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MEDIA RELEASE: Inspiring Creativity and Innovation

United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
25 Central Ave. W., Suite 100 Brockville, ON K6V 4N6 T 613-342-3840
800-770-2170 TTY 800-539-8685 F 613-342-2101



KEMPTVILLE: Inspiring creativity and innovation is the theme for the much anticipated 2012 Economic Development Summit set for Friday, November 30 at the North Grenville Municipal Centre.

Area business leaders will tell their stories at the summit hosted each year by the Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office in partnership with Gord Brown, MP, and Steve Clark, MPP, the 1000 Islands, Grenville and Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporations and the 1000 Islands Region Workforce Development Board. Leeds Grenville Warden Mel Campbell and North Grenville Mayor David Gordon will provide greetings.

“These are local success stories showing the need for creativity and innovation during challenging economic times,” said Ann Weir, manager of the Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office.

“We will also hear updates on major regional projects, learn more about the now-permanent Eastern Ontario Development Fund (EODF), review labour market trends and outline achievements in both regional economic development and the Leeds Grenville Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP),” Weir said.

Featured presenters Port of Prescott General Manager Robert Dalley, Aquatarium Executive Director Bill Rogerson, and CN-CA Eagle Point Winery Project Development Manager Tom Lawler will discuss how their businesses have adapted to become competitive in today’s economy.

Leeds Grenville business leaders Zach Treanor, owner of Gananoque’s Axelworks, Colin Goodfellow, CAO of Kemptville District Hospital, and Henry Oosterhof, co-owner of the Greenbush high-tech Jobo Farms, will tell us how they overcame challenges and improved their operations.

Registration begins at 8:30 with the summit schedule running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The deadline to register is Friday, November 23. The cost, with advance payment required, is $20 and includes lunch. Register by emailing joanne.poll@uclg.on.ca or online at www.leedsgrenville.com/en/invest or fax to 613-342-3298.

October 16, 2012

Media inquiries:

Ann Weir, Economic Development Manager, United Counties of Leeds Grenville 32 Wall Street, 3rd Floor Brockville, ON, K6V 4R9


613-342-3840, ext. 5365 or ann.weir@uclg.on.ca


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