Our Staff

The ROEDC is committed to helping people and business thrive in Rural Oxford. 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.

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Bernia Wheaton, Economic Development Officer

Bernia Wheaton 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.

Find out what PROGRAMS we have put in place to respond to the needs identified by our business community in the 2018 Business Retention + Expansion study.

Bernia Wheaton
Economic Development Officer

T:  226-228-8283
E:  bernia@roedc.ca


Bernia Wheaton