KEDCO Update: Week Ending April 1, 2011

Published on: 2011/04/04 - in Releases

HIGHLIGHTS OF RECENT PROGRESS & ACTIVITIES

Business Development

John Paul Shearer, Director of Business Development and Donna Gillespie, Marketing & Communications Manager attended the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) annual Housing Roundtable Discussion on March 31.

The session brings together representatives from municipal and provincial government, local realtors, mortgage lenders, association representatives and CMHC analysts to review the Kingston economy and look at statistics, trends and forecasts related to housing and real estate markets. The CMHC noted that on average, 20 per cent of a community’s GDP is housing related and that Kingston’s housing market is anticipated to remain relatively healthy.

Kingston’s low unemployment and strong income growth rates are supporting more housing activity and reflecting a growth in “move-up” homebuyers.

Jeff Garrah, CEO will be in Pittsburgh, PA on April 5-6 on a trade mission with Bombardier and Green Centre Canada.  Meetings with potential business partners for the local companies are scheduled along with meetings with Pittsburgh businesses which may be interested in doing business or establishing a Canadian branch in Kingston.

Tourism Kingston

KEDCO and Tourism Kingston participated in the Destinations Unlimited Tourism Conference for Youth hosted by KEYS Job Centre on March 29 at the Four Points Sheraton.

The event was designed to connect students and members of Kingston’s future work force with information related to skills shortage occupations specifically within the tourism and hospitality sector and, even more importantly, with experiential opportunities to meet employers currently working in various occupations.  Destinations Unlimited offered morning workshops and presentations as well local employers answering questions and showcasing their workplace.

The event also featured a Speed Networking activity where youth had an opportunity to meet with potential employers, human resource professionals and experts in Tourism and Hospitality career fields.

Jeff Garrah, CEO and John-Paul Shearer, Director of Business Development, were in Ottawa March 28 conducting sales calls to international embassies in an attempt to secure pre-competition events for the 2015 Pan-Am Games.

The 2015 Pan-Am Games are being hosted in Toronto from July 10 to July 26, 2015. Over 8,000 athletes are expected to participate across 47 categories at the games.

Participating nations include three North American members, twenty Caribbean members, seven Central American nations, and 12 South American nations. While all the competition will take place in Toronto, Kingston is positioning itself as a site for pre-competition training and events including preliminary eliminations and practices.