Headwaters region well represented at the 2017 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence
The Headwaters region will be well-represented at the 2017 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence with representation as finalists in four different categories. Congratulations to:
Shelburne's STREAMS Community Hub in the running for $100,000 in Aviva funding
Shelburne's STREAMS Community Hub is an arts-centred, youth-focused, inspiration community space in Shelburne.  This initiative was recently accepted as a candidate to receive $100,000 in Aviva Community Funding
Support this opportunity for funding by casting your VOTE between October 10th and 19th, 2017.

Award winners announced at Celebration of the Arts

2017 marked the eighth year that the Town of Orangeville has held an event to celebrate the arts and announce the recipients of arts and culture awards. The recipients of the 2017 awards:
  • Established Artist of the Year: Leisa Way
  • Emerging Artist of the Year: Andrew Cleveland
  • Student Artist of the Year: Jessica Anderson
  • Arts Educator of the Year Award: Heather Holmes
  • Community Arts Volunteer Advocate Award: Harvey Kolodny
  • Community Impact by an Organization Award: HatsOnDufferin, accepted by Stephany St. Louis
  • Community Impact by a Business Award: Orangeville Dairy Queen Grill and Chill, accepted by John Lockyer
  • Creative Cultural Event Award: Peter Pan, Theatre Orangeville Drama Young Company, accepted by Sharyn Ayliffe, Duncan Lang, and Harrison Matthews.
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2017 Headwaters Horse Country Award Recipients 
The Headwaters Equine Leadership Group celebrated leadership & dedication to the equine industry at the Headwaters Horse Country Excellence Awards on September 30th, 2017.
The recipients of the 2017 awards:
* Leadership in Equine Business: Budson's & Nobleton Feed Mill
* Leadership in Industry Building: Equestrian Management Group
* Leadership for the Future: Susan Fripp
* Leadership in Equine Sport: Anglestone Tournaments

2017 Caledon Mayor's Business Awards  
October is Small Business Month and in Caledon it was kicked off with the Small Business Summit Awards Gala. Caledon Mayor Thompson presented awards to three very deserving Caledon businesses: 
Mayor's Green Business Award
To recognize a Caledon small business leaders' contribution to protecting the environment. 
Presented to: David and Faith Clarkson of Applegarth Farm
Mayor's Business Ambassador Award 
To recognize a Caledon business that advances Caledon as a place to do business. 
Presented to: Vera Robinson of The Naked Vine
Mayor's Leadership Award 
To recognize and celebrate innovation, inspiring leadership and significant contributions to the economic development of Caledon. 
Presented to: The Riedelsheimer Family of Caledon Hills Brewery 

Celebrate Ontario 2018 is now accepting applications 
We are pleased to inform you of the launch of the Celebrate Ontario 2018 program. Celebrate Ontario is an annual program that helps festivals and events enhance their programs, activities and services. This support helps grow tourism in the province by making it easier for event organizers to offer new and improved experiences that will attract more tourists and increase visitor spending.

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Food Entrepreneurship: from concept to kitchen to commercialization
- November 2nd, 2017 
The Orangeville & Area Small Business Enterprise Centre and the Ministry of Research and Innovation present the 2017 Bridges to Better Business Conference.
  • Dana McCauley, Executive Director of Food Start, will share proven strategies that will help food entrepreneurs get a strong start, cultivate steady growth and reap ultimate success.
  • Michele Harris of Headwaters Tourism & Phil DeWar of Soulyve will discuss the growing popularity of culinary tourism in Dufferin Country.
  • Learn best practices from these successful food entrepreneurs:
    • Soup Girl - Jennifer Clark
    • Fire in the Kitchen - Christian Horner
    • Laura's Luscious Pies - Laura Ryan
    • Lennox Farms - Brian French
Registration deadline:  October 27, 2017

 2018-19 Tourism Industry Partnership Program: applications now being accepted   
Do you have a marketing campaign that is innovative, targets tourists from outside of Ontario and has strong potential to generate awareness, interest and tourism revenues? If so, the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation's (OTMPC's) Tourism Industry Partners Program (TIPP) may interest you.


Investing in workforce development programs 
The Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) in partnership with Ontario Restaurant Hotel, Motel Association (ORHMA) will bring together regional stakeholders including employers, educational institutes, employment service providers and workforce planning boards to develop strategies that align training with the skills needed by businesses to enable the sector to grow and compete in the new economy.

Greater Toronto Hotel Association provides update on hotel tax
Further to the announcement of the 2017-18 provincial budget, the government of Ontario has provided permissive authority to municipalities to implement a new municipal sales tax on transient lodging. To clarify, permissive authority does not require municipalities to implement the tax. As you are aware there are some municipalities currently who are looking at the potential of the implementation of the tax including the City of Toronto and the City of Mississauga in o ur membership area. Others outside the GTA are also reviewing this option.
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National Trust for Canada: Launch Pad coaching grants 

Trying to improve the financial sustainability of your historic place? The National Trust for Canada has four Launch Pad coaching grants available.
Call for FEO Guide cover photos 
Do you have a great photo you think is cover worthy? Festivals & Events Ontario's 2018 Festivals & Events in Ontario annual Guide needs a great cover photo. If your photo is chosen, we'll give you festival or event a quarter page ad in the 2018-2019 Guide!
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2017 TIAC Tourism Congress  
On November 28-29th, Tourism Congress returns to the Hilton Lac Leamy in Gatineau, QC. This year's Congress will feature some of Canada's most influential political figures, leading industry analysts, media personalities, top-notch executives and entrepreneurs - come and join the conversation! Curious as to what Tourism Congress will be like this year?   

Early registration for TIAC members is open now until Monday, October 2, 2017.  Take advantage now and save $200 simply by registering early!

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Tackling precarious employment in rural Ontario 

The University of Guelph's School of Environmental Design and Rural Development recently released a research report "Help Wanted: Precarious Employment in Rural Ontario."  
Public notice: Alton Village construction 
The Region of Peel is developing plans for the proposed improvements to Main Street South / Queen Street East (Regional Road 136). The proposed work is scheduled for 2018. The Region is dedicated to keeping its infrastructure in good repair. The proposed improvements will improve safety, provide connectivity to features and attractions, and encourage walking and cycling within the village.

Town of Orangeville seeking submissions for Canada 150 art legacy project  
Thanks to funding support from the County of Dufferin, the Canada 150 Wall will be a community art project in the form of a large-scale mural that celebrates Canadian and local themes. Members of the community are invited to participate in the program by submitting artwork, with 50 selected pieces being showcased on aluminum panels on the lobby wall at the Alder Recreation Centre. Designs may be in any visual medium - digital, photography, sculpture, textile, painting, sketching etc.

Submission deadline: October 20, 2017 
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Nominations open - senior & youth of the year awards
The Town of Orangeville has opened nominations for the 2017 Municipal Senior and Youth of the Year awards. On an annual basis, Orangeville Council recognizes and honours an outstanding senior and youth who have enriched the social, cultural or civic life of the community.

Deadline for submissions: October 20, 2017

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Corporate sponsorship revenue generation workshop - October 19th  

If your business or organization is involved in organizing events and festivals, including sporting events, you won't want to miss this workshop sponsored by Sport Durham & Central Counties Tourism.
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Successful staging & logistics workshop - October 12th  
Participants can expect to learn best practices for festival and event staging, and gain insider knowledge into the audio visual world.
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Hockey Canada now accepting bids 

Hockey Canada is now in the process of accepting bids for 2018 and 2019 events. Full details and the process for bidding are available to interested parties. 
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Nominations now open for EDCO Awards of Excellence   
The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) has opened the call for entries for the EDCO Awards of Excellence. The Awards of Excellence are a highly coveted commodity, an honour to receive, and are also a great profile builder and opportunity to showcase your efforts to hundreds of economic development professionals.

Town of Caledon Fall Harvest Business Networking Lunch

Town of Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson is pleased to welcome Jim Harris to present the Caledon Business Community with the concept of Disruptive Innovation on October 18th. Get ready to have your assumptions challenged and your horizons widened by one of North America's foremost thinkers on disruptive innovation, change leadership and sustainability.  
Thank you to all our Leading with the Best partners who work in partnership with us to help promote Headwaters as Ontario's premier rural tourism destination. 
If you are actively engaged in the tourism industry in Headwaters and are looking to expand your marketing reach, we encourage you to consider our  Leading with the Best program. Businesses that take part in our program are promoted as leading tourism experiences and become part of our targeted and featured promotions in Headwaters through our digital and social media platforms. 
Call or email our Leading With the Best Program Manager, Stephany St.Louis, to get more information on how Headwaters Tourism can market your business to tourists.

Register now - 2017 Ontario Tourism Summit
The Ontario Tourism Summit is the premier provincial, industry-wide business conference for members of Ontario's tourism industry to learn the latest trends, share new ideas and best practices, network with colleagues, and recognize industry leaders at the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence. OTS17 will be held November 6th and 7th at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls.


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