businessNOW – April 8, 2019

Featuring the Innovation Cluster's interim president and CEO, an expansion of Cameco Capitol Arts Centre, Northumberland Chamber Business Achievement Awards recipients, and more

John Gillis will be the new interim president and CEO of the Innovation Cluster Peterborough & the Kawarthas effective April 30, 2019, when Mike Skinner takes a leave of absence to run in the federal election. (Photo courtesy of Innovation Cluster)
John Gillis will be the new interim president and CEO of the Innovation Cluster Peterborough & the Kawarthas effective April 30, 2019, when Mike Skinner takes a leave of absence to run in the federal election. (Photo courtesy of Innovation Cluster)

This week’s round-up of regional business news includes the announcement of John Gillis as interim president and CEO of the Innovation Cluster while Mike Skinner takes a leave of absence to run in the federal election, the planned expansion of Port Hope’s Cameco Capitol Arts Centre, the recipients of the Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Business Achievement Awards, a job opportunity at the Workforce Development Board/Local Employment Planning Council, the opening of nominations for the Peterborough Business Excellence Awards, and an award for the Peterborough DBIA’s Downtown Vibrancy project.

Also featured this week are the nominees for the Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Awards of Excellence, the launch of “JA Days” for Grade 7 and 8 students by Junior Achievement, local restaurateur Cameron Green running from Port Hope to Peterborough for charity, the City of Peterborough’s Susan Sauvé receiving an award from Share the Road Cycling Coalition, and the Spud and The Bull food truck opening for the season on the Victoria Day weekend.

New regional events added this week include the Peterborough Chamber’s breakfast meeting with Gail Moorhouse on April 9th in Peterborough and a lunch seminar with Ashley Lamothe of Creative Kwe on April 17th in Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development hosting a meet and greet on April 17th in Fenelon Falls, the Kawartha Chamber’s Business After Hours event on April 24th in Young’s Point, the Innovation Cluster’s “Power Breakfast” on clean energy and technology on April 26th in Peterborough, the Bobcaygeon & Area Chamber of Commerce’s Awards of Excellence gala on April 27th in Bobcaygeon, the April 30th deadline for nominations for Kawartha Chamber 2019 Business Awards of Excellence, and the Bears’ Lair Entrepreneurial Competition’s final pitch event on April 30th in Peterborough.


John Gillis will lead the Innovation Cluster as its new interim president and CEO

Incoming  interim president and CEO John Gillis joined the Innovation Cluster in 2017 as a cleantech innovation specialist. (Photo courtesy of the Innovation Cluster)
Incoming interim president and CEO John Gillis joined the Innovation Cluster in 2017 as a cleantech innovation specialist. (Photo courtesy of the Innovation Cluster)

John Gillis will be the new interim president and CEO of the Innovation Cluster Peterborough & the Kawarthas effective April 30th.

Current president and CEO Michael Skinner is taking a leave of absence on that date to run as the federal Progressive Conservative candidate for Peterborough-Kawartha in the federal election, which will be held on October 21, 2019.

Gillis joined the Innovation Cluster in 2017 as a cleantech innovation specialist, to further the economic development organization’s focus in clean technology. He has supported various cleantech startups throughout Peterborough and the Kawarthas.

“I am thrilled to be taking this step forward and help continue startup job creation in this region,” Gillis says. “Peterborough has become a hub for entrepreneurs and the Innovation Cluster is looking forward to see innovation continue to expand in each of the technology sectors we support.”

Current Innovation Cluster president and CEO Mike Skinner is taking a leave of absence to run as the Conservative Party of Canada candidate for Peterborough-Kawartha. (Photo courtesy of the Innovation Cluster)
Current Innovation Cluster president and CEO Mike Skinner is taking a leave of absence to run as the Conservative Party of Canada candidate for Peterborough-Kawartha. (Photo courtesy of the Innovation Cluster)

Skinner became President and CEO in February 2016, and helped lead the Innovation Cluster by establishing The Cube business incubator as a base of operations in downtown Peterborough, where it now supports more than 80 startups. Since 2016, the Innovation Cluster has made an economic impact of $35,230,719, with 395 new jobs created by 107 technology and youth startups.

Gillis will now lead the Innovation Cluster’s planned expansion of on-site business services into Lindsay, in partnership with the City of Kawartha Lakes’ economic development team.

 

Port Hope’s Cameco Capitol Arts Centre announces $1.75 million expansion project

The main stage of the Cameco Capitol Arts Centre in Port Hope. (Photo: Cameco Capitol Arts Centre)
The main stage of the Cameco Capitol Arts Centre in Port Hope. (Photo: Cameco Capitol Arts Centre)

The Capitol Theatre Heritage Foundation has announced a $1.75 million expansion project for the Cameco Capitol Arts Centre (a.k.a. “The Capitol Theatre”) in Port Hope.

The expansion project will “improve the facility’s function as a performing arts venue, provide a better theatre experience for patrons, and increase access for artists, performing arts groups, and community use and access”, according to a media release.

The not-for-profit entertainment venue has a 390-seat main stage along with the 80 to 100 seat AK & Bob Sculthorpe Theatre. Because the Sculthorpe Theatre is used as a rehearsal space while the main stage is being used, it is unavailable for performances or community access for eight months of the year.

The expansion project will:

  • expand the main floor lobby to allow patrons (including those with limited mobility) more space in which to congregate, access concessions, mingle prior to performances and during intermissions, and enter and exit the facility without undue crowding. The expanded space also becomes usable for receptions, small trade shows, and a variety of other community use.
  • create a new second-floor rehearsal facility above the expanded main lobby space, effectively making the Sculthorpe Theatre usable for a full twelve months of the year, providing better access for renters and for performances, and increased revenue opportunities for the organization.

The expansion project, which is scheduled to begin in early fall of 2019, will also provide for additional storage space, expanded women’s washroom facilities and improved catering facilities.

The Capitol Theatre opened in 1930 as an “atmospheric theatre”, and is now one of only two theatres of its type remaining in Canada. The facility closed in 1987, and in 1993 community supporters in Port Hope formed the Capitol Theatre Heritage Foundation to restore the theatre to its former glory. In 2016, Cameco Capitol Arts Centre was designated a National Historic Site.

 

Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce presents 2018 Business Achievement Awards

Lake to Skyview Farm won the New Start-Up Award at the Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce's 2018 Business Achievement Awards on March 29, 2019. (Photo: Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce / Facebook)
Lake to Skyview Farm won the New Start-Up Award at the Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Business Achievement Awards on March 29, 2019. (Photo: Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce / Facebook)

The Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Business Achievement Awards on Friday, March 29th at the Best Western Plus Cobourg Inn and Convention Centre.

The award recipients were:

  • Health and Wellness Award – Nourish Boutique Spa
  • Retail Trade Award – Grafton Healthcare Pharmacy
  • Communications and Technology Award – Northumberland 89.7
  • Not For Profit Award – St. John Ambulance Northumberland
  • Skilled Trades Award – Keep On Rolling
  • New Start-Up Award – Lake to Skyview Farm
  • Manufacturing and Agribusiness Award – Miedema Farms Inc.
  • Hospitality and Tourism Award – El Camino
  • Mayor’s Award – Lakeland Multi-Trade
  • Chamber Chair’s Award – Karen McBurney
  • Business and Consumer Services Award – Denise Liboiron, Century 21 All-Pro Realty
  • William Crossen Young Professional Award – Jacqueline Pennington

 

Workforce Development Board/Local Employment Planning Council seeking Labour Market Information Analyst

The Workforce Development Board/Local Employment Planning Council (WDB/LEPC), a not-for-profit organization located in Peterborough which is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, is hiring a Labour Market Information Analyst

This full-time contract position will run until March 31, 2020, with the possibility of extension.

Reporting to the CEO, the incumbent will be responsible for interpreting information to determine local labour market supply and demand and communicating this information to key stakeholders and community partners.

Qualified candidates are asked to submit a cover letter and resume by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12th to jlamantia@wdb.ca indicating the position name in the subject line.

For the full job description, including key responsibilities and skills and qualifications, visit www.wdb.ca/were-hiring-labour-market-information-analyst-position/.

 

Nominations now open for Peterborough Business Excellence Awards

Nominations are now open for the Greater Peterborough Chamber Of Commerce’s 16th annual Business Excellence Awards.

Award categories are Entrepreneurial Spirit, Skilled Trades, Tourism, Hospitality, Micro Business – Fewer Than 5 Employees, Retail, Professional Services, Customer First, Local Focus, Innovation / Research & Development, Commercial Development Or Renovation, Marketing & Promotion, Environmental Practices, Health & Wellness, Not-For-Profit, Employer Of The Year, Business Citizen Of The Year, 4-Under-40 Profiles, and Immigrant Entrepreneur Of The Year.

The nomination deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22nd. Self-nominations are encouraged, or you can nominate another business or business leader in the community. Businesses and individuals within the City and County of Peterborough are eligible, and do not need to be members of the Chamber.

Submit your nominations at www.excellencepeterborough.ca/nominate/.

Award finalists will be announced on August 8th, with the recipients selected at an awards ceremony on October 16t at Showplace Performance Centre.

 

Peterborough DBIA wins award for Downtown Vibrancy project

Peterborough DBIA executive director Terry Guiel, Peterborough GreenUP Depave Paradise coordinator Dawn Pond, and Peterborough DBIA board member Michael Gallant of LETT Architects with the "Streetscaping and Public Realm Improvements - Large" from the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association. (Photo: Terry Guiel)
Peterborough DBIA executive director Terry Guiel, Peterborough GreenUP Depave Paradise coordinator Dawn Pond, and Peterborough DBIA board member Michael Gallant of LETT Architects with the “Streetscaping and Public Realm Improvements – Large” from the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association. (Photo: Terry Guiel)

The Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) won an award last Monday night (April 1) at the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) award gala.

The OBIAA presented the Peterborough DBIA with the “Streetscaping and Public Realm Improvements – Large” award for leading the Downtown Vibrancy Project, which transformed a section of Water Street south of the entrance to No Frills from an unused paved area into a revitalized garden space that is being filled with native plants, shrubs, and trees.

Peterborough GreenUP, LETT Architects Inc., and Mortlock Construction Inc. were also involved in championing the initiative.

 

Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce announces nominees for 2019 Awards of Excellence

Last Wednesday (April 3), the Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce announced the nominees for the 2019 Awards of Excellence:

Employee Achievement Award

  • Tracy Gilmore, Stewart Morrison Insurance
  • Maureen Lytle, Kawartha Settlers Village
  • Deanna Allison, Polished Day Spa & Salon
  • Debra-Claire Kemp & Emalee Kidman, Kawartha Mediums / Zen Den

Business Achievement

  • 1867 Confederation Log and Timber Frame
  • Douglas and Son
  • Kawartha Mediums / Zen Den
  • Pathways to Serenity with Glenda
  • Sarovara Yoga

New Business Achievement

  • Kawartha Financial Solutions
  • Kawartha Mediums / Zen Den
  • Old Dog Brewing Company

Not For Profit Achievement

  • Bobcaygeon Communities in Bloom 2018
  • Bobcaygeon Curling Club
  • Bobcaygeon Farmers’ Market
  • Kawartha North Family Health Team
  • Kawartha Settlers’ Village

Tourism Achievement

  • Impact 32
  • Kawartha ATV Association
  • Kawartha Country Wines
  • Kawartha Dairy
  • Kawartha Mediums / Zen Den
  • Kawartha Settlers’ Village
  • White Swan Cottages Inc.

Creative Arts Achievement

  • Chuck Burns
  • Linda Famme
  • Daniel James Marlatt, Outdoor Art Gallery at the Miskwaa
  • Shawna Love Leigh, Studio 358

Citizen of the Year Award

  • Ann Adare
  • Gerry Brown
  • Kelly Jones
  • Emalee Kidman
  • Shaukat Mohamad
  • Sherry Peel
  • Bill Riddell
  • Pieter van Oudenaren

The awards will be presented on Saturday, April 27th at the Lakeview Arts Barn (2300 Pigeon Lake Rd., Bobcaygeon). For more information and for tickets, visit www.bobcaygeon.org/AOE2019.

 

Junior Achievement Peterborough, Lakeland, Muskoka launches “JA Days” for Grade 7 and 8 students

Grade 7 students from  St. Catherine Catholic Elementary School in Peterborough participating in "JA Days" at  VentureNorth in downtown Peterborough. (Photo: Junior Achievement Peterborough, Lakeland, Muskoka)
Grade 7 students from St. Catherine Catholic Elementary School in Peterborough participating in “JA Days” at VentureNorth in downtown Peterborough. (Photo: Junior Achievement Peterborough, Lakeland, Muskoka)

Junior Achievement (JA) Peterborough, Lakeland, Muskoka has launched “JA Days”, a pilot program for Grade 7 and 8 students running from April 2nd to May 16th.

Each day, local business leaders will work alongside JA staff to teach students the importance of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Students choose a company for a day, a CEO, and try to solve a business problem together.

The six-week program will engage over 750 students from local schools. The first JA Days took place last week at VentureNorth in downtown Peterborough, with Grade 7 students from St. Catherine Catholic Elementary School in Peterborough attending with support of staff from both the Innovation Cluster and Trent Valley Honda.

For more information, contact program coordinator Lucie Kawiche at 705-748-0024 or lkawiche@ja-plm.ca.

 

Susan Sauvé receives award from Share the Road Cycling Coalition at Ontario Bike Summit

Susan Sauvé (centre) with her "Wheels of Change - Professional of the Year" award. (Photo courtesy of the City of Peterborough)
Susan Sauvé (centre) with her “Wheels of Change – Professional of the Year” award. (Photo courtesy of the City of Peterborough)

Last Monday (April 10), the City of Peterborough’s Susan Sauvé received the “Wheels of Change – Professional of the Year” award during 11th annual Ontario Bike Summit, which is organized by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition.

Sauvé, who has been the city’s transportation demand management planner for 15 years, was honoured for her work moving cycling conversations forward in the community.

Since 2004, with Sauvé’s contributions, the city’s cycling lanes and trails have increased to 58 kilometres from 27 kilometres; and on-road cycling lanes increased to 20 kilometres from seven kilometres over that same period. Much of the growth in the cycling infrastructure was informed by the city’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan Ultimate Cycling Network that Sauvé helped to design.

“Susan has helped to shape our community — its infrastructure and its identity — through the growth of our trail system and bike lanes as well as programs that encourage people to choose walking, cycling, carpooling and transit when they’re getting around our city,” Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien said. “Congratulations to Susan on this well-deserved recognition.”

 

Local restaurateur Cameron Green runs from Port Hope to Peterborough for charity

Cameron Green. (Photo: Kettle Drums / Facebook)
Cameron Green. (Photo: Kettle Drums / Facebook)

On March 31st, local restaurateur Cameron Green (co-owner of McThirsty’s pub and Kettle Drums Restaurant in Peterborough and The Thirsty Goose in Port Hope) ran from Port Hope to Peterborough.

He was raising money for Camp Ooch and the 116 Royal Sea Cadets Corps Skeena.

His 45-kilometre “Goose To Gander Run” from The Thirsty Goose to Peterborough along County Road 28 took him seven hours and 20 minutes to complete.

 

The Spud and The Bull food truck opens for the season on the Victoria Day weekend

The Spud and The Bull food truck opens for the season on May 18, 2019. (Photo: The Spud and The Bull / Facebook)
The Spud and The Bull food truck opens for the season on May 18, 2019. (Photo: The Spud and The Bull / Facebook)

Cheryl Goodridge’s food truck business The Spud and The Bull, located at 2621 Lakefield Road (north of Trent University, beside Kyoto Coffee and south of Giant Tiger), will be opening for the season at noon on Saturday, May 18th.

Goodridge just opened the business last September, so this will be her first full season. She is featuring live music on selected Saturdays throughout the season, including Dauncey on opening day.

The Spud and The Bull offers burgers (made in-house daily using local beef from Traynor Farms), hot dogs, chicken wings and tenders, and fresh-cut fries. There’s also the “Bucking Fantastic Bull” challenge: if you can eat a five-patty loaded burger with a large order of fries within 20 minutes (or less), you will be featured on The Spud and The Bull’s “Ring of Honour” and social media channels.

For more information on The Spud and The Bull, visit www.facebook.com/thespudandthebull/.

 

Peterborough Chamber hosts breakfast meeting with Gail Moorhouse in Peterborough on April 9

Gail Moorhouse.
Gail Moorhouse.

The next Peterborough Chamber of Commerce “Chamber AM” breakfast meeting takes place from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9th at Carousel Restaurant & Tavern (116 Lansdowne St. E., Peterborough).

Gail Moorhouse, Executive Director of Community Futures, will speak on the topic “Five Skills Entrepreneurs Need to Master”.

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).

 

Women’s Business Network of Peterborough presents Women in Business Award and the Judy Heffernan Award Dinner on April 9 in Peterborough

The Women’s Business Network of Peterborough (WBN) is presenting the Women in Business Award and the Judy Heffernan Award at an awards dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m on Tuesday, April 9th at Personal Touch Banquet Hall (1135 Lansdowne St. W., Peterborough).

The Women in Business Award will be awarded to a women showing exceptional business leadership. The Judy Heffernan Award will be awarded to a women who demonstrates the empowerment of other women. Enjoy cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., speaker at 7:30 p.m. and the awards celebration at 8 p.m.

Rhonda Barnet, Chief Operating Officer of Steelworks Design and past chair of the National Board of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, will be the keynote speaker.

Cocktails and networking begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m., the keynote speaker at 7:30 p.m. and the awards celebration at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the awards dinner are available at a cost of $65 for WBN members or $75 for non-members (tables are also available). For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.womensbusinessnetwork.net/awards-event/.

 

FastStart Peterborough presents “Manufacturing Innovation in Peterborough” seminar on April 9 in Peterborough

FastStart Peterborough’s next E-Connect seminar is entitled “Manufacturing Innovation in Peterborough” and takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9th at The Venue (286 George St. N., Peterborough).

The panel discussion features speakers John Gillis, incoming CEO and president of the Innovation Cluster, and Jason Balcombe, supply chain manager for Savage Arms Canada. The panel will invite the speakers to elaborate on the manufacturing industry in Peterborough, specifically how small/medium enterprises and large corporations function within the same city and landscape.

Appetizers and a cash bar will be available at this free event. To reserve your seat, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/e-connect-locally-created-manufacturing-innovation-in-peterborough-tickets-58997454976.

 

Lindsay Chamber launching B2B Professional Networking Club on April 10 in Lindsay

The Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce is launching a member-run professional networking club for business-to-business (B2B) members of the chamber to promote each other’s businesses.

The first meeting takes place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10th in the community room of the Kawartha Lakes Police Services (6 Victoria Ave. N., Lindsay).

Future meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of each month.

For more information and to register, visit lindsaydistrictchamberofcommerce.wildapricot.org/event-3340350.

 

Peterborough DBIA hosting “Shaping Your Downtown” open house on April 10 in Peterborough

Shaping Your Downtown - Peterborough DBIA

The Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement (DBIA) is looking for public input for a vision of downtown Peterborough at the “Shaping Your Downtown” open house event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10th in the Friends of the Library Community Room at the Peterborough Public Library (345 Aylmer St. N., Peterborough).

The Peterborough DBIA is developing its five-year strategic plan this spring and seeking input from the community. You can learn about potential DBIA initiatives planned for the future, share your views on key factors affecting the success of the downtown, and learn how you can play a role in helping the downtown grow and thrive.

This drop-in event is free to attend.

 

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism hosts second annual Rural Tourism Symposium on April 11 in Keene

 Rural Tourism Symposium

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism is hosting the second annual Rural Tourism Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 11th in the Agriculture Heritage Building at Lang Pioneer Village Museum (104 Lang Rd., Keene).

This symposium for tourism industry professionals will include a keynote presentation from Lisa LaVecchia, president and CEO of Destination Ontario, as well as presentations by: Beth Potter, president and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario; Trevor Benson, director of food tourism innovation with Culinary Tourism Alliance; Jewel Cunningham, director of Ontario Waterways with Parks Canada; and David Robinson of Destination Canada.

There will also be a tourism town hall by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, one of a series presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, Destination Canada, and local industry partners.

The cost for the second annual Rural Tourism Symposium is $125+HST, which includes a continental breakfast, a market-style lunch, and entry to the Tourism Town Hall. Tickets are available online at ruraltourism.biz.

 

Peterborough Chamber hosts lunch seminar with Ashley Lamothe of Creative Kwe on April 17 in Peterborough

The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce’s next Lunch Box Learning session takes place from 12 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17th in the chamber’s boardroom (175 George St. N., Peterborough).

Ashley Lamothe of Creative Kwe will host the seminar.

Lunch Box Learning is free to attend for Chamber members and members of the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough. Bring your own lunch.

 

Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development hosts meet and greet on April 17 in Fenelon Falls

Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation (KLCFDC) is hosting a meet and greet from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17th at Home by Tim + Chris (44 Colborne St., Fenelon Falls).

You can find out about some of the recent projects KLCFDC has supported in Fenelon Falls and hear more about what the organization does for the community.

Light refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome to attend.

 

Kawartha Lakes Arts Council hosts community celebration and annual general meeting on April 17 in Omemee

The Kawartha Lakes Arts Council is hosting its 4th annual community celebration and annual general meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17th at Coronation Hall (1 King St. W. Omemee).

The annual general meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by a tribute to artist Michael Poulton, a live auction of original artworks and creative experiences, a Neil Young tribute by Gerald Van Halteren, and more.

The Kawartha Lakes Arts Council is a not-for-profit volunteer organization of volunteers dedicated to serving the arts community in Kawartha Lakes by advocating for artists and the arts, promoting a vibrant arts community, fostering professional development and educational training, and cultivating investment and support of the arts in the community.

 

Haliburton Highlands Chamber hosts a breakfast meeting with MPP Laurie Scott on April 23 in Haliburton

The Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce is hosting The Breadkfast Club with MPP Laurie Scott from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23rd at Mckeck’s Tap & Grill (207 Highland St., Haliburton)

Scott, who is MPP for Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock, will talk about her role as Ontario Minister of Labour and what she is planning on for 2019.

The cost is $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members. Register at events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eg76zk9ob91259d5

 

Kawartha Chamber hosts Business After Hours on April 24 in Young’s Point

The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is hosting its next Business After Hours event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24th in Young’s Point.

The “Young’s Point Hop” will visit several businesses in the area, including Old Bridge Inn, Young’s Point Personal Training Services, Clearview Cottage Resort, and Kinetic Therapeutics.

Admission is free for Chamber members. Non-members can attend once for free and then $25 for any following Business After Hours event if they do not join the Chamber.

To register, visit business.kawarthachamber.ca/events/details/business-after-hours-young-s-point-hop-10420

 

Venture13 Funding Forum on April 25 in Cobourg

Venture13, the Business Development Bank of Canada, and the Northumberland Manufacturing Association are presenting the Venture13 Funding Forum from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, April 25th at Venture13 (739 D’Arcy St., Cobourg).

Meet with various funding organizations, including the Northumberland CFDC, FedDev, OMAFRA, and more, to learn about the funding programs and services they have to offer.

The event is free. Reserve your spot at www.eventbrite.com/e/venture13-funding-forum-tickets-55978753960.

 

Innovation Cluster hosts breakfast meeting on clean energy and technology on April 26 in Peterborough

Power Breakfast on April 26, 2019

The Innovation Cluster’s next “power breakfast” event takes place from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Friday, April 26th at Best Western Plus Otonabee Inn (84 Lansdowne St. E., Peterborough)

The topic will be “Clean Energy and Technology” and will feature organizations working in the clean tech industry: Marcelo Sarkis of Prima IP and Jason Wight, director of engineering at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station (Ontario Power Generation).

The free event includes a hot breakfast buffet.

To register, visit eventbrite.com/e/power-breakfast-clean-energy-and-technology-tickets-59001518129.

 

Trent Hills Chamber hosts Celebration of Business Excellence Awards Ceremony on April 27 in Hastings

The Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its Celebration of Business Excellence Awards Ceremony from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27th at The Grand Maple (19 Abert St. E., Hastings).

Awards will be presented in the following categories: Excellence In Business (Retail-Based Business), Excellence In Business (Service-Based Business), Pride And Progress, Customer Experience Award (Service Business), Customer Experience Award (Retail Business), Community Impact, Non-Profit Organization, and the Chair’s Award.

A reception takes place at 6:30 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for Chamber members and $60 for non-members and are available at business.trenthillschamber.ca/events/details/celebration-of-business-excellence-awards-ceremony-3316.

 

Bobcaygeon & Area Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence on April 27 in Bobcaygeon

The Bobcaygeon & Area Chamber of Commerce presents its 2019 Awards of Excellence dinner and awards ceremony from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 27th at Lakeview Arts Barn (2300 Pigeon Lake Rd., Bobcaygeon).

The event includes a cocktail reception, a sit-down three-course meal, and the awards presentation.

Tickets are $55 per person (table purchases of eight or 10 tickets also available). For more information and for tickets, visit www.bobcaygeon.org/AOE2019.

 

Bears’ Lair Entrepreneurial Competition hosts final pitch event on April 30 in Peterborough

Bears' Lair

The Bears’ Lair Entrepreneurial Competition is hosting its final pitch event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30th at The Venue (268 George St. N., Peterborough).

Six finalists in two categories (Transit One, AVROD, and Alexander Optical in the Innovation category: Electric Juice Factory, Emily Mae’s Cookies & Sweets, and PedalBoro in the Goods and Services category) will pitch their businesses to a penal of judges.

One winner from each category will be announced at the end of the event.

Tickets for the final pitch event will be available soon.

 

Deadline for nominations for Kawartha Chamber 2019 Business Awards of Excellence is April 30

The deadline for nominations for the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism’s 20th annual Business Awards of Excellence is Tuesday, April 30th. The nomination period for this year’s awards has moved from the fall to the spring.

Any business, individual, or organization within Peterborough County or the City of Peterborough can be nominated in one of 10 categories: Citizen of the Year, Young Professional, Outstanding Business Achievement, Commercial Development or Renovation, Customer Service Excellence, Entrepreneur Innovation, Not-For-Profit Excellence, Retailer of the Year, Service Sector Excellence, and Tourism/Hospitality. The awards will be presented at a gala event on October 10, 2019.

For more information and to submit a nomination, visit kawarthachamber.ca/nominations.

 

Inclusive Advisory hosts “Conscious Shift” workshops on May 10 in Peterborough

Conscious Shift

Inclusive Advisory, a multidisciplinary firm practicing accounting, law, and wealth management with offices in Peterborough and Port Perry, is hosting a series of workshops called “Conscious Shift” from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 10th at VentureNorth (270 George St. N., Peterborough).

With the tagline “leadership and management uncensored”, the workshops will feature four speakers sharing their experiences on leadership. Each speaker will give an original 20-minute presentation followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session.

The speakers are: Paul Bennett, owner of Ashburnham Realty; Mike Skinner, president and CEO of the Innovation Cluster; Cheif Kelly LaRocca of the Mississaugas of Scucog Island First Nation; and Sacha Lai-Svirk, director of digital health at Outpost379.

The workshops, which promise to “challenge the participants to step outside of their comfort zone” by introducting them “to alternative insights that challenge the status quo in management”, are designed for business owners, executives, managers, and community leaders.

Tickets are $200 each, with $150 from each ticket donated to The Mount Community Centre, Peterborough’s sustainable and inclusive urban village (charitable receipts will be provided).

For tickets, email Montana Scott at Inclusive Advisory at mscott@inclusiveadvisory.ca.

 

For more business-related events in the Kawarthas, check out our Business Events column.

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