Impressive Investment Totals Lead Year in Review Report

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Gault-BrassardIt was standing room only at the Team Cornwall Year in Review meeting, as over 300 community leaders gathered to hear Cornwall Economic Development recap the year’s top business stories.

The meeting may have been the 16th consecutive December gathering, but it was the first time at the podium for Team Cornwall Chair Peter Gault.

“The atmosphere in the room was electric,” said Mr. Gault. “You could feel it as people started to arrive at Galaxy Cinemas. People had a genuine sense that Cornwall is progressing in the right direction.”

The mood was set early on by local singer-songwriter Tracy Lalonde, who performed selections from her debut EP.

Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy, himself a long-time Team Cornwall member, introduced the new Cornwall City Council.

He was followed by the newly minted Chef de Mission for the Canadian Olympic Team, Jean-Luc Brassard.  Mr. Brassard spoke passionately about the importance of teamwork and offered a rare glimpse into how athletes prepare for competition. He drew a parallel between the work of Team Canada and Team Cornwall.

Mr. Brassard was made an honourary member of Team Cornwall.

“Jean-Luc is a wonderful ambassador for Canada, and I look forward to delivering his Team Cornwall cards to him personally in Rio.”

Next up was Cornwall Economic Development Manager Mark Boileau who delivered a thorough report on investment activity in Cornwall in 2014. Building permit values increased by 80% over 2013, with positive activity registered in all sectors.

You can download a copy of the Cornwall Economic Development Year in Review Report on ChooseCornwall.ca.  You can also view of video of people’s reactions to the meeting, including Olympian Jean-Luc Brassard.

“It is always amazing to see all of the year’s stories condensed into one presentation,” said Mr. Gault. “I always find out something new.”

Mr. Gault finished the meeting showing photos of Team Cornwall members in action around the world. He urged people to keep up the tradition of telling people about Cornwall as they travel, and to take the time to snap a picture or two.

The meeting was filmed by TVCogeco and will be broadcast a number of times over the holidays.