Economic Development Leadership Award


It’s time to nominate an economic development  community leader!

The Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office is asking individuals, councils and economic development committees to identify candidates for the 11th annual Bill Thake Memorial Award for Economic Development Leadership.

Many volunteers help to improve the economic vitality of Leeds Grenville and its many communities. Our goal is to honour them for their ongoing efforts.

Our 2020 winners were Janet Campbell, owner of Mrs. McGarrigle’s Mustard and Fine Foods in Merrickville, and Wendy Merkley, co‑owner of Andress Boat Works in Rockport, for their extensive volunteer work in their respective communities.

Since the award was launched, 14 area economic development leaders have earned the award, with a total of 38 nominees also recognized for their outstanding community work.

If you have someone in mind within the 10 member municipalities of Leeds Grenville, consider putting their name forward. You can connect with us at [email protected] or call Deanna Clark at 613‑342‑3840, ext. 5360.

For more information and nomination forms in both Word and PDF, visit our Summit 2021 webpage.

The award will be presented at the annual Economic Development Summit on November 19, 2021, which is being held virtually.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 24, at 4 pm.


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