The Lake of the Woods Development Commission (LOTWDC) was created by the City of Kenora to implement the City’s Economic Development Plan. The Commission is an incorporated not for profit agency led by an independent Board of Directors comprised of local business and community leaders. The Commission’s operations are supported with core funding from the City of Kenora and revenue generation from outside funders and other activities.
The Economic Development Plan outlines Kenora’s transition to a destination and lifestyle community for business, visitors and new residents. The Plan has three goals: job creation, increased assessment and population growth. These goals will be achieved through five key areas: business attraction and expansion, tourism development, special events, education & training, First Nation relationship-building and key economic infrastructure.
The Commission has two primary operating divisions: economic development and tourism. Economic Development focuses on business development and promoting Kenora as a place to live to new residents. Tourism is focused on tourism marketing, product development, information services, and special events.
The Lake of the Woods Development Commission works in partnership with the City of Kenora through a Memorandum of Understanding and collaboratively with businesses, local business and other organizations, as well as provincial and federal agencies and representatives to implement the Economic Development Plan.
Send inquiries to the Lake of the Woods Development Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan has over ten years experience working in federal and municipal government economic development. She was born and raised in Kenora. Megan attained a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2004 and a Masters of Arts in Economics from Dalhousie University in 2006. She successfully completed the Municipal Administration Program from the Association of Municipal Manager, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario in 2011. Megan enjoys the lake life in Kenora at her cottage on Leisure Island, where she spends time with her husband Rob and their two pugs, Betty Lou and Gary.
Josh Nelson, Tourism and Recreation Services Division Lead
Josh is the Tourism Development Officer for the City of Kenora. Josh was born and raised in Kenora and has a passion for the outdoors and Lake of the Woods. Josh received an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Lakehead University. He returned to Kenora in 2010 where he began working Tourism Kenora to help promote the community he loves.
Please feel free to share your experience of Kenora with him by e-mailing email@example.com or calling 807-467-2986.
Morgan Seller began as the Special Events Coordinator for The City of Kenora in May 2015. Born and raised in Kenora, she left in 2000 to live in Whistler, Ottawa, and Halifax before eventually settling in British Columbia for 7 years. Morgan graduated from Vancouver Premier College in April 2009 with a Diploma in Hotel and Hospitality Management with an Events Specialization through the American Hotel and Lodging Association.
Being a passionate sport enthusiast and soccer player, she obtained a position at The Vancouver Whitecap’s FC Soccer Club for their 2008-2009 season, where she developed half time giveaways and on field entertainment with the highlight of having the opportunity to meet her idol David Beckham at an international friendly match in Edmonton Alberta. Morgan then obtained the role of VIP Guest Protocol Team Member for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games and received extensive training and experience in hosting high profile sporting events, as well as being able to attend some memorable events like the opening ceremonies and the gold medal hockey game.
Upon moving back to Whistler BC, she worked as the Executive Housekeeper at The Sundial Boutique Hotel then returning to Kenora to accept her current role with the City.
Morgan strives to create a professional and memorable experience for all event hosts and attendees of events in Kenora and looks forward to bringing more music and sporting
Helena Devins, Matiowski Farmers’ Market Coordinator
The LOWDC has one standing committee to support the work of the Board.
Tourism & Special Events
The Tourism Committee’s mandate is to develop and implement the Tourism Strategy to transition Kenora and Lake of the Woods area into a premier tourism destination.
The Strategy identifies four key areas: four season marketing, product development, training and awareness, and special events.
We help businesses interested in expanding an existing operation, developing a new location or relocating or redeveloping in Kenora by:
Business Planning Assistance
We help you access local resources for (free) professional business planning assistance
Orientation to Kenora
We introduce you to local businesses, municipal departments, realtors and government
We help you find a property or site to fit your business needs
We provide you with information and research
The Lake of the Woods Development Commission has built strong relationships with businesses and industry partners, senior levels of government and community organizations, over the past few years, all of which yield positive support and extensive business networks and resources. Some of the key partners are: