April 12, 2016
BEDC Annual Report 2015
The best place to live is also the best place to grow.
On April 12, BEDC held its public AGM, titled Burlington: My Place to Grow. With more than 80 people in attendance, the event showcased the unveiling of the 2015 Annual Report, as well as an Executive Update from Executive Director Frank McKeown. This year’s annual report is anything but typical. It’s vibrant, energized, and designed to inspire! Created by local illustrator Michael Byers, the front and back covers fold out to create a mural highlighting all of the wonderful things that make Burlington not only one of the best places to live, but also to grow.
In addition to unveiling the 2015 Annual Report, BEDC introduced a Speaker Spotlight Series, where the audience heard from three unique businesses that are growing right here in Burlington: Angel One Investor Network(Karen Grant), Cogeco Connexion (Antoine Shiu), and Adlib (Scott Mackey). At the event, BEDC also recognized four individuals who have demonstrated Outstanding Leadership in Economic Development: Archie Bennett (Kinneil Capital Inc.), Alf Zeuner (AXYZ International), Maureen Barry (Burlington Public Library), and Shaun Pennell (Halton Hive).
Finally, a keynote address from Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie highlighted the importance of partnerships, and how Mohawk and Burlington will continue to work together to attract and retain top talent in our communities.
A Glimpse Into This Year’s Annual Report…
If you could build the perfect city, what would it look like?
Building a great city means making it easy for people to want to live and work in the same place. It means creating opportunities for businesses to grow through innovation, connectivity and access to top talent. It means giving people easy access to healthier and greener lifestyles full of active transportation options, amenity-rich neighbourhoods and access to nature and green space.
In Burlington, we offer all of this and more. It’s why so many people already choose to live and work here. Companies choose Burlington because of our easy connectivity to regional and global markets, our highly educated workforce and because here in Burlington, you can grow your business and your family in the same great place. In Burlington, you are never too far from where you need to be. Landing your dream job has never been more convenient. When you’re done for the day, you’ll find all of the amenities you and your family need to live healthy and happy lives.
“Above all else we recognize that a networked and energized business environment is needed to operate in a globally competitive world. Collaboration and innovation are more than buzzwords. They are what we need to do everyday.” – Mayor Rick Goldring and BEDC Board Chair Gary Graham
To read more download our 2015 Annual Report.