QUINTEVATION ANNOUNCES ITS VISION FOR RURAL INNOVATION IN CANADA
Will host Canadian Rural Innovation Summit in late fall 2018
QuinteVation announced its renewed purpose and vision to a packed house in Belleville Monday morning while launching its newest marketing campaign which features some the region’s most successful entrepreneurs who truly define how rural innovation works in the Bay of Quinte Region.
The organization also introduced its new Executive Director, Rob Clute, and announced that it will host a Canadian rural innovation summit, the organization will bring together various levels of government along with thinkers, dreamers, and doers to discuss rural innovation in the region in the late fall of 2018.
Ryan Williams, board chair, announced the newly focused purpose of QuinteVation to facilitate and encourage business innovation by entrepreneurs and thereby accelerate the growth of industries/sectors in the Bay of Quinte Region. Its vision is to make the Bay of Quinte the most dynamic rural innovation destination in Canada by 2023.
“The inconvenient truth in this region from our board perspective is that we feel at present our children do not have opportunities that would keep them here in the region to work. This is a problem we share with all rural regions in Canada with over 80% of rural youth out-migrating to urban centres. We want to change that with strategies from QuinteVation.” Said board Chair Ryan Williams
The panel, introduced by Rob Clute, included Norman Hardie of Norman Hardie Winery, Adam Tilley from the Brake Room, Kari Fraser from clevr, an innovation technology company based in Belleville and part of QuinteVation’s BDC RevUP accelerator, and Dan Mackinnon from Mackinnon Brothers Brewery. The panel spoke about their approach to growth and the challenges of operating a business within a rural region, and how each of them found success.
Rob Clute, QuinteVation Executive Director, discussed on how hosting the first National Rural Summit will define and harness rural innovation, and make the Bay of Quinte region the blue print for success for rural regions throughout Canada.
“Yes, we will host the first national rural summit focusing on how we define and harness rural innovation,” said Clute. “We will make Bay of Quinte the blue print for success for all other rural regions in Canada and spark discussion on the importance of rural.”
For more information, please contact:
Cathy Ireland, Revup Manager, Brad Aulthouse, board director, Adam Tilley, the Brake Room, Jeremiah MacKenzie, board director, Norman Hardie, Norman Hardie Winery, Daniel MacKinnon, MacKinnon Brothers, Rob Clute, Executive Director, Kari Fraser, clevr, Ryan Williams, board chair, John Bonn, board director.