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Explore Economics East 2017

Press Release


October 12, 2017



The 2nd Annual Explore Economics East Conference

Being Relevant and Staying Relevant


MONTAGUE, PE – On November 4th, the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 2nd annual Explore Economics East Conference sponsored by Credit Unions of Prince Edward Island, Aspin Kemp and NorCan Marine Inc at 12:30 pm at the King’s Playhouse in Georgetown, PEI.

Tickets are on sale and going fast. The event will begin at 12:30 pm, with a jam-packed line up featuring Nicole Verkindt as the keynote speaker. 

Nicole is the founder and CEO of OMX, “Dragon” on CBC’s Next Gen Den and panelist for CBC News and the Exchange. Nicole believes the root of success is about attitude – being optimistic and open to new ideas, and about collaboration. She knows that PEI is made of tight-knit communities; the ability to help each other, share information and leads and support each other should be used as a competitive business advantage.

Nicole Verkindt began her work life with her family’s aerospace business, but soon founded her own company Offset Market Exchange in 2011. With OMX, she invented a software solution to match aerospace companies with Canadian technology partners and continues to grow the company internationally.

The conference will also feature two panels celebrating Eastern PEI businesses. The first panel “Finding a Niche in the Market and a Market in the Niche” will feature Rose Viaene of Chuckwagon, Starla and Ryan Wilson of Shiny Paint Company, Sherri Spatuk and Mark Mahar of M4G Alternative Housing, and Kim Doherty-Smith of Fleece and Harmony.

The second panel “Being Relevant and Staying Relevant” will highlight  Doug Nobles of Belfast Mini Mills, Jeff Beck of Beck’s Home Furniture, Karen Creighan of Main Street Pharmasave, and Brodie Rice of AM Auto Parts sharing their expertise on how they keep reinventing their business to stay relevant.


For tickets, please visit eeeast.eventbrite.ca. For more information contact info@epeicc.ca or call 902-838-3131.

ABOUT EPEICC – The Eastern Prince Edward Island Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting its members’ businesses and economic environment of the community. They are committed to the growth and success of Eastern PEI businesses.

Nicole Verkindt, Keynote Speaker


Eastern Prince Edward Island Celebrates Small Business Week 2017 focusing on helping entrepreneurs


Eastern Prince Edward Island Celebrates Small Business Week 2017 focusing on helping entrepreneurs 

Montague, PE, October 4, 2017 – Preparations are well underway in Eastern Prince Edward Island for the 2017 edition of the Business Development Bank (BDC) Small Business Week ™ which runs October 15 -21, 2017.

The Eastern PEI community and business partners are taking a page from the notebook of Henry Ford.  “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”  They are teaming up to support the small business sector through training, lunch/breakfast & learns, luncheons, barbeques and networking socials.  The partners are devoted to Eastern PEI entrepreneurs; accompanying them in all the steps of their business journey and helping them prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.

Partners include the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce, CBDC – East Montague an Souris, Rural Action Centres, Island East Tourism Group, Innovation PEI, Skills PEI and Rural and Regional Development.

Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit, member based organization dedicated to promoting and advocating for the business community by hosting network events, educational workshops, fundraisers and other activities with the aim of growing the local economy.

Canadian Business Development Corporation, Eastern (CBDC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping business owners succeed.

Rural Action Centre, (RAC) is a client-focused, one-stop services centre housing multiple government organizations focused on business and community development.

Island East Tourism Group is a non-for-profit, member based organization dedicated to the promotion of the tourism industry in Eastern PEI.

Rotary Club of Montague is an international association of professional and business owners organized as a service club to promote community service.

Eastern Graphic is a weekly publication devoted to people, places and things in Eastern Prince Edward Island.

Innovation PEI is focused on accelerating economic development in PEI by investing in people, innovation and infrastructure.  It is the lead economic agency in the province.


Calendar of Events:

Monday, October 16

Lunch & Learn – Twitter 101

Noon- 1pm

No Charge RSVP islandeastamr@gmail.com

hosted by Island East Tourism Group

venue: Rural Action Centre, 540 Main St, Montague


Tuesday, October 17

Lunch & Learn – 10 Healthy Habits of Financial Management

Noon-1pm (lunch provided)

No Charge RSVP chantale.ansems@cbdc.ca  

hosted by CBDC/Rural Action Centre

Venue: Rural Action Centre, 540 Main St, Montague


Ted Talk Tuesday Networking Social


No Charge RSVP amelia@epeicc.ca

Hosted by Eastern PEI Chamber to be

Venue: Lot 45 Eatery, Breakwater St, Souris


Wednesday, October 18

Breakfast & Learn- 10 Healthy Habits of Financial Management

830-930am (breakfast provided)

No Charge RSVP lori.macgregor@cbdc.ca

hosted by CBDC/Rural Action Centre

Venue: Rural Action Centre, 15 Green St, Souris


Montague Rotary Club Roving Lunch & Learn – Who We Are & What We Do

Fee $10 RSVP amelia@epeicc.ca


Venue: Lane’s Riverhouse Inn, 33 Brook Street, Montague


Thursday, October 19

Visit us at the GCACC, Biz2Biz EXPO

Booth #95


Venue: Eastlink Centre, Charlottetown


Friday, October 20

Eastern Graphic OPEN HOUSE BBQ


No Charge

NEW LOCATION:  Eastern Graphic, 530 Main Street, Montague


Small Business is big business in Eastern PEI and we invite you to join us in recognizing the important role small business plays in driving our economy forward and be sure to look for us on all social media platforms.






Proposed Tax Change Sessions with Grant Thornton

TONIGHT’S TAX SESSION is at Souris Regional School, 15 Longworth St from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  Please call 838-3131 or email info@epeicc.ca for more information.


September 6, 2017



Information session and Q&A hosted by the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce

MONTAGUE, PE – Proposed tax reforms announced recently by Finance Canada may pose a significant added burden to many small and medium sized businesses.  The Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the tax specialists at Grant Thornton to ensure those affected have a clear understanding of the Federal Government’s proposed new tax changes and how they will impact business. Grant Thornton will share a brief presentation, followed by a Q & A session. This presents a great opportunity to get specific questions answered.

Incorporated companies and those planning to incorporate are encouraged to attend one of these sessions. Proposed changes will affect the following tax rules:

  • Income Splitting
  • Accumulating Wealth
  • Succession Planning

Information sessions will be held in the evening at the following locations:

Montague:  Thursday, September 7th, LANE’S RIVERHOUSE INN, 33 BROOK ST, 6:30-7:30 pm.

Souris: Monday, September 11th, Souris Regional School, 15 Longworth St, 6:30–7:30 pm.

Those wishing to attend should RSVP at (902)-838-3131 or info@epeicc.ca.



The Voice of Business – The Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce represents 250+ companies in the region and advocates for issues on behalf of the local business community.


Tara Hill-Burke, Communications                                                            Marie La Vie, Managing Director

(902) 940.1339                                                                                                (902) 838.3131

Eastern PEI Chamber Professional Headshots

The Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present Professional Headshots with Grant Rushton, Photographer. We are teaming up to boost your professional profile by providing access to high resolution portraits. Headshots outside of the chamber can range between $75 – $250, but Chamber members pay only $50 + HST.
Having a recent, high quality headshot is a must in business, especially in the digital age. Regardless of category, creating a professional online presence helps improve your business’ public image and shows that you take pride in what you do.

EPEICC Members: $50 + HST
Non-Members: $75 + HST.
Payable upon arrival – MC, Visa, cheque, or cash

Date & Location
SOURIS: September 19th, 10 am – 5 pm
Grant Rushton, Photographer STUDIO, 116 Main Street.
MONTAGUE: September 20th, 10 am – 5 pm
Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce OFFICE, 544 Main Street.

Appointment registration closes September 15, 2017
Register early, appointments will go fast! To book your 15-minute appointment:
visit http://bit.ly/2gagtDp for Souris,
http://bit.ly/2xwNjC9 for Montague or
call Amelia at (902) 838.3131.

Each Headshot will be on a white backdrop and includes:
– Two versions of your photo, one high resolution and one for LinkedIn
– Finalized photo delivered within a week
– Corrective editing, i.e. blemishes, stray hairs

Sessions last approximately 15 minutes. Your chosen image will be retouched, edited and emailed to you. During the session Grant will take multiple shots and poses. All photos are close-ups.
Approximately one week after photo session, completed images will be sent back to the client. You will be sent two versions (one high-res and one for LinkedIn) of your chosen photo. From there, you will have the ability to use them for whatever professional needs they may have, including your business website, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Grant Rushton is a highly experienced photographer located in Souris PEI offering a full-service photography studio. With over 25 plus years experience taking photographs, he will ensure your comfort during the process to get the best possible photo. For more information on Grant’s services and full portfolio, visit GrantRushton.com.

Eastern Chamber Will Celebrate Business in Eastern PEI

The Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce, (EPEICC) will host the 10th Annual Business & Community Excellence Awards on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the St Peters Bay Complex, 1968 Cardigan Road, St Peters Bay at 6pm.

Sponsored by Provincial Credit Union, CBDC, MRSB, Grant Thornton, Country Garden Florist, Grant Rushton Photographer.

This annual, Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce event recognizes businesses, entrepreneurs and community leaders who have demonstrated excellence in four different categories:

  • The Business Excellence Award is sponsored by Provincial Credit Union and recognizes those companies who have demonstrated excellence in business operation.  This year’s nominees are Bohemian Findings, (St Peters Bay), Colville Bay Oyster Co, (Souris) and Baker’s Corner Express PetroCanada + Robin’s Donuts, (Montague).
  • The Emerging Business Growth Award is sponsored by Grant Thornton and recognizes companies that have achieved outstanding business performance in a short period of time and have demonstrated exceptional promise of continued growth.  This year’s nominees are Navigate Food Safety Solutions, (Montague), Tranquility Cove Adventures, (Georgetown), White’s Fabrication, (Montague) and Wicked Eh?, (Murray River)
  • The Pillar of the Community – Impact Award is sponsored by MRSB and recognizes the organizations or individuals that have made an outstanding contribution to the economic, social and cultural well-being of one or all of the communities in eastern PEI.  This year’s nominees are Robert Benoit, (Montague) and Rotary Club of Montague, Lori Murphy.
  • The Employee of the Year Award is sponsored by CBDC and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated community pride and a commitment to making Eastern PEI a positive place to live and work.  The nominees are John Handrahan, (Cardigan Feed Service), Debbie Livingstone, (Canada Post Montague), and Pat O’Connor, (MacPhee’s Market-Souris)

The guest speaker for this event will be Carl Brothers from Frontier Power Systems. He will speak on their vision for Eastern PEI, which includes their wind powered micro-grid technology and their refurbishments of the former Georgetown Timber facility.

The Business and Community Excellence Awards is an important community-building and social event for local businesses.   “It’s exciting,” said Doug Bridges, Marketing & Communications for Provincial Credit Unions, “Nominations in each category will have to be narrowed down to only one very deserving candidate, and seeing the nominations involved, it will be a tough task for the selection committee”.

“We are proud of all the nominees and entrepreneurs who are doing business at home,” says Keir White, President of the Chamber.  “It is a demonstration of giving back to those who have worked so hard to make vibrant communities in Eastern PEI.”

Everyone is invited to attend what is expected to be the premier business event of the year. Guests are encouraged to get their tickets early by contacting the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce office at (902) 838-3131 or info@epeicc.ca.

Doing Business in the United Arab Emirates

Market Information Session “Doing Business in the United Arab Emirates”

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 9:00 -11:00 a.m. 
Tupper Room
PEI Convention Centre

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of Canada’s fastest growing markets in the Middle East, with 2015 merchandise exports from Canada valued at over $2 billion and Canadian foreign direct investment from the UAE valued at over $12 billion. Peaceful and prosperous, the UAE offers Canadian businesses unlimited commercial opportunities in a diverse open economy. Located in the Arab Peninsula, the UAE is a well-established logistics hub providing access to markets in the Gulf, the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Indian Subcontinent and the rest of Asia.  Over 150 Canadian enterprises with an established operational presence in the UAE, along with over 45,000 Canadians who live and work there, have combined to create a very mature network of Canadian business connectivity.

This Market Information Session should be of interest to all PEI-based companies and organizations that are interested in gaining more insight on the ins and outs of doing business in the United Arab Emirates.  Cultural considerations and overviews of sectoral opportunities in food, construction, manufacturing and professional services will inform and educate all in attendance.

This Market Information Session is in advance of Trade Team PEI’s planned Business Mission to the UAE and participation at the Gulfood Show in Dubai (www.gulfood.com), scheduled for the week of February 26th – March 3rd, 2017.  PEI-based companies and organizations committing to participate in this mission will want to take the opportunity at and after this session to meet with Trade Team PEI officials and contracted matchmakers to discuss their market/mission objectives and plans.

To register for the session, please confirm your attendance with Sheila Corcoran at ACOA PEI & Tourism at sheila.corcoran@canada.ca or additional information http://tradeteampei.com/market-information-session-business-united-arab-emirates/



PEI Connectors will bring immigrant entrepreneurs and investors to Eastern PEI, to visit businesses that are for sale and/or seeking investment, on the following dates:

• Montague/Georgetown (and surrounding area): Tuesday, October 25
• Souris (and surrounding area): Tuesday, November 1

These will be a fam-style bus tours; although each visit will be brief (approximately 15 minutes per stop), it will give participants the opportunity to tour the premises and meet the owners/operators.

If your business is for sale or you are seeking investment, and you would like our group to visit your establishment, please contact Nicole Bellefleur (nbellefleur@charlottetownchamber.com / 902 892 2835) by Monday, September 28th. Note that we cannot guarantee that we will be able to fit all requests into our itinerary (we will do our best!).

PEI Connectors is an initiative of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce that serves immigrant entrepreneurs across Prince Edward Island. Our goal is to facilitate connections between our clients and the PEI business community. For more information, visit www.peiconnectors.ca or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/peiconnectors

Explore Economics East

Welcome to Explore Economics East.

Don’t miss out on the premier business event of the year for Eastern PEI.

Your Chamber of Commerce is bringing together local business leaders and visionaries. These are the people that are located here in our region, but have not limited themselves. Find inspiration from your fellow entrepreneurs, your friends and your neighbours who have pushed the boundary of a rural business.

Tickets are only $10 for members of EPEICC, and $20 for non-members. Attendance is limited, so get your tickets early.  http://epeicc.ca/site/exploreeconomicseast

EEE Poster 3

Vernon River Community School

Vernon River Community School
Art History and
Prehistoric To Renaissance
(the rest next year)
Only the Most Interesting Parts
Taught by Michael Shumate
Registration: Mon. Sep 19, 7pm; First Class: Mon. Sep 26, 7-9pm
Sep 26 : Course Intro: Art, Architecture and Illustration
Prehistoric Western Europe 
Oct 3 : Ancient Near East Art: Sumerian, Babylonian, Akkadian, Persian
Ancient Egypt 
Oct 10 : The Aegean: Minoan art
Ancient Greece: Pottery, Classical Sculpture 
Oct 14 : Ancient Greece: Architecture, Hellenistic Art
Pre-Columbian American Art: Olmec, Teotihuacan, Mayan, Aztek 
Oct 21: The Etruscans
Ancient Rome
Oct 28 : Early Christian & Byzantine Art
Islamic Art & the Middle Ages 
Oct 31 : Romanesque Art
Gothic Art 
Nov 7 : Precursors of the Renaissance
The Early Renaissance (Italian) 
Nov 14 : The High Renaissance in Italy
African & Indian Art 
Nov 21: Mannerism & the Latter 16th Century in Italy 
Northern Renaissance: 15th-16th Century

Eastern Kings Exhibition (177th Annual)

Eastern Kings Exhibition (177th Annual)

Sept 9, 10 & 11, 2016, Eastern Kings Sportsplex & Exhibition Grounds, Souris

Friday, September 9th:
8:00am – 11:00am Inside Entries are to be submitted for judging.
Entry Books and Forms available at Souris Town Hall

Saturday, September 10th:
Admission $5.00 per person
12 & under Free
4-H Members Free with membership ID

12:00pm – 5:00pm Public viewing of Domestic Entries/Winners. Vendor Booths. 4-H Display, PEI Wildlife Display.
Louise Birt will be set up with BBQ.

12:00pm – 5:00pm CHILDREN’s INDOOR FUN, Ages 3 – 9, *NEW* Pedal Tractors, Bouncy Slides, Crafts, etc.


1:00pm – 2:00pm COW PATTY BINGO (outdoors)
Hosted by the Souris Lions Club
Winner takes home $2,000
Balance goes to Eastern Kings Health Foundation Capital Campaign

1:00pm – 4:00pm BENT ELEMENTS (outdoor children’s activity) EUROBUNGY $2.00 per ride

Saturday, September 10th cont’d:
1:00pm – 3:00pm FREE PONY RIDES (outdoors)

1:00pm – 4:00pm BINGO, CARDS, GAMES – All ages
(Upstairs in the Acorn Room)
Hosted by EK Sports Council

10 Contestants will compete to see who’s Chowder is the Best. Winner is chosen by public vote. So that means you get to taste all ten!!

Youth Talent (sponsored by PEI Mutual Insurance)
Prizes awarded immediately following performances.
Pre-Register by calling Shannon at 902-213-9467

4:30pm – 5:00pm PICK UP ENTRIES – DOORS CLOSE @ 5pm

Sunday, September 11th: Activities held on Exhibition Grounds – Entrance off Lea Crane Blvd
Admission $5.00 per person
12 & under Free
4-H Members Free with membership ID

Pre-Register 902-687-2224