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About Us

Who We Are

Who We Are

Located in Elora, Ontario, just on the edge of the village, The GrandWay Event Centre is home to several versatile spaces that can accommodate a wide range of events. The 53 acre grounds are also home to the Grand River Raceway.

The GrandWay is owned and operated by the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS), a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated under the Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Act of Ontario.

In 2019, the new event centre was born from the collective commitment of the board of directors whose mandate includes supporting and providing facilities to encourage activities intended to enrich rural life. As a social enterprise, the funds generated by The GrandWay support the philanthropic initiatives of GRAS.

For more information check out the GRAS website.

Meet the Team

Get to know the people who make it all happen.

Danielle Patton

Events & Experiences Coordinator
Dani is the name & planning events is the game! When I'm not drawing on my experience to make your event GRAND, you can find me outdoors, hosting parties, or like a true Canadian Gal’, playing hockey!

Jacqueline Lapointe

Events & Experiences Coordinator
In my role, I love to meet new people and make magic happen. There is no ask too big, nor too small… well unless you want me to wear the mascot suit, then it will cost you a coffee or two!

Jenna Knox

Events & Experiences Manager
Creating memorable experiences is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. In my spare time, you can find me participating in sports, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with my family.

Katie Giddy

Director of Hospitality, Sales & Marketing
As a fun and outgoing person, I bring my passion for people and love for the community, to all that I do. I pride myself on being a true team player, my British humour… and my shoe collection!

Emma Brook

Food & Beverage Supervisor
Our passionate chef loves cooking, and especially her pastries. With her British humour she loves animals and making people feel happy and welcome! Hugs all around!

Sue Ellis

Administrative Assistant
I love what I do and I am passionate about horseracing here at GRR! My hobbies include bingo & reading.

Jamie Martin

Director of Operations
"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships." I am very fortunate to have a career in the horse racing and fair business. Enjoy working in and around the homestead.

Doug McCaig

Facilities Manager
Always nice to have things neat, safe, and clean! People DO notice. Grandkids, community, travel, and boating with family are the true loves of my life.

Rena Edmondson

Human Resources Manager
I am passionate about making the workplace a Great Place to Work and my home a Great Place to live! I appreciate the simple joys of drinking a cup of coffee, playing a board game, or setting an elegant table!

Tom Williams

Ambassador
Whether he is in his famous top hat and tux or a Grand River Raceway baseball cap, Tom always has a smile on his face! Tom is one of the most upbeat, hard working, and friendly members of the GRR family.

Melissa Anderson

Gift Shop Supervisor
Retail therapy is shopping for your pleasure, in my case, I shop for treasures to delight our customers. Reading, road trips, meeting new people & spending time with friends & family are my favourites.

Melanie Adams

Food & Beverage Coordinator
My passion is cooking and I'm a proud dog mom to two beautiful German shepherd girls. I love spending time with my family, and going to the cottage with friends when I can!

The GrandWay & The Community

Located in the heart of Elora and Wellington County

“Ontario’s most beautiful village” – A.J. Carson, Group of Seven

Surrounded by nature and located minutes from both the Elora Town Centre and the Elora Gorge, it doesn’t get much better. The GrandWay is proud to entertain, support, and be a part of the Elora and Wellington County communities.

Learn more about the area

What to do?

While you’re visiting, why not take advantage of some local experiences. Elora is home to all sorts of unique activities and destinations.  Whether you’re an outdoorsy adventurer or more of an artistic soul, there’s something for everyone to explore.

Get in Touch With Us

Connect with the right people on our team. Whether you’re looking to book an event, make a dinner reservation, or just have a general inquiry, we’re here to help.

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