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.
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...read more
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:...read more
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...read more
Board of Directors
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.
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.
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 is a member of the Board of Directors, joining the leadership team in December of 2014.
Currently serving the township of Zorra as Mayor, Margaret fully understands the issues and opportunities of rural Oxford.
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.
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.
With 43 years of business experience in the telecommunications industry, Keith understands the needs of business and community.
With extensive experience in both agriculture and industrial/commercial real estate, Dean brings a valuable perspective to the ROEDC.
Having owned and operated a successful greenhouse in rural Oxford, Lanette brings valuable knowledge in value added crops, entrepreneurship, and agribusiness.
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.