Georgetown Business Information & Networking Session
In this session, business and community leaders from Georgetown will provide an economic overview of the town, and discuss the entrepreneurial ecosystem that helps businesses succeed in the region. Following the formal presentations, PEI Connectors clients will have the opportunity to network with representatives of Georgetown, to discuss opportunities for business growth and development.
Georgetown, Capital of Kings County, sits on an eight km long peninsula formed by the Cardigan and Brudenell Rivers, along with Georgetown Harbour.
The Port of Georgetown is a deep water harbour situated in Cardigan Bay on the east coast of Prince Edward Island, south of the Port of Souris. The port remains ice-free from April 15 through December 31. Georgetown is approximately 100 km from the port of Charlottetown. Georgetown's harbour was frequently the only port on the Island to be usable during the winter months, due to prevailing wind and tide directions .
In the 20th century, Georgetown's industrial base diversified to include the Island's only shipyard, East Isle Shipyard, now owned by J.D. Irving Ltd (JDI), and was well-known for its construction of tugs. The town is also home to the Island's largest saw mill (also owned by JDI). A major seasonal employer is a seafood plant, operated by Seafood 2000 and originally constructed by National Sea Products Ltd.
Georgetown is adjacent to Brudenell River Provincial Park and hosts a campground and tourist accommodations. Two of the province's top golf courses, Brudenell River Golf Course and Dundarave Golf Course are located at the Brudenell River Resort.
The Confederation Trail works its way through Georgetown offering wonderful water views, perfect for walking or cycling. Ten historical buildings are listed in Georgetown, and there is a walking tour to show visitors these and other buildings of interest. The King’s Playhouse is one of Canada’s longest-running theatres. This unique community venue has been enriching and entertaining audiences of all ages with live productions and creative performances for more than 120 years.
Martina Mac Donald, Executive Director of the Canadian Business Development Corporation; Manager, Rural Action Centres in Montague & Souris: Martina is one of a family of ten children, raised in Cardigan, in a family of entrepreneurs, lead by her father starting Cardigan Feed Service Ltd. some 50 years ago, Martina grew up knowing what it took to open and take risks in operating a small business in Eastern P.E.I.
After studies at UPEI, in 2017 Martina achieved her MBA in Executive Business Management. In 2015 Martina sold her business to pursue a new career at 50… a promise to the family to exit the time commitment of retail.
For the last 9 years Martina has held the position of Executive Director of the Canadian Business Development Corporation, known as the CBDC, a lending organization created in the 1990’s for financial support for small businesses. As well she is the manager of the Rural Action Centre in both Montague and Souris, a one-stop shop for small business start-ups, or inquiries.
Every day is a new day - working with entrepreneurs with passion and ideas for start-up or expansion.
Sometime all that is required by a client is an ear, sometimes a micro loan and sometimes partnering with other lending institutions to create a huge project.
Martina now lives in Brudenell with her husband Lester and together they have raised 4 children to adulthood.
She loves her job and has a great team with her, making small changes one job at a time.
Amil Zavo, Cooking Together: Amil was born in Moldova and lived in Israel for 10 years before immigrating to Canada in 2004. In 2015 Amil and his wife Haley (a Prince Edward Island native) had the opportunity to move their family ‘back home’ to PEI for work and to be closer to their extended family. Amil is trained as a Red Seal Chef, and is currently involved in implementing in-school and community cooking classes through a program called ‘Cooking Together’.
Amil is passionate about visual art, photography and is an avid woodworker, carpenter, woodcarver. He lives with his wife and their two boys just steps from the Georgetown Harbour and is happy to call PEI home.
Lisa graduated from the Child and Youth Worker program at Holland College, and has earned her Career Employment Coach Certificate and Practical Workshop Facilitation Skills Certificate, both from The Winnipeg Transitions Center. She has facilitated the Newcomer Entrepreneur Program and co-facilitated the Working in PEI, Preparing for a Job Fair, Networking and many other workshops, hosted by PEIANC. She is passionate about helping newcomer clients reach their professional goals in Canada.
Nancy Clement, Coordinator, Community Engagement Programming: Nancy has worked with the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada for almost 12 years, first in the role of Francophone Settlement Worker, then as Community Outreach Facilitator, and now as Coordinator the six-member Community Engagement Programming team. She brought to this work her previous experience as founder of an alternative school, early childhood educator, musician, and living as a newcomer in Canada, Indonesia, and Japan.
During the past decade, Nancy has initiated several important programs and projects at the PEIANC, including the DiverseCity Festival (PEI’s largest multicultural festival, held on three separate days in the communities of Charlottetown, Summerside, and Montague), the PEIANC Women‘s Group and Men’s Group, Global Jam, and Friday Friendship Hours. Nancy and her team have built many strong community partnerships and host many annual events and partnered projects to engage new Islanders and established Islanders in their shared community.