Get to Know Us

Since 2014, the Rural Oxford EDC has been committed to helping people and business thrive in Rural Oxford. We strive to do everything possible to mitigate barriers that could hinder good business growth in our communities, in a positive, timely and confidential way. 

What Makes us Unique

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

People

Our caring community nurtures a healthy living and business environment.

Proximity

Our enviable location gives Rural Oxford outstanding access to major routes and markets.

Prosperity

Rural Oxford is the most prosperous community in Ontario.

Our Team

Our team are experts at what they do an they strive to mitigate barriers that could hinder good business growth in our communities. This service is delivered in a positive, timely and confidential way.

Connect with us today!

Bernia Wheaton

Bernia Wheaton

Managing Director

Bernia is experienced in introducing economic development to rural communities. Prior to joining the Rural Oxford EDC, she received numerous awards and media attention for her innovative approach to rural economic development. Her mandate is to provide support to retail, agriculture, and manufacturing sectors, while implementing  business retention and expansion strategies that dramatically reduced unemployment rates and create jobs.

As an innovator and out-of-the-box thinker, Bernia has earned International acclaim with the Award of Excellence for Program Impact, as well as the 2010 Social Media marketing award from the Economic Development Council of Ontario.

On numerous occasions, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs has showcased Wheaton’s work in economic development as best practices for rural Ontario.

Bernia Wheaton
Economic Development Officer

T:  226-228-8283
E:  bernia@roedc.ca

Nancy Orr

Nancy Orr

Economic Development Officer

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Rural Oxford Board of Directors is made of up two representatives from each of our member municipalities.

DON MCKAY

Mayor, East Zorro-Tavistock

GEOF GRAY

President, Salford Group

DOUG TURVEY 

Owner, Country Geek

JIM PICKARD 

Ward 5 Councillor, SouthWest Oxford

MARGARET LUPTON

Former Mayor, Zorra Township

LARRY MARTIN

Mayor, Norwich Township

DEAN JANCSAR 

Realtor, Hewitt Janscar Realty

KEITH STEVENS

Retired, Execulink Telecom

LANETTE ROBERTSON

Blandford-Blenheim Township

 

WAYNE BUCHANAN

Retired, Township of Norwich