Big Rideau Lake Boat Rentals, See their Success Story below
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We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your feedback regarding the Ontario East Municipal Conference (OEMC). We appreciate and value all the comments we received. 

We took all feedback into consideration when planning the sessions for this year's conference.

We understand and took seriously the comments regarding the location of the conference. We conducted an extensive research into the possibility of moving the conference to an alternate location in Eastern Ontario. After a thorough investigation, we concluded that there is no other facility in Ontario East's membership area that would be able to accommodate the size and scope of the OEMC.

Consequently, we met with the management at the Ambassador Hotel and Conference Centre and expressed your concerns regarding the facilities, staffing levels, and the quantity and quality of the catering at the venue. We have been assured that there will be significant improvements at this year's conference. We will continue to follow up with the hotel to ensure our expectations are met or exceeded.
In our ongoing efforts to keep things "fresh", we are delighted to advise you that we have something new and exciting planned for this year's "closing session". Please see below under the OEMC Highlight for details. 


Bonnie O'Neill and Lucy Medeiros
Ontario East Municipal Conference 2017 -   Highlight

Kingston Penitentiary Excursion
Friday, September 15th
10:00am -12:30pm

Tours through Kingston Penitentiary offer a rare and unique opportunity to go behind the walls of Canada's oldest and most notorious maximum security prison. Closed in 2013, the guided tours provide an up close look at KP as an amazing historical building and a national historic site, which predates Canadian confederation.
Along the tour route you will see the muster area (visitation and correspondence area), north gate, G-Range (cell range) programs wing, main cell dome, segregation/dissociation wing, shop dome, metal shop and recreational yard. The Regional Treatment Centre's Gymnasium includes a mural dedicated to the inmates and staff of Kingston Penitentiary that is truly a feast for the eyes.

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Ministry of International Trade Workshop: Accelerate to International Markets (AIM) Program

Tuesday, August 22nd and Wednesday, August 23rd at the Delta Hotel Waterfront, in Kingston

If you are interested in exporting internationally, but aren't sure where to start, then Ontario Export Services is happy to be your partner at the outset of this exciting journey. The AIM workshops will help set you up for successful exporting of your goods and services abroad.

Ministry of International Trade 
Exporter Preparation Programs

The Ministry of Trade is delivering a series of workshops to interested and early stage exporters in Ontario. Ideal participants are registered businesses who manufacture or produce products or services in Ontario. 

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Twenty20 Pilot Program for Eastern Ontario Manufacturing Sector

Deadline Extended for Applications  - August 30th 2017 

Twenty20 | The Eastern Ontario Youth STEM and Technical Skilled Trades Job Creation Pilot Program, supported in part by the Collaborative Economic Development Projects (CEDP) is delivered across Eastern Ontario by the Northumberland Manufacturers' Association (NMA) and in partnership with the Quinte Manufacturers Association (QMA) and the Kawartha Manufacturers Association (KMA).

Qualifying advanced manufacturers (including agri-food, clean-tech and other industrial SME's) located in rural Eastern Ontario may be eligible to receive up to $20K to create a job with a base annual gross salary of $60K (or more).

Ontario Launches New Sector Partnership Planning Grant

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development is seeking applications for the Sector Partnership Planning Grant up to a maximum of $50,000 per project. Projects will identify workforce challenges among employers in a particular sector, and develop solutions in partnership with employment and training providers. Workforce strategies and skills training opportunities identified through the partnerships will be eligible for funding in future skills training RFPs.   

Applications were posted June 19 and  the deadline to submit applications is July 19, 2017 11:59pm. The successful applicants will be announced August 4, 2017.
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Big Rideau Lake Boat Rentals

Portland - Heather and Rob Heins love being on the water so they have made it their business to get you out cruising the Rideau Canal Waterway. The couple started Big Rideau Lake Boat Rentals 21 years ago. "My family built the very first sailing ships ever built in Canada, with the first one named the Miramichi, so being on the water is in my blood," says Heather. 

Located on the Rideau Canal system, the company has six spacious houseboats, ranging from 32 to 42 feet in length, and three 22-foot pontoon boats. Boats are fully equipped with GPS tablets with the Navionics app as well as paper maps to negotiate the lakes and lock stations. The goal is to offer all the amenities for a carefree and enjoyable time on the water.

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