WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?
“I wanted the opening lecture to be unforgettable – something that would help our serices to become engrained as a monthly destination. We struggled with who could deliver on the promise, and I finally said – “what about that legend, Dan Taylor?””
Jeffrey Finkle, President and CEO, International Economic Development Council
“Instantly, he proved to be an engaging orator and effortlessly related to the audience…He brought a personal and positive energy to the session, and ultimately connected with the audi-ence throughout his entire presentation.”
John Regan, Ec. D(F), CEcD., Manager, Economic Development & Tourism Halimand County
“He gave the audience some good food for thought and raised new issues and approaches to think about. I was able to take his approach on Kay Performance Indicator’s and implement them at Halimand County in my current role.”
Andrea Roylance, Manager, Community Giving at CNIB. Former Economic Development Officer, Town of New Tecumseth
“Thank you for an incredible presentation to the South Simcoe Tourism Group on Thursday, February 24th, 2011 at the Innisfil Town Hall. The introduction of your “Magic Formula” will make it that much easier for us to attempt to create a small piece of the magic you have created in Prince Edward County. Your presentation was insightful, entertaining, educational and delivered with a relaxed ease that allowed the audience to relax, take it all in and ask specific questions. Your message of celebrating and sharing will be embraced. Thanks so much Dan, you have enlightened our piece of the world and given us great information to put into action.”
Kevin Stolarick, Director at India Institute of Competitiveness. Former Research Director, The Martin Prosperity Institute; Rotman School of Management; University of Toronto
“Dan is a real visionary who also focuses on getting things done and making things work. His combination of vision with execution / strategy with application is a rare and valuable gift. Dan not only understands the Creative Economy and what that concept means and doesn’t mean but also has proven he knows how to successfully implement ideas based on Creative Economy concepts.”
Greg Baeker, Director, Cultural Development Division, Millier Dickinson Blais Inc.
Former Principal, AuthentiCity Consulting
“I have worked for Dan on a range of projects over four years. He brings extraordinary vision combined with the capacity to communicate difficult ideas simply and powerfully to any and all in the community. He also is able to drive projects and initiatives and get an amazing volume of things done.” ________________________________________
Phil Wood, Regional Advisor Toronto and Eastern Ontario, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade
“Dan is a forward thinking and creative economic developer. He is a straight shooter and a solid business partner who is a pleasure to work with.”
Karin Desveaux-Potters, Professor Loyalist College, Program Coordinator Culinary Programs. Former Economic Development Lead, Gastronomy, The Corporation of the County of Prince Edward
“Dan’s understanding of the Creative Rural Economy, what drives it and how to develop it are reflected in his highly successful work in Prince Edward County, a thriving example of CRE.
His engaging speaking style and written word on this and other related topics put him in high demand as an educator for other communities who would like to understand how their community can do the same.”
Rebecca LeHeup, Executive Director, Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance. Former Executive Director, Taste the County
“I spent over eight years working closely with Dan to develop creative tourism experiences in PEC. Dan is a true leader with a passion for innovative thinking! His expertise in developing creative rural economies makes him a unique asset to PEC and Ontario!”
Emily Robson, Coordinator, Arts & Culture at City of Kitchener
Dan is a visionary. His ability to see the big picture, interpret leading practices and emerging trends and then apply them in a practical way is an inspiration. Dan’s fusion of marketing expertise, business acumen, and network cultivation approaches makes him a particularly effective regional developer.
Andrew Redden, B.A.(Hons), M.Sc.(PL), MCIP, RPP, Ec.D.(F), CEcD – Economic Development Manager for Hastings County
I have had the pleasure of working alongside Dan Taylor for the past few years, particularly on the award winning Invest in Cheese initiative and with the Ontario East Economic Development Commission. Dan is a leader in economic development and an innovator. He is the one to go to on creative rural economy questions and is well versed and experienced in this area. He is a pioneer!
Kathryn Wood, President and CEO at Natural Capital Resources Inc.
Always appreciate Dan’s ability to view what others might consider unremarkable local/regional assets in new ways, especially his insights on how we can dissassemble these assets and reassmble them in creative new ways. He is skilled at extracting big value from shoestring budgets, particularly through collaborative relationships which encourage everyone to “bring their best” to the table.
Petra Kassun-Mutch, Chief Impact Officer, Social Venture Partners| Strategic Advisory, Imagination Catalyst, OCAD U
Dan was instrumental in bringing FT to the County. He is the first person we spoke to about the idea 6 years ago now. He is always open minded to opportunities, strategic in his thinking, effective and persuasive! Strong relationship builder.
“Dan is very skilled at defining a vision and creating a strategic plan that is aggressive and achievable. My client is bringing an impressive resort development to Prince Edward County, and Dan has been very helpful in sharing his business experience and knowledge with us. This process has been a rewarding experience, and I look forward to working with Dan on future projects.”
Jennifer Lester Mulridge, Videographer at Corus Entertainment – CKWS TV
“Dan is a visionary leader with a dynamic mix of business sense and creativity. Dan has an especially keen ability to assemble and lead award-winning teams.”