ROEDC Welcomes New Board of Directors
Rural Oxford Economic Development Board of Directors
Back Row (L-R): Nancy Demarest, Don Edmiston, Dean Jancsar, Rob Parkhill, Jim Palmer, Keith
Front Row (L-R): Jim Pickard, Geof Gray, Wayne Buchanan
Absent: Doug Turvey
June 4, 2019 – Rural Oxford Economic Development Corporation (ROEDC) recently elected a new Board of Directors at their Annual General Meeting held in Blandford-Blenheim. New Directors were voted in to replace a number of inaugural members who have now retired or completed their term.
Other changes include a shift in staffing. Bernia Wheaton, who has been the Economic Development Officer since the creation of ROEDC in 2014, has taken on a new part time role with ROEDC as a Strategic Advisor supporting key developments. Nancy Orr, who has been involved with Rural Oxford over several years, leading the implementation of the Buy Close By program and the recent Business Retention and Expansion Study, joins the team filling in the operational side of the Economic Development role. Nancy has a broad background in business both in large industry and sole proprietorship, as well as the economic development sector. She is excited to build on the foundation laid by Bernia and the previous Board, building strong, vibrant, caring communities where people and business can prosper.
Our Board, representing the Rural Oxford municipalities and businesses, are committed to helping businesses and people thrive:
We are grateful for the efforts of our retiring board members who include: Don McKay (Past Chair), Margaret Lupton, Larry Martin, and Lanette Robertson.