Annual Year in Review meeting

Residential development activity was also high this year with 128 family units being constructed, almost triple the amount in 2013. In addition to subdivision develop- ment, major projects such as Knox City Cen- tre and the Cotton Mill Lofts are helping to attract new residents to Cornwall. Boileau also documented investments in the institutional sector, highlighting major projects at the Hospital, College, CityWaste- water Treatment Plant, Canada Customs and the Seaway International Bridge. “Most of the development in the institu- tional sector will not appear in our building permit totals, but it creates significant eco- nomic spin-off,” said the manager of Corn- wall Economic Development. The meeting was kicked off with greet- ings by Mayor Leslie O’Shaugnessy, who introduced the new city council. Team Cornwall Chair Peter Gault also pre- sented highlights from activities by the lo- cal ambassadorial group over the past year. “Cornwall once again is leading the way when it comes to attracting new invest- ments and new residents,” said Gault. “It starts with the people in the room this morning, but extends to all our ambassa- dors, young and old.” The Team Cornwall Chair also welcomed guest speaker Jean-Luc Brassard, the newly minted Chef de Mission for Canada’s Olym- pic Team in Rio 2016.


CORNWALL | The year’s top business sto- ries were celebrated at the Team Cornwall Year in Review meeting, held on Decem- ber 17. Over 300 community and business leaders were on hand for Cornwall Eco- nomic Development’s presentation which chronicled investments made by well over 150 businesses. “(The year) 2014 was another positive year of growth for Cornwall, with significant development occurring across all sectors,” said Mark Boileau, manager of Cornwall Economic Development. One of the key measures of economic development activity is building permit ac- tivity, and while the final numbers are not quite tallied, the value of building permits issued in 2014 are expected to top $55mil- lion. “The value of building permits issued in

The year’s top business stories were celebrated at the Team Cornwall Year in Review meeting, held on December 17.

2014 represents an increase of 80% over 2013,” outlined Boileau. “Our Building Per- mit department has processed 715 permits this year, which is the highest total since 1989.” Some of the larger development proj-

ects occurred in the Cornwall Business Park with many industries and distribution centres reporting growth. The Business Park also welcomed Evotech, a new coat- ings manufacturer, as well as Source Wood. Cornwall’s commercial sector saw record levels of growth with Boston Pizza and Future Shop opening in 2014. A new com- mercial plaza by Smart Centres is also set to open in early 2015. Downtown Cornwall remains a vibrant and popular destination with residents and visitors alike, with new restaurants, new shops and the re-opening of Ontario’s old- est inn.


+(ŏ!/0ŏ!/0!.*ŏ!/0+3! ŏ3%0$ŏ $%#$!/0ŏ$+*+1. The local BestWestern Parkway Inn and Conference Centre in Cornwall was recently award- ed with the company’s highest honour, the M.K. Guertin Award, as well as the Champion Customer Care Award. The honours were bestowed to the establishment in front of thou- sands of Best Western hoteliers at the company’s international 2014 Convention held in Toronto. The prestigious M.K. Guertin Award is presented to those member properties that have best represented the vision of Best Western’s founder and have demonstrated excep- tional levels of service, quality, value and commitment to the brand. “We are ecstatic to be recognized, particularly because the awards are based upon feedback from our guests,” said Paul Lefebvre, General Manager of the Parkway Inn. “Our entire staff is committed to ensuring the best possible stay for visitors to Cornwall.” +(ŏ+1*0%*#ŏü.)ŏ!(!.0!/ŏ 60 0$ ŏ**%2!./.5 Cornwall’s largest accounting firm is celebrating its 60-year anniversary. Established in 1954 by Bryson Comrie, what is now the accounting firm of Craig Keen Despatie Markell LLP (CKDM) has provided 60 years of professional accounting, taxation and auditing services to Cornwall and area clients. “We are proud to count some of Eastern Ontario’s best companies and organizations as long-time clients,” said Mike Despatie, Managing Partner. “We stand committed to providing excellent local professional ac- counting and auditing services.” CKDM has evolved from the small accounting busi- ness established by Comrie to a firm that now employs 22 people, seven of which have been with the company for more than 25 years, and provides auditing, accounting and taxation services to hundreds of clients. Staffed by nine Chartered Professional Accountants and eleven accountants and support staff, CKDM offers its clients over 325 years of combined professional accounting experience.


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