Meet Our Team
The Ontario East Economic Development Commission’s dedicated staff members work in tandem with city and county level Economic Development offices to ensure all of your questions are answered.
Contact our team today to discover how Ontario East could be the perfect fit for your business.
Bonnie O’Neill | Executive Director
Ontario East Office (Kingston): 613.634.8569
Lucy Medeiros | Project Coordinator
Ontario East Office (Kingston): 613.634.8569
Message from the President
On behalf of the Board of Directors, welcome to Ontario East.
The Ontario East Economic Development Commission is the lead regional economic development organization facilitating collaboration, working with investors, supporting members, providing resources and working as a collective voice for economic development in Eastern Ontario.
If you are an investor or a business seeking information on prospects and business development in the region, Ontario East is your one stop location to connect with Economic Development professionals that are ready to assist you.
Our 150+ members and partners work together to bring economic development growth and prosperity to Eastern Ontario. If you are a member, be sure and connect with us through the website, social media and at our regular meetings. If you are not a member, give us a call to learn the benefits of collaboration and working together for economic development.
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Choosing Ontario East is easy!
Shelley Hirstwood | President 2017
Ontario East Economic Development Commission
Community Futures Ontario East
Ontario East Economic Development Commission is proud to partner with the Community Futures Ontario East, representing the 15 Community Futures (CF) organizations across rural Eastern Ontario. For over 25 years, CF’s have been helping people turn business ideas into reality.
- Provides support for its 15 CF members and promotes their services and loans to small business.
- Makes business loan financing available to eligible small and medium size, innovative, late stage commercialization companies (SOFII program).
- Awards non-repayable loans (grants) to eligible organizations working in partnership to improve and diversify the regional economy (EODP Collaborative Projects program).
- Invests Federal Government funds to positively impact job creation, GDP growth and sustainable communities
Click here to connect directly with Community Futures
Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus
Ontario East Economic Development Commission works in partnership with the Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus through the Eastern Ontario Leadership Council.
The EOWC includes the 13 County and their Lower-tier municipalities across eastern Ontario. Their mandate is a continued focus on regional economic development, developing a digital strategy and the fiscal sustainability / health of Eastern Ontario municipalities. To connect directly with the Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus, click here.
Eastern Ontario Mayors Committee
The EOMC is a group of 11 mayors representing cities in Eastern Ontario from Peterborough in the west to Cornwall in the east and Pembroke in the North. EOMC works to advance municipal priorities important to Eastern Ontario. The Eastern Ontario mayors' committee (EOMC) advocate for advancing issues of importance to eastern Ontario.
For information on the Mayors Committee, contact the Chair, Kingston Mayor, Bryan Paterson.
Rural Ontario Institute
The Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) is a non-profit, charitable organization that develops leaders, initiates dialogue, supports collaboration and promotes action on issues and opportunities facing rural Ontario.
ROI provides leadership development programs such as the long-standing flagship Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program. ROI works with rural organizations to customize organizational development and leadership program offerings specific to their current sector or association needs. ROI has a capacity-building focus whether that is through individual or organizational development and is entrepreneurial in supporting collaborative approaches for rural community development.
Through reports and publications such as the Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheet series the organization builds awareness of rural trends so awareness and understanding of issues is more widely understood and dialogue on common challenges is well-informed. ROI connects leaders around long-standing, complex concerns through workshops, forums and on-line so that networks are strengthened and peer-to-peer knowledge exchange about emerging solutions is enabled. ROI is recognized for engaging diverse stakeholders to amplify rural voices so that policies and programs can be developed that better respond to rural realities.