Brock partners with NOTL to create new conference destination in Niagara

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and Brock University are working to turn one of Canada’s favourite tourism towns into a destination for conferences and research meetings.The Town’s Lord Mayor Pat Darte and University President Jack Lightstone signed a memorandum of understanding this week to create the Brock-Niagara Forum for Advanced Research and Leadership. The MOU had been worked out in talks involving NOTL officials and Brock’s Vice-President of Research, Gary Libben.Under the agreement, the municipality will provide space in its Community Centre for use as a base for the project, while the University uses its research partnerships to promote the popular theatre and agri-tourism community as an attractive choice for conferences, retreats and meetings.Lightstone said Niagara-on-the-Lake has the reputation and tourism infrastructure to appeal to conference groups, and Brock welcomes opportunities to partner with municipalities to bring economic and cultural benefits to the region.“This is a good chance to showcase your beautiful town within our beautiful Region,” Lightstone said, “and it could lead to a good opportunity for Brock to advance its research mandate and reputation.”Darte said he and the town council welcome the partnership.“Anything we can do in Niagara-on-the-Lake to support education is a good move,” said Darte. “Working with Brock would be a great step in that direction. Hopefully we will be able to do more with Brock in the future.” read more