Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development is proud to support local businesses and entrepreneurs at every stage of business development. These videos showcase Peterborough success stories and highlight Peterborough as a unique place to live, work and invest.

If you want to grow your business, send us an email to and we will match you up with the right Business Development contact.

Success Redefined: Aclarus

Adam Doran Vice President of Marketing & Sales with Aclarus Inc. describes how fate brought them back to Peterborough – to launch their innovative system. They found that the climate in Peterborough was perfect for getting started: the community is eager for innovative companies; less competition than in BC; and wonderful support in a variety of aspects including financial, suppliers and distribution.

Aclarus is a company that treats water using ozone. Originally focused on the residential market, Aclarus has since branched out, creating innovative solutions for cottage, agriculture, industrial and wastewater applications.

Success Redefined: DM Wills

Ken Smith, Manager of Water Resource Engineering with DM Wills discusses how being located in Peterborough positions them better to service their clients and to enjoy life. In terms of projects in Central and Northern Ontario, a Peterborough location is more beneficial than a location in the GTA.

It is also a great place for family – being a gateway to cottage country allows them to explore the recreation opportunities here.

DM Wills is Peterborough-based engineering firm with focuses on civil, transportation, environmental and water resources engineering.

Success Redefined: Flying Colours

Kate Ahrens, Vice President of Corporate Development with Flying Colours Corporation describes the advantages the region has to offer as a place to live, work and invest.

The infrastructure investment that the City of Peterborough has made to a expand and develop the Airport has helped their company grow – they can better serve clients with larger aircraft.

Flying Colours Corporation is a world-class maintenance, repair, and overhaul company headquartered in Peterborough, Ontario with secondary locations in St. Louis, Missouri and Singapore.

The region is also a great place to raise a family – where people can get the best of both worlds. Short commute times. Easy access to the City. The great outdoors of the Kawarthas Cottage Country.

Success Redefined: Merit Precision Moulding

Tim Barrie, owner of Peterborough-based Merit Precision Moulding, opened his business here in 1992, since then it has grown – with 70 employees working in the 70,000 square foot facility.

He mentions that Peterborough offers a great workforce and lifestyle. The manufacturing sector is interconnected, with small, medium and large businesses always keen to help each other.

Success Redefined: Nefab

For Nefab’s Canadian Operations, General Manager, Mark Robinson the benefits to operating in Peterborough have a lot to do with accessibility. They are close to General Electric, one of their major clients; they have access to technical know-how, both from their employees and from their local suppliers; they also are close to Toronto, while still having cottage country in their backyard.

Nefab is a global industrial transport packaging manufacturer specializing in cost-effective and environmentally responsible complete packaging systems.

Success Redefined: Noble Purification

Andressa Lacerda, Chief Operating Officer with Noble Purification explains that Peterborough & the Kawarthas is perfect for the water sector and highlights the importance of community. The support that they received from the community-at-large, and in particular, Trent University was critical in their evolution. There is also an existing network of water technologies businesses in the area that were instrumental in their success.

Noble Purification is a water technologies startup with a patented system that treats wastewater with algae – a system that could revolutionize the way that wastewater is managed.



Success Redefined: Seneca College

In 2014, Seneca College’s School of Aviation opened its doors at their new state-of-the-art facility in Peterborough, Ontario. Lynne McMullen, Seneca College’s Chair of the School of Aviation describes how the city’s attitude towards the role of the airport as an economic driver, the network that exists with other postsecondary institutions and the support they received from all three levels of government (municipal, provincial, federal) influenced their decision to relocate to Peterborough from Toronto.

Success Redefined: SGS (Lakefield)

Chris Sullivan, Senior Product Specialist & Business Development Manager with SGS in Lakefield, Ontario explains the benefits of being located in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. Easy access to shipping means they can ship across the country overnight, eliminating the need to be located in metropolitan areas.

It also has benefits for employees – lower cost of living, being able to work where you play – leading to lower staff turnover.

SGS is the world’s leading water inspection, testing, verification and certification company. SGS is recognized as the benchmark for quality and integrity.

Success Redefined: Siemens

Andrew Blazey, General Manager of Siemens Canada Ltd.’s Peterborough Facility explains the benefits of being located in Peterborough & the Kawarthas – describing it as “high tech in cottage country”.

Siemens Canada Ltd. is a global leader in high technology process intruments. They export approximately 90 percent of the products manufactured at their Peterborough facility to locations around the world.

Andrew also discusses the quality of life he and his family have experienced here in Peterborough & the Kawarthas – highlighting that it has been a great place to raise children and enjoy the outdoors.

Success Redefined: Signum Corp

Katherine MacDonald, Principal of Signum Corporation has chosen Peterborough & the Kawarthas as a place with work-life balance, highlighting that the region has the offerings of a big city with benefits of a smaller community. People are friendly, close-knit – but also dynamic and professional.

There is also the support to help businesses succeed with a vast network of resources and consultants in a variety of fields located locally.

Signum Corporation is a real estate development company that provides service from “Sketch to Skyline” – helping their clients with concept development, design and construction management – and everything else along the way.

Success Redefined: Trent Water Quality Centre

Trent University Professor Douglas Evans discusses the benefits that the Trent University Water Quality Centre experiences by being located in Peterborough – including the natural laboratory just outside on the Otonabee River. The Trent Water Quality Centre started in 1997, since then it has received $20M in funding from the provincial and the federal government.

Trent University is an outstanding undergraduate university in Ontario, it is continually highly-ranked in the MacLean’s University Rankings – for primary undergraduate university and research dollars.

Success Redefined: Why Peterborough – Kemi Akapo

We asked the New Canadians Centre’s Kemi Akapo what makes Peterborough & the Kawarthas a great place to live and work. She tells us that she enjoys the work-life balance that Peterborough & the Kawarthas has to offer. That living and working in downtown Peterborough is easily walkable or bikeable. That there is time to enjoy cafes, festivals and more.

Success Redefined: Why Peterborough – Gillian Exton

Gillian Exton, owner of several Lakefield businesses – Stuff Store, Stuff’d Ice Cream & Bakery and Canoe & Paddle Pub discusses what it’s like to be an entrepreneur in Peterborough & the Kawarthas – mentioning the supportive, creative community’s role in entrepreneurial success.

Gillian Exton is part of a growing community of entrepreneurs in Peterborough & the Kawarthas, many of whom enjoy the quality of life this region has to offer. The region has Canada’s highest rate of immigrant entrepreneurship – 36% of New Canadians here own their own business.

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development

is proud to support local businesses and entrepreneurs at every stage of business development. These videos showcase the region’s success stories and highlight Peterborough & the Kawarthas as a unique place to live, work and invest.

If you want to grow your business, send us an email to and we will match you up with the right Business Development contact.