22 - 23 / 03 / 2017, PRESCOTT-RUSSELL, ONTARIO

The summit in photos and videos

How it works

  • B2B meetings are based on participants’ needs to meet potential partners, investors, suppliers and/or clients.
  • Participants fill a presentation form, receive the catalogue of participating companies, return up to 20 meeting requests and are matched using a match-making software program

Reasons to attend

  • Meet up to 6 pre-qualified businesses or private investors for 30-minute meetings
  • Acquire knowledge on the economic landscape of Rural Eastern Ontario and projects offering opportunities for collaborations
  • Share hands-on experience on how innovation and diversification leads to sustainable growth

Who should attend

  • Businesses operating in rural regions ready for innovation, diversification and growth
  • Private investors involved in targeted sectors
  • Public funds administrators related to targeted sectors
  • Municipal, provincial and federal politicians

Targeted sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Agri-Food and Food Processing
  • Tourism
  • Bioproducts  
  • Advanced Manufacturing  
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Services

Consult our Program

  • WednesdayMarch 22, 2017
  • ThursdayMarch 23, 2017
7:00 am

Guests arrival and registration

Alfred College
31 St-Paul Street

7:00 am - 10:00 am
8:00 am

Opening ceremony

Room JA Demers

MC - Luc Filion, Financial Security Advisor

VIP Guests:
Francis Drouin, Federal Deputy
Grant Crack, Provincial Deputy
Sylvain Charlebois, Chair of PRCDC
Sébastien Racine, Chair of Entrepreneurial Academy
Lise Bourgeois, President of La Cité

8:00 am - 8:30 am
8:30 am

Desjardins opening breakfast

Room 107

8:30 am - 9:30 am
9:30 am

Conference - Leveraging rural assets for international profile - Mr. Guy Laflamme

Room JA Demers

Guy Laflamme - Conférencier/Speaker
Guy Laflamme - Conférencier/Speaker
General Manager, Ottawa 2017 Bureau

9:30 am - 10:15 am
10:15 am

Networking Break

10:15 am - 10:45 am
10:45 am

Demystifying Innovation - Eric Charlebois and 6 panelists

Room JA Demers

Business Success in Prescott-Russell
5 videos presenting businesses who grew through innovation
Interactive panel and interviews of Business Leaders, moderated by Eric Charlebois, Entrepreneurial Academy
Questions from delegates and Discussion

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
12:00 pm

Lunch BDO and Prescott-Russell Employment Services Centre

Room 107


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
1:00 pm

Workshop - Business Opportunities (I) - Martin Lacelle, Tourisme Prescott-Russell Tourism

Room JA Demers

As a rural region, many of our businesses are seeking ways of growing and diversifying: the premise of this panel session is to introduce opportunities for businesses and investors to collaborate within the tourism, leisure and cultural industries and environment.
Tourism, recreation and culture are sectors that transcend local borders. They can open doors to markets outside the region and can offer opportunities that we would not necessarily, as a local business, be privy to. With this session, panelists will be invited to break those "local" barriers and present opinions/ideas and solutions from several levels of influence and governance about the development and growth of businesses, within the tourism, recreation and culture sectors.


Beth Potter has led the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO)—the umbrella trade association for Ontario’s tourism industry—as President and CEO since January 2011. A distinguished member of the tourism community, Beth also serves on the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC)’s Board of Directors, and chairs the organization’s Provincial Territorial Tourism Industry Associations Committee. In addition, Beth holds seats on the Sector Advisory Committee for the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation, Ryerson University’s advisory council for the Tourism and Hospitality Management program, as well as the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Prior to joining TIAO, Beth spent seven years as the Executive Director of Camping In Ontario, an association made up of more than 600 small businesses that actively represents the campground industry in Ontario. She also served on the board for the Accommodation Industry Alliance of Ontario and Campgrounds Camping Canada, which she chaired from 2009 to 2011.
With more than 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, Beth has worked with a boards, committees and volunteers from a wealth of diverse backgrounds, mandates and goals. Born and raised in Ontario, a graduate of Lakehead University (1990), avid golfer and curling fan, Beth currently resides with her family in Toronto.

1:00 pm - 2:10 pm
2:10 pm

Networking Break

2:10 pm - 4:45 pm
2:45 pm

Business Opportunities (II) - Christopher Rees, Economist and Managing Partner of Suthey Holler Associates

Room JA Demers

« We need to move forward with fresh ideas and a joint action plan that will make innovation a national priority and put Canada on a firm path to long-term economic growth. »
Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation Science and Economic Development

Building upon the theme: "Demystiying Innovation", the second Business Opportunity panel session, moderated by Christopher Rees (Economist and Managing Partner of Suthey Holler Associates) during the Prescott-Russell Business Summit, will demonstrate how this all-inclusive project will respond to the six themes of Canada’s Innovation Agenda and will identify the myriad of opportunities that will flow from the Ecosystem and its components for new and existing businesses.
The Ecosystem will transform the former Alfred Campus of the University of Guelph to an innovation and development centre for Prescott-Russell and indeed all of Eastern Ontario. The focus will be on agriculture, food, food transformation and bio-products. The facility is composed of 368 acres of property, the majority of which is designated as farmland and about 15 buildings offering 184,000 square feet of space. The buildings include a main administrative building, a residence and a recreation complex. The components of the Ecosystem include:
- An Agriculture Innovation Centre (AIC)
- La Cité college and its Institute of Agri-Food Training and Research (IFRA)
- The “Farm” dedicated to agriculture research, technology transfer and education administered by a not-for-profit corporation (FERCA) of the Union of Franco-Ontarian Farmers (UCFO)
- The Entrepreneurial Academy
- Economic development and tourism activities of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell

Christopher Rees - Modérateur/Moderator
Christopher Rees - Modérateur/Moderator
Economist and Managing Partner of Suther Holler Associates

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm
4:15 pm

Registration to B2B Meetings

Last chance to register to B2B meetings scheduled the next day between 10:45 a.m. and 2:15 pm.
Alain Thivierge, Daniel Sigouin, Estelle Patenaude and Caroline Arcand will help you identify the best meetings that fit your needs. 

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm
4:30 pm

End of Session

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
5:00 pm

Beer Tasting

Room 107

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
8:00 am

Guests Arrival - Continental Breakfast

Room JA Demers
​Alfred College
31 St-Paul Street

8:00 am - 9:00 am
9:00 am

Pushing the Boundaries of Innovation - M. André Laflèche, Seasoned Entrepreneur

Room JA Demers

Veronic DiCaire will "beam in" with motivational words of wisdom.

Shaking Up Prescott-Russell
The objective of Mr. Laflèche presentation is to challenge entrepreneurs, investors, economic development specialists and politicians to “up their game” to initiate and support major innovative projects that would add value and relaunch the economy of Prescott-Russell. André will share his secrets and experience of developing visionary projects and how close collaborative efforts can strengthen enterprise development. He will emphasize how “economic traps” can be caused by the lack of a concerted regional vision and how we need to adapt our mindsets in order to work much closer together and to expand our frontiers of innovation to create lasting prosperity.

André Laflèche - Conférencier/Speaker
André Laflèche - Conférencier/Speaker
Seasoned Entrepreneur, Mentor, Investor

9:00 am - 10:15 am
10:15 am

Plenary Assembly

Room JA Demers

On the basis of discussions and presentations in the previous Summit workshops a Panel of the Summit Organizing partners will draw out strategic directions for future growth and innovation in Prescott Russell.

10:15 am - 10:45 am
10:45 am

Networking Break

10:45 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am

Collaborative and Experiential Lab - max 20 participants - reservation required

11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am

B2B Meetings

Room Mérite Agricole

The B2B meetings are designed to connect businesses seeking business alliances to innovate, diversify and grow. Described as "speed dating" for business, participants are matched for one-on-one meetings.
Each meeting lasts 30 minutes where each participant has 15 minutes to present his needs and identify what type of business alliance would enable him to achieve his project.
A delegate could have up to 6 meetings based on his needs and meeting requests done through the match-making system. Click here to learn more about B2B meetings.     

11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am

Let's Talk Business Lounge and Exhibitors

Room 332

Join our Let's Talk Business Lounge to get information and expert advice on business alliances, innovation, financing, planning, diversification, services, business opportunities and much more! Our exhibitors will also be pleased to tell you about their services to businesses.

11:00 am - 2:30 pm
12:00 pm

Lunch on the go during the activities taking place between 11:00 and 2:30

The 3 activities starting at 10:45 a.m. continue until 2:15 p.m. A buffet style lunch will be available between noon and 1:00 p.m.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
2:30 pm

See you in 2019!

2:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Speakers - Moderators - Panelists

André Laflèche - Conférencier/Speaker
André Laflèche - Conférencier/Speaker
Seasoned Entrepreneur, Mentor, Investor

Originally from Casselman, Mr. Laflèche is a seasoned entrepreneur and visionary, well-known not just in the local community but indeed across...

Guy Laflamme - Conférencier/Speaker
Guy Laflamme - Conférencier/Speaker
General Manager, Ottawa 2017 Bureau

Presently leading the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, a not-for-profit organization responsible for the planning and production of Canada’s 150th...

Christopher Rees - Modérateur/Moderator
Christopher Rees - Modérateur/Moderator
Economist and Managing Partner of Suther Holler Associates

Christopher Rees is an economist and Managing Partner of Suthey Holler Associates, a consulting firm specialized in project concept and management...

Martin Lacelle - Modérateur/Moderator
Martin Lacelle - Modérateur/Moderator
Executive Director, Tourisme Prescott-Russell Tourism

With over 15 years of professional experience in management roles in the not-for-profit and public sectors, Martin Lacelle’s diverse career has...

Beth  Potter - Panéliste/Panelist
Beth Potter - Panéliste/Panelist
President & CEO, Tourism Industry Association of Ontario

Beth Potter has led the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO)—the umbrella trade association for Ontario’s tourism...

We create one-on-one meetings for your!

Register and fill out your company profile

Request B2B meetings and you will receive login codes to the "Match Box" where you complete your company profile. You must register to the summit to be eligible for one-on-one meetings.

Choose the companies you would like to meet

Two weeks before the event, you will receive the electronic catalogue of participating companies and you return up to 20 meeting request forms.

Participate in up to 6 scheduled meetings

Thanks to a sophisticated match-making software, we will create a customized meeting schedule just for you.