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Joe Rees
Economic Development Officer – Tourism
705-743-0777 x 2138
meetings@thekawarthas.ca

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Joe Rees is our Economic Development Officer for the Tourism Sector, and will be your main point of contact for your next meeting or event in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

Joe is an alumni of Trent University in Business Administration and Environmental Studies. He has spent most of his career working in business and product development, primarily in the technology sector. After spending 10 years in BC, he and his family moved back to Peterborough to be closer to family. Joe joined our team a few years ago focusing on business expansion, retention and attraction and is now our lead for Meetings, Conferences, Groups, Sport Tourism with a key focus on opportunities in the City of Peterborough.


Peterborough & the Kawarthas is attractively located in proximity to major markets in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Canada and the Northeastern United States. The region is located just 90 minutes northeast of Toronto and 3.5 hours from our nation’s capital in Ottawa. The city of Peterborough is right in the heart of famed Kawarthas cottage country.
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No matter the size or complexity of the meeting, conference or event our team has worked on, the feedback from clients is always the same – outstanding attention to detail, over-the-top service and personalization at every angle. That’s what you can expect to find when you choose Peterborough & the Kawarthas. Because we know our region best, we can direct you to exceptional under-the-radar venues and easily introduce you to our warm and friendly hospitality.

We can provide you with organizational support and assistance; from delegate packages, personalized site inspections, spousal and team program ideas to itinerary planning assistance and authentically local gift ideas for delegates, speakers and your VIP roster of guests.

We will work together with our business partners to provide you with a selection of the best value options with the greatest efficiency. The approach we take is simple. Every opportunity we have to assist you in planning your meeting or conference is a chance for us to be a part of creating a unique and lasting impression on you and your delegates. We want your event to be a stellar success so you will return to us occasion after occasion.

We have been proud hosts to many meetings, conferences and event groups from large international events to smaller more defined corporate strategy sessions, team building and planning retreats. Here is just a small sample of those who have chosen out region to handle their important meetings & events: Special Hockey International Tournament, Forests Ontario, Travel Media Association of Canada, PGA Tour Canada, Hockey Day in Canada, Rogers Hometown Hockey, Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, Kiwanis Eastern Canada and Caribbean District Convention, Economic Developers Association of Canada, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Parks Canada, Environment Canada, 2010 International Dragon Boat Festival, Regional TOPS Association Conference, 201 Canada-wide Science Fair, 2006 International Ploughing Match, 1996 Memorial Cup and many more.

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