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Cultivating Connections in Agri-Food Business

  • 20 Nov 2013
  • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Holland Marsh Winery, 18270 Keele Street, Township of King


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Success Stories Panel & Networking Event!

The King Chamber of Commerce, York Small Business Enterprise Centre, Township of King, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and York Federation of Agriculture are pleased to announce Cultivating Connections in Agri-Food Business – an event for agricultural and food-oriented stakeholders.


Why you should attend:

  • To learn about the importance of agriculture and related industry in the Township of King Township and throughout York Region
  • Learn from a panel of Agri-Food business owners, how their businesses evolved, challenges they faced and tips for success
  • Connect with organizations and learn about services and resources for starting or growing a business
  • Network with local business owners and operators in an informal setting while enjoying a selection of finger foods made with local ingredients
  • Experience a Holland Marsh Winery tour and tasting during the latter part of the program

Space is limited so register today!     

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Hear stories from a panel of business owners- how their businesses evolved, challenges they faced and tips for success .


Karl Davis 
Karl is a graduate of Guelph university, where he received an Agricultural Engineering degree. After university he worked for

John Deere Welland Works,  as a marketing representative. He returned to Nobleton Farm Service ( a family business that his father Glenn Davis started in 1956) in 1981 first as a sales

person, then as a sales manager. He is currently the president

of Green Tractors Inc., a John Deere dealership with 6 locations in Central Ontario. Karl is a past president of the King Chamber of Commerce, past president of CEEDA( Canada East Equipment Dealer Association) and was a director

 of NAEDA ( North American Equipment Dealer Association).
Karl is married to Barbara, and they have two married sons Keith ( wife Elizabeth )

and Kevin ( wife Donna). Karl's interests are curling( he is a director of the King Curling Club) golfing and cottaging.



                                  Norie Nersisyan  (Holland Marsh Winery)



Ishwar S. Saxena 
A true dairyman with 46 years experience in dairy Industry in Canada. Presently; Vice President of Operations with Silani

Sweet Ltd. Keenly interested in new product development,

Food and Drug Regulations, and export market development





                                  Jim Sheehan
Jim Sheehan grew up in Durham Region, after coming to Pickering with his parents and 3 siblings in 1978. He has been married to his grade-school sweetheart, Shelley, for 24 years and has two children – Kayleigh, and Matthew. Together, they built a home on a farm in Port Perry where they have lived since 1999.
For most of his career, Jim worked in the private college industry as a registrar and eventual school owner. Jim founded Trillium College in 2001 which he
developed into the largest private Dental Hygiene educator in the country. When he sold the college to a U.S. private equity firm in 2008, there were almost 1000 students studying in 6 campuses across Ontario. After the sale, Jim devoted his time to family and a bit of travel, as well as volunteer work as a board member for Trafalgar Castle School (Whitby).
Soon, he set to work realizing a life-long dream of becoming a farmer. In 2009, he created Durham Foods Limited, and has since spent his days working at perfecting a process for growing hydroponic spinach. On September 14th, 2012 Durham Foods was the recipient of a Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, recognizing Jim’s success with the crop. Recently, they’ve introduced hydroponic lettuce to the offerings but Jim’s still happy to be known locally as “The Spinach Guy”.

King Chamber of Commerce - Box 381 Schomberg, L0G 1T0                        Administrator- Helen Neville         905-717-7199            info@kingchamber.ca               

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