My team and I are pleased to present this report on the Peterborough-Kawartha Jobs Summit 2017, which outlines the views and discussions of over 50 individuals representing a diverse range of community stakeholders from my riding of Peterborough-Kawartha. This group gathered together on a frosty Friday afternoon in early March to share their successes and challenges, to voice their ideas, and to provide their recommendations on the central question of “what does a thriving local economy look like?” They also took some time to look forward and explore how we could reach our vision in 5, 15, and 30 years from today.
My team and I were encouraged to see the representatives from the education sector conversing with local employers, non-profit leaders sharing their views with municipal politicians, and business representatives sharing their perspectives with those from the arts community. The discussions were wide-ranging and animated. We have captured some of the key ideas in this report, which will continue to inform my work representing Peterborough-Kawartha in Ottawa. Still much of the dialogue occurred outside of the formal feedback and will be carried forward by the individuals and groups who attended.
At the end of the afternoon, we heard that participants appreciated the opportunity to share ideas together, and recommended that this annual event continue. Personally, I found it most helpful to hear what each individual or group was working on, and these ‘current projects’ are detailed in the Appendix (2). We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Township of Selwyn and the County of Peterborough for welcoming this event to their communities, the Jobs, Economic Development, and Investment (JEDI) Council for helping to set the agenda, Jocasta Boone who so ably volunteered to facilitate the session, and most of all, all those who participated. My team and I look forward to continuing the discussion over the coming months, and expanding the dialogue to all those who have an interest in the sustainable, equitable, economic development of Peterborough-Kawartha.
Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.