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Economic Development eNews | April 26, 2016
Gerald Tallman named top ambassador
at North Grenville Appreciation Breakfast
KEMPTVILLE - The founder of Tallman Truck Centre more than 40 years ago is the newest recipient of the Ambassador Award for North Grenville.

Known as a strong supporter of the community, Gerald Tallman received the newly named Harry Pratt Ambassador Award on April 22 at the 7th Annual Economic Development Appreciation Breakfast at the North Grenville Municipal Centre. Mr. Pratt, who passed away in December, was an inspiring community leader and recipient of the 2014 Ambassador Award. 

"This is a great honour. Harry will be a tough act to follow," Mr. Tallman said in receiving the award. The two were lifelong friends who first met as boys when Gerald, just 10 years old at the time, was delivering milk to the Pratt family home. 

Tallman Truck Centre is opening a new building in Kemptville's Colonnade Centre in June. The company recently earned the North American Dealer of the Year award from International Truck. The award recognizes dealers who exceed sales performance goals and demonstrate a commitment to providing industry-leading up-time to their customers. Tallman Group grew both their truck and parts sales and invested over $25-million in their facilities across Ontario. Last month Tallman achieved Platinum member status as one of Canada's Best Managed Companies. Learn more on their website.

Renewed Kemptville College adds tenants

North Grenville's CAO Brian Carre and Director of Planning and Development Forbes Symon provided an economic development overview of their municipality to the 170 business and municipal leaders attending the Appreciation Breakfast. They announced the first tenants at the renewed Kemptville College, a non-profit, multi-tenant education and community hub, will be the Conseil des Ecoles Publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario and the Conseil des Ecoles Catholiques du Centre Est. The French public board will start kindergarten to Grade 6 classes beginning this fall. The French Catholic board will offer classes from junior kindergarten to Grade 9. Both boards plan to add class levels in the coming years. 

Learn more about Ambassador program and visit the North Grenville website. Learn more about Kemptville College Renewal on their Facebook page.

Top feature photo: Gerald Tallman, centre, receives the award from North Grenville Councillor Donovan Arnaud, left, chair of the Economic Development Committee, and Forbes Symon, Director of Planning and Development.

Mr. Tallman received a standing ovation, including applause from last year's recipient Robert Noseworthy, right, President and CEO of Westerra Homes and Developments. Below is the new Tallman building in Kemptville overlooking Highway 416. 


Photo at left: CAO Brian Carre presents a school key to Stephane Vachon, Superintendant of Conseil des Ecoles Publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario, Principal Josee Bedard and Trustee Rachel LaForest. Also shown is Forbes Symon, right.
Workshops and Seminars
Working Your Network with Michael J. Hughes

Tuesday, May 17, 9-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $149 + HST fee includes workbook; $99 for North Grenville Chamber members
Deadline to register: May 14
Presented by networking guru Michael J. Hughes in partnership with the North Grenville Chamber of Commerce. Learn proven, practical techniques and tactics that build trust, develop rapport and qualify prospects while building powerful and productive relationships. This is a highly interactive session. 

 For more information or to register, visit our Workshops and Seminars webpage.
Intro to Workplace Safety and Insurance 

Thursday, May 26, 9:30 -11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free
Speaker: Allen Cramm, Ministry of Labour (Office of the Employer Advisor)
followed by:

Employment Standards Act & Program
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Cost: Free
Speaker: Leslie Aiston, Ministry of Labour, Eastern Region.
Success through Service

Thursday, June 2, 9 a.m. to noon
Cost: $10
Speaker: Jennifer Debruin.
Customer service in the age of the "empowered consumer:" 
An overview of changing consumer behaviour; Creating a sense of service; Communication essentials: Keep customers coming back. 

For more information or to register, visit our Workshops and Seminars webpage.
All three workshops are being held at 91 Cornelia Street, Entrance B, Smiths Falls