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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Norfolk County Economic Development Symposium

“Undeniably Norfolk” #NCSym20
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Morning Mingle: 7:30 a.m; Program: 9:00am – 2:30pm
The Aud, Norfolk County Fairgrounds
172 South Drive, Simcoe.

Keynote Speaker Shane Feldman

Shane Feldman, 25, is a Canadian TV personality, motivational speaker and businessman. Feldman is best known for starting Count Me In, a high school project turned brand that has contributed volunteer hours to the value of $2.6 billion.

In today’s unpredictable landscape, your competitive edge is collaboration. In this empowering, forward-looking talk, Shane Feldman goes beyond the hype and speculation to reveal a fundamental truth: In today’s unpredictable landscape, community and purpose are what will set you apart.

New disruptive business models, new flexible work arrangements, new tech-fueled innovation are all part of the future of work. Shifting perceptions of entrepreneurship and moving beyond tech-fueled competition, Shane helps audiences re-focus, re-connect, and elevate their impact.

 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 Speakers

Jess Bommarito, Groundswell Coworking

Anita Buehner, Bonnieheath Estate Lavender & Winery

Cam Carter, Downtown Simcoe BIA

Amanda Dooney & Susan Judd, Ride the Bine


Hosted by Norfolk’s Ambassadors Amelie Chanda & Jason Mayo

Made in Norfolk County


Program times and order subject to change

  • 7:30am – Doors Open / Morning Mingle / Explore “Made in Norfolk” Showcase
  • 9:00am – Welcome
  • 9:15am – Local Entrepreneur Speakers
  • 9:45am – Award Presentation – Entrepreneur of the Year
  • 10:00am – Break / Networking / Explore “Made in Norfolk” Showcase
  • 10:30am – Keynote Speaker Shane Feldman
  • 11:30am – Award Presentation – Young Entrepreneur of Year
  • 11:45am – Lunch featuring Norfolk County food and drink
  • 1:00pm – Local Entrepreneur Speakers
  • 1:30pm – Award Presentations – Sustainable Tourism Award, Wine Excellence Award
  • 1:45pm – Undeniably Norfolk Interactive Session
  • 2:15pm – Prize Draw / Networking / Wrap Up


  • Register online: $60+HST and fees, per person
  • Special rate for registered students: $35+HST. Ask your teacher, instructor or prof to email our office for further instructions.
  • Refund Policy: Refunds are available if requested before January 31, 2020.

2020 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 Sponsors

Vallee Logo    Mechanical Contractors



In-Kind Sponsors

David's Restaurant    MyFM Radio Ontario South Coast Wineries and Growers AssociationSimcoe Reformer

Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show