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Regional exporters group receives top honours

ONEDC receives award of excellence at economic development conference
(l-r) Piero Pucci, Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission; Liam McGill, Greater Sudbury Economic Development; Dan Hollingsworth, Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development; Heather Lalonde, Economic Developers Council of Ontario; Scott Rennie, Elena Zabudskaya, Meredith Armstrong of Greater Sudbury Economic Development. (Supplied photo)

A regional exports program received recognition by Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO).

Ontario’s North Economic Development Corporation (ONEDC) was honoured with a provincial award for initiatives that have helped position regional small and medium-sized enterprises to take advantage of global opportunities and new markets for their innovative products and services.

ONEDC is a collaboration of the economic development corporations for the cities of North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and Timmins.

Representatives from each corporation accepted the Award of Excellence at EDCO’s annual conference gala in Toronto, Feb. 6.

"As a truly collaborative, pan-northern initiative, the Northern Ontario Exports Program has assisted more than 150 small and medium-sized companies grow their businesses through export development,” said Christy Marining, ONEDC chair in a news release.

“The City of Greater Sudbury has done an exceptional job in leading this program for the benefit of all our northern colleagues."

The Northern Ontario Exports Program had five objectives: to develop or improve export strategies, evaluate and address gaps in export sales and marketing processes, access funding support for export development activities, access business development databases and provide support for export related sales training.

“Our partnership with other local economic development agencies through ONEDC helps to strengthen our economy in Northern Ontario,” said Meredith Armstrong, acting economic development director with the City of Greater Sudbury.

“To be recognized by our peers through EDCO is an honour and a testament to the quality of programming we are providing in Greater Sudbury to our companies and those throughout Northern Ontario.”