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Apr 24-27

Symposium for Performing Arts in Rural Communities

Haliburton School of the Arts~Fleming Campus
297 College DriveHaliburton, ON
Haliburton Highlands

Starts: Apr 24th, 2014 9:00 pm
Ends: Apr 27th, 2014 9:00 pm


Rural communities are often overlooked when examining the diverse richness of the performing arts in Canada and what the business of performing arts can do to reinvigorate community and encourage economic development. The Symposium for Performing Arts in Rural Communities (SPARC) will bring together rural creators, producers, presenters and animateurs to initiate a dialogue about how to develop and sustain the performing arts in rural communities. SPARC believes that we are all learners and we all have knowledge to share. SPARC will ignite dynamic exchange among participants through interactive workshops, seminars, panels and research or community soundbytes and presentations that showcase local venues and celebrate the synergy of community that creates culture and culture that creates community.

The first of its kind in Canada, the symposium will focus on the business of performing arts in a rural setting, and feature three streams of exploration – creation, production and presentation – across four disciplines of the performing arts – Dance, Theatre, Music and Media Arts. Organized by collaborating partners the Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands, Conjurors of County Town, Highlands Summer Festival, Dusk Dances Haliburton, Forest Festival, Haliburton County Folk Society, Highlands Media Arts and Those Other Movies, and with financial support from Haliburton County Development Corporation and the Cultural Strategic Investment Fund, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Symposium for Performing Arts in Rural Communities (SPARC) will be held in the Haliburton Highlands on April 24-27, 2014.

Cost: $265 until March 14th, 2014; $315 after March 14th

Apr 29

2014 Ottawa Valley Tourism Conference & AGM

Calabogie Highlands Golf Resort
981 Barryvale Road Calabogie, ON

Date: Apr 29th, 2014 8:30 am to 4:00 pm


The Ottawa Valley Tourist Association  (OVTA) is hosting its Annual Tourism Conference and Annual General Meeting Tuesday, April 29 at Calabogie Highland Golf Resort in Calabogie, ON. Just in time to get everyone excited for the busy summer tourism season!

This year's theme is "Back to the Future in Communications". The conference will be a value packed full-day event, with learning and networking opportunities designed to help OVTA members, tourism operators and business owners succeed. 

Conference Bonuses

  • Networking, networking and more networking!

  • Relevant and interesting communication workshops that will provide tools and resources.

  • New OVTA Tourism AWARDS!

  • INCREDIBLE door prizes

  • As an added bonus - Calabogie Highlands Golf Resort is offering a mingling reception during the final afternoon break and after the conference (as well as opening the cash bar)

  • Interested in staying the night? The Fans of Calabogie is also offering conference registrants a special room rate reduction of 50% . Click here for information on The Fans of Calabogie accommodation!

Cost: $101.70 for non-OVTA Member; $84.75 for OVTA Member

For more information, contact:
1 (800) 757-6580

Apr-May 30-02

Rural Economic Summit of Ontario

Clarence-Rockland Arena
8710 County Rd. 17Rockland, ON, ON

Starts: Apr 30th, 2014 12:30 pm
Ends: May 2nd, 2014 1:30 pm


The Prescott-Russell Community Development Corporation, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, the Eastern Ontario Training Board, and Groupe Convex Prescott-Russell are joining forces in organizing a unique event in Prescott-Russell: the Rural Economic Summit of Ontario.

The Summit, which will be held from April 30th to May 2nd 2014, will address leading-edge rural economic themes.  It will gather a prestigious array of speakers of provincial, national and international reputation.  These experts will share their views concerning the regions’ present and future economic potential, underlining opportunities and challenges.

Being held at the new Clarence-Rockland Arena, next to the Canadian International Hockey Academy, the Summit will provide the opportunity to tackle various sensitive economic themes, including:

    Rural economic development
    Promising economic sectors
    Agri-food industry challenges
    The leadership of women entrepreneurs
    International business development
    The added value of social enterprises
    Networking and added value partnerships
    Entrepreneurial succession planning initiatives

The organizing committee expects to greet 300 guests during this three-day event.  Simultaneously, the event will host a public exhibitor for organizations who will be able to showcase their products and services.  Furthermore, one of the Summit’s beacon will be Groupe Convex’ 10th anniversary Banquet Event, celebrating the success of this social enterprises’ venture which has raised, through the years, international acclaim. 

As a sponsor you will have the privilege to have a front row seat in our marketing campaign, a great visibility and a unique opportunity to be associated to this first time event in Prescott and Russell.

This occasion is a must for your business/organisation!

Cost: $250

May 14

OTEC Coaching for Excellence

OTEC Learning Centre
21 Four Seasons Place, Suite 300
Toronto, ON, ON

Date: May 14th, 2014 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


Managing the process and workload is just not enough these days. Instead, today’s manager
needs to coach and develop their employees, motivate their team, and manage performance.
Arm yourself with the leadership tools and techniques that are designed to help you increase your employee’s performance, involvement, and ownership in developing workplace solutions by attending OTEC’s one day workshop.

Cost: $349 per person

For more information, contact:
Claire Sullivan
(416) 622-1975

May 27-28

"Amaze Your Customer" Conference

Old Mill Toronto
21 Old Mill Road
Toronto, ON

Starts: May 27th, 2014 7:30 am
Ends: May 28th, 2014 4:30 pm


The Customer Service Conference brings together customer service professionals from across North America and abroad to discuss current issues and best practices within the Customer Experience industry. This conference is a great opportunity to network with decision makers from across Canada and the US. We have a great lineup of speakers and providers to share their smart practices to enable you to return ready to transform your own service improvement efforts.

Cost: $399-$949 per person

For more information, contact:
Dolly Konzelmann
(905) 477-5544 x.222

Jun 01

Sign up for a free webinar and toolkit aimed at helping marketers and front line staff to more effectively attract and serve Francophone travelers, primarily focusing on the Quebec market.

You will gain an overview of the Francophone traveler, knowledge of the benefits of servicing the Francophone market, insights into Francophone culture and learn how to engage, serve and thank Francophone visitors.

The webinar can be downoaded at any time (no deadline). You will be emailed a downloadable training program that includes learning modules, a 10-page common phrase handbook of common customer service terms, and a helpful toolkit.

Cost: $0

For more information, contact:
(kas) iaw-indo

Jun 06-08

2014 Home and Cottage Show

Bancroft Curling Club
63 Newkirk Blvd
Bancroft, ON

Starts: Jun 6th, 2014 4:00 pm
Ends: Jun 8th, 2014 3:00 pm


Bancroft is a destination for thousands of visitors every year. Showcase your unique business or products/services at this ideal venue.


For more information, contact:
Karen Wallis
(613) 332-2746

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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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Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization
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