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Health Care Labour Market Forum


Algonquin College, in partnership with Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation, is organizing a labour market forum for Renfrew County’s health care sector to address the shortage of health care workers in the region. Based on feedback the College has received, several organizations have identified that they are having difficulty filling positions including Personal Support Workers and Nurses. This forum will bring together health care partners from across the county with education, economic development and employment services professionals to explore the issues and to develop a community action plan to address them.

In advance, we ask that someone who is knowledgeable of any labour market pressures that your organization is experiencing complete the following survey. This survey will provide us with baseline information that will help our facilitator organize the forum discussions. We ask that you complete this survey by Friday, November 16thSurvey Link.
The survey should only take 5 minutes of your time to complete.

There is no fee to attend the forum, however space is limited. Therefore we ask that organizations register no more than 2 people.

Bridges to Better Business – 2018

Human Resources 101
Wednesday October 17th, 2018.

Keynote Speaker: Michelle Dagnino, “One of the most important and prevalent factors affecting the workplace is the diversity of age of workers–from new young workers to baby boomers to individuals on the verge of retirement. You now have the potential of having four generations in your workforce, with each generation having its own expectations, habits, work styles, and beliefs. This presentation delves into ideas and innovations to handle the attitudes, meld the differences, and help the generations understand each other a bit better.”

Tickets $50.(HST included), must be purchased in advance. To purchase ticktets,


 Riverwood Acoustics wins RC100 2018

Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation Announces the Winner of its First Startup Competition

August 24, 2018 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

RC100 winner

PETAWAWA, Ontario–After three rounds of competitive down-selection, Riverwood Acoustics won the first annual RC100 Startup competition, securing $100,000 in early-stage investment from Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC).

Riverwood Acoustics is a Renfrew County-based designer and manufacturer of one-of-a-kind premium home bluetooth speakers made from reclaimed riverwood.  The company focuses on sound excellence, build quality and aesthetics. Their branding is built around the connection to local culture and the unique use and conscientious sourcing of reclaimed wood.  Historic, Artful, Unrivaled. Once in full production, the company will create up to 12 full-time positions and influence over 30 positions indirectly through contract manufacturers in Renfrew County.

“We are thrilled to win RC100 and to have the support of Renfrew County CFDC and the business community in establishing home audio wireless products locally,” said Riverwood Acoustics founder Ben Seaman. “This investment in innovation—along with guidance in optimizing our productivity and performance—will position Riverwood Acoustics for sustained growth as we continue to deliver and deploy our units with customers across North America and around the world.”

“Our objective is to become a world leader in premium home wireless speakers made from reclaimed riverwood,” explains Seaman. “A truly unique product that will compete with style and sound quality that allows us to provide beautiful, high-fidelity home wireless speakers that are made from 100%  reclaimed riverwood to our customers.”

Based on their exceptional performance in the RC100 Top 4, Renfrew County CFDC is looking at utilizing a broader suite of programs to develop finding opportunities for the other finalists.

The competition, which launched in February of this year with 35 entries, officially ended today at the SRB Technologies Inc. RC100 Startup Reception, held at the Garrison Petawawa Golf Club.

“We are excited to be backing Riverwood Acoustics,” said Paul Curtis, Chair of Renfrew County CFDC’s Board of Directors. “The technology is impressive but even more so, the people who are behind its commercialization. Congratulations to all.”

About Riverwood Acoustics

Riverwood Acoustics a Renfrew County-based company, founded by Ben Seaman and Scott Rathwell, which offers premium, high-fidelity speakers that are made of 100% reclaimed riverwood that can be showcased in your home or business.  Features include:  Bluetooth AptX – CD quality wireless transfer; Reclaimed Wood – Solid birch premium enclosure; Power Amp – 40 W rms low distortion simplifier; Bass Extension – Dual passive bass radiators; High Fidelity – 3” and full range acoustical perfection; and RCA I/P – Left/right RCA inputs for AUX connections. The wood used in the speakers is known as “old growth” timber, which grew hundreds of years ago under ideal conditions thanks to lower light, cooler temperatures, and optimal soil conditions. This resulted in a stronger, tighter and denser grain wood compared to current cuts of wood. These logs are retrieved from the depths of the Ottawa River by eco-divers, kiln-dried and handcrafted into a unique, rare speaker that boasts unparalleled sound quality.  Find out more at

About RC100

The competition is modelled after the successful N100, Northumberland CFDC’s annual open invitational $100,000 technology startup competition. RC100 is delivered by Renfrew County CFDC, which is supported by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), in collaboration with N100, the Impact Centre at the University of Toronto and Invest Ottawa. It is supported by BDC, Algonquin College, City of Pembroke, Renfrew County Economic Development Department, Edwards Professional Corporation, MathWorks, BUDGETO, SRB Technologies Inc. and powered by Reviewr. RC100 will enter its second year with a call for applications in January 2019. Visit us online at



Renfrew County CFDC‘s Executive Director, Diane McKinnon at 613 431 3951 ext. 222 or


Renfrew County CFDC’s Loan Manager, Mike Thompson at 613 431 3951 ext. 223 or

RC100 – PITCH NIGHT JUNE 19 , 2018



Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation is excited to announce the Top Finalists of RC100, a competition for Innovative Pre-Commercial Start-up companies competing for $100,000.

The participants have recently attended a two-day Pitch School and on June 19th will be pitching their companies to a Power Panel in front of a live audience at Festival Hall in Pembroke.

The doors open at 6:00 pm and we invite you to join us to hear about today’s innovative concepts.

Meet the competitors:

Adventure Innovation Inc. Adventure Tourism Talent Management Platform
Argo for You Vertical Aeroponic Gardening System
Altius Analytics Labs Automated Workplace Injury Prevention
Elastic Storage Solutions Inc. High Performance Datacenter-Size Storage
5minofscience Connecting Researchers, Educational Institutions and Industries
Imagine Zeolite Corporation Animal Feed Supplement
Riverwood Acoustics Premium Home Wireless Speaker
RoCo Industries Inc. Integrated Photovoltaic Panels
SCIBDM Decentralized Energy Storage Infrastructure Management
SiRP Supply Chain Management Platform
Tandem Technical Carbon Recycling Technology


For further information please contact Mike Thompson at 613-431-3951 (223) or visit our website

Bill 148 Information Session

Register Now for the Bill 148 Sessions in Eganville on March 6th, 2018!

Delivered by Jason Bouchard an Employment Standards Officer from the Ministry of Labour. The presentations will cover the employment standards act with emphasis on Bill 148 and topics including minimum wage, hours of work, public holidays, leaves of absence and more.

Two sessions will be held, one from 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm

space is limited to the first 50 registrants.

These sessions are FREE to attend so please pass this along to anyone who will benefit from this information.

To register call 613-628-1700 or email

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Investing In Your Business – March 1, 2018

On March 1, 2018 the City of Pembroke is partnering with the Town of Petawawa, County of Renfrew, Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Renfrew County CFDC to host a 1/2 day conference for business owners and managers entitled Invest in Your Business.

The event takes place from 11:30am – 4:30pm and begins with keynote speaker, author and business owner, Darci Lang. Then, throughout the afternoon, there will be various sessions on business support services and grants.

In the evening from 7:00pm-9:00pm employees and the general public are invited to hear from Darci and her well-know speech: Focus on the 90%.

Register for the Day Session

Register for the Evening Session

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Manners Matter: Entrepreneurial Skills for Professional Success

You already know it; you only have one moment, one instant, for prospects to form an impression of you. Positive or not, it is a matter of perception, theirs.

From the first impression to the last impression, what do you want people to say about you? When you walk in, do you know what you send out? What about when the door closes behind you?

A positive impression is essential to building harmonious and productive partnerships.

Whether you are an entrepreneur or a future entrepreneur, the good news is that making a positive impression can be learned. Based on your vision, you decide on the image that you want to project. Everything is under your control!

Join us for a highly interactive workshop and learn how to:

  • Master your first impression
  • The dos and don’ts of networking activities
  • Communicate correctly with technology
  • Dress for success

The results: your self-confidence will be increased, your stress diminished and you will be in control of your image, ready to make your entrepreneurial dream come true.

Your workshop leader is Julie Blais Comeau, Canada’s go-to etiquette expert, Chief Etiquette Officer at and the author of Etiquette: Confidence & Credibility. A sought-after media collaborator, you may have heard, seen or read her on: CTV Morning Live, Your Morning, HuffPost, CBC, Canadian Living or The Globe and Mail

To register go to

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