Award Winning Cheesemakers

An Agricultural Legacy of Leadership

An Enviable Proximity to Major Routes and Markets

Spring in Rural Oxford

Welcome to Rural Oxford

In Rural Oxford we are building strong, vibrant, caring communities where people and business thrive.  Our enviable location provides outstanding access to major routes and markets and contributes to making us the most prosperous rural community in Ontario.

Our agricultural legacy and leadership are unrivalled.  Our caring community nurtures a health environment of honesty, integrity, and trust.  Rural Oxford is the place where people and business prosper.

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Oxford County Map showing nearby transportation options

About Us

We are building strong, vibrant, caring communities where people and business can prosper.


Our caring community nurtures a healthy living and business environment.

VIP Service

Economic development professionals that are prompt, courteous, creative, and thorough in the service they provide.

Industry Sectors

Our growth is influenced by diversification and innovation.

2 horses in a field
calf and handler at local fair
Police officer and child with fish
Local airport in Oxford County


Business is Booming

During 2018, the rural economic development team has been talking to local business about their unique needs and opportunities. The initiative, known as a business retention + expansion (BR+E) study is an action oriented and community-based approach to economic...

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Go Beyond Entrepreneurship

We're excited to partner with Community Futures Oxford and the Woodstock & Area Small Business Centre to bring this exciting series to Oxford County. We know that you'll gain insights into how to grow your business beyond start-up. Go Beyond Entrepreneurship:...

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Register Today

We're getting ready to kick off the 2018 Oxford Fresh Farmgate Signage project. Application Form Project Background: Rural Oxford Economic Development submitted a successful application to Community Futures to increase awareness of farms in Zorra Township that are...

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Board of Directors

Don McKay

President of the Board

Don McKay is the President of the Board at ROEDC and a life long resident and business owner in rural Oxford.

Geof Gray

Vice President of the Board

Geof Gray is the Vice President of the Board. Living in rural Oxford, Geof is the President of Salford Group, a leader in the manufacturing of farm machinery and equipment.

Doug Turvey

Board Member

As the owner of Country Geek Computer Sales and Service on the edge of Embro, Doug has joined the Board in January of 2018 as a representative for Zorra Township. He is a retired dairy farmer. Doug has always been active in the community with various choirs, treasurer of the Embro and Zorra Agricultural Society for 14 years.

Wayne Buchanan

Board Member

Wayne is a member of the Board of Directors, joining the leadership team in December of 2014.

Margaret Lupton

Board Member

Currently serving the township of Zorra as Mayor, Margaret fully understands the issues and opportunities of rural Oxford.

Jim Pickard

Board Member

Jim Pickard is retired from his position as District Director with Farm Credit Canada. He brings a wealth of business and agricultural experience to the ROEDC.

Larry Martin

Board Member

As a lifetime resident of Norwich Township, Larry not only represents the community as Mayor, but he also brings more than fifty years of experience in agriculture to the ROEDC.

Keith Stevens

Board Member

With 43 years of business experience in the telecommunications industry, Keith understands the needs of business and community.

Dean Jancsar

Board Member

With extensive experience in both agriculture and industrial/commercial real estate, Dean brings a valuable perspective to the ROEDC.

Lanette Robertson

Board Member

Having owned and operated a successful greenhouse in rural Oxford, Lanette brings valuable knowledge in value added crops, entrepreneurship, and agribusiness.

Bernia Wheaton

Economic Development Specialist

With an innovative approach to economic development, Bernia works with the business community to mitigate barriers and implement programs that address local needs.