Apr
21
Sat
Niagara Farm Day @ West Niagara Agricultural Centre
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Niagara Farm Day organizers hope this event will become an annual opportunity for families to spend time learning about Niagara agriculture and its important contribution to our food supply and the local economy.

Visitors to Niagara Farm Day will be able to visit with a number of primary producers who will each have a display featuring the primary focus of their farm. This will include dairy, bees, horse, beef, grains & oilseeds, flowers and more. Plans are also under way to allow visitors to experience a virtual reality tour of a farm with technology supplied by Farm & Food Care.

As the event draws closer, additional details and additional confirmations of participating commodities will become available. In the meantime, organizers invite everyone to “save the date” and plan to attend a fun agricultural themed family event. A great way to welcome the Spring season.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Federations of Agriculture & West Niagara Agricultural Society.

Apr
25
Wed
Learn@Lunch: A Social Enterprise Story: Southridge Jam Company @ Southridge Jam Co.
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join Innovate Niagara for this upcoming learn@lunch at Southridge Jam Co.’s production facility in Vineland.

Brendon Nicholson, Program Director at the Southridge Jam Company, will share their story: how and why they started, and how they’ve grown to be the thriving social enterprise they are today. Brendon has learned about social entrepreneurship while building this enterprise and will have interesting insights to share about social entrepreneurship, its impact on the community as well as some of the challenges they have faced.

This event is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

Making Sense of Longevity Markets for Your Business, Career and Community @ Niagara College - Room AH225
Apr 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

No Surprises. Age demographics are shifting. On the road to 2030, the social and economic landscape for markets in a longevity society is rapidly unfolding a host of opportunities for the way business marketing appropriately speaks to the needs of consumers through their life course. Look forward. This will not be exclusively a Boomer-driven economy.

Both market and gerontology researchers have well noted, we are living longer, healthier lives than previous generations, but we are also living cyclical, rather than linear lives. This changes the way we market everything – new opportunities, new perspectives for business, career and community.

How and where will you and your business fit in the evolution of this bigger market picture? What are the possibilities – business products, human services, education, work and community? How do you better market to segments of older adult populations, upward to age 105?

Mark Venning – Change Rangers – Research, Advisor, Speaker and Blogger

This event is hosted by the Business of Ageing Niagara Network, launched by AGEWORKS and Niagara College.

Apr
27
Fri
Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshop: Sales ABC @ Brock University - Cairns Building, Room 207
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops are experiential, hands-on workshops facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs. The workshops offer ventures tools, mentoring and peer feedback to solve specific problems and develop essential business components.

In each four-hour session you will generate a deliverable that you will use frequently in the business development process.

What will you get out of the Sales ABC workshop series?

Session 1 – The Sales Canvas Framework and the Sales Funnel // April 27, 2018 from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

This session will introduce the Sales Canvas Framework, which encompasses all aspects of inbound and outbound sales activities, and how these activities relate to moving customer prospects through the sales funnel.

You will get the opportunity to explore the “Leaky Sales Funnel,” learn about cold calling techniques and practice managing individual sales opportunities to turn leads into prospects.

Deliverable: Techniques to book, prepare for and conduct a sales call

Session 2 – The Customer Sales Meeting // May 4, 2018 from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

This session will focus on how to move customers’ leads through the sales funnel. In preparation for your customer sales meeting, you will get the opportunity to identify various customer stakeholders, learn new negotiation tactics and practice managing individual sales opportunities to successfully turn customer prospects into sales.

Deliverable: A Sales Process and Stakeholder Management Chart to prepare you to meet with your customers

Session 3 – Analyzing and Managing the Sales Process

The final session will focus on the technical aspects of measuring the sales process to improve the quality and quantity of sales activities and make changes to become more efficient in closing sales.

You will define the stages of the sales cycle for your customers and map out your sales pipeline with some sales cycle probabilities. You will learn about how to define, track, analyze and manage your sales process.

Deliverable: A spreadsheet approach to tracking sales with sales funnel data for a prospective customer

This workshop series is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

May
2
Wed
Implementing the Agriculture System in Your Municipality @ Canada Hall, East Gwillimbury Sports Complex
May 2 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Mark your calendars for a workshop for planners and economic developers on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, designed to help attendees understand and implement the Agriculture System at the local level.

Agenda:
9:30 am.
Arrival, Registration and Coffee
10:00 am. Welcome and Introductions
10:15 am. Agriculture as an Economic Driver – The land base, the businesses and connectivity (Danielle Collins, Ontario Federation of Agriculture)
10:30 am. Implementing the Agriculture System (Helma Geerts, Arthur Churchyard, Carolyn Puterbough, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs)
12:00 pm. Lunch
12:45 pm. Planning for Ag Systems at Regional and Lower Level Municipalities (Jennifer Best, Senior Planner, York Region; Faye Langmaid, Manager Special Projects, Planning Services, Clarington)
1:30 pm. Table Talk – Potential Opportunities and Barriers in Your Municipality
2:00 pm. Agriculture Systems that Work – Best Practices (speakers to be confirmed)
3:00 pm. Final Remarks

This event is hosted by the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.

May
8
Tue
#Rethink Niagara Data Forum @ Heartland Forest
May 8 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

You are invited to participate in a half-day forum to begin building the Niagara Data Repository and Refinery tool; and provide input to Ontario’s Open Government Action Plan 2020.

Agenda:
8:30 Registration
9:00 Building the Niagara Data Repository and Refinery Tool

  • Data Landscape in Niagara Environmental Scan
  • Canadian Open Data Summit in Niagara, Nov. 7-9, 2018
  • Niagara Data Repository and Refinery Tool: Governance, architecture, construction steps

10:30 Break
10:45-12:30 Open Government Action Plan 2020 Workshop and Working Lunch

  • Provide input to the Open Government team of the Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat on the challenges and opportunities on public engagement, inclusive and accessible open government and access to valuable information

This event is hosted by Niagara Connects.

Ignite Niagara Pitch Series Powered by Meridian @ Greg Frewin Theatre
May 8 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join the GNCC on to find out who will ignite Niagara with their pitch to the judges.

Powered by Meridian Credit Union, the 6 finalists will pitch their ideas to judges for a chance to earn $10,000 in cash prizes and business services! $7,500 for the winner and $2,500 for the People’s Choice Award.

Finalists:

  • Huvr Media
  • LifePoints
  • Niagara Canine Conditioning Centre
  • The Foster Festival
  • Underdogs Boxing Club
  • TBD – The Winner of Niagara College’s Pitch Perfect Competition

Come cheer on your friends, colleagues and peers and vote for the People’s Choice Award.

The event will also feature a show by International Grand Champion of Magic Greg Frewin. Refreshments included.

This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Apr
21
Sat
Niagara Farm Day @ West Niagara Agricultural Centre
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Niagara Farm Day organizers hope this event will become an annual opportunity for families to spend time learning about Niagara agriculture and its important contribution to our food supply and the local economy.

Visitors to Niagara Farm Day will be able to visit with a number of primary producers who will each have a display featuring the primary focus of their farm. This will include dairy, bees, horse, beef, grains & oilseeds, flowers and more. Plans are also under way to allow visitors to experience a virtual reality tour of a farm with technology supplied by Farm & Food Care.

As the event draws closer, additional details and additional confirmations of participating commodities will become available. In the meantime, organizers invite everyone to “save the date” and plan to attend a fun agricultural themed family event. A great way to welcome the Spring season.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Federations of Agriculture & West Niagara Agricultural Society.

Apr
25
Wed
Learn@Lunch: A Social Enterprise Story: Southridge Jam Company @ Southridge Jam Co.
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join Innovate Niagara for this upcoming learn@lunch at Southridge Jam Co.’s production facility in Vineland.

Brendon Nicholson, Program Director at the Southridge Jam Company, will share their story: how and why they started, and how they’ve grown to be the thriving social enterprise they are today. Brendon has learned about social entrepreneurship while building this enterprise and will have interesting insights to share about social entrepreneurship, its impact on the community as well as some of the challenges they have faced.

This event is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

Making Sense of Longevity Markets for Your Business, Career and Community @ Niagara College - Room AH225
Apr 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

No Surprises. Age demographics are shifting. On the road to 2030, the social and economic landscape for markets in a longevity society is rapidly unfolding a host of opportunities for the way business marketing appropriately speaks to the needs of consumers through their life course. Look forward. This will not be exclusively a Boomer-driven economy.

Both market and gerontology researchers have well noted, we are living longer, healthier lives than previous generations, but we are also living cyclical, rather than linear lives. This changes the way we market everything – new opportunities, new perspectives for business, career and community.

How and where will you and your business fit in the evolution of this bigger market picture? What are the possibilities – business products, human services, education, work and community? How do you better market to segments of older adult populations, upward to age 105?

Mark Venning – Change Rangers – Research, Advisor, Speaker and Blogger

This event is hosted by the Business of Ageing Niagara Network, launched by AGEWORKS and Niagara College.

Apr
27
Fri
Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshop: Sales ABC @ Brock University - Cairns Building, Room 207
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops are experiential, hands-on workshops facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs. The workshops offer ventures tools, mentoring and peer feedback to solve specific problems and develop essential business components.

In each four-hour session you will generate a deliverable that you will use frequently in the business development process.

What will you get out of the Sales ABC workshop series?

Session 1 – The Sales Canvas Framework and the Sales Funnel // April 27, 2018 from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

This session will introduce the Sales Canvas Framework, which encompasses all aspects of inbound and outbound sales activities, and how these activities relate to moving customer prospects through the sales funnel.

You will get the opportunity to explore the “Leaky Sales Funnel,” learn about cold calling techniques and practice managing individual sales opportunities to turn leads into prospects.

Deliverable: Techniques to book, prepare for and conduct a sales call

Session 2 – The Customer Sales Meeting // May 4, 2018 from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

This session will focus on how to move customers’ leads through the sales funnel. In preparation for your customer sales meeting, you will get the opportunity to identify various customer stakeholders, learn new negotiation tactics and practice managing individual sales opportunities to successfully turn customer prospects into sales.

Deliverable: A Sales Process and Stakeholder Management Chart to prepare you to meet with your customers

Session 3 – Analyzing and Managing the Sales Process

The final session will focus on the technical aspects of measuring the sales process to improve the quality and quantity of sales activities and make changes to become more efficient in closing sales.

You will define the stages of the sales cycle for your customers and map out your sales pipeline with some sales cycle probabilities. You will learn about how to define, track, analyze and manage your sales process.

Deliverable: A spreadsheet approach to tracking sales with sales funnel data for a prospective customer

This workshop series is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

May
2
Wed
Implementing the Agriculture System in Your Municipality @ Canada Hall, East Gwillimbury Sports Complex
May 2 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Mark your calendars for a workshop for planners and economic developers on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, designed to help attendees understand and implement the Agriculture System at the local level.

Agenda:
9:30 am.
Arrival, Registration and Coffee
10:00 am. Welcome and Introductions
10:15 am. Agriculture as an Economic Driver – The land base, the businesses and connectivity (Danielle Collins, Ontario Federation of Agriculture)
10:30 am. Implementing the Agriculture System (Helma Geerts, Arthur Churchyard, Carolyn Puterbough, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs)
12:00 pm. Lunch
12:45 pm. Planning for Ag Systems at Regional and Lower Level Municipalities (Jennifer Best, Senior Planner, York Region; Faye Langmaid, Manager Special Projects, Planning Services, Clarington)
1:30 pm. Table Talk – Potential Opportunities and Barriers in Your Municipality
2:00 pm. Agriculture Systems that Work – Best Practices (speakers to be confirmed)
3:00 pm. Final Remarks

This event is hosted by the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.

May
8
Tue
#Rethink Niagara Data Forum @ Heartland Forest
May 8 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

You are invited to participate in a half-day forum to begin building the Niagara Data Repository and Refinery tool; and provide input to Ontario’s Open Government Action Plan 2020.

Agenda:
8:30 Registration
9:00 Building the Niagara Data Repository and Refinery Tool

  • Data Landscape in Niagara Environmental Scan
  • Canadian Open Data Summit in Niagara, Nov. 7-9, 2018
  • Niagara Data Repository and Refinery Tool: Governance, architecture, construction steps

10:30 Break
10:45-12:30 Open Government Action Plan 2020 Workshop and Working Lunch

  • Provide input to the Open Government team of the Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat on the challenges and opportunities on public engagement, inclusive and accessible open government and access to valuable information

This event is hosted by Niagara Connects.

Ignite Niagara Pitch Series Powered by Meridian @ Greg Frewin Theatre
May 8 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join the GNCC on to find out who will ignite Niagara with their pitch to the judges.

Powered by Meridian Credit Union, the 6 finalists will pitch their ideas to judges for a chance to earn $10,000 in cash prizes and business services! $7,500 for the winner and $2,500 for the People’s Choice Award.

Finalists:

  • Huvr Media
  • LifePoints
  • Niagara Canine Conditioning Centre
  • The Foster Festival
  • Underdogs Boxing Club
  • TBD – The Winner of Niagara College’s Pitch Perfect Competition

Come cheer on your friends, colleagues and peers and vote for the People’s Choice Award.

The event will also feature a show by International Grand Champion of Magic Greg Frewin. Refreshments included.

This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.

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