Leeds-Grenville – The upcoming Leeds Grenville Economic Development Summit is focusing on blending Industry 4.0 into our local diverse economy while building our businesses.
Keynote speakers at the 11th annual event will talk connectivity, how virtual reality technology can help with choosing a career, the process of building a state-of-the-art distribution centre and making it a success story, as well as new funding opportunities and removing regulatory roadblocks. The Summit is being held on Friday, November 22nd, at the North Grenville Municipal Centre in Kemptville.
This popular event has sold out the past three consecutive years, and fewer than 40 tickets remain. Registration, advanced agenda and speaker announcements are available on the event website at http://www.investleedsgrenville.com/summit2019 or you can call 613-342-3840 ext. 5362.
The Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office, 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, is hosting the event.
Two highly anticipated keynote addresses will be featured during the day-long summit. The Honourable Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, will discuss Ontario’s key initiatives to remove regulatory roadblocks to help small business and reduce their costs.
Three top officials from Johnstown’s Giant Tiger Distribution Centre will reveal how the company repositioned itself in the marketplace and became one of this area’s leading technology adopters. Mike Quinn, John Hubbard and James Johnstone will discuss their implementation challenges, the many wins with new technology as well as new processes in both distribution and transportation.
Lisa Severson, of the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) will provide an update on Eastern Ontario’s regional digital strategy, what has been achieved to date, and how $213-million in funding will improve cell service by building on the new broadband infrastructure. Employment + Education Centre’s CareerLabsVR session and simulation will show employers and job seekers how they can be better educated and empowered in making career choices that lead to higher employee retention rates.
Highlights of the recently completed Business Retention and Expansion Report – the Counties’ largest outreach to business to date – will be presented by Leeds Grenville Economic Development Manager Ann Weir. A total of 300 Leeds Grenville businesses from across all sectors were surveyed over the past 18 months. Ms. Weir will also share other departmental updates and the next steps for 2020.
To finish out the day there will be local updates from JAE Automation and funding organizations. The funding session will include a breakout session to allow more individualized conversations on how to build your business using available funding opportunities.
The Bill Thake Memorial Economic Development Leadership Award will be presented midday before the lunch break. The nominees are Ken Davies, from the Township of Rideau Lakes, Terri Dawson, of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, and Debbie Wilson, of the Municipality of North Grenville.