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CannTrust Breakfast Seminar: Understanding Cannabis 8:00 am
CannTrust Breakfast Seminar: Understanding Cannabis @ Cardinal Lakes Golf Club
Jun 4 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Niagara has already been identified as a market leader in Canada’s next top crop: cannabis cultivation. Peter Aceto, CEO of CannTrust, is well-positioned to address to speak to the future opportunities and challenges of this rapidly growing new business sector and its presence in Niagara. CannTrust is a Federally licensed and regulated global cannabis market leader. The publicly traded company operates its approximately 450,000 sq. ft. Niagara Perpetual Harvest Facility in Pelham and has been permitted to construct another 390,000 sq. ft. Peter is a globally recognized and respected business leader, author and speaker. Prior to CannTrust, Peter was the President & CEO with Tangerine Bank, an unorthodox presence in the strait-laced banking world. A social media leader, Peter has also written a book on “people-first” leadership strategies called Weology: How Everybody Wins When We Comes Before Me. Join Peter as he speaks to members of the South Niagara Chambers of Commerce on the burgeoning cannabis industry.
Improving the Accessibility of Sustainably-Produced Foods in Canada 12:00 pm
Improving the Accessibility of Sustainably-Produced Foods in Canada @ Online
Jun 10 @ 12:00 pm
Interest in sustainably-produced foods has grown exponentially in recent decades. Food Secure Canada has conducted a study called, “Sustainable Consumption For All” (April 2018 – March 2019) to better understand the barriers Canadians living on low-incomes face in accessing sustainably-produced food. The project utilized key informant interviews, focus groups with people living on low-income, and a nation-wide survey. Key research findings will be presented, followed by a discussion about the project including exploring future research questions. For this research Food Secure Canada has received funding from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s Contributions Program for Non-profit Consumer and Voluntary Organizations. The views expressed in this research are not necessarily those of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada or the Government of Canada. This webinar is hosted by Food Secure Canada.
NCO Policy Brief Launch – Niagara’s Agribusiness Sector: Towards a More Resilient Innovation Cluster 9:30 am
NCO Policy Brief Launch – Niagara’s Agribusiness Sector: Towards a More Resilient Innovation Cluster @ Meridian Community Centre - Dr. Gary & Mall Accursi Room
Jun 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
There appear to be two conflicting realities surrounding Niagara’s agribusiness sector. On the one hand, there are indications the sector legitimately boasts world-class agribusiness assets and strengths, while on the other hand, there are some underlying gaps and challenges in leveraging the sector’s full potential. The Niagara Region Economic Development division has partnered with the Niagara Community Observatory at Brock University to take a closer look at the state of the region’s agribusiness sector. Dr. Charles Conteh, author of the NCO’s policy brief #40, “Niagara’s Agribusiness Sector: Towards a More Resilient Innovation Cluster”, will present his findings followed by a panel discussion and open Q&A. The policy brief paints a portrait of recent trends in the sector in Niagara relative to similar mid-sized regions in southern Ontario. In doing so, it identifies some of the industry-specific strengths of agribusiness in Niagara as well as highlights existing weaknesses and gaps. From this, Dr. Conteh draws some inferences to provide an analysis of how to further leverage the sector’s potential and address existing problems in pursuit of greater resilience and adaptability. Panelists: Clinton Buttar, Senior Relationship Manager, Farm Credit Canada Lyndon Ashton, Centre Manager, Canadian Food and Wine Institute Innovation Centre Darren Ward, Manager, Business Planning & Commercialization, Vineland Research & Innovation Centre Bradley Mclean, Associate Director, Innovation & Commercialization, Brock University This event is hosted by the Niagara Community Observatory.
Beyond Grants: Alternative Financing for Your Nonprofit or Charity 12:00 pm
Beyond Grants: Alternative Financing for Your Nonprofit or Charity @ Online
Jun 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
This interactive webinar will explore ways to strengthen your nonprofit’s and/or charity’s financial resilience with supportive financing tools. Your organization may be looking to diversify its financing options or new funding realities may make it more challenging to continue to serve your mission and communities. ONN is committed to catalyzing improvements in the nonprofit sector’s funding environment, and to facilitating strategic partnerships that increase the sector’s access to capacity-building opportunities. Join ONN and the Canadian Alternative Investment Foundation (CAIF) for a deep dive into financing options that may be used by your organization to achieve its goals and the how-to’s of preparing for financing. Through this webinar you will learn: What is debt financing? Loans, lines of credits, and how nonprofits and charities can leverage tools to support their mission What is a line of credit and when it is beneficial to organizations? How to assess your financing needs & readiness Ways to identify your “borrowing profile” How and when to get ready to apply for a line of credit Bring your questions to the webinar for the Q&A. You can also send your questions in advance by June 15 to Speakers: Financial Manager, Beth Coates, CPA, CA Impact Investment Associate, Rebecca Waterhouse, MPNL This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Nonprofit Network.
Learn@Lunch: Financing Your Small and Medium Business 12:00 pm
Learn@Lunch: Financing Your Small and Medium Business @ St. Catharines Aquatics Centre
Jun 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Join Innovate Niagara for lunch and an interactive session with APL, BDC, and Meridian to discuss options to finance your small-medium business. Each organization will discuss their SMB lending methodology. Speakers will cover finance options including Asset backed, Equity, Line of Credit, and Invoice financing. Find financing opportunities for your business. Speakers will include: Ian Duffy, Founder & CEO of Accelerated Payments Chris Walker, Senior Small Business Advisor at Meridian Credit Union Kyle Walsh, Commercial Account Manager with Business Development Bank of Canada This event is hosted by Innovate Niagara.
Niagara Falls Foreign Trade Zone Seminar 10:00 am
Niagara Falls Foreign Trade Zone Seminar @ Niagara Falls City Hall - Committee Room 2
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:15 pm
Niagara Foreign Trade Zone (NFTZ) Exporting Seminars will include speakers from government agencies, public-private institutions, as well as provide networking opportunities to exporting businesses in Niagara. The purpose of these seminars is to create greater awareness opportunities and connect you to Federal/Provincial programs for your exports. Generate leads to your international supply chain, benefit from duties refund and tax relief programs, apply for market development assistance, and other resources for scaling your international presence. For businesses preparing to export, this is your ideal contact point for building up your resources. Last year, NFTZ seminars reached more than 150 businesses and serviced more than 75 companies. Seminar Highlights NFTZ introduction International Market Insight Key Exporting Programs Incentives Introduce Resource Institutions Client Testimonials Networking Discussion RSVP by email to or

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