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May 27

Pembroke's Business Bistro

Best Western Pembroke & Conference Centre
1 International Drive
Pembroke, ON, ON
Upper Ottawa Valley

Date: May 27th, 2015 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Join us for Pembroke’s Business Bistro, held at the newly renovated Best Western Pembroke. This casual gathering of creative entrepreneurs will be a fantastic networking opportunity! Be sure to bring plenty of business cards!

RSVP to Jackie Stott at jstott@countyofrenfrew.on.ca or 613.735.0091.

Cost: Free

For more information, contact:
Jackie Scott
(613) 735-0091

May 28

Algonquin College Spring Business & Leadership Conference

Algonquin College
1 College Way Pembroke, ON, ON
Upper Ottawa Valley

Date: May 28th, 2015 8:30 am to 5:30 pm


In response to the County’s growing need for local, affordable, quality professional development opportunities, Algonquin College’s Pembroke Waterfront Campus and the Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation are partnering to present this conference opportunity.

This conference will feature workshops presented by industry professionals on:

•Creating an Engaging Customer Experience

•Lean Management Practices

•Marketing Hot Spots

•Organizational Effectiveness - Why Things Work, Or Don't

•Social Media Strategies for Business

Workshops have registration limits, so we encourage you to register early.

When you register, you will be required to select your workshops.  Please reivew workshop descriptions prior to registration.  Descriptions are available online at:  http://www.algonquincollege.com/pembroke/spring-business-and-leadership-conference-2015/workshops-presenter-profiles/

Conference Registration Fee:  $175 + tax?(includes three workshops of your choice, keynote address, networking opportunities, two coffee breaks, and lunch)

Cost: $175 + Tax, per person

For more information, contact:
(613) 735-4700 x.2756

May 29

Active Transportation Summit

700 Mackay StPembroke, ON, ON
Upper Ottawa Valley

Date: May 29th, 2015 9:00 am to 4:00 pm


Join us on May 29th to network and share the evidence to support Active Transportation in our communities. This event will bring together planners, politicians, recreation, education, health professionals, economic development, businesses and individuals interested in promoting Active Transportation.


  1. Share local and provincial models/successes & evidence to support Active Transportation. Define why this is important locally.

  2. Build multi-sector support to increase local opportunities that support Active Transportation.

  3. Identify and map best practices, local assets and resources.

  4. Document recommendations, ideas & action to build local action plans that increase Active Transportation support in multiple sectors.

  5. Foster partnerships, networks and collaboration.


  • Welcome & Introductions

  • What We Know - health, safety, economic development, tourism potential

  • Risk & Liability - a risk assessment and benefit perspective

  • Active Transportation & Tourism/Local Economic Development - uncovering the data

  • Planning our Communities - planner's table

  • Rail to Trail & Trails Strategy update

  • Closing the Gap - Mattawa to Ottawa

  • Silver Chain Challenge launch

Cost: $55 per person

May 26-29

Rendez-Vous Canada

Niagara Falls, ON, ON

Starts: May 26th, 2015 1:00 pm
Ends: May 29th, 2015 7:00 pm


Rendez-vous Canada (RVC) is Canada’s premier international tourism marketplace lead by the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC), connecting international buyers with Canadian sellers of tourism products.

The event, held annually in a different Canadian city, reunites some 1,500 international tourism industry leaders gathered for a series of speed-dating-style appointments. International buyers seek the best-matched Canadian tourism sellers. The end result: travellers get to choose from the best selection of Canadian experiences.

Jun 18

Strategic Planning & Performance Measurement for Economic Development

Innovation Park
945 Princess StreetKingston, ON, ON

Date: Jun 18th, 2015 9:00 am to 3:00 pm


Ontario East Economic Development Commission (OEEDC) and OMAFRA have joined forces to offer you a dynamic strategic planning course to help you keep your rural community moving forwards in a way that will ensure your stakeholders will support your work. The 2-day course will be led by Amer & Associates and Tangible Words so you can learn best practices (and insider information) from practitioners with a plethora of real examples to share. Whether you need to review your existing plan or develop your first one, learn first- hand the process, skills and resources you'll need to deliver a strategic plan.

The course is intentionally offered in advance of next year's budget time, so you can enter the planning season knowing what your community needs and how best to use your resources. Leave with a sample strategic plan you can refer to repeatedly, and knowledge of how much data you need (and what questions to ask). You'll have time to work through your challenges during sessions and structured tasks to keep you motivated in between.

Economic Developers, Elected Officials, Mayors, Municipal staff are invited to both days.

Two, day long training sessions, one price, with certificate of completion from OEEDC.

Day 1:

Your choice of two locations, for ease of commuting, and dates.

Thursday, May 14, 9:00am to 3:00pm:

Room P46, Quinte Business Development Centre, 284B Wallbridge-Loyalist Road, Belleville


Friday, May 22, 9:00am to 3:00pm:

Suite C, North Grenville Municipal Centre, 285 County RD 44, Kemptville

Day 2:

To be held in one group session a few weeks later In Kingston:

Thursday, June 18, 9:00am to 3:00pm:

Large Seminar Room (2nd FL), 945 Princess Street, Innovation Park, Kingston 

Registration Fees:

Ontario East Members: $100.00 (incl. HST)

Non-members: $125.00 (incl. HST)

Registration fee includes all resources, training, refreshments and lunch.

Cost: $100 for members; $125 for non members

For more information, contact:
Lucy Medeiros
1 (866) 641-3278

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The Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO) is one of 13 Regional Tourism Organizations created by the Ontario government to increase tourism to the province. The OHTO covers a large region in eastern Ontario which includes the counties of Frontenac, Haliburton, Hastings, Lanark, Lennox and Addington, and Renfrew.

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Our office hours are 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday.

Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization
9 International Drive, Suite 129
Pembroke, ON K8A 6W5

Phone: 613-629-6486

Toll Free: 855-629-6486

Fax: 613-629-6488

Email: ac.otho]ta[ofni

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