November 28, 2019 E-Newsletter
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Ontario East and Invest Ottawa Agree to Cooperate on
Economic Development at FDI Forum in Nation's Capital,
November 26, 2019
On November 26, the Ontario East Economic Development Commission hosted an FDI Forum in Ottawa to raise awareness of investment opportunities in our region. We met with corporate realtors, developers, government officials and other organizations with an interest in promoting eastern Ontario as the best location for business in Ontario.

To start off the event and affirm the importance of cooperation in regional economic development  Shelley Hirstwood, President of the Ontario East Economic Development Commission and Michael Tremblay, President and CEO of Invest Ottawa signed an agreement to strengthen regional economic development co-operation and collaboration for the benefit of Eastern Ontario.

Moving forward both organizations will be working together to support each other's mandates for a stronger Eastern Ontario. If you are interested in learning how to participate in future programming like this please contact us at!
Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Employment Opportunity
Position: Manager Economic Development

Application Due Date: December 16, 2019, 12:00 noon.

The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SDG) is located along the St. Lawrence River in the south-eastern corner of Ontario. SDG is “Where Ontario Began”, and is rich in heritage, tradition, and culture with an abundance of historical sites, great events, and beautiful attractions. With a population of 65,000, SDG is primarily rural yet close to urban centres such as Cornwall, Ottawa, and Brockville.

The County is presently accepting applications for the full-time position of Manager of Economic Development. This position reports to and receives direction from the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and is responsible for developing, managing, and implementing the approved economic development programs and initiatives of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry. 
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Ontario East Annual General Meeting
Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Toronto
Wednesday, February 5, 2020


Ontario East will be holding its Annual General Meeting during the EDCO Annual Conference and Showcase on Wednesday February 5th.

At the AGM we will welcome new directors and recognize outgoing directors, elect new officers, approve 2019 financials and provide an update to members on new directions for 2020.

More details to follow soon.
The Future AgriWorkforce: Data, Strategies & Opportunities
10:00am to 11:30am, December 12th
Join the Agriculture Economic Development and Planning COP to learn more about forecasted labour shortages and strategies to promote careers in the agri-food industry.

This free webinar will focus on ways to use the labour market information from CAHRC and resources from AgScape to address workforce challenges and opportunities in your communities.

It is aimed at economic development organizations and practitioners, and will focus on ways to use the LMI data and resources from AgScape to address workforce challenges and opportunities in your communities.
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
South Pond Farms
Nestled in the breathtaking and peaceful Bethany Hills near Pontypool lies a unique family farm that is helping to redefine the way people see and interact with rural life. The site emphasizes the inherent beauty as well as the bounty provided by nature, and the power of community and gathering together to celebrate good food, family friends and a simpler, more sedate and sustainable life.

Such is the experience one has when pulling into the driveway at South Pond Farms, which has been owned and operated since 2006 by Danielle French, who is also the inspired creative force behind all of its amenities and special programs.

Working alongside her partner Shawn and oldest daughter Carlyle Apps, it is a busy site, with visitors coming from far and wide to walk the grounds and the neighbouring Kawartha Land Trust trails, or to indulge their palate with the regular lunches or special dinners, a monthly First Nations event. As well the farm is playing host to more family celebrations and retreats.

As the old saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention, and in order to be able to live full time on her dream property, French needed to maximize the revenue generating potential of the farm. Her long standing love of cooking started the ball rolling, and soon one idea and one necessary change to the almost continual expansion and diversification of the property’s uses and facilities over the past decade.
Ontario East Economic Development Commission