How it started & why we matter
QuinteVation was created in 2016 – a non-profit, entrepreneur-led organization, building on the foundation of grass-root entrepreneurial development and renewed discussions that were being held across the region in private and public boardrooms and at kitchen tables.
First through the Bay of Quinte Tourist Council, then Living, a regional approach has proven to be incredibly rewarding for the Bay of Quinte. These organizations worked as a collective to advance the public and private sector efforts to promote the Bay of Quinte region as a destination of choice through economic growth and developing collaborative opportunities for rural Ontario. These initiatives have been combined in the new Bay of Quinte Marketing Board. QuinteVation will leverage their regional focus to bring the same type of success to entrepreneurial endeavours.
A strong regional economy requires a collaborative approach.
QuinteVation, as a non-government organization, is implementing a collaborative, grass-root, regionally focused innovation plan. QuinteVation is actively engaging the entire stack of actors, beginning with local entrepreneurs, in order to deliver on its mission of facilitating the growth of at least 2 regional assets within its pilot term.
Why the Bay of Quinte
The Bay of Quinte region is a hidden gem in SouthEastern Ontario, nestled directly along the 401 corridor just 1.5h east of Toronto and 3h west of Montreal. The region is easily accessible by car and VIA Rail at Quinte West, Belleville and Napanee. The bay itself has been widely known in North America as one of the world’s best walleye fisheries, and angling continues to be a popular draw for both individuals and international tournaments. As tourism offerings grow to take full advantage of the area’s vast network of waterways, trails and conservation areas, the region’s population and workforce are also expanding. 1,200 kilometres of accessible waterfront on the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario means that those who live here can have their boats and the time to enjoy them, too.
For more on the region, visit bayofquinte.ca