Announcing the Winners of the 2015 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence

Announcing the Winners of the 2015 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence

The best of the best in Ontario tourism were celebrated at the annual Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala on Tuesday, Nov. 10 in Toronto. The Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence recognize industry successes by acknowledging those who have made significant contributions to Ontario’s tourism industry.


Jointly presented by the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance (OCTA), the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) and the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence are divided into three respective categories. The Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence are about the passion of those dedicated to advancing the culinary movement in Ontario, and recognize those who work hard to tell the stories of our growers, producers, chefs, winemakers and brewers. The Tourism Marketing and Travel Media Awards of Excellence celebrate those who contribute to Ontario’s tourism industry through impactful partnerships, marketing activities and media relations. The Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence are presented to organizations, businesses and individuals that represent the quality of outstanding offerings that make Ontario a world-class destination.


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Forked River Brewing Co. Succeeds in Getting Retail Store Relocated

Forked River Brewing Company announces success in getting authorization from AGCO to open a relocated retail store at Unit 4 of 45 Pacific Court.The Company will be hosting a grand opening on Saturday, October 31st from 11am to 4pm to celebrate our collective efforts.


“This success would not have been possible without the support of our customers, city councillors, the mayor, and local MPPs, who have petitioned on our behalf” says David Reed, co-owner of Forked River Brewing. Over 3600 individuals signed Forked River’s online petition on Resolution of the retail store relocation issue involved discussions with both provincial and federal government agencies over the past 7 months.


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Middlesex County launches new Invest in Middlesex County video series

Middlesex County is proud to announce their latest round of “Invest in Middlesex” promotional videos. The series of eight videos profile people and businesses that make up the Middlesex economy and highlights the County’s new brand, “Invest in Middlesex County…we appreciate your business”.


The videos officially launched at County Council today, offer an inspiring look into local businesses, and the reasons why they call Middlesex County home. Cara Finn, Director of Economic Development says “We wanted to combine a fresh approach to videography and candid conversations with the businesses that contribute directly to the economic health of Middlesex County.


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Sarnia Winners at International Communities in Bloom – 2015

The City of Sarnia is the winner of the International Challenge (Very Large) category. They received 5 Blooms – Bronze and a special mention for Remedial Action Plan for Centennial Park during the 2015 National Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Kamloops, BC. The City of Sarnia competed against Chatham-Kent ON and Zlin Czech Republic.


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Doors Open St. Thomas Peers into our Industrial Heritage

Every year from May to October, communities across the province open doors to hundreds of historical buildings, museums, private homes, and other interesting venues. Many of the participating sites offer special activities, such as tours, exhibitions and demonstrations – all free of charge!


St. Thomas’ Doors Open is coming up Saturday October 17th from 10am-4pm and will feature some unique sites and activities, including free train rides! The train runs from the L&PS Station to the Elgin County building where people have an hour layover to explore the Elgin County Museum and Archives.


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EDCO Awards of Excellence Submissions Now Open

EDCOsmThe Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) has opened the call for submissions for the EDCO Awards of Excellence.  The Awards of excellence are a highly coveted commodity, an honour to receive, and also a great profile builder and opportunity to showcase your efforts to hundreds of economic development professionals.  As an EDCO award receipt you set the bar as a leader and innovator in the profession. We are excited about 2 NEW awards this year! The Digital Influencer of the Year and the Innovative Community Award.


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London’s Own Sandra Polson Best in Industry

On September 17th at the Hilton Toronto Airport Sandra Polson received the Canadian Society of Associate Executives – Trillium Chapter Business Member Service Excellence Award. Sandra was nominated as best in class by her industry peers for her outstanding contributions to the CSAE Trillium Chapter.


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New Restaurant, the Vines, Opens at Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards Estate Winery

Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards Estate Winery is pleased to announce the opening of its new restaurant, The Vines, effective Saturday, August 29, 2015. The hours of operation will be daily, from 11 am to 5 pm. The restaurant has a seating capacity of 44 with outdoor patio seating available in good weather for another 40 seats. The restaurant has an elegant venue of tasteful small plates and unique luncheon fare.


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Promoting Local Farmers Through First-Hand Experiences in Chatham-Kent

A local community organization is hard at work putting the finishing touches on a weekend event showcasing local innovative farmers and producers and their unique and diverse products and crops. A full weekend of hands-on activities, tastings and special events as part of CK Table’s inaugural Rethink Food Weekend Sept 12th & 13th.


This is the fifth year CK Table has organized a special event on this weekend – winning the 2014 Ontario Culinary Tourism Award for Ontario Culinary Tourism Event of the Year for their CK Table Signature Dinner – a multi-course farm-to-table feast hosted at a local farm, using all local ingredients, and prepared by top-notch chefs.


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