Since 1987, FedNor has administered a variety of programs to meet the changing economic needs of Northern Ontario communities. Below you can read about FedNor-supported projects that have helped strengthen businesses and communities across this great region.
After four years of university and a trip to Asia where cheese was limited and his craving for the product grew, François Nadeau found his life's passion and threw himself in cheese-making training in Québec and in France.
Mining-related companies from across Northern Ontario are reporting increased sales and exports, with many signing new business deals, thanks to their participation at one of the world’s premier international mining events.
The desire to fulfill a specific need often spurs innovation. Take the example of Mel Peddie's company, WB Melback, which specializes in industrial maintenance and support. In addition to its other services, the New Liskeard firm repairs thermal presses used in the production of oriented strand board (OSB), an engineered, wood-based panel.
Launched as a pilot program in 2014, the Sustainable New Agri-Food Products (SNAP) program is designed to assist small agri-food producers and processors across Northern Ontario purchase equipment with one goal in mind. The equipment is to be used for new products and value-added processing to help successful applicants increase production and sales, create jobs and expand their markets.
Rna Diagnostics, a bio-tech company based in Sudbury, is in the final testing stages of a new service that aims to improve care for cancer patients, as well as their rates of survival. According to John Connolly, VP Corporate Development, the company has developed a new test to better determine which patients are most likely to benefit from chemotherapy, helping oncologists quickly switch unresponsive patients to other treatments.
With an eye on broadening their client base and increasing their corporate profile, entrepreneurs routinely assess marketing and promotional opportunities as they arise. But who can businesses in Northwestern Ontario turn to for help in raising awareness about their products and French language services?
The Entrepreneurs Francophones Plus Initiative (EFP), created to help Francophone businesses reach new markets, increase commercial activity and grow their operations, was an instant hit across the region.
Today, local and seasonal residents, along with visitors to the picturesque region of Muskoka, are recapturing a sense of that time and tradition with a cruise aboard the fully restored SS Bigwin on Lake of Bays.
When Kirk Petroski started his information technology venture in 2008 to research and develop smart software applications, he realized his best opportunity for growth and success was right in his own back yard: Northern Ontario's mining industry.
Back when a Stratospheric Balloon Base was officially opened at Timmins Airport nearly two years ago, it was anticipated the leading edge facility would give the local economy a bit of a lift. It appears the results have risen well above expectations - literally.
The Northern Ontario Pavilion is the culmination of year-round planning by FedNor in partnership with the NECO Community Futures Development Corporation in North Bay. Since 2001, this productive partnership has evolved out of FedNor’s goal to support business growth and competitiveness, jobs, economic diversification and innovation within the agriculture and equine sectors across the North.
After 20 years in business, PARO decided it was time to celebrate with a special full-day networking and tradeshow last November called “Exceeding the Vision”, featuring guest speakers and informative workshops. The event was capped off with an evening awards program honouring 20 successful women entrepreneurs who were once protégées of PARO programs and services.
It’s an inspiration that has evolved into an annual celebration. Each November, a select group of Ontario’s leading architects, engineers and project teams gather to salute creative design and construction over a diverse spectrum of buildings and structures using one of our greatest natural resources: wood.
From a 3,000 ft. paved runway and a trailer for a terminal in 1979, Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport has since become known as the 'Little Airport that Could'. Following a decade-long, five-phase plan to develop infrastructure essential for adding emergency services and attracting small and medium-sized businesses, the Airport's Industrial Expansion Project has landed a prestigious honour from the Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations (OACFDC).
Nordex Explosives Ltd., a Kirkland Lake-based manufacturer, is the only Canadian company that produces explosives for use in mining, quarries and construction. The publicly traded company has steadily built a reputation as an industry leader in the manufacturing of high quality explosive products for its own clients as well as for other explosive distributors and manufacturers.
Eat Local Sudbury (ELS) is a not-for-profit cooperative with over 60 Northern Ontario producer business members from across the regions of Sudbury, Muskoka, Manitoulin, Algoma, Nipissing and Temiskaming.
The clear, distilled beverage known as vodka may trace its origins and reputation to Eastern Europe but the Northern pulp and paper community of Hearst in Northern Ontario has recently caught the attention of vodka connoisseurs right across the province.
Long before Sudbury’s famous science centre moved off the drawing board and onto the picturesque shores of Ramsey Lake in downtown Sudbury, there was considerable apprehension that such a grand vision could be realized.
“Because you can’t manage what you can’t measure”, is more than just a catchy marketing brand or corporate slogan. For an innovative software and systems technology company based in North Bay, Ontario, it is a plain-spoken and proven philosophy.
The half dozen town sites that make up the Municipality of Red Lake have been built historically by mining high grade gold ore in this beautiful wilderness region of northwestern Ontario.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a DVD promoting marine tourism and the North Channel marine communities of Lake Huron has proven to be worth more than ten-fold.
Northern Ontario’s history as a leader in mining and mineral production goes far beyond the extraction of ore and precious metals from underground.
Jennifer Clute is determined to make the Muskoka Lakes region with its reputation as Ontario’s “Lakeland Playland” the destination of choice with more tourists than ever before.
For Dr. John Gunn, Canadian Research Chair in Stressed Aquatic Systems and Laurentian University Professor, Sudbury’s Vale Living with Lakes Centre is a scientific and economic game-changer for Northern Ontario.
During the weekend of August 24th and 25th, the calm waters of the Mattagami River in the heart of Timmins, was churning with hundreds of competitive and recreational kayakers.
It was a trade show of emerging entrepreneurial stars earlier this month, when over 70 secondary students crowded the foyer of Sudbury’s City Hall for the 15th Annual FedNor Business Plan Challenge.
With its colourful and impressive displays of aboriginal arts and heritage, the Annual Wikwemikong Cultural Festival on Manitoulin Island is a celebration that has become known throughout the world.
The City of Thunder Bay is often referred to as the “Lakehead” or the “head of the Great Lakes” due to its geographical location. Today, the largest city in Northwestern Ontario can also boast being at the head of advanced health sciences and medical research.
Born and raised in the Town of Marathon on the shore of Lake Superior, Tyler Davis has transitioned from his first job working part-time at a movie rental store into running his own thriving business.
A unique bond and friendship between two nations was forged during the dark days when the world was at war. This close bond between Canada and Norway has been honoured with a colourful visitor attraction in the heart of Ontario’s cottage country.
For someone who designs and manufactures robots, Dr. Greg Baiden becomes very animated talking about his life’s passion. “My company develops remote-controlled technology to access underground areas unsafe for people,” said Dr. Baiden.
A quarter of a century later, the Atikokan Bass Classic has not only grown into one of the biggest fishing festivals in the province, it proudly boasts of being “The Funnest Bass Tourney in the Great Northwest!”
For Dr. Roger Strasser, the Founding Dean of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), this latest accolade is not a surprise. For the fourth year in a row, the School was awarded top spot in the country for sending its graduates into rural practice training by the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada.
From humble beginnings to a celebrated model of success, the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) is accelerating the development and growth of new and existing businesses.
With the end of winter in their rear view mirrors, motorcycle enthusiasts are ready to head out on the highway, looking for adventure. And once again this summer, all roads lead to Temiskaming Shores in Northern Ontario for another Bikers Reunion.
There still is gold in “them thar hills” – along with other valuable mineral deposits – but it took an innovative, community-based surveying and mapping project to help initiate exploration by private-sector companies.
As an award-winning actress, writer, producer, director and visual artist, Shirley Cheechoo is more than a creative and contemporary chronicler. She is also an educator, a leader and the inspiration behind a unique artist-focussed training centre on Manitoulin Island that is helping produce a new generation of modern-day storytellers.
Gail and Frank O’Connor had nothing against living in southern Ontario, but after 14 years in London, they were anxious to return home to Lake Superior country where they still owned a recreational property. It would take a wholesale career change, however, for the O’Connors to make it happen.
The winter of 2010 was a watershed moment for Julio Cacoilo as he realized his dream of acquiring Kent Trusses Limited, a building product manufacturer located in the Sundridge area. Until then, the Northern Ontario company had been struggling to turn a profit but Cacoilo was convinced he could transform the organization into a thriving business, while continuing its legacy of quality products and superior service.
Since its inception in 1999, Les Jeux de la Francophonie canadienne has ranked as one of the largest gatherings of francophone youth in Canada. Held in a different Canadian city every three years, Les Jeux offer a unique opportunity for young people aged 13 to 18 to demonstrate their talents in three categories – art, leadership and sports.
When tourists from around the globe arrive on Manitoulin Island by land, water or air, they are setting foot on a picturesque and magnificent land rich with the wisdom and culture of a thousand-year-old civilization.
Back in 2005, after 20 years in banking in her hometown of Ear Falls, Pat Dornan decided she wanted to own her own business.
Many visitors travelling through the abundant farm lands of the Temiskaming valley in Northeastern Ontario are delighted to discover that this fertile region also produces some of the finest tasting cheeses in the country.
It was an auspicious occasion in June 2011 at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay when representatives of FedNor, the Province of Ontario and the school officially opened a state-of-the-art semiconductor research laboratory.
It took years of vision and planning but, with a $370,000 FedNor contribution, the First Nation community was able to finally build the John R. Delaney Youth Centre, opening its doors in July of 2009.
FedNor contributions totalling almost $1 million helped to build the first phase of the School of Trades and Applied Technology (École des métiers et des technologies appliqués (ÉMTA) in Sudbury in 2006, and supported the architectural costs of a new campus in Timmins, which officially opened in 2009.
Laura Moore is well known in Northwestern Ontario for the stylish and comfortable sofas and chairs she designs, produces and upholsters at her shop in Kenora. But, as the owner of Image One Designs, Laura rarely has time to sit around and relax in any of her custom-made furniture.
The Northern Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative is the brainchild of the North Claybelt Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC). What began as a pilot program in 2001 to help youth at risk has evolved into a series of nine programs designed to encourage young people between the ages of 7 and 29 to explore and develop entrepreneurial skills.
The Municipality of West Nipissing, located in the heart of Northern Ontario between Sudbury and North Bay, is open for business. This family-friendly community boasts a thriving business sector and a fully serviced industrial park that has helped create jobs by attracting the attention of national and international organizations.
Established in 1977 as a not-for-profit umbrella organization for 23 groups and association across eight cities in Northwestern Ontario, AFNOO continues to develop projects and activities designed to foster the cultural, educational, political and economic well-being of Francophones, thirty-five years later.
North Bay’s historic waterfront promenade is attracting large numbers of tourists and locals alike as the city continues to pursue an ambitious development plan for the downtown’s crown jewel.
Geraldton’s newest restaurant is a hit with local residents and travellers on Highway 11 in Northwestern Ontario.
An investment of $75,000 through FedNor’s Economic Development Initiatives (EDI) in support of official language minority communities, enabled RDÉE to expand the reach of this initiative in Northern Ontario.
The Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste. Marie & Area, in partnership with FedNor and key community economic development stakeholders, played a pivotal role in helping the municipality turn its economy around in the wake of the restructuring of the city’s major employer, Algoma Steel, in 2001.
When the doors to the world’s largest annual indoor fair open wide on November 2nd, visitors will once again enjoy a ‘taste’ of Northern Ontario.
When teams from around the world arrive in Calgary for the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships this December, they’ll need a place to store all of their apparel and equipment during the tournament.
Trolling for ten pound Lake Trout or down-rigging for giant Coho salmon in the deep chilly waters of Lake Huron has made Manitoulin Island a must-fish destination for anglers from around the globe.
Rene Fink remembers the day in 1997 when he approached his employer in Timmins about a promotion. When the heavy equipment manufacturing company he worked for turned him down, Rene decided to promote himself.
Following a Francophone symposium at Laurentian University, participants didn’t want the momentum to end without a celebration. What began as a one-time event attracting 400 Francophones has turned into a 40-year tradition.
Keewaytinook Okimakanak’s Kuhkenah Network, commonly referred to as KO-KNET, was established in 1994 by the chiefs of Keewaytinook Okimakanak (Northern Chiefs Tribal Council) to develop and support the delivery of information and communications technologies (ICT) and related services in remote and rural First Nation communities across Northern Ontario.
When a consulting firm based in Timmins needed a bright young mind to develop new software, the company turned to an exciting initiative created by the North Claybelt Community Development Futures Corporation through its partnership with FedNor.
With the hay in the barn and the canola crop harvested, the fertile Temiskaming valley played host to one of Ontario’s most historic and popular agricultural expositions in 2009. That September, the population of the Town of Earlton ballooned as thousands of farmers, farming businesses and visitors flocked to the region for the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM).
When the lights dimmed and the curtain lifted for the inaugural Sudbury International Film Festival in 1989, few people in the audience could have imagined a ‘star’ in the making. But with the 24th edition ready to roll out the red carpet Sept. 15 - 23, Cinefest has grown to become the fourth largest film festival in Canada.
Mel DeGagne knows a thing or two about putting a roof over your head. The president of Norfab Building Components Ltd. in Fort Frances, Ontario, has been a leading manufacturer of roof and floor trusses for a quarter of a century forging a progressive and diversified products company through the years.
The pristine Wabigoon chain of lakes, which cradle the City of Dryden in Northwestern Ontario, is a magnet for recreational boaters enjoying a day on the water or serious anglers looking to land a record catch. But Wabigoon, an Ojibwe word for ‘flower’, is also a familiar destination for another breed of outdoor enthusiasts: windsurfers.
Over vast distances of Northern Ontario, hundreds of communities along the King’s highways are now linked to the information highway as part of FedNor’s support for expanding broadband.
With thousands of new and returning tourists visiting the area each year, Ontario’s Georgian Bay Coastal Route (GBCR) is recognized as a premier Canadian travel destination.
Again this summer, food-lovers from across Ontario and eastern Canada will make a pilgrimage to the small community of Ville Marie, Quebec, for a giant celebration of haute-cuisine better known as La Foire Gourmande de L’Abitibi-Témiscamingue et du Nord-Est ontarien.
Taking its name from the Latin word for “I am ready,” the PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise helps women across Northern Ontario start, grow or build new business opportunities.
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