Economic Development Symposium

Our popular Economic Development Symposium is the place where Norfolk County business and community leaders network, learn and celebrate success. Lunch, excellent speakers, great presentations, award-winning success stories, and networking opportunities are all part of the experience.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
The Aud, Norfolk County Fairgrounds
172 South Drive, Simcoe.

Entrepreneur of the Year Award / Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Keynote Speaker

  • Keynote Speaker Shane Feldman: Shane Feldman helps audiences activate the leader within and connect more authentically with colleagues and customers. As the Founder & CEO of Count Me In, Shane Feldman is the visionary behind the world’s largest millennial-led movement. Over the past decade, Count Me In has initiated tens of thousands of projects worldwide, contributing a value of over $2.6 billion to the global economy through service. Shane has been featured by Larry King, Dr. Oz, Forbes, People Magazine, and his documentary TV series from A&E follows his community building work. Shane has worked with some of the world’s most dynamic companies including Google, Microsoft, and The Walt Disney Company, and he has been recognized by The White House, The Prime Minister of Canada and The United Nations for his achievements in community leadership.


  • Local Entrepreneur Speakers
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • Lunch featuring Norfolk County food and drink
  • Networking
  • Hosted by Norfolk’s Ambassadors Amelie Chanda & Jason Mayo


2020 Sponsors


Major Sponsors                                                                                                                                                     

Millard's logo

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Lead Sponsors

            Venture Norfolk


Hydro One





Program Sponsors


nova mutual

Libro Credit Union   First Ontario  Fanshawe CollegeExeculink




Event Sponsor

Vallee Logo    Mechanical Contractors




In Kind Sponsors

David's Restaurant    MyFM Radio Simcoe Reformer




2019 Symposium Report

Thanks to all who attended.


  • Entrepreneur of Year: Richard and Angela Van Laecke of Horizon Seeds 
  • Young Entrepreneur of Year: Sarah Lawrence of Sayza Hot Yoga 
  • Jerry Sucharyna Memorial Student Start Up Business of the Year: Kieran Gubesch  of Gube’s Cubes
  • Travel Writer of the Year: Kathryn Dickson 
  • Sustainable Tourism Award: Long Point Island Hugger Tours
  • Wine Excellence Award: Erie Beach Hotel



  • Keynote Speaker Brian Williams
  • “No Boundaries” Entrepreneur Speakers
    • Christine Dainard, Buzz Tours
    • Mike Fredericks, Annex Business Media
    • Michelle Kloepfer, Titan Trailers
    • Nick Kokkoros, Barrel Pizza

Interactive Feedback Session

Results: Interactive Feedback Session