Our Staff

The ROEDC is committed to helping people and business thrive in Rural Oxford. Our economic development professionals strive to do everything possible to mitigage barriers that could hinder good business growth in our communities, in a positive, timely and confidential way.

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.

Her success in mitigating economic barriers in rural Ontario led to an invitation to speak before the Standing Committee on General Government at the Ontario Legislature in support of Bill 11. The Attracting Investment and Creating Jobs Act of 2012 was subsequently passed to support the continuation and establishment of development funds in order to promote regional economic development in eastern and southwestern 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


Bernia Wheaton

Nancy Orr, 2018 BR+E Project Coordinator

Nancy Orr returns to the Rural Oxford EDC in 2018 to coordinate the 2018 Business Retention + Expansion project. Nancy is committed to contributing to our community at large as well as supporting the vibrancy of the business sector. She has participated on many boards and committees, and is also an active community volunteer.

Nancy Orr is the lead of MACORR’s project coordination and business support network.  Ms. Orr excels at building business and community. She has over 25 years of proven expertise in effective project coordination, and business development & support across a variety of sectors including municipal, economic development, utilities, real-estate development, and addressing the environmental and engineering needs of the insurance, petrochemical, manufacturing, and development sectors.  She is a practical implementer and excels at moving initiatives forward.

Helping Business Succeed with Practical Project Coordination.  Excelling at Organization, Coordination, and Practical Implementation on a contract/ project basis.  Nancy is an extra set of professional hands helping to move projects and initiatives forward, allowing you to focus on the strategic leadership of your business.