Bluewater Wood Alliance Featured at Ontario West Municipal Conference in London.
Each year, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing hosts the Ontario West Municipal Conference, where politicians and bureaucrats from cities and towns across Western Ontario are educated and informed on policy and process. This year’s conference, held at the London Convention Centre on November 25th, was themed “Foundations for the Future: Staying on Track”. The keynote speaker of the day was Prof. Avi Friedman, from McGill University, who spoke on “Going Green: Sustainable Cities for the 21st Century.”
A series of concurrent sessions were also held, one of which featured the Bluewater Wood Alliance. Adam Hofmann and Blair Tullis presented the history, present structure and future plans of the BWA to an interested audience of municipal officials. The talk spent a good deal of time on the relationship between the levels of government and the industry, a key to the success of clustering projects.
The talk was well-received and questions came from the floor from people wanting to know how clustering could work for industries in their area, including one about clustering the Pelee Island wineries to strengthen their position for marketing at home and abroad.
This type of outreach by the Bluewater Wood Alliance shows our leadership position in the development of the successful clustering concept in Ontario.