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Open for Business at the MEV Innovation Centre

March 30, 2017 - Milton, Canada: Ribbon Cutting,(from left to right: Councillor Robert Duvall, Town of Milton, Councillor Arnold Huffman, Town of Milton, Andrew Siltala, Director, Economic Development & Strategic Initiatives, Town of Milton, Councillor Colin Best, Town of Milton, Milton Mayor Gord Krantz, Rina Carlini, CEO & President, Haltech Regional Innovation Centre, Regional Chair Gary Carr, Halton Region, John Davidson, Director, Economic Development, Halton Region, Max Blouw, President and Vice Chancellor, Wilfrid Laurier University, Jamie Barron, Chair, Board of Directors, Haltech Regional Innovation Centre, Kevin Samra, Coordinator, Economic Development and Innovation, Town of Milton)
March 30, 2017 – Milton, Canada: Ribbon Cutting,(from left to right: Councillor Robert Duvall, Town of Milton, Councillor Arnold Huffman, Town of Milton, Andrew Siltala, Director, Economic Development & Strategic Initiatives, Town of Milton, Councillor Colin Best, Town of Milton, Milton Mayor Gord Krantz, Rina Carlini, CEO & President, Haltech Regional Innovation Centre, Regional Chair Gary Carr, Halton Region, John Davidson, Director, Economic Development, Halton Region, Max Blouw, President and Vice Chancellor, Wilfrid Laurier University, Jamie Barron, Chair, Board of Directors, Haltech Regional Innovation Centre, Kevin Samra, Coordinator, Economic Development and Innovation, Town of Milton)

On Thursday, March 30, an ‘Open for Business’ event was held at the Milton Education Village (MEV) Innovation Centre to officially open the new Haltech Regional Innovation Centre and Halton Region Small Business Centre partner offices.“The ‘Open for Business’ event marks an important milestone for Milton’s innovation ecosystem in support of entrepreneurship,” said Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. “Milton’s partnership with Halton Region and Haltech at the MEV Innovation Centre provides the community with a comprehensive collection of services supporting small business growth.”

Haltech Regional Innovation Centre and Halton Region Small Business Centre welcomed more than 100 guests, stakeholders, and partners from Wilfrid Laurier University for the official ribbon cutting. A line-up of speakers followed, including local Centricity360 business owner Richard Bolton, who spoke to Milton’s central location within the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation corridor, a global centre of talent, growth, technology and discovery.

John Davidson, Halton Region’s Director of Economic Development and Rina Carlini, CEO & President of Haltech Regional Innovation Centre provided an overview of their services, with Haltech companies Enable Education, Acadiate, and TimeSaved sharing their success stories.

A networking reception followed, where guests had the opportunity to meet local start-up companies and learn more about their businesses through a small tradeshow. In addition, Arts Milton led an interactive demonstration where guests created a mural themed on the intersection of arts and creativity in innovation.

The MEV Innovation Centre is a dynamic work environment that fosters collaboration and inspiration, access to business services, entrepreneurial programming, and provides linkages to Wilfrid Laurier University. To learn more about services offered, visit www.mevinnovationcentre.ca.