Base31 is a platform for creative collaboration on the site of a former WWII airbase in Picton, Ontario.
An evolving fusion of art, ecology, heritage, industry and innovation Base31 invites you to peer into the past and co-create its future.

We are a springboard for makers, creators, artisans and entrepreneurs. We are weaving a thread between the incredible history of this place and a future where anything is possible. We work, live, make, grow, meet, and co-create on the traditional territory of the St. Lawrence Iroquoians, Anishnaabeg, Wendat, Haudenosaunee Peoples and Mississauga nations. Our site is adjacent to the Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) community of Tyendinaga. We are grateful to all the First Nation and Métis peoples who have been traditional and contemporary stewards of this region. We recognize that all non-Indigenous people are visitors to this land, and it is our responsibility to embrace our Treaty obligation to care for the land.

Base31 Pre-Restoration Of Historical Buildings
© Johnny C.Y. Lam

Base31 is owned and operated by PEC Community Partners Inc

PEC Community Partners is a group of community builders including Tercot Communities, DECO Communities, PEC Placemaking, and Rockport Group.

The Ontario-based partnership brings together expertise in complete community development, affordable housing and commercial space, mixed-use residential, site servicing and infrastructure, and adaptive re-use of heritage sites with a specific focus on creative placemaking.

In 2021, PEC Community Partners Inc. purchased the Loch-Sloy Business Park, an approximately 700-acre property in Prince Edward County, Ontario, and the former site of a World War II training base. In its next chapter, the site will serve as home to one of the nation’s largest revitalization projects.

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VALUES

We are a team united by a set of core values that guide the place, project, and people behind Base31.

It takes a village. Across every facet of the project, we’re building the vision from the ground up in the community through collaborations with the many talented people and organizations across the County.

This place is home to a rich and layered history. The site and surrounding area have played pivotal roles in the stories of the County, the nation, and the Indigenous communities who are the original stewards of this land. Through storytelling and placemaking, we will reflect and share the incredible narratives that make this place special.

We are County-made. By drawing on the abundant talent, artisanal and enterprising spirits in the region, we will create a place that avoids cookie-cutter approaches and amplifies the best of Prince Edward County.

Base31 is for everyone. Through our spaces, partnerships, programming, local sourcing and other ways, we intend to create opportunities as widely and equitably as possible across the community, and to create a welcoming place for all.

It starts with our relationship to the land. We are working to regenerate local ecology and to embrace sustainable design, building and management practices.

Base 31 Setting Up An Art Studio In Historical Building
© Johnny C.Y. Lam

COLLABORATIONS AND COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS

The Base31 revitalization strategy is deeply rooted in partnerships and collaborations and the belief that the most interesting and authentic places are built with members of the community. In keeping with that approach, members of the Base31 team began reaching out to individuals, organizations and businesses to explore how we might work together to build value for each other and the community.
Through a series of walking tours and meetings, 100+ community leaders from the arts, heritage, business, community development, sustainability and naturalist communities were engaged between January and April 2022. The response from PEC community members was terrific and Base31 announced the formation of 31 collaborations and community investments in a Co-Creation Kick-Off event in May 2022.

COLLABORATIONS

Collaborations involve Base31 working with others on projects, programs, and initiatives for positive community impact both on and off the site. The following list announced in May 2022 is just the beginning of a growing number of collaborators involved with Base31.
  • Prince Edward County
  • All Welcome Here
  • Architectural Conservancy Ontario Prince Edward County
  • History Lives Here
  • PEC Arts Council
  • Festival Players
  • Department of Illumination
  • PEC Community Craft Beer Festival
  • St. Lawrence Auto Club
  • Ford Cassella Productions
  • Big Lake Arts Festival
  • Jacqui Burley
  • Rainbow Charity Network
  • Driftwood Theatre Company
  • National Airforce Museum of Canada
  • Sparkbox Studio
  • Beerlicious Inc.

COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS

Community investments are donations and sponsorships made by Base31 to support the work of others involved in awesome community building initiatives. The following list of organizations have received donations and sponsorships from Base31.
  • The Regent Theatre
  • Picton BIA
  • PEC Chamber of Commerce
  • Picton Library Expansion
  • The County Food Hub
  • The ROC
  • County FM
  • County of Prince Edward Public Library and Archives
  • Art in the County
  • Melt Studio & Gallery
  • Maison Depoivre

MEET OUR TEAM

Manager Event Operations

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Director Capital Improvements

Following in the steps of his grandfather, Rob has spent 30+ years in construction and development.

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Manager Programs + Partnerships

Sarah grew up in Foxboro, ON but made the trek over the Bay Bridge often throughout her childhood.

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Manager Placemaking, Public Art + Visitor Experience

Before moving to the County in 2012, Christophe spent his adult life between Paris, Brussels and Toronto, working as a Creative Director and Product Developer in the Fashion industry.

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Property Manager

Originally from Bobcaygeon, Bev Fernandes, a 20 year resident of Prince Edward County, started her career in veterinary medicine.

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Change-maker, social entrepreneur and thought leader, Tim Jones has made profound and unique contributions to arts, culture and urban development communities in Toronto, Canada and around the world.

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Head Marketing + Communications

Born in the former Czechoslovakia, Daniela began her journey in media by delivering newspapers at 11 years old.

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Executive Assistant to CEO & Director of Capital Improvements

With her background as a law clerk at prominent law firms in Toronto, Ottawa and the Quinte Region, Joanne is an accomplished administrative professional that energetically supports our team at Base31.

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Jane is a lifelong county resident. She is a CPA and CMA Finance Professional and has experience in a range of industries.

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Head Gardener

Nicki sailed into Waupoos marina and hit the soil running. A week into her arrival she became the Head Gardener at a boutique hotel, was cast in County FM radio plays, and found a welcoming community on The County island.

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Social Media + Marketing Coordinator

Olivia is born and raised in Prince Edward County and brings six years of experience in marketing, communications and journalism to the role at Base31.

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Chief Placemaking Officer

Assaf is an accomplished leader and social entrepreneur in creative placemaking, urban development, and social purpose business.

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Artists practice play in fully restored historical building at Base31 PEC
© Johnny C.Y. Lam

JOIN OUR TEAM

We are builders, social entrepreneurs, artists, nature lovers, amateur comedians, musicians, meditators, foodies, dog-lovers, multi-generational County-folk and relative newcomers. 

Our team is fast-paced, light-hearted, highly collaborative, and building an incredible place from the ground up.

If you’d like to join us on this journey, click here to see what opportunities we currently have open.