Incorporated businesses, including:
    • Businesses and/or corporations
    • Indigenous-owned businesses
    • Co-operatives
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Evonik Maitland Site

Maitland - The Evonik Canada Inc. Maitland Site team continues to expand its product into new markets.
The hydrogen peroxide producer is part of multi-national Evonik Industries, a world leader in specialty chemicals. Locally, Evonik employs 26 skilled workers and prides itself on having a top safety record and being a good neighbour.
"We have a green product and markets for that are growing," says Plant Manager Rod Hartley. "We're looking toward the future - we use the term 'futurize' - with new markets that are profitable but also sustainable."
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