KEMPTVILLE - For the first time in its history, three area business leaders are honoured recipients of the Bill Thake Memorial Economic Development Leadership Award.
Wendy Banks, of Wendy's Country Market, Heather Howard, of FoxRun By-The-River Retirement Residence, and Gerald Tallman, of Tallman Group, each received the Warden's Award for outstanding leadership in economic development.
"This is definitely a moment to remember - three impressive community leaders being recognized for making this region a better place to work and live," said Leeds Grenville Warden Robin Jones.
Ms. Jones presented the awards with the help of Bill's widow, Marlene, and first-ever Thake Award recipient Glenn Allen at the 9th annual Leeds Grenville Economic Development Summit on Friday at the North Grenville Municipal Centre.
The event hosted by the Economic Development Office was sold out with more than 200 business leaders, not-for-profit organizations and government representatives from throughout the area and neighbouring counties in attendance. The theme was 'Collaborating in a Global Marketplace'.
The keynote speaker was Pierre Cléroux, Vice President and Chief Economist with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). Mr. Cléroux said the arrival of the fourth industrial revolution, known as Industry 4.0, allows companies to improve efficiencies and respond quickly to their customers.
Carey Bidtnes of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation, outlined a major $225-million investment by Feihe International to produce infant formula and the impact it will have on related sectors throughout Eastern Ontario, including Leeds Grenville.
Robert Nolan, Brockville's Director of Economic Development, and Ellen Barton, a Human Resource Leader with Procter and Gamble discussed how the company is supporting employees ahead of the plant's closure in 2020. Presenter David Leonard, of Cardinal Health in Gananoque, said the company is looking to hire another 50 people to keep up with production demand for its defibrillation and ECG electrodes, obstetrics and neonatal devices.
Presentations and video coverage of some of the day's events will be available on our website and YouTube channel in the coming weeks. See the Counties Media Releases page for more coverage on the event and its speakers.
Story courtesy of United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, Economic Development, 32 Wall Street, Suite 300, Brockville, ON