Agenda and Speakers Announced for Leeds & Grenville Economic Development Summit, ‘Collaborating in a Global Marketplace’ Being Held Friday, November 17th – HomeTown TV12

Agenda and Speakers Announced for Leeds & Grenville Economic Development Summit, ‘Collaborating in a Global Marketplace’ Being Held Friday, November 17th

Agenda and Speakers Announced for Leeds & Grenville Economic Development Summit, ‘Collaborating in a Global Marketplace’ Being Held Friday, November 17th

Brockville – The Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office, in partnership with Gord Brown, MP, Steve Clark, MPP, the 1000 Islands, Grenville and Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporations and the 1000 Islands Region Workforce Development Board, would like to invite you to a day focused on economic development and leadership.

Presentations will provide attendees insight on new developments along with strategies and projects that reposition our local assets.

Visit for registration and more information.

Tickets are going fast! Registration deadline: Friday, November 10, 2017


8:30 am – Registration / Brochure Table Open / Networking

9:00 am – Welcome / Greetings
David Gordon, Mayor, Municipality of North Grenville
Robin Jones, Warden, United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
Steve Clark, MPP, Leeds-Grenville
Gord Brown, MP, Leeds-Grenville, 1000 Islands and Rideau Lakes

9:25 am – Responding to Change

This summer Procter & Gamble, the City of Brockville’s and Leeds Grenville’s largest manufacturing employer, announced it was closing its Brockville facility and moving its production to West Virginia by 2020. This session will look at how the City and P&Gs Team Brockville are working to reduce the impact of this transition by supporting P&G employees and broader community economic development initiatives.

Presenters: Ellen Barton, Human Resource Leader, Procter & Gamble
Robert Nolan, Director of Economic Development, City of Brockville

9:45 am – Creating an Environment to Secure Investment Projects

What does it mean to be “investment ready” and what can be done at the local level to help secure new investment projects? The newly established Ontario Investment Office (OIO) provides customized site selection services to help land investment deals that boost the local and provincial economy. Learn how to partner with the Province to support shared economic development goals.

Presenter: Carrie Manchuk, Manager, Site Planning Coordination Ontario Investment Office, Ministry of Economic Development and Growth

10:15 am – BREAK / Networking

10:30 am – Keynote: Industry 4.0

The 4th industrial revolution is here. Are Canadian entrepreneurs ready? Digital technologies are revolutionizing the way manufacturers are operating and doing business. It’s already happening in Europe and the U.S., with remarkable results. But what’s happening here in Canada? And how can small and mid-sized manufacturers take the plunge?

Learn the results of a fascinating study on how digital technologies are transforming the manufacturing landscape. Discover how Canadian manufacturers are seeing dramatic improvements in productivity, growth, customer satisfaction and the product quality thanks to digital technologies. You’ll also learn how entrepreneurs can introduce them into their own manufacturing business and why it pays to invest in this area.

Presenter: Pierre Cléroux, Vice President, Research and Chief Economist BDC

11:30 am – Leeds Grenville Economic Development Update

Counties Economic Development has been recognized for its exceptional performance. Hear about the key ingredients that have led to success and the opportunities that are ahead.

Presenter: Ann Weir, Economic Development Manager, United Counties of Leeds and Grenville

12:00 noon – LUNCH / Networking

1:00 pm – Bill Thake Memorial Economic Development Leadership Award


Heather Howard – Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands
Gerald Tallman- Municipality of North Grenville
Wendy Banks – Township of Rideau Lakes

Andy Brown, CAO, United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
Deanna Clark, Economic Development Officer

Robin Jones, Warden, United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
Glenn Allen, 1st Recipient of the Bill Thake Award
Marlene Thake

1:20 pm – Feihe International Inc., Canadian Project – Kingston

One of Canada’s largest Foreign Direct Investment Projects from China will see an investment of $225-million that will affect multiple regions and industries across Eastern Ontario. Learn about Feihe’s multi-phase plans to produce their infant formula utilizing cow and goat dairy products and the opportunities for agriculture and local industries ahead.

Presenter: Carey Bidtnes, Business Development Officer, Kingston Economic Development Corporation

1:45 pm – Updates and New Developments

· Nana B’s, Merrickville – Anne Barr
· Cardinal Health – David Leonard
· Kemptville Campus Update – Brian Carré

2:45 pm – Closing Remarks

Friday, November 17, 2017 – Registration: 8:30 am, Schedule: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

North Grenville Municipal Centre, 285 County Road 44, Kemptville, Ontario

$27.00 (including HST), Includes light breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Advance payment is required.

Registration Deadline – Friday, November 10, 2017

For more information, email Joanne Poll, phone 613-342-3840 ext. 5362 or visit

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