Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | October 20, 2015
Business Profile
Cairnbrae Elevator in Rideau Lakes
has tripled its client base 
ELGIN - Word is spreading about Cairnbrae Elevator, a large point of delivery for corn and soybeans in Eastern Ontario.
The new grain elevator offers eight large bins (1,350 tonnes each), two flow dryer bins, two unloading pits, a 90-foot scale and 11,000 tonnes of storage space. The elevator was designed and constructed by long-time area farmers Jim and Pam Cairncross. The sprawling operation, completed in 2012, is located beside their family farm at 421 Summer Road, just outside of Elgin in Rideau Lakes Township. Cairnbrae is unique in that it operates off the grid using a generator.
"Our client base has tripled in four years," says Alfie Klein-Gunnewiek, head grader at Cairnbrae. Clients receive weight and documentation on grade and moisture level of their product on site. 
"I feel it's getting better and better each year," says Pam Cairncross, adding their customers come from as far west as Napanee, Sydenham and Inverary, north to Perth and Balderson, and east to Jasper. Local farmers have been very supportive, she says.
"We pride ourselves on our customer service before and after delivery," says Alfie. With grain analysis on site, Pam and Alfie say they can provide data to farmers so they can continuously improve product quality. The operation provides sophisticated record keeping and strong client communications.  
Cairnbrae Elevator is affiliated with London Agricultural Commodities Inc. (LAC), an Ontario-based grain marketer. Learn more about Cairnbrae by calling them at 613-359-6057 or by visiting their website.

Top feature photo: Pam and Alfie in front of the storage bins. Above photo: a truck is loaded with corn. Below photo: Pam at the on-site office. 


Madelyn Piehl and David Leonard are shown with their 2015 Rookie of the Year awards.
Rookie of the Year business operators 
Madelyn Piehl, owner of Eternal Care Cremation, and David Leonard, of AireSun Global (Canada) Inc., are sharing 2015 Rookie Business of the Year awards.

The new businesses were honoured by the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley Council and the Economic Development Committee as being new and growing businesses in the municipality. Both have been in operation under two years  The awards were presented at a luncheon October 8 at the Cedar Valley Golf and Country Club. 

Madelyn is a licensed funeral director who owns and operates Eternal Care, a simplified final arrangement provider. To learn more visit the website.

David is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of AireSun Global, a company offering various non-toxic, biodegradable and highly efficient cleaning, degreasing and lubricating products across multiple industry uses. To learn more visit the website.

Both are located in the Coons Road Industrial Park in the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley.
Upcoming Events

Above photo: Teri Devine, Economic Development Officer with the Municipality of North Grenville, and Francois Bruneau, President of DFC Woodworks Inc., at the 2014 Summit. Below is the original Bill Thake Award.
Save the Date for the Leeds Grenville Economic Development Summit 
Friday, November 20, 2015
It's time to register for the upcoming 7th Annual Leeds Grenville Economic Development Summit!

When: Friday, November 20, 2015
Where: North Grenville Municipal Centre

The Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office, in partnership with Gord Brown, M.P., Steve Clark, M.P.P., the 1000 Islands Region Workforce Development Board and the 1000 Islands, Grenville and Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporations would like to invite you to a day focused on Economic Development and Leadership.

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Bill Thake Memorial Award for Economic Development Leadership will be presented following lunch. Nominees are Bob Besharah, David Cybulski and George Tackaberry. Congratulations to our nominees.

Register here by November 13th. 

Local successful Dragon's Den pitchers 
to speak at Bridges to Better Business
They earned the backing of two Dragon's Den investors earlier this year to add momentum to their creation - The Greenlid: The Compostable Organic Waste Container.

Brothers Jackson and Morgan Wyatt will be the keynote speakers at the upcoming Bridges to Better Business Convention "Entrepreneurship is Homegrown." They will share their unique business story, including how two CBC's Dragon's Den panelists - David Chilton and Arlene Dickinson - purchased a 20% equity in their product and invested $85,000.  

The day-long conference is being held at CJ's Banquet Hall on Thursday, October 29, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. To learn more or to register visit the Leeds and Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre website.

Brockville natives Jackson Wyatt, left, and brother Morgan, right, are shown with former Dragon's Den investor David Chilton when the CBC program was filmed.
Workshops and Seminars
Legal Business Considerations

Thursday, October 29, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Speaker: Andrew Howard, Howard, Kelford & Dixon, Barristers & Solicitors
Cost: $50 (HST included)
91 Cornelia Street, West, Smiths Falls, Entrance B

Topics include choosing a business structure, agreements and contracts, leasing and buying a business.

[email protected] 
or call 613-283-7002, ext. 108 or 109.
How to get Media Attention

Thursday, November 5, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Cathy James, Cat's Cove Writing Services
Cost: $10
91 Cornelia Street, West, Smiths Falls, Entrance B

Learn how to compose a media release or a website post that gets attention. Tips on delivering clear and effective messages.

For more information and to register visit our Workshops and Seminars webpage