Watch: Peterborough Chamber CEO Stuart Harrison On Growing Up In A Town Of 35 People, Leadership, Collaboration, Community & More

On Episode 30 of “PTBOCanada”, Peterborough Chamber of Commerce CEO Stuart Harrison talks to us about growing up in a town of 35 people in Leipzig, Saskatoon where his parents ran a hotel/pub, and where Stu lived above the pub.

The town of Leipzig where Stuart Harrison grew up

The town of Leipzig where Stuart Harrison grew up

We also cover what brought Stu to Peterborough four decades ago, what being CEO of the Peterborough Chamber (he is celebrating 15 years there) has meant to him, the impact of his Business Beat column, where we’re at now as a community, and how a recent health scare with something called Transient global amnesia gave him even greater perspective on life.

Stu Harrison on “PTBOCanada” show

Stu Harrison on “PTBOCanada” show

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The Business Beat With Stu Harrison: TrentWorks, Flying Colours, Wee Wok Express

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Sofie Andreou
is leveraging the talent of her Trent University students to create a new company called TrentWorks. Sofie will help students launch their careers in digital marketing by giving them experience in graphic design, logos, branding, websites, SEO, tech support and social media. Businesses will benefit from fresh new thinking from the cutting edge. To find out more about this great idea, visit

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The investment in the Peterborough airport is starting to pay off, with the recent double announcement—the expansion of Flying Colours, and the creation of the Peterborough Aerospace Centre. Flying Colours continues its amazing flight path with the construction of a new 20,000 square foot addition and 15 – 25 new jobs in the interior, maintenance and engineering areas. This adds to the 200 employees at Flying Colours. Meanwhile the Seneca College School of Aviation & Flight Technology Building is nearing completion. Peterborough Economic Development is packaging all of this new activity and infrastructure including airport resident and regional aerospace businesses to demonstrate the strength of the sector in this region. It should help generate interest and increase investment inquiries. More details here.

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Wee Wok Express is a new Chinese takeout restaurant at 337 George Street. Ron Kam and his family have renovated the former South Pacific location and are now offering pick-up and delivery of their signature dishes including Cantonese, Szechuan and Thai specialties. You find the full menu and details online at

Jay and Sheryl Over recently took over the former Jack and Jill Farms location at 3001 Lakefield Road to create Overstock Liquidation. Open every Friday and Saturday, Jay and Sheryl unload two new truckloads of merchandise each week. Everything from bedding, furniture and household, to beauty products, electronics, handbags, clothing, jewellery and watches.


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Mark Loescher has moved his well known business, Mark’s Finer Diner, into Peterborough at 128 Lansdowne Street. You’ll find the same great food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, catering and eat in or take out, plus a licensed bar and lounge upstairs called Your Place. The lounge is currently running a logo contest with an entry deadline of this Friday (October 4).  Details at or find them on Facebook.
Lawrence Smoot’s company, Virtual Man Friday, offers virtual assistant services such as data entry, research, Webpage or blog content, as well as meeting planning, real estate photography, location scouting and personal concierge. Lawrence has a Masters of Public Administration and over 25 years of administrative experience.  Visit or call 705-927-5056.
Sofie Andreau and Winston Bromley have just launched the Social Media Business Institute.  They offer organizations and individuals an all inclusive self paced social media learning platform. In the Social Media Fast Track certification program, members are trained in Strategy & Planning, Management, Measurement, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Video, Pinterest & eNewsletters. Plus there is a live training session on October 9. Details at


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The Flower Store on George Street—home of the famous dancing clown—has merged with, and will be known as, Always In Bloom on Charlotte Street. The George Street store is closed and owners Codi Yale and Tracey Hopcroft will now be working together to offer the same great services which include fresh flowers for funerals, weddings, and all other special occasions. The phone numbers remain the same and yes the clown will be there too!! Call 705-876-ROSE(7673) or stop by the 324 Charlotte Street location. 

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PTBOCANADA.COM is a website about everything Peterborough, covering arts, news, media, politics, events, sports, business, tourism, food and more! Publisher Neil Morton has now created a boutique agency division offering social media orientation and training, website design, branding, video, photography, copywriting and more. Just look under “Services” at for full details and contact information.

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Tracey Ormond is the owner operator of That's a Wrap Catering Company, offering a simple menu of healthy wraps and salads delivered to your office, work space or group setting. Located at 390 Queen St in Peterborough, Tracey shares space with Charlotte Anne's Restaurant. Visit for details or call 705-768-7168.

Quilts for Cancer Peterborough provides comfort quilts for cancer patients in the Peterborough area. They have over 100 people making quilts and they depend on fundraising and donations to deliver up to 500 quilts per year. If you would like to help out, or would like to request a quilt, call 705-875-5596.


And check out the new radio station ramping up at 90.5 on the FM dial. Called Extra Talk Sports, the new format covers the Leafs, Jays, Petes and other local sports, plus a one hour sports talk show with John Badham. Details at or just tune in.


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PtboPics: Easter Seals Telethon 2011 Raises $117,000

The Easter Seals Telethon today in Peterborough raised more than $117,000. It took place from CHEX-TV Studios and Lansdowne Place. Here's some pictures from this amazing day when our community once again stepped up and provided great support...

Co-host Stuart Harrison with Allison Currie, Senior Development Officer with Easter SealsCHEX TV's Graham Hart, running through the phone donors


KRUZ FM's Mike Melnik accepting a donation

Mitchell McColl, ambassador of this year's Peterborough Easter SealsStuart Harrison and Mitchell McColl, drawing guns


Co-host Teresa Kaszuba and Ryan Cornish (at right) accept a donation

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

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