So much of life, it seems to me, is determined by pure randomness. - Sidney Poitier
Hundreds gather for Team Cornwall Year in Review event
Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Over 350 community and business leaders gathered at Galaxy Cinemas on Wednesday, December 18th for a first-hand recap of economic activity in Cornwall over the past year.
It was the 15th consecutive year that Team Cornwall has organized the meeting.
The highlight was a comprehensive presentation by Mark Boileau, Manager of Cornwall Economic Development. Mr. Boileau outlined over 150 major investments that have occurred in Cornwall in 2013, leading to the creation of over 500 jobs. Mr. Boileau’s presentation included information on institutional, commercial, residential and industrial development activity.
“We rely on the community to provide us with details of growth and development activity, which we are happy to summarize and share,” said Mr. Boileau. “It is the continued investment by the private sector and public institutions that is driving economic growth in Cornwall.”
Mayor Bob Kilger agreed with Mr. Boileau, characterizing the collective effort of the the community as “a genuine success story.” Mayor Kilger expressed confidence that the good news stories would continue to roll in 2014 and beyond.
During his presentation, Mr. Boileau announced two new developments that will have a positive impact on Cornwall in 2014. The Benson Group has acquired a new building, effectively doubling the size of their autoparts and tire distribution centre. Cornwall’s largest private sector employer, SCM, also announced the creation of a high velocity distribution centre (HVDC) in its existing 1.4 million sq.ft. facility. Both announcements help to further Cornwall’s reputation as a leading hub for logistics and supply chain activity in Canada.
Team Cornwall also celebrated its accomplishments over the past 12 months. The group of 400-plus business ambassadors has been hard at work at representing Cornwall around the world and spreading news about local investment opportunities. Team members were portrayed in all corners of the globe, including the Galapagos Islands, Kenya and the Caribbean, speaking to well known celebrities and business colleagues.
Two new Team Cornwall members were singled out and celebrated this morning. Billy Smith, the 4-time Stanley Cup Champion and Hockey Hall of Famer and Moe Racine, 4-time Grey Cup Champion and Canadian Football Hall of Famer were both presented with Team Cornwall jerseys and new Team Cornwall cards. Mr. Smith and Mr. Racine both live in Cornwall.
“Team Cornwall is not a sports organization, but our City has a strong and vibrant sports heritage,” said Gilles Latour, Chair of Team Cornwall. “You can not ask for two more accomplished or respected athletes than Moe Racine and Billy Smith. We are very fortunate to have them on our team.”
Mr. Racine credited the support of his hometown Cornwall as being important in his football career.
A highlight of the morning presentation was the debut of a Team Cornwall music video. The film was shot by Fishrizzo Productions at the recent Team Cornwall Golf Tournament in September. The video features dozens of Cornwall’s best and brightest singing along to Neil Diamond’s hit, “Sweet Caroline.”
“We may be great ambassadors, but I think everyone will agree we should leave the singing to the professionals,” joked Mr. Latour.