After selling out the past four years, the Leeds Grenville Economic Development Summit’s virtual format this year is allowing more individuals to join the region’s top event. The 12th annual Summit will be a live webcast, with feature keynote address by the Honourable Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. In addition, Dr. Trevin Stratton, Chief Economist and Vice-President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, will be providing a global and national snapshot of the economy. Lisa Severson, Communication / Stakeholder Relations Officer for Eastern Ontario Regional Network, will give an update on Eastern Ontario’s connectivity, and, finally, Ann Weir, Economic Development Manager for Leeds Grenville, will provide a regional update. These top notch speakers will give attendees the most up-to-date information from a national, provincial and local perspective.
The Bill Thake Memorial Economic Development Leadership Award will be presented at the Summit. Also called the Warden’s Award, it recognizes and celebrates a volunteer who has shown outstanding commitment and leadership resulting in the growth and vitality of the Leeds Grenville economy. This year’s nominees include Karen Bedard – Municipality of North Grenville, Janet Campbell – Village of Merrickville-Wolford, and Wendy Merkley – Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands.
The afternoon portion of the agenda will be interactive chat room sessions focusing on the Regional Economic Development Priorities of:
- Small Business, Local Business Marketing and Promotion
- Agriculture and Food
- Manufacturing, Transportation, Logistics and Warehousing
- New Economy Opportunities
Participants will have an opportunity to provide input on the types of initiatives and opportunities the region should be considering.
The Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office delivers the Summit in partnership with MP Michael Barrett, MPP Steve Clark, the Eastern Workforce Innovation Board, and the 1000 Islands, Grenville, and Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporations.
Participants can enjoy all, or a portion, of the day’s sessions. Advanced registration is required to receive the webcast link. The advanced agenda and registration information is available at www.investleedsgrenville.com/summit2020, or you can call 613-342-3840 ext. 5362.
In support of local food products, Counties Economic Development is proud to partner with My Local Markets. Optional food packages are available for $25, $50, and $75, free delivery within Leeds Grenville.