Ontario East Economic Development Commission "Economic Developer of the Year" Announced at the Ontario East Municipal Conference in Kingston

For Immediate Release, September 13, 2017

[KINGSTON, ONTARIO] The Ontario East Economic Development Commission (OEEDC) recognized Ann Weir, Economic Development Manager for the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville as the "BDC Ontario East Economic Developer of the Year" at the Opening Ceremony of the Ontario East Municipal Conference in Kingston, Ontario.

The BDC Ontario East Economic Developer of the Year Award is awarded annually to an economic developer based in eastern Ontario who has provided exceptional performance in his or her community and contributed to the advancement of the economic development profession.

In her role Ms. Weir has lead economic development through a collaborative environment with ten municipalities to positively influence the growth and well-being of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville and its communities. She oversees the coordination of initiatives and programs that include community capacity building, investment readiness, business retention and expansion, plus investment attraction.

Along with many initiatives, Ms. Weir was also recognized for her collaborative work across the region for years to build on the potential for investment attraction along the Rideau Canal, Ontario's only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over the past year Weir worked tirelessly with her partners and with the Ontario Ministry of Tourism to secure a $16-million investment by Europe’s Le Boat in the region.  Le Boat is Europe’s largest operator of self-drive boating vacations.  The investment was announced in December 2016 and is expected to attract vacationers from Europe, Canada, the U.S. and throughout the world.

The Ontario East Economic Development Commission is a regional economic development organization that promotes Eastern Ontario as a prime location for investment, representing over 200 communities and two million residents. 

Dan Borowec, President, Ontario East Economic Development Commission congratulates Ann Weir on her dedication and successes in economic development both in United Counties of Leeds and Grenville and across eastern Ontario.

For more information please contact Bonnie O'Neill, Executive Director, Ontario East Economic Development Commission at 613-634-8569 bonnie@ontarioeast.ca

For more information about the Ontario East Municipal Conference: www.oemc.ca