Cultural Summit

Calling all citizens!  With financial support from The Great Waterway, you are invited to a The Great Waterway LogoCultural Summit being organized by the City of Belleville, City of Quinte West and the County of Hastings.  Taking place on October 6, 2015 and held at the Maranatha Church in Belleville, the Summit will be a day of information sharing and collaboration promoting culture across our region.

Commencing at 9:00am, you will learn more about our 10-year Cultural Plan and hear from experts in the cultural development field.

Registration details are below.  Highlights include keynote speaker Noel O’Dea, the architect of Newfoundland’s Cultural Tourism Campaign and the launch of a new local online Cultural Portal and map.

If you have any questions, please contact us.


9:00am – Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:10am – Alida Stevenson (Senior Policy Advisor of the Culture and Strategic Policy Branch in the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport) will provide an overview of Culture-led Economic Development

9:20am – A local panel of creative entrepreneurs from Belleville, Quinte West and Hastings County and moderated by Alida Stevenson

10:00am – Municipalities will provide an update on the 10-year Cultural Plan for Belleville, Quinte West and Hastings County including an invitation to participate moving forward

10:15am – Coffee break

10:30am – Launch of the new Cultural Map and Portal

10:50am – Best practices and success stories with Town of Richmond Hill Cultural Services Coordinator Gillian Hards and Manager of Cultural Services Karin Ash

11:20am – Learn how Simcoe County takes advantage of their cultural assets and quality of place with Donna Goodwin, their Cultural Development Coordinator.

12:00pm – Lunch

1:00pm  – Culture and regional tourism with City of Kingston’s Julie Fossitt

1:20pm – Presentation from the Great Waterway and introduction of our keynote speaker

1:30pm – Keynote speaker Noel O’Dea of Target Marketing & Communications Inc., architect behind Newfoundland & Labrador’s branding campaign

3:00pm – Questions and closing comments



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