About investStratford

investStratford is the City of Stratford's Economic Development Corporation which, together with the provincially-funded Stratford Perth Centre for Business, offers full advisory services for
business start-up, growth, relocation and new investment.

Who We Are

investStratford is a brand mark of the Stratford Economic Enterprise Development Corporation (SEED Co.).
Principally funded by the City of Stratford, SEED Co. has been established as a stand-alone entity with a mission to focus singularly on Stratford's economic future. SEED Co. has been positioned to be a creative and innovative collaborator with partners in the Stratford community and beyond. The Corporation, under the guidance of a board of directors, offers support services and business focused development events to Keep, Grow and Attract business.

What We Do

Committed to advancing Stratford's economic future, investStratford offers concierge-style advice, support and guidance to businesses, and the Stratford Perth Centre for Business supports youth entreprenership programs for the Stratford, Perth and St. Mary's area.

investStratford Team

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Joani Gerber

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Elke Bidner

Marketing Communications
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Mike Pullen

Managing Director
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Holly Mortimer

Small Business Advisor
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Trena Hough

Event & Admin Coordinator
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Janis Auster

Operations & Administration Lead

Board of Directors

Anne McDougall

President, Rambri Management

Brad Beatty

Councillor, City of Stratford

Dan Mathieson

Mayor, City of Stratford

Dave Gaffney

Councillor, City of Stratford

Franklin Famme

Partner, Famme and Co. (SEED Co. Board VP)

Ginny Dybenko

University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus

Jeff Orr

Owner/Account Executive, Orr Insurance & Investment Group (SEED Co. Board President)

Joan Thomson

CAO, City of Stratford

Kevin Tuer

VP Strategic Initiatives, Communitech

Michael McCourt

President, Eclipse Manufacturing Stratford

Shelley Stevenson

Administrative Director, Stratford Festival

Stephen Cooper

Vice-President, MTE Consultants Inc.

Annual Reports & Minutes

Annual Report 2018 in Review

June 14, 2019


2018 Conference Board of Canada Report

November 28, 2018


Meeting Minutes

November 7, 2018


Annual Report 2017 in Review

October 2, 2018


Join Our Board of Directors!

The Stratford Economic Enterprise Development Corporation is seeking applicants for its Board of Directors for individuals representing Small Business, Agriculture and TechnologySector.

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