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Economic Development and Tourism Department Q2 Highlights Agri-tourism industry event a success As one of 15 regions in Ontario that are actively developing vibrant culinary tourism destinations, Durham Region is pushing ahead to showcase its impressive agri-tourism potential. To further develop relationships between local farmers and chefs, Economic Development and Tourism hosted a photo shoot and industry networking event on May 17 at Ocala Winery in Port Perry. (From left to right) Chef Carmen Mocanu of the Royal Ashburn Golf Club and Jordan McKay of Willowtree The event provided an excellent Farm pose for the camera. At right: Pingles Farm opportunity for both farmers and Market paired up with Chatterpaul’s in Whitby to make chefs to discuss possible a delectable asparagus/crab cake creation. partnership opportunities in exploring the usage of local food Bistro, Port Restaurant, Tin Mill the Farm, HarmonyTree Farm and in area restaurants. A total of 23 Restaurant, and the “Fridge Svetec Farms. pairs of farmers and chefs worked Whisperer” Deb Rankine. together to create unique dishes The day was a success with not only made with Durham Farm Fresh Participating farms included 23 pairings of farmers and chefs products, including asparagus, Coopers CSA Farm & Maze, Hy- attending the event, but several strawberries, mushrooms, flour, Hope Farm, Brooks Farms, Ashton media who sampled the dishes as beef and wine. Maple Products, Archibald Orchards prepared by the farmer/chef duos. & Estate Winery, Geissberger Participating restaurants and Farmhouse Cider Mill, Tyrone Mills Thanks go out to Durham Farm chefs included Chef Georg, Limited, Willowtree Farm, Algoma Fresh, the Ontario Ministry of Butler's Pub, Dinnerjohn, Lucy Lu Orchards, King Cole Ducks Ltd., Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Lunch ‘n Lounge, Chatterpaul's Pingles Farm Market, Ocala Winery, for their generous support with this Fine Casual Dining and Lounge, Link Greenhouses, Watson Farms, event. Harp and Wylie's Canadian Grill, Windmill Farms Inc., Swain Farm King's Court Catering, Bella Notte Fresh Beef, Yellowlees Family Farm, See page 6 for more photos. Ristorante, Cuisine 'n' Jazz, Zephyr Organics, Wilmot Orchards Frankie's Ristorante, Chanterelle Inc., Maple Winds Farm, Gallery on INSIDE HST Information Seminar for Manufacturers Durham Farm Connections OCE Discovery Conference Spotlight on Advanced Manufacturing The second quarter of 2010 demonstrated that Durham Region's businesses are poised for economic recovery. Our department experienced great successes with a number of workshops planned for manufacturers, such as our HST information and Preparing Your Best Bid seminars. We also took a number of companies to showcase their innovative technologies that are created here in Durham at the OCE Discovery 2010 Conference. Liisa Ikavalko The many businesses that operate in Durham have what it takes to reach global markets. Our tech-based manufacturing sector includes diverse companies from 42 different industry categories, including aerospace, next-generation automotive, bio and life science, energy and green technology, IT and metal fabrication. Changes in manufacturing will be the result of convergences in technologies among innovators. With Durham quickly becoming a leader in research and development, the opportunities are endless. Liisa Ikavalko, Manager, Economic Development Local manufacturers invited to learn about HST at workshop The Economic Development and Tourism Department, in partnership with the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA), invited local businesses to participate in a free HST Information Seminar for Manufacturers on May 11. The HST Information Seminar for Manufacturers provided manufacturing businesses in Durham Region with information to help make a smooth and successful transition to the impending harmonized sales tax (HST), which takes Approximately 46 individuals attended the HST Information Seminar for Manufacturers. effect on July 1 in Ontario. The seminar featured speakers from the Ministry of Revenue, as well as the CRA, who for Durham Region. "The seminar was intended discussed the wind-down of provincial to help our manufacturers with the transition to sales tax (PST) and the transitional rules a unified tax environment." for HST. Topics of discussion at this event included how "The Ontario government's harmonization of HST may affect businesses; GST/HST rules; our taxes is another step toward the ultimate transitional rules for tangible and intangible goal of making manufacturers in Durham personal property; transitional rules for Region more competitive," said Liisa services; as well as point-of-sale rebates. Ikavalko, Manager, Economic Development 2 www.durhambusiness.ca www.durhamtourism.ca Durham Farm Connections provides hands-on learning for Grade 3 students Grade 3 students from across Durham Region attended Durham Farm Connections in April at Luther Vipond Memorial Arena in Brooklin. The three-day program, which meets Ontario curriculum requirements, provides students with the opportunity to be a farmer for a day. The event, which ran from April 6 to 8, was organized by a group of volunteers, with support from the Durham Economic Development and Tourism Department, and included hands-on demonstrations by local farmers and live animal exhibits. Approximately 1,200 students and their teachers (48 classes) rotated through eight different farm-themed stations including agricultural technology, dairy, pork and beef production, land stewardship, eggs, horticulture and field crops. An open house was held for the general public on the evening of April 7, where a number of local farmers were on site to give more than 700 visitors a first-hand look at farming. Accessibility Expo and Business Breakfast takes place June 17 Durham Region’s first-ever Accessibility Expo will be taking place June 17 at the Recreation and Wellness Centre on the Durham College/University of Ontario Institute of Technology campus. Up to 100 exhibitors will be showcasing information on support services, community agencies, home health- care products, assistive devices and technologies. Inspiring motivational speakers and performers such as Paul Rosen and Justin Hines will share their experiences with guests. The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, David C. Onley, is also scheduled to attend. Admission is free and the expo is expected to run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For further information and a complete outline of the day's events, please go to www.durham.ca and click on the Accessibility Expo: Celebrating Abilities icon. Prior to the expo, the Economic Development and Tourism Department will be hosting a breakfast meeting for area businesses to discuss new accessibility legislation. www.durhambusiness.ca www.durhamtourism.ca 3 Durham Region attends Ontario Durham's farmers' markets Centres of Excellence (OCE) open across the region On May 17 and 18, the Economic From June to October, residents of Development and Tourism Department Durham Region are encouraged to take attended the OCE Discovery 2010 conference advantage of the abundant selection of local at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, honey, crafts and more, and support their local producers. Durham Region hosted a four-quad Sunderland Arena display booth, the largest at the 20 Park St., Sunderland tradeshow, which featured innovative Durham Dates: Fridays, June 4 to Oct. 8 companies Oasys Healthcare, Bayly Hours: 2 to 7 p.m. Communications, 4iBIO, Intellimeter Canada, Renewable Energy Management, Fever Uxbridge Arena Resort + Cruise Wear, Innovative Solutions, 291 Brock St. W., Uxbridge Gamma Engineering, Global Emissions Dates: Sundays, June to October Systems Inc. and eCamion. The idea is to Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. promote their research and technology. Port Perry Mary Street parking lot on Water Street The University of Ontario Institute of Dates: Saturdays, May 22 to Thanksgiving Technology and Durham College also Hours: 8 a.m. to noon showcased research capabilities. Durham Strategic Energy Alliance and municipal Vandermeer Nursery economic development partners also 588 Lakeridge Rd., Ajax Dates: Thursdays, June 10 to October partnered in the event alongside the Hours: 2 to 7 p.m. department. Old Fire Hall “OCE Discovery provided an excellent 201 Brock St. S., Whitby opportunity to connect with business leaders, Dates: Wednesdays, May 19 to end of October investors, researchers and entrepreneurs as Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. it's one of Canada's premier innovation and Legends Centre commercialization events,” explained Liisa 1661 Harmony Rd. N., Oshawa Ikavalko, Manager, Economic Development. Dates: Saturdays, June 10 to October “The event gave our companies the chance to Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. showcase their cutting-edge ideas, which are a driving force in Ontario's innovation Oshawa Centre economy.” 419 King St. W., Oshawa Southeast parking lot Dates: Fridays, May 21 to Oct. 29 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Zellers Plaza 555 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa Dates: Tuesdays and Saturdays, May 16 to end of October Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Newcastle Arena 103 Caroline St. W., Newcastle Dates: Sundays, May 23 to Oct. 10 Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bonnie Wrightman of the Clarington Board of Trade with the Durham Region four-quad display booth. Please visit www.durhamfarmfresh.ca for more information. 4 www.durhambusiness.ca www.durhamtourism.ca New Durham Farm Fresh brochure highlights abundance of local products Durham Farm Fresh recently released a new brochure outlining the variety of farm- fresh products available in Durham Region. With an alphabetical listing of roadside markets, pick-your-own farms, garden centres and more, the guide provides contact information for more than 60 Durham Farm Fresh members. Associate members are listed online at www.durhamfarmfresh.ca. Approximately 58,000 brochures have been distributed through local newspapers and in new communities. The newly designed Durham Farm Fresh brochure was released in May 2010. To receive a copy of the new guide, contact the Economic Development and Tourism Department at 1-800-706-9857. DURHAM TOURISM ACTION TEAMS UPDATE Sport Tourism Action Team Durham Tourism hosted a Sport Tourism Action Team meeting in May at the Civic Recreation Centre Complex in Oshawa to discuss components of the Durham Tourism Strategic Plan. Since sport tourism is one of the main priorities for Durham Tourism from 2011 to 2016, a number of questions are up for consideration to identify opportunities and challenges during the next five years. “Within the region's borders you will find a variety of sporting venues well-suited to serving sports teams and tournaments,” explained Kerri King, Manager of Tourism. “Sport tourism is important, because with these sport tournaments comes the opportunity to take advantage of all of the other wonderful things happening in Durham—events, a vast amount of shopping activities, great dining, accommodations and many opportunities for outdoor recreation pursuits.” Erica McDonald, from the City of Oshawa, is chairing the action team on behalf of the Durham Tourism Leadership Team. Durham Tourism is also welcoming two summer students; one is supporting sport tourism strategy development. www.durhambusiness.ca www.durhamtourism.ca 5 Photo gallery - Farmer Chef photo shoot and networking day 2 1 4 3 1. Twenty-three pairings of farmers and chefs served up a taste of their specialities at the networking event at Ocala Winery in Port Perry. 2. Watson Farms and Kings Court Catering teamed up for this delicious strawberry trifle. 3. Chatterpaul’s and Pingles Farm Market display their offerings in 5 the orchard. 4. Algoma Orchards and Dinnerjohn collaborated on an apple pizza dessert. 5. An appetizing chicken dinner entree creation by the “Fridge Photos by Jason Chow Photography. Whisperer” Deb Rankine and Svetec Farm. 6 www.durhambusiness.ca www.durhamtourism.ca Cycling workshop encourages development of bicycle friendly accommodations at local businesses Durham Tourism provided their promotional support for a Welcome Cyclists workshop in May, providing participants and business owners with information on how to connect with the increasing number of cyclists in the community. The workshop was hosted on May 27 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ajax by Welcome Cyclists, and was supported by a number of partners including Durham Tourism, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and Transportation Options. “Cycle Tourism in Ontario is rapidly growing, and this is an excellent opportunity for Durham Region to showcase our recreational trails and cycling services to visitors,” explained Kerri King, Manager of Tourism. The resulting network will help cyclists locate bicycle friendly accommodations, food service providers, attractions and other cycling-related businesses and services in Durham Region. Public input requested to help improve access to high-speed Internet in Durham Region In recent years, governments have The Region will seek information from initiated programs to help ensure that multiple sources, but the key input will citizens have access to high-speed come from citizens. This information will Internet service. be used to discuss options with telecom providers and for policy decision-making. As a telecommunication service, the Internet is a critical component of If you are interested in providing input, business, education, health and daily life. please contact us and tell us your name, civic address, and why you do not have The Regional Municipality of Durham access to high-speed Internet. wants to identify areas where high-speed Internet access is not available to its Please complete the online survey at citizens. High speed is defined as a www.durham.ca. For more information, minimum of 1.5 Mbps sustained speed of email email@example.com service. or call 905-668-7711 ext. 2612. www.durhambusiness.ca www.durhamtourism.ca 7 What’s on our schedule BACD marks 10th anniversary for Summer Company Program Durham Region Accessibility Expo and Business Breakfast This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the June 17 Business Advisory Centre Durham's (BACD) Durham College/UOIT campus Summer Company Program in Durham Region. Summer Company is a unique Think Durham: Creative Think Tank program designed by the Ontario Government June 22 to engage, inspire and inform Ontario youth, Durham College/UOIT campus and to help young entrepreneurs prosper. Since 2001, BACD has granted $525,000 in Integrated Community Sustainability start-up funds to 81 students to run their own Plan - Integration Meeting business. June 22 Wyndance Golf Course, Uxbridge To increase the number of consultations, BACD launched a satellite location in Durham Strategic Energy Alliance partnership with the University of Ontario (DSEA) Annual General Meeting and Institute of Technology (UOIT), where BACD golf event provided 25 one-on-one consultations at the June 23 university. The satellite location also offers Winchester Golf Course, Brooklin direct access for students to receive information on the Summer Company Program For more information, call the Economic application process and criteria. In addition, Development and Tourism Department at students who are completing school can be 1-800-706-9857 or email directed to the Canadian Youth Business firstname.lastname@example.org. Foundation for start-up financing of between $15,000 and $30,000, plus long-term mentoring. Both programs offer the advantages needed by entrepreneurs to start Economic Development successful businesses and have a positive by the numbers (Q2) economic impact in their community. To create a young entrepreneur community in é e-newsletter Durham Tourism subscribers: 16,563 Durham Region, BACD uses social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter. A young entrepreneur-branded website, BossMaker.ca, é 24 Media mentions: was created to inform young entrepreneurs of programs, events, services and local young entrepreneur success stories. é online at Events registered www.DurhamTourism.ca: 226 For more information, visit www.bacd.ca. é per cent Investment/expansion inquiries Q1 and Q2: 100 *Please note that this newsletter has been printed on (versus Q1 and Q2, 2009) Green Seal-certified paper made up of 15 per cent total recovered fiber and 15 per cent post-consumer fiber. 8 www.durhambusiness.ca www.durhamtourism.ca JAN-FEB 2010
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