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


Legacy Fund

The Future Oxford Legacy Fund The Future Oxford Legacy Fund provides seed funding to entrepreneurs, businesses and partnerships to develop new and sustainable community and regional opportunities that align with the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan. What is...

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Meet Nancy Orr

Join us in welcoming Nancy Orr back to the Rural Oxford EDC We are excited to introduce Zorra Township resident, Nancy Orr as the Project Coordinator for the 2018 Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) study. Nancy has worked alongside ROEDC staff on numerous...

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Oxford Fresh Signage

Are you a local food producer in Zorra Township? Join us on Wednesday, March 7th at 1:30pm to discuss an exciting new signage program for local producers. At this workshop, Bernia Wheaton of the Rural Oxford EDC will unveil how we're working along side Oxford Fresh,...

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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.