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Political, business leaders talk CANAMEX

CANAMEX, an organization advocating for an expansive tourist route traversing through Quebec, Vermont and New York, held a brainstorming session in Chelsea on Jan. 11, attracting political and business leaders to add their ideas to the thought process. Pictured, David Gillespie, a farmer from Allumette Island and co-chair of the CANAMEX committee, speaks to the group about his hopes and ideal outcome for agritourism in the Outaouais region.

Donald
Teuma-Castelletti
CHELSEA Jan. 11, 2018
An Allumette Island farmer gathered Outaouais leaders from various sectors at a roundtable discussion last Thursday, leading the talk on the potential for an agritourism route in the area.
Close to 30 people attended the CANAMEX meeting at the Meredith Centre, focusing on how to promote sustainable agriculture that produces a benefit for the local economy without detrimental effects to the environment.
“We wanted to plant the seed in their heads,” said David Gillespie, co-chair of CANAMEX. “I saw a lot of people generate new ideas and that’s going to lead to more feedback.”
Ideas were certainly in bloom in the conference room, as everyone brainstormed their thoughts, hopes, and ideal situations for the tourist route. Gillespie led the discussion with his view of the route as a chance for visitors to do something unique, while also extending to include not just the farms, but everything related to them, from farmers’ markets to education centres, museums and more.

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