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Katie Nolan to Succeed Heather Lawless as Executive Director at Grenville CFDC

Prescott – The Grenville CFDC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Katie Nolan has been hired as the organization’s new Executive Director, succeeding Heather Lawless who is retiring from the position in December.

A Kemptville resident, Katie Nolan is an award-winning economic developer with extensive experience in rural community economic development. Well known as a leader in the local food movement, rural community engagement, and business retention and expansion strategies, Ms. Nolan was recognized by the Ontario East Economic Development Commission (OEEDC) in 2019 as the “Ontario East Economic Developer of the Year”.

“Katie Nolan joins Grenville CFDC with a proven track record of rural community economic development and leadership. She is creative, entrepreneurial and a strategic thinker. She is the ideal candidate to succeed Heather Lawless who is leaving Grenville CFDC well positioned to serve the business financing, business advice and community economic development needs of the Grenville County community well into the future,” stated Cholly Boland, Chairman, Grenville CFDC Board of Directors.

Heather Lawless will retire from the position of Executive Director of Grenville CFDC at the end of December after 30 years of leading a dynamic team in the delivery of high-impact programs to the Grenville County community in a performance-based environment. Under her leadership, Grenville CFDC has twice been recognized by Community Futures Ontario as “CFDC of the Year”.

Ms. Nolan will officially take on the role of Executive Director of Grenville CFDC on Monday, November 29, 2021.

Quick Facts
– Grenville CFDC delivers a wide variety of programs and services to support community economic development and business growth. We employ local staff and are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, made up of local residents representing the community.

– Since being founded in 1990, Grenville CFDC has disbursed over 650 business loans totalling more than $33 million dollars, impacting close to 3500 jobs.

– Last year alone, Grenville CFDC disbursed over 60 loans, valued at over $3.3 million dollars and impacting close to 200 jobs – including 46 Regional Relief and Recovery Fund Loans valued at close to $1.9 million dollars, impacting 127 jobs in Grenville.