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Comments from Community Leaders


“Economic growth and a strong and healthy local economy are important to residents and business owners throughout Grey County. Our economic development team at Grey supports the Bluewater Angels initiative and will work closely to help identify and nurture growth-oriented businesses.”
- Alan Barfoot, Warden, Grey County

“The idea for an angel network first surfaced at our Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee and we’re delighted to see it culminate in the launch of Bluewater Angels.  Our businesses, especially young entrepreneurs, can benefit from the mentoring these angel investors can provide.”
- Ian C Boddy, Mayor, City of Owen Sound

“The investment by private sector leaders in our entrepreneurial community is vital.  It is an integral cog to a healthy business community and complements the work we and our colleagues at the Saugeen EDC provide to entrepreneurs.”
- Barb Fisher, General Manager, Bruce Community Futures Development Corporation

“It’s encouraging to see the private sector step up with a positive initiative that supports the entrepreneurial spirit in our region.”
- Ben Lobb, MP Huron-Bruce

“FedDev Canada supports angel networks financially and I’ll be sure to tap this resource as Bluewater Angels grows. Congratulations to the angels on this initiative to help our area’s businesses succeed.”
- Larry Miller, MP, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

“Angel networks and clubs in Ontario make a demonstrable impact, even in rural areas. We are delighted to welcome Bluewater Angels into the angel community and will work with them to help grow and promote Angel Investing in the Grey-Bruce area.”
- Jeffrey Steiner, President & Executive Director, Angel Investors Ontario

“I support and encourage this initiative as it adds a strong element of private sector business expertise and capital to our region. I welcome Bluewater Angels and give two thumbs up to community-oriented investment models.”
- Bill Walker, MPP, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

Comments from Sponsors & Partners

“Many of our clients at Nicol Insurance are entrepreneurs or work for entrepreneurs, so it is a natural fit for us to support Bluewater Angels as a founding sponsor.  For small towns to thrive everyone needs to support each other, that's why we wish this private sector initiative great success.”
- Tim Nicol, President & CEO, Nicol Insurance

“Over 45% of post-secondary students will pursue an entrepreneurial endeavour in their career.   Georgian College intends to work closely with Bluewater Angels by preparing young entrepreneurs to achieve success.  We are delighted to be a supporting sponsor.”
- John Pickard, Executive Director, Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, Georgian College

“Angel investments have been a vital missing economic driver in our business community.  Having worked on this initiative from the beginning, I’m delighted to see the launch of this initiative.  I’m certain that all Chambers of Commerce in the region welcome Bluewater Angels and wish them great success in helping to provide economic development throughout Grey and Bruce.”
- Peter Reesor, CEO, Owen Sound & District Chamber of Commerce