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Commercial Insurance Seminar – May 26, 2022

The past two years have shown us more than ever that insurance can be key to your small businesses survival should anything unexpected arise. Join us on Thursday, May 26th at 11am at the Rocky Mountain House, 409 Stewart St Renfrew Ontario, where we will be joined by Samuel Brisco of the co-operators for an in-depth information workshop designed to help you navigate the world of commercial insurance. Topics include discussing how having adequate insurance can protect your business from commonly experienced losses including property damage, theft, liability and employee injury and why Cyber Security is more important than ever. Secure your seat at this in person seminar by following


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Retirement of Community Futures Development Corporation Executive Director

For Immediate Release:                                                                                                 March 8 2022

The Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation (RCCFDC) is sharing the upcoming retirement of Diane McKinnon, the Executive Director, effective April 30 2022. Ms. McKinnon has been the capable and competent lead of the RCCFDC since 2003. According to Ray Bonenberg, the current chair, “Diane has a solid reputation as an outstanding leader within the corporation, the business community and all levels of government. She has overseen the growth of an investment portfolio from 4 million dollars to more than 15 million”.

RCCFDC was formed in 1986, governed by a volunteer board of directors and professional staff to assist small and medium businesses in their efforts to grow economic development in Renfrew County through a variety of business development activities.  Over 922 businesses have been loan clients over that time and the corporation has loaned out over 41.7 million dollars throughout Renfrew County. “Diane led the incredible small business relief initiative as a result of Covid – 19 outbreak over the last 2 years” added Bonenberg. “more than 5 million dollars has been distributed in loans to those in need in a quick, non bureaucratic way” he stated.

Throughout her years, Diane has led the corporation through noteworthy Community Economic Development projects such as the Ottawa River Heritage Designation, the Royal Ontario Winter Fair, and funding programs such as the Ontario Self-Employment Benefit Program (OSEB), the Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP), and the Rural Innovation Initiative Eastern Ontario (RIIEO).  During this time, RCCFDC has been a strong supporter of summer students, youth interns, and worked alongside community organizations and partners across Renfrew County in facilitating critical economic development projects with the ultimate goal of strengthening competitiveness, business growth, and innovation within our business community.

RCCFDC has assisted with funding towards impactful projects including the economic feasibility study for the Algonquin College Pembroke Campus that ultimately led to the new campus you see there today.  This was possible through the Eastern Ontario Development Program, a funding envelope of approximately 8 million dollars towards eligible projects, with businesses and organizations receiving non repayable cash contributions.  The EODP was an instrumental program in providing much needed assistance to businesses and organizations across Renfrew County.  In it’s final 5 years, the EODP invested 2.25 million dollars into 42 projects, leveraging more than 5.6 million dollars and impacting more than 630 jobs in Renfrew County.

Following the close of the EODP in March of 2018, RCCFDC facilitated the RIIEO project in Renfrew County, supporting the transition and growth of traditional SMEs, manufacturers, and communities into the new rural economy, driving direct investments by private companies in innovation capital producing aggregate local and regional effects.  This project was instrumental in infusing yet another 1.25 million dollars into our Community, leveraging more than 4.84 million and impacting 375 jobs.

“We will miss Diane greatly and wish her the best in a well-deserved retirement” the chair said. The recruitment process to replace her is now underway.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Ray Bonenberg, Chair, Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation

613 735 2366

Career Opportunity – Executive Director

Come and Lead our Renfrew County Business Development Team

The Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation (RCCFDC)  is currently accepting applications for an Executive Director with strong leadership, strategy, business acumen, community development experience and engagement skills.

Our current Executive Director will be retiring shortly.   We’re looking for our next visionary leader to step into this role, to build on her legacy and continue to achieve significant growth in our business community.  We’re not just filling big shoes: we are looking for someone who will help us define and deliver a new set of footprints for our organization, our entrepreneurs and our communities.

The Role

Our team is passionate about supporting the future of Renfrew County through fostering a healthy and vibrant entrepreneurial and supportive business culture.  As our new Executive Director, you will lead, inspire, enable, and empower the organization to face the evolving challenges confronting our current businesses and entrepreneurs.

Whether you are partnering with community members, business leaders, budding entrepreneurs, politicians, or partner agencies, you are the voice of our organization’s integrity and commitment. You’re an innovator, a champion of change, confident with technology and Investment Fund Management and able to build bridges across multiple business support opportunities.

As our Executive Director, and in collaboration with the Board, you will lead our team in its strategic direction, program development, and implementation. As our leader, you will stay current with the latest thinking, and promote and model an organizational culture that fosters teamwork, collaboration, courage, transparency, and healthy growth.

If you are a visionary, able to view the world through an entrepreneurial lens, see and interpret the big picture inside and outside the organization and be a leader in achieving those same visions, then we welcome your application.

The Organization

RCCFDC  is a provincially-incorporated non-profit organization, governed by a local volunteer Board of Directors, focused on creating opportunities for entrepreneurs and pursuing economic growth in Renfrew County.   We, along with 60 other similar organizations in rural Ontario, receive operational funding from the Government of Canada through FedDev or FedNor Ontario.  Our approach is simple- we take a grass-roots approach to create local solutions and invest in local entrepreneurs and community initiatives that fit the challenges of our local economy.

Our organization is located in the heart of the Ottawa Valley, an oasis of environmental natural beauty but, also is also in proximity to Ottawa, with all the urban benefits that our Nation’s capital offers.  Please visit to find out more about our organization and its services.

The Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in Finance or Business
  • An Entrepreneurial mindset with a minimum 5 years senior leadership experience.
  • Demonstrated Financial, Investment Fund Management and Business competence through significant years of experience in one or more related fields
  • Experience in preparing and overseeing budgets, and assessing investment opportunities to support business development and economic growth.
  • Solid relationship and interpersonal skills related to Board, employees, organization partners and the general public
  • Bilingual (French/English) competence is highly desirable

Salary Range:
The Salary Range for this position is $80,00 – $115,000  per annum plus attractive benefits.

Expressions of interest with detailed resume should be forwarded to by March 31, 2022.

RCCFDC supports Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives, encourages applications from qualified applicants of all backgrounds, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and is committed to appropriate physical accessibility accommodation requirements.

Business Insurance Workshop

Protecting Your Future Business Insurance Guide

Protecting Your Future: A Business Insurance Guide
Wednesday, February 23, 10AM (FREE)
Owning a business, large or small, is an incredible amount of work. It takes passion, perseverance, dedication and a consistent focus on long- and short-term goals. Having business insurance coverage alleviates several major concerns and gives you more time to invest in the success of your business.

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Northumberland and Renfrew Community Futures organizations collaborate to provide a Funding Application Video Tutorial to assist Local Businesses

News Release

For Immediate Release


January 15, 2021

Northumberland and Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) have recognized a need to provide business owners with a much needed video tutorial to assist them in pursuing current and future funding applications.

In response to new challenges that businesses are facing, Canada’s Covid-19 Economic Response Plan has helped protect millions of jobs, provide emergency support to families and sustain businesses as they deal with the impacts of the pandemic. Much of this support has come in the form of new programs, loans, funds and other business assistance tools.

With the amplified delivery of many of these programs, both CFDCs have seen an increase in requests for support and advice in completing the associated applications succinctly, concisely and in a compelling manner. Writing funding applications and pulling together the supporting documentation can at times seem daunting, time consuming and even confusing to applicants who in many cases are seeking funding support for the first time.

With this new online tutorial, business applicants will have access to an overview of how to fully complete their funding submissions in an easy-to-use video. The goal of the tutorial is to de-mystify the process and coach applicants on how to strengthen their proposal for consideration by the funder.

The Funding Application Writing Fundamentals Tutorial can be accessed below and is available in both English and French.

English Tutorial:

French Tutorial:


“With many programs under our management and others for which we are providing advisory services, we’ve seen acute increase in business clients requesting help in completing the various funding applications. We recognize, particularly for first time applicants, the process can seem bewildering particularly in these unprecedented times where there has been an array of new programs developed in response to a changing situation.  Northumberland CFDC is pleased to partner on the “how to” project as led by Renfrew County CFDC.  The development is supported by the FedDev Ontario- RE3 (Rebuild, Reopen, Revive) program though the materials and learning can be applied across any program in helping clients to crystallize and strengthen their proposal to be as competitive as possible.  We will be inviting multiple organizations to share the video link with their various clientele as a solid ongoing tool for business to use.” – Wendy Curtis, Executive Director, Northumberland CFDC

We understand the challenges that small business face, with such an extensive array of funding opportunities it is only natural to feel overwhelmed, especially in a time of crisis.  It was as a result of such factors that birthed the “how to” project as a resource to alleviate added stress when submitting a funding application. We are confident this video can be used as a go to guide in preparing a more competitive proposal.” – Diane McKinnon, Executive Director, Renfrew County CFDC


Quick Facts

  • Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) provides financing and strategy support for entrepreneurs. Delivering an array of entrepreneurial development and finance programs funded by FedDev Ontario, Northumberland CFDC also manages an investment portfolio that drives business start-up and expansion.
  • Northumberland CFDC (for Eastern Ontario) and WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation (for southwestern Ontario), in collaboration with regional partners, delivered the REBUILD REOPEN REVIVE initiative to support women-led small- and medium-sized enterprises in rural and urban communities across southern Ontario. Both organizations received $2 million to provide non-repayable contributions of up to $5,000 to help eligible women-led businesses. Over 700 women-led businesses were supported through this initiative.
  • Renfrew Community Futures Development Corporation (RCCFDC) provides support to enterprise, community-based development and employment in Renfrew County. Funded by FedDev Ontario, RCCFDC provides a host of business services to assist entrepreneurs and may provide financing to small businesses who were unsuccessful in obtaining traditional financing.
  • Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan has helped to protect millions of jobs, provide emergency support to families and keep businesses afloat as they deal with the impact of COVID-19.



Erika Seggie

Northumberland CFDC




Kelley Lemenchick

Renfrew County CFDC


Apply Now for RE3


Northumberland CFDC and WindsorEssex Economic Development are working collaboratively within our regional entrepreneurial ecosystems to advance women-led SMEs across Southern Ontario, effectively positioning for rapid and positive post-pandemic economic recovery.  It’s time to restart your business and the new RE3 initiative is here to support you.

Canadian women entrepreneurs are key to our economic success as a country, and they make invaluable contributions to our communities. However, women still face unique and systemic barriers to starting and growing a business, and they remain underrepresented in our economy.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted women entrepreneurs. It has severely affected sectors such as retail, hospitality and food services—sectors where women entrepreneurs are most present.

For these reasons, RE3 is focused on supporting and strengthening the position of Women-led SMEs in our economic recovery, reformation and revitalization.

With the support of FedDev Ontario, RE3 provides non-repayable performance-based contributions of up to $5,000 to assist Southern Ontario-based Women-led small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to REBUILD, REOPEN and REVIVE their businesses.

On a competitive basis, RE3 offers a one-time, performance-based, and non-repayable funding of up to $5,000 for:

  • Acquisition of required/mandated Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
  • Workspace reconfiguration to accommodate physical distancing
  • Hardware/software upgrades to enhance online capacity, client servicing, and accessibility.

Does RE3 align with your plan for business resilience and renewal? Then we encourage you to apply now! Click on the links below for more information or to apply.

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