This week’s round-up of business news includes the opening of nominations now open for the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough’s Judy Heffernan Award and Women In Business Award, an investment of $12.3 million by the Ontario government to expand natural gas access in Kawartha Lakes, a donation by the City of Peterborough and HotSpot Parking of $16,256 in parking fees to Kawartha Food Share, the County of Peterborough seeking nominations for its 2019 Recognition Awards, and Robin Binèsi Cavanagh joining The Canadian Canoe Museum as the new Director of Indigenous Peoples’ Collaborative Relations.
New regional business events added this week include the Innovation Cluster hosting a tax preparation workshop with Gauvreau & Associates in Peterborough on February 19th and Trent University’s Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation Centre presenting Drew Dudley in Peterborough on February 28th.
Coming in March, Harvest Haliburton is hosting a Food and Agriculture Economic Development Forum in Minden on March 5th, the Lindsay Chamber is hosting its annual general meeting in Lindsay on March 6th, and Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development hosting the inaugural Business & Entrepreneurship Conference in Peterborough on March 28th
Nominations now open for Women’s Business Network of Peterborough’s Judy Heffernan Award and Women In Business Award
Nominations are now open for the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough’s annual Judy Heffernan Award and the Women In Business Award.
The Judy Heffernan Award is named in honour of the late Judy Heffernan, a long-time member of WBN and former general manager of the Peterborough Community Futures Development Corporation. She was a tireless promoter of the entrepreneurial dreams and passions of women and acted as a catalyst who empowered and motivated women to have the courage to pursue their dreams of becoming entrepreneurs.
The award will be given to an entrepreneur, mentor, or student who embodies Heffernan’s legacy of humbly helping others succeed. Previous recipients include Louise Racine (2016) and Sofie Andreou (2015).
The Women in Business award will recognize a woman who demonstrates leadership which has led to job creation, innovation, and increased business acumen. The award will also recognize the recipient’s impact on the community at large, including fundraising, volunteering, and other contributions.
Previous recipients include Gwyneth James of Cody & James Chartered Professional Accountants (2016), Amy Simpson of MicroAge (2015), Kerri Davies of Canadian Mental Health Association HKPR (2014), Kyla Gutsche of Cosmetic Transformations (2013), Sally Harding of Nightingale Nursing (2012), Sheridan Graham of The County of Peterborough (2011), Jean Grant of The Toy Shop (2010), Kathy Windrem of BDO Canada (2009), Mary LaRocque of Marlin Travel (2008), Tina Johnston of Fandango Spa (2007), Kim Paget of Paget Dental (2006), Jeannine Taylor of kawarthaNOW.com (2005), Helen Hamilton of Costume King (2004), and Gail Courneyea of Angels of Flight (2003).
Originally created by the Peterborough Examiner, the awards were not presented in 2017 or 2018. The two awards are now being organized and presented by the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough. The deadline for nominations is 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 16th. Nominees will be announced after March 17th, and the awards will be presented at a dinner on Tuesday, April 9th at the Parkway Place Banquet Hall.
For more information and to submit a nomination, visit www.womensbusinessnetwork.net/awards-event/.
Province of Ontario invests $12.3 million to expand natural gas access to Fenelon Falls, Cameron and Cambray
The Ontario government is investing a total of $12.3 million to expand natural gas access to Fenelon Falls, Cameron, and Cambray.
Infrastructure Minister Monte McNaughton and Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock MPP Laurie Scott made the announcement in Fenelon Falls last Friday (February 1).
The expansion project is already underway, led by Enbridge Gas Inc. So far, 32 homes and one business have already been connected. When completed, the project will allow an estimated 1,370 households and 155 businesses access to natural gas in Fenelon Falls, Cameron and Cambray.
Depending on their current fuel source, households and businesses can save up to $1,050 per year on energy costs by switching to natural gas.
“Switching from oil to natural gas would bring the store’s annual heating bill down from about $9,000 to $3,500,” says Diane McNamara, co-owner of Cornerstone Furnishings in Fenelon Falls.
The project will allow an estimated 1,370 households and 155 businesses access to natural gas in Fenelon Falls, Cameron, and Cambray. So far, 32 homes and one business have already been connected.
After making the announcement in Fenelon Falls, McNaughton also visited Peterborough to tour the renovated Peterborough Public Library along with the waste water treatment plant.
City of Peterborough and HotSpot Parking donate $16,256 in parking fees to Kawartha Food Share
Last Monday (January 29), the City of Peterborough and HotSpot Parking announced a donation of $16,256 in parking fees to Kawartha Food Share.
The funds were raised in December by people who opted to pay for parking during the two-hour free downtown parking campaign during the holidays.
The donation will allow Kawartha Food Share to purchase $100,000 worth of food.
This year’s campaign was sponsored by HotSpot Parking, a service launched in Peterborough in December that allows people to pay for parking using an app on their phone. Since HotSpot launched, 1,602 drivers have registered to pay for parking using the HotSpot app.
HotSpot also announced an additional $500 donation to Kawartha Food Share.
County of Peterborough seeking nominations for its 2019 Recognition Awards
The County of Peterborough is seeking nominations for its 2019 Recognition Awards, which recognize residents or groups in the County of Peterborough who has raised the profile or made an extraordinary contribution to the community.
There are 10 award categories: Accessibility Recognition, Acts of Heroism, Agricultural Leadership, Business Leadership, Community Volunteer of the Year, Environmental/Sustainability Recognition, Heritage Preservation, Leadership in Arts and Culture, Sporting Excellence, and Youth.
The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 15th. Nomination forms are available online at ptbocounty.ca/awards, at the County of Peterborough offices located at 470 Water Street in Peterborough. and from any local municipal office, township fire chiefs, local police service boards, schools, libraries, area chambers of commerce, and community care organizations.
Award recipients will be announced in May and the awards ceremony will take place on Friday, May 24th at the Ennismore Community Centre.
Robin Binèsi Cavanagh joins The Canadian Canoe Museum as the new Director of Indigenous Peoples’ Collaborative Relations
Last Wednesday (January 30), The Canadian Canoe Museum announced that Robin Binèsi Cavanagh in the new position of Director of Indigenous Peoples’ Collaborative Relations at the museum.
According to a media release, the new position reflects the museum’s commitment to build and foster relationships with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities in the planning for the new 85,000-square-foot facility beside the Peterborough Lift Lock. Around one third of the museum’s collection is of indigenous origin, which includes birch bark and dugout canoes and skin-on-frame kayaks from communities across Canada.
Cavanagh, who resides in Young’s Pint, is a member of Sagamok First Nation. He will play a key role in facilitating collaborative relations at the museum.
“I am honoured to be a helper, and a facilitator, and to join the museum at this exciting time in its evolution,” Cavanagh says. “Guided by the artifacts in the collection and with the canoe as the connector, we will be building on the relationships the museum has in regions across Canada.”
Haliburton Highlands Chamber hosts breakfast meeting with MPP Laurie Scott in Haliburton on February 5 (Postponed)
Note: This event has been postponed due to expected poor weather.
The Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce is hosting its next “The Breakfast Club” event from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 5th at McKeck’s Tap and Grill (207 Highland St., Haliburton).
Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock MPP and Minister of Labour Laurie Scott is the guest speaker. She will talk about her role as Minister of Labour and what she is planning on for 2019.
The cost is $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members.
Register in advance at events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eg05gl6641591083.
Peterborough Chamber PBX at Peterborough Business Hub on February 5
The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce’s next Peterborough Business Exchange (PBX) takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5th at Peterborough Business Hub (398 McDonnel St., Peterborough).
The PBX networking event is a great opportunity for the business community, employers, consumers, and community agencies to make valuable connections.
Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.
For more information, visit www.peterboroughchamber.ca.
RBC Dominion Securities hosts workshop in Cobourg on February 7
RBC Dominion Securities is hosting a workshop from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7th at Venture13 Innovation Centre (739 D’Arcy St., Cobourg).
The workshop is intended for investors concerned about recent market volatility. The event will help you understand the options, risks, and opportunities that exist in today’s capital markets.
The workshop is free and refreshments will be served.
To RSVP, contact Neil at 905-372-3379 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peterborough Chamber hosts breakfast meeting with Dr. Doug Lukinuk in Peterborough on February 12
The next Peterborough Chamber of Commerce “Chamber AM” breakfast meeting takes place from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12th at Carousel Restaurant & Tavern (116 Lansdowne St. E., Peterborough).
Dr. Doug Lukinuk of Peterborough Max Living Chiropractic Centre will speak on the topic “Stress Overload and the Entrepreneur”.
Networking begins at 7 a.m., with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. (when you can make your best 30-second elevator speech to the room), followed by the speaker at 8 a.m.
There is no cost for the event (order what you like and pay for what you order).
Peterborough Chamber presents Power Hour with local elected officials on February 12
The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce is presenting its annual “Power Hour” featuring Peterborough’s elected officials from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12th at The StoneHouse Hall (2195 Lansdowne St. W., Peterborough).
The Power Hour is a lively interactive dinner and question-and-answer session with Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef, Peterborough-Kawartha MPP Dave Smith, Peterborough County Warden J. Murray Jones, and City of Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien.
Peterborough City and County councillors, along with the Chief Administrative Officers of the City and County of Peterborough and First Nations leaders, will be invited to join individual tables.
The event will be recorded for broadcast on Cogeco’s YourTV Peterborough/Lindsay.
Tickets are $65 per person or $450 for a table of seven for Chamber members, and $75 per person or $525 for a table of seven for non-members.
For more information and to register, visit peterboroughchamber.ca.
Kawartha Chamber annual general meeting in Lakefield on February 13
The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce and Tourism is holding its annual general meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13th at The Village Inn (39 Queen St., Lakefield).
The meeting will feature highlights from 2018 and the election of the 2019 board of directors. The 2017-18 annual report will be circulated to members before the meeting.
For more information, visit kawarthachamber.ca.
Nomination deadline for Haliburton Chamber’s Business & Community Achievement Awards on February 14
Nominations are being accepted for the Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce’s 13th Annual Business & Community Achievement Awards until Thursday, February 14th.
There are awards in 11 categories: Business Achievement, New Business, Customer First Business, Customer First Employee, Tourism & Hospitality, Innovation & Creativity, Skilled Trades & Industry, Young Professional of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Not-For-Profit of the Year, and Highlander of the Year.
Nomination forms are available at www.haliburtonchamber.com.
The awards gala will be held on Saturday, March 30th at the Pinestone Resort & Conference Centre.
Innovation Cluster hosts tax preparation workshop with Gauvreau & Associates in Peterborough on February 19
The Innovation Cluster is hosting “Hands-ON: Tax Prep with Gauvreau & Associates” from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19th in the large ground floor boardroom at VentureNorth (270 George St. N., Peterborough).
Tyler Powers CPA of Gauvreau & Associates will provide attendees with information on business structures (sole proprietor vs. corporation), structure of the tax return for sole proprietors, and the importance of bookkeeping in preparing the Statement of Business Activities for your tax return. The workshop will also cover accrual vs. cash, recording revenue, deductible business expenses, capital assets, and more.
The workshop is free, but registration is requested at www.eventbrite.com/e/hands-on-tax-prep-with-gauvreau-associates-tickets-54858590521.
Port Hope Chamber holds its annual general meeting in Port Hope on February 26
Port Hope & District Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual general meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26th in the Sculthorpe Theatre at Cameco Capital Arts Centre (20 Queen St., Port Hope).
Trevor McPherson, vice president of member services at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, will be the guest speaker.
The meeting will also feature the election of new board members, review and approval of by-law revisions, new style guidelines and marketing materials, and more.
A light lunch will be provided. To RSVP, email email@example.com or call 905-885-5519.
Agilec hosting spring hiring fair in Peterborough on February 26
Employment services company Agilec is hosting a multi-employer hiring fair from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26th at Northminster United Church (300 Sunset Blvd., Peterborough).
Numerous employers looking to hire part-time, full-time, and seasonal positions will be in attendance.
For more information, contact Arlayna Curtin at Agilec at 705-740-2577 ext. 5210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trent University’s Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation Centre presents Drew Dudley in Peterborough on February 28
The Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation Centre (ESIC) at Trent University is presenting leadership guru Drew Dudley from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 29th at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St., Peterborough).
Dudley is the founder and chief catalyst of Day One Leadership, Inc., which helps organizations around the world increase their leadership capacity. His clients have included some of the world’s most dynamic companies and organizations, including McDonald’s, Dreamworks Animation, JP Morgan Chase, and over 75 colleges and universities.
This event is run in collaboration with the Royal Bank of Canada and the Innovation Cluster.
Doors at 6 p.m. The event is free, but you must reserve your seats by registering at www.eventbrite.com/e/trent-university-esic-presents-drew-dudley-live-at-market-hall-tickets-54553981427.
Harvest Haliburton hosts Food and Agriculture Economic Development Forum in Minden on March 5
Sustainable food association Harvest Haliburton is hosting the Food and Agriculture Economic Development Forum from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5th at the Minden Community Centre (55 Parkside St., Minden).
The forum is a chance for interested residents, food producers, farmers, retailers, restauranteurs, elected politicians, municipal staff, and others to learn about the exciting food and agriculture-related projects underway in Haliburton County. Participants can also discover how they can support and shape the future of the local food sector.
Staff from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs will deliver a keynote address on the tools and strategies available to help the area’s local food sector thrive. There will also be discussion topics including selling and branding local food, culinary and food tourism, municipal food planning, and more.
The forum is free to attend and includes a lunch showcasing ingredients from many of the area’s primary food producers.
For more information and to register by February 20th, visit www.harvesthaliburton.com.
Lindsay Chamber hosts its annual general meeting in Lindsay on March 6
The Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual general meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6th at The Auk’s Lodge on Fleming College’s Frost Campus (200 Albert St. S., Lindsay)
You can view the Chamber’s activities and successes of the past year, learn about Chamber initiatives for the year ahead, and review the 2018 financial statement. A motion will be passed for member to accept the next slate of board members.
Refreshments will be provided by The Olympia Restaurant and a cash bar will be available.
For more information, contact Colleen Collins at 705-324-2393 or email@example.com. To register, visit events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eg23a1s2f0dd87e6
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development hosts inaugural Business & Entrepreneurship Conference in Peterborough on March 28
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development is bringing together business owners from across Peterborough & the Kawarthas for the inaugural Business & Entrepreneurship Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28th at the Peterborough Golf & Country Club (1030 Armour Rd., Peterborough).
This is a must-attend event for entrepreneurs looking to learn from industry thought leaders, network with like-minded professionals to develop partnerships and collaboration, and grow and improve their business. Keynote speakers are Nikki Pett on the topic “Relationship Marketing” and Darrell Keezer on the topic “Digital Disruption”, wiht special guest speaker George Anastasopoulos.
There will be an afternoon panel on customer service in the digital age features local business people include Katie Dempsey of Blind Ambition, Bob Gauvreau of Gauvreau & Associates, Mike Watt of Providence/S.O.S./Flavour Fashion, Scott Murison of Wild Rock, and Nicole Truman of Fox Law.
Early bird tickets $40+HST until February 15th ($55 after February 15th) and include breakfast and lunch.
For the complete program and to register, visit www.eventbrite.ca/e/2019-business-entrepreneurship-conference-tickets-54945307895.