Category Archives: Business

Local businesses go global at world’s largest food exhibition

October 25, 2016

Guelph, Ont, October 25, 2016 – Last week, three local businesses expanded their global presence at Salon International de l’Alimentation (SIAL) – the world’s largest international food innovation and trade exhibition in Paris, France. The delegation team of Troll Bridge Creek, Dixon’s Distillery, and Wagram Springs, and led by representatives from the economic development offices of the City of Guelph, County of Wellington, University of Guelph and Guelph Chamber of Commerce joined over 7,000 companies from over 100 countries to present their products to retail and food service professionals from around the world. The trip also offered members of the delegation an opportunity to meet with France’s leading network group – Vitagora – who connects its food industry and research members with manufacturers from around… Continue reading Local businesses go global at world’s largest food exhibition


Guelph ranks fourth alongside Canada’s large cities as a top place to do business

October 20, 2016

Guelph has been ranked as Canada’s fourth best large city to start and grow a business by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Continue reading Guelph ranks fourth alongside Canada’s large cities as a top place to do business


Integrated Metal Products celebrates expansion with ribbon cutting at new 33,000 square foot facility

September 27, 2016

Economic Development, grand opening, investment Continue reading Integrated Metal Products celebrates expansion with ribbon cutting at new 33,000 square foot facility


1080 Southgate Drive is first Guelph site to receive designation from Ontario’s Investment Ready: Certified Site Program

September 27, 2016

1080 Southgate Drive will retain its certification for two years, though it is expected to attract investment well before then. Continue reading 1080 Southgate Drive is first Guelph site to receive designation from Ontario’s Investment Ready: Certified Site Program


Guelph initiative creates new opportunities for newcomers, organizations

August 23, 2016

Guelph, Ont., August 23, 2016 – A new initiative—Newcomers on Board—is creating opportunities for newcomers and organizations to benefit from one another. The pilot project, launched earlier this summer, matches highly-skilled new Canadians or recent immigrants—living in the Guelph and Wellington County area—with non-profit corporate boards and municipal committees, to share their skills, ideas and passions. “Newcomers not only enrich the diversity of their communities, they also bring new skills and ideas that help grow local economies. By helping newcomers better integrate into the social and economic fabric of the community, the city of Guelph is positioning itself for continued prosperity,” says Citizenship and Immigration Minister Laura Albanese. Alex Goss, manager of Community Investment at the City, agrees. “We’re excited to be part of a program… Continue reading Guelph initiative creates new opportunities for newcomers, organizations


Alert Labs and Milieu selected by Guelph’s Civic Accelerator

August 17, 2016

The City of Guelph’s new Civic Accelerator, which turns the City into a research, development and commercialization lab for civic technology, has selected winners for the Planning Notifications and Water Data challenges issued on June 20. Continue reading Alert Labs and Milieu selected by Guelph’s Civic Accelerator


Guelph awarded funds to explore competitiveness in attracting global investment

August 3, 2016

The City’s economic development division has been successful in their application for $35,000 from Global Affairs Canada, through the Invest Canada – Community Initiatives (ICCI) program. Continue reading Guelph awarded funds to explore competitiveness in attracting global investment


City provides first status report on the Community Energy Initiative (CEI) update

July 14, 2016

City Council will be presented with the first status report for the Community Energy Initiative (CEI) Update process on Monday, July 18. The report outlines the status of four items: The City’s Corporate Energy Management Program (CEMP), a key aspect of the CEI’s approach to demonstrating leadership, improving energy efficiency in City owned buildings and developing opportunities for on-site energy generation. To date the CEMP has implemented retrofit projects at three city facilities which delivered annual avoided costs of $87,830 as of the end of 2015. The completion of the scope of work to undertake qualitative and quantitative analysis in support of the CEI Update process. This scope of work will be used to develop and issue a request for proposal to hire a consultant to… Continue reading City provides first status report on the Community Energy Initiative (CEI) update


Integrated Operational Review annual report July 5

July 13, 2016

On July 5, 2016, City staff presented the Integrated Operational Review annual report.

The report described our accomplishments so far, outlined next steps, and emphasized the need to continuously modernize and improve the City’s approach to planning and development applications. Continue reading Integrated Operational Review annual report July 5


City of Guelph launches Civic Solutions Accelerator

June 20, 2016

The City of Guelph launched the Civic Solutions Accelerator that enables the City of Guelph to work with entrepreneurs, startups, students and companies to create innovative solutions for complex municipal challenges. Continue reading City of Guelph launches Civic Solutions Accelerator


Local brownfield could become affordable housing

May 19, 2016

Guelph City Council supports the idea of a mixed-use commercial, residential and affordable housing development at 200 Beverley Street—the former International Malleable Iron Company (IMICo) property. Continue reading Local brownfield could become affordable housing


Groundbreaking Ceremony welcomes Halwell Mutual Insurance Company to the Hanlon Creek Business Park

April 27, 2016

                 Guelph, Ont, April 27, 2016 – Long-time local business, Halwell Mutual Insurance Company broke ground on their 14,500 square foot head office, located in phase one of the Hanlon Creek Business Park. This new construction will more than double the square footage of Halwell Mutual Insurance Company’s existing location at 812 Woolwich Street in order to accommodate the future growth of its workforce. “We are very excited to be moving our headquarters into the Hanlon Creek Business Park.  It has given us the opportunity to create a healthy, modern work space for our team, and flexibility to expand our operations,” says Marg Torrance, President and CEO, Halwell Mutual Insurance Company. “We love that there is environmentally protected… Continue reading Groundbreaking Ceremony welcomes Halwell Mutual Insurance Company to the Hanlon Creek Business Park


Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative Update gets green light

April 27, 2016

Community participation and ownership integral to CEI’s future success Guelph, Ont., April 27, 2016 – Council unanimously approved the City’s proposed process to update Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative (CEI) on Monday evening. “The City has learned a lot about the value of sustainable energy and its role in Guelph’s long-term ability to prosper since the Community Energy Plan was developed in 2007,” said Rob Kerr, the City’s Community Energy Manager. “The updated CEI will reflect what we know now and re-establish the CEI as a community-led initiative by engaging the community to reaffirm Guelph’s energy priorities and lead future success.” The CEI Update will also include metrics to track and report  progress on the initiative’s defined targets, reflect recent federal and provincial policy requirements, and incorporate… Continue reading Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative Update gets green light


New Chief Executive Officer Appointed for Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. and Envida Community Energy Inc.

March 8, 2016

Guelph, Ont., March 8, 2016 – The Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. (GMHI) Board of Directors has appointed Pankaj Sardana to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. and Envida Community Energy Inc., effective immediately. Day-to-day operations of Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. (GHESI) will remain under the leadership of Kazi Marouf, who will continue in his role as GHESI Chief Operating Officer reporting to the new CEO. “With more than 30 years of experience in the energy sector and an impressive set of skills in finance and treasury operations, accounting, regulatory affairs, commodity trading, load forecasting and other aspects of the electricity distribution business, the GMHI, GHESI and Envida Boards of Directors have great confidence that Pankaj Sardana is ideally… Continue reading New Chief Executive Officer Appointed for Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. and Envida Community Energy Inc.


City Council restructures Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc.

March 8, 2016

Guelph, Ont., March 8, 2016 – Guelph City Council is announcing governance changes to Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. is a company set up by Guelph City Council to manage select city assets for the purpose of maximizing revenue potential and strengthening community prosperity. City Council is streamlining its oversight of GMHI, providing elected officials with increased oversight of decisions that directly affect the community. “The change reflects this Council’s philosophy about governance. Direct Council oversight of GMHI decisions that affect the City of Guelph will ensure better alignment of City assets, resources and strategic planning” says Guelph’s mayor, Cam Guthrie. The changes are expected to serve City Council for a period of up to 18 months, at which point progress and… Continue reading City Council restructures Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc.


City announces new manager of economic development

December 7, 2015

Today, General Manager of Business, Development and Enterprise, Peter Cartwright announced Barbara Maly as the City’s new manager of economic development, filling a vacant position after a staff retirement this past fall. Continue reading City announces new manager of economic development


Council approves changes to Guelph Junction Railway governance

November 9, 2015

The GJR volunteer board of directors will continue to provide strategic governance and direction to City staff to achieve the railway’s objectives. Continue reading Council approves changes to Guelph Junction Railway governance


Parking Master Plan to be presented November 18

November 5, 2015

City staff recommends funding scenario for comprehensive parking program Guelph, Ont., November 5, 2015 – On November 18, members of Council will be presented with a staff report about the City’s proposed Parking Master Plan and recommended funding strategy for Guelph’s existing and future parking needs in the downtown. Staff will ask City Council to approve the plan that provides a framework for a comprehensive, integrated and intentional parking program. The plan is informed by two community engagement processes and a background parking study authored by the IBI Group in 2014. “Parking impacts all Guelph residents and is an important factor in growing and developing our city. The proposed Parking Master Plan supports Guelph’s economy and growth targets in the downtown, considers policies, addresses future… Continue reading Parking Master Plan to be presented November 18


City develops four possible scenarios to fund downtown parking

September 4, 2015

Public invited to attend open houses, take survey to inform Parking Master Plan Guelph, ON, September 4, 2015 – The City of Guelph is seeking public input on four possible funding scenarios to pay for existing and future parking needs in Guelph’s downtown. “Parking impacts all Guelph residents and is an important factor in growing and developing our city. To support the economy and growth targets in the downtown, we need to build new parking spaces, maintain existing parking infrastructure, create supportive policy, and plan for future requirements,” says Ian Panabaker, corporate manager, Downtown Renewal. He adds, “The scenarios—developed by staff using consultant recommendations and information gathered at public meetings in 2013—have the potential to fund existing and future parking needs.” In late 2012, the… Continue reading City develops four possible scenarios to fund downtown parking


Current status of 200 Beverley Street

July 14, 2015

The City is working with CBRE to market this site to potential investors. CBRE has expertise in marketing brownfields like 200 Beverley Street. Continue reading Current status of 200 Beverley Street


Guelph selected for global strategic tourism initiative

May 29, 2015

Guelph, ON, May 29, 2015 – Guelph has been selected for DestinationNEXT, a global strategic tourism initiative to help grow local tourism economies. Colleen Clack, general manager of Culture, Tourism and Community Investment, made the announcement at Monday night’s City Council meeting and explained the initiative is a partnership between the City of Guelph and Ontario’s Regional Tourism Organization 4 (RTO4). “Guelph has huge potential to grow its tourism sector, and this project will help us develop that potential—at no cost to local property taxpayers,” said Guelph’s Mayor, Cam Guthrie. Clack added, “The due diligence and review processes undertaken in the past few years have served as important building blocks for tourism development in Guelph. This work has been a key factor in positioning Guelph… Continue reading Guelph selected for global strategic tourism initiative


Council Approves Plan for Innovation District in Guelph’s East End

May 13, 2014

Guelph City Council has approved the secondary plan for the 436 hectare (1,077 acre) plot of land known as the Guelph Innovation District located South of York Road and East of Victoria Road North which is expected to be home to close to 7,000 people and 9,000 jobs. The plan includes an innovative mix of land uses, including a new urban village, a mixed-use main street, a research park and an adaptive re-use area around the historic reformatory complex. Continue reading Council Approves Plan for Innovation District in Guelph’s East End


Development Charges Background Study

November 1, 2013

To ensure Guelph’s updated DC rates reflect the population forecasted in Ontario’s Places to Grow Act—43,000 new residents and 32,000 new jobs by the year 2031—the City conducted a background study including a peer review by two individuals selected by the development community with expertise in growth and demographic forecasting, and engineering. Continue reading Development Charges Background Study


City seeks public input into rethinking St. George’s Square

October 16, 2013

Guelph, On, October 16, 2013 – Imagine St. George’s Square as a lively year-round destination—a place that offers a broad range of activities, experiences, and entertainment. The City of Guelph invites all interested community members to participate in an interactive public workshop on Wednesday, October 23 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at City Hall, 1 Carden Street. Participants will have the opportunity to provide input into rethinking the square as an important public space and review suggested improvement options for key Downtown streets. Building on the success of Market Square and Carden Street, the two and a half hour workshop will explore applying the same design principles to revitalize St. George’s Square and improve surrounding streetscapes so they become flexible, adaptable, and multi functional. Input received… Continue reading City seeks public input into rethinking St. George’s Square


FCM’s Green Municipal Fund supports the City of Guelph’s creation of a secondary plan for the Guelph Innovation District

June 23, 2011

The Guelph Innovation District secondary plan is an effort to be carbon-neutral by connecting an employment cluster focussed on green economy and innovation sector jobs with an urban village. Continue reading FCM’s Green Municipal Fund supports the City of Guelph’s creation of a secondary plan for the Guelph Innovation District