Sample the best of N. Dundas at future marijuana factory when local Chamber hosts Feb. 21 AGM

The IDP Group's factory property in Chesterville, the former Nestlé plant. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Register by Feb. 19

CHESTERVILLE — Free samples are in store for those registered to attend the North Dundas Chamber of Commerce’s Feb. 21 annual general meeting at IDP Group’s future marijuana production factory in Chesterville — samples of local wine, craft beer, baked treats and pizza, exclusively, that is.

The 171 Main Street North site — recently announced as an intended cannabis production facility involving IDP and a publicly traded Vancouver-based company — opens its doors at 6 p.m. that evening with a free pizza dinner — compliments of the Chamber and supplied by Louis’ Restaurant in Chesterville — as well as tours of the sprawling former Nestlé complex.

Participants will also enjoy tasting wine sourced from Smokie Ridge Vineyard in Mountain, beer from Humble Beginnings in Ingleside, snacks from Mike Dean’s in Chesterville and other treats from Simply Baked in Winchester.

The actual meeting gets underway an hour later, at 7 p.m., to update member businesses on the organization’s recent activities and to conduct formal board elections.

“This is a great networking opportunity with other local businesses and entrepreneurs,” says Chamber President Rachel Potvin in a mass email to the membership. “Our AGM will review the past year and look ahead to 2018. The Chamber is coming off its most successful year ever, and we have plans to grow even more. The 75 minute meeting (maximum) will be concise, efficient, and you will learn lots of information about resources and businesses here in North Dundas.”

Fifty-seven people have already signed up, as of Wednesday morning, Feb. 7. Admission is not limited Chamber members, but non-members should expect to be evangelized on the benefits of joining the North Dundas Chamber of Commerce, which counts over 100 businesses on its official roster. Those wanting to attend must operate a business in North Dundas, organizers say.

Organizers have also lined up guest speakers for the evening — among them, Hamed Asl, a principal with the IDP Group. It’s hoped that IDP’s partner on the planned  marijuana project —Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp. — will also send someone to say something, too,  but that has yet to be confirmed.

Rounding out the speakers’ list are Maggie Patterson of Scoop Studios in South Mountain and Geoff Carter of O’Farrell Financial. Carter will talk about the special employees’ group benefit package available exclusively to Chamber members.

Register for the AGM on the Chamber’s website by Feb. 19 or contact the organization’s new administrative co-ordinator, Mary Tessier at (613) 447-1533. Also watch for the official agenda on the Chamber’s new Facebook page.

As for that look ahead to 2018, the Feb. 21 meeting is the Chamber’s final big precursor before the annual Local Business Expo, April 28, in Winchester. Held in partnership with the Township of North Dundas, the Expo was a resounding success when it debuted last year.

The AGM’s official Facebook Event (below) includes an image from last September’s wine and cheese event at the former Nestlé factory.

https://www.facebook.com/events/182312345835250/