Our successes

Over the course of its 25-year history, 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.


Photo - One of Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attractions, Science North is easily recognizable for its ‘snowflake’ design created by Architect Raymond Moriyama who also designed the Ontario Science Centre. Science North: Northern Ontario’s premiere tourist attraction turns 30
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.

 

Photo - North Bay Mayor Al MacDonald and Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Jay Aspin watch as FedNor Youth Intern and WipWare technical specialist Corey Sloan demonstrates how a photoanalysis system developed by the company is used to measure the effectiveness of rock blasting in mining. WipWare Inc: A North Bay company that “measures up” globally
“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.

 

Photo - Nestled along pristine waterways and amid stately pine trees, the Town of Red Lake is the most north-westerly municipality in Ontario and home to one of the richest gold mining regions in the world. Gold and Natural Gas: building a pipeline to better business in Red Lake
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.

 

Photo - The recently expanded boardwalk and docking slips in the Town of Little Current is one of several destinations and harbours on Manitoulin Island that has boaters and sailors charting a course for the North Channel of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay every summer. Charting a Course: Lake Huron’s North Channel is a boater’s paradise
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.

 

Photo - Hundreds of delegates from the Prospector’s and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) 2014 Conference in Toronto crowd into Steam Whistle Brewery to visit the Northern Ontario Mining Supply Showcase. Mining Opportunities: Northern Ontario on display at giant industry conference
Northern Ontario’s history as a leader in mining and mineral production goes far beyond the extraction of ore and precious metals from underground.

 

Photo - As Tourism and Marketing Coordinator for the Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Jennifer Clute prepares to welcome visitors from across Ontario and around the world to the ultimate four season destination: beautiful Muskoka Lakes. Marketing Muskoka: A FedNor Intern tackles tourism in cottage country
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.

 

Photo - Students gather water samples and aquatic organisms from Lake Ramsey, one of Sudbury’s largest and most popular lakes for recreational activities. In the background is the Vale Living with Lakes Centre, which officially opened in 2012. Vale Living with Lakes Centre: Making waves on the global stage
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.

 

Photo - The Honorable Greg Rickford, Minister of State for Science and Technology, and FedNor, and the Minister responsible for the Ring of Fire, cuts the ribbon to officially open the Northern Ontario Pavilion at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, running from Nov. 1-10, 2013. Northern Ontario in the spotlight
A record 58 Northern Ontario agri-businesses and equine entrepreneurs were on display at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto from Nov. 1-10, 2013. As part of the Northern Ontario Pavilion, supported by FedNor, these businesses welcomed more than 330,000 visitors during the fair.
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Photo - Kayakers competing in one of the events at the Great Canadian Kayak Challenge race to the finish line after paddling 16 km on the Mattagami River in Timmins. The Great Canadian Kayak Challenge: Outdoor enthusiasts paddle to Timmins
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.

 

Photo - Over 70 students from five area high schools prepare to pitch their business case to judges at the FedNor Business Plan Challenge at Tom Davies Square. Students With A Plan: budding entrepreneurs display their business smarts
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.

 

Photo - During the Civic Holiday weekend August, Aboriginal dancers from across Ontario and the Northern United States travel to the popular Pow Wow at Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island to celebrate their culture and traditions, such as the colourful Jingle Dance. Wikwemikong Cultural Festival: An Island First Nation entertains the World
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.

 

Photo - In partnership with The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Lakehead University and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, various disciplines of cancer research and medical training are being conducted at ICR Discoveries in Thunder Bay. Thunder Bay’s New Cyclotron: enhancing research, development and patient care
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.

 

Photo - Tyler Davis, owner of Crossover Video and Games, keeps his shelves stocked with all of the current and most popular movie titles and video games in his hometown of Marathon, Ontario. Video Venture: a young entrepreneur finds success in his hometown
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.

 

Photo - Outside the memorial building is a vintage two-seat, single engine airplane that was used for training purposes by the Norwegians. Little Norway: the District of Muskoka honours the past
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.

 

Photo - Dr. Greg Baiden, the CEO of Penguin Automated Systems in Sudbury, shows off his company’s latest invention, a remote controlled robot or “Sewer Ratbot” which can survey sewer and wastewater pipes underground. Penguin Automated Systems: reaching new heights (and depths) using robotics
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.

 

Photo - After a day’s fishing on Marmion Lake, competitors weigh their catches for cash and prizes at the Atikokan Bass Classic. Atikokan’s Big Catch: popular fishing tournament nets huge rewards
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!”

 

Photo - Canada’s first medical school in over three decades boasts two teaching campuses; the West Campus at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and the East Campus at Laurentian University in Sudbury. Northern Ontario School of Medicine: Preparing the next generation
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.

 

Photo - NORCAT’s recently expanded centre for research and development in Sudbury features a world-class underground training facility to add to its capabilities as a centre for the testing and commercialization of new technologies. NORCAT: Accelerating Business Development in Northern Ontario
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.

 

Photo - Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts head north on Highway 11 to the New Liskeard Fairgrounds, home of the annual Bikers Reunion on the Canada Day Holiday weekend. Revving up their engines: Bikers ready to ride North to New Liskeard again
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.

 

Photo - A drilling site near Timmins burrows into the pre-cambrian shield in the search for gold. The area is part of the “gold belt”, located within the mineral-rich abitibi greenstone belt that extends from Wawa, Ontario to Val-d’Or, Quebec. Discover Abitibi: 21st Century prospecting in Northeastern Ontario
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.

 

Photo - Students attending one of many courses at Weengushk Film Institute get a practical lesson on videography and the operation of cameras and lighting. Spotlight on First Nation Filmmakers
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.

 

Photo - Since buying the property in 2003, Frank and Gail O’Connor have expanded the Voyageurs’ Lodge and Cookhouse into a year-round hospitality destination in Batchawana Bay, north of  Sault Ste. Marie. Voyageurs’ Lodge & Cookhouse: Superior Service on Batchawana Bay
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.

 

Photo - Kent Trusses use the latest computer technology, modern plant facilities, and advanced manufacturing equipment to produce the highest quality, pre-engineered trusses in the industry. Raising the Roof on Northern Ontario’s Economy
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.

 

Photo - With his own handcrafted drum, tour guide Falcon adds drumming to his narrative as part of a traditional story-telling workshop the Great Spirit Circle Trail offers to visitors on Manitoulin Island. Francophone games attract thousands to Greater Sudbury
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.

 

Photo - With his own handcrafted drum, tour guide Falcon adds drumming to his narrative as part of a traditional story-telling workshop the Great Spirit Circle Trail offers to visitors on Manitoulin Island. Great Spirit Circle Trail: visitors to Manitoulin Island retrace Aboriginal Ancestry
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.

 

Photo - The warm and welcoming atmosphere of the Hotel 105 Bar & Grill attracts local residents and travellers alike to the popular establishment in Ear Falls that Pat Dornan and family have owned and operated since 2006. Hotel 105 Bar & Grill: keeping guests well-rested and well-fed in Ear Falls
Back in 2005, after 20 years in banking in her hometown of Ear Falls, Pat Dornan decided she wanted to own her own business.

 

Photo - Inside the Thornloe Cheese Factory, employees prepare to cut and package giant blocks of freshly made gouda cheese for sale in the plant’s storefront. Thornloe: The renaissance of cheese
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.

 

Photo - It’s all smiles at Lakehead University as funders, researchers and supporters check out a new chemical reactor in the MEAGlow laboratory. Bright Idea: Lakehead University research lab sheds light on innovative technology
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.

 

Photo - The John R. Delaney Youth Centre is a focal point for recreation and cultural activity year round for young people living on Moose Factory Island on James Bay. Moose Factory Island’s Youth Centre: a positive place for personal growth
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.

 

Photo - Leading-edge technology at Collège Boréal is preparing students for opportunities in a skilled trades workplace. Collège Boréal: supplying Northern Ontario with skilled trades workers
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.

 

Photo - Laura Moore, owner of Image One Designs, not only offers her customers new lines of contemporary furniture, she reupholsters old and antique furniture items preserving a piece of family history. Plush with Success: An interior decorator who keeps clients comfy
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.

 

Photo - It was 'Business for a Day as campers displayed and sold their products in Sault Ste. Marie last summer. During Youth Enterprise Camp, youth and teenagers spend a fun-filled week learning about entrepreneurship through a variety of games and activities. The Northern Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative: Developing Business Leaders of Tomorrow
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.

 

Photo - With its modern 50,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant, Jennmar of Canada is a major employer in the Town of Sturgeon Falls, producing mining-related products for clients around the world. West Nipissing Industrial Park - Thinking Local, Going Global
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.

 

Photo - The municipal office of Greenstone located in Geraldton serves the communities of Beardmore; Caramat; Geraldton; Jellicoe; Longlac; Macdiarmid and Nakina. AFNOO: 35 years of achievement and success
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.

 

Photo - 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. On the Waterfront: putting communities on the path to success
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.

 

Photo - Geraldton’s newest restaurant is a hit with local residents and travellers on Highway 11 in Northwestern Ontario. Thrill of “The Chill”: a Bistro sees its business booming in Geraldton
Geraldton’s newest restaurant is a hit with local residents and travellers on Highway 11 in Northwestern Ontario.

 

Photo - A bright, colourful façade welcomes diners to Eva Kossa’s restaurant in Sudbury, specializing in African cuisine. On a mission to grow Northern 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.

 

Photo - Sault Ste. Marie's community economic development and diversification strategy -- Destiny Sault Ste. Marie -- is making tracks in eight key areas, including tourism. Charting a Course with Destiny
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.

 

Photo - FedNor Youth Intern Michael Saad joins Tony Clement, Minister for FedNor, Nipissing-Temiskaming MP Jay Aspin and Nipissing University President, Vicki Paine-Mantha, for a tour of the campus in North Bay last summer. FedNor Youth Internship jump starts a career
It’s been a smooth and swift transition this fall for Michael Saad as he settles into his new job at Nipissing University in North Bay.

 

 

Photo - Rory Golden, Executive Chef of Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, prepares Lake Trout marinated in maple syrup, soy and ginger while on the cooking stage at The Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. The award-winning Chef Golden joined several guest chefs representing the FedNor-supported Northern Ontario Pavilion by hosting daily cooking demonstrations during the 10-day Fair. The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair: Welcome to Northern Ontario!
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.

 

Photo - Portable storage containers have become a popular way to move and store personal and commercial belongings. A Northern Ontario couple turned this business idea into a nationally recognized company with a little help from Northern Ontario Angels (NOA). Northern Ontario’s Angels: Watching over entrepreneurs
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.

 

Photo - Volunteers assist a construction crew by planting shoreline shrubs and building a split rail fence to protect this streambed from livestock on a nearby farm as one of Manitoulin Streams several site rehabilitation projects. Manitoulin Streams – Environmental stewards reel in the awards
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.

 

Photo - Paul Caron, (now retired) of the Venture Centre CFDC in Timmins congratulates the OACFDC Entrepreneur of the Year Rene Fink and Jane Fink of Trident Group, as they accept the trophy from Carmen DeMarco of FedNor, along with Roxanne Daoust, also of the Venture Centre. Rene Fink: Entrepreneur of the Year
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.

 

Photo - AkoufèN, winners of the 2009 competition La Brunante for up and coming Francophone artists, entertain hundreds during La Nuit sur l’étang. Northern Ontario Francophone tradition grows while stimulating new economy
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.

 

Photo - A giant satellite at Gull Bay First Nation in Northwestern Ontario allows the remote community to access affordable satellite internet connections. KO-KNET: Connected to the World
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.

 

Photo - 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. Francophone Initiative Creates Jobs and Opens New Markets
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.

 

Photo - From horse-drawn to horse-power, tractors and plows of all vintages were featured at North America’s largest outdoor agricultural festival, the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo in Earlton, Ontario in Sept. 2009. A Harvest to Remember: the year the International Plowing Match came to Northern Ontario
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).

 

Photo - Students and film buffs talk to industry representatives at a forum on video and film production as part of Cinefest. Cinefest: Northern Ontario’s hottest ticket for cinema buff
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.

 

Photo - What began as a 1600 sq. ft. plant in 1989, Norfab has grown to a modern 55,000 sq.ft. production facility manufacturing a variety of wood products. Norfab – Building from the ground up
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.

 

Photo - Competitors from Canada and the U.S. skim across Wabigoon Lake at the 2010 Canadian Masters Windsurfing Championships in Dryden. Memories of the Wind and Water in Dryden, Ontario
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.

 

Photo - Cell towers are a familiar sight across Northern Ontario linking dozens of communities to a variety of telecommunications technologies. Connecting Chapleau - better living through broadband access
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.

 

Photo - Picnic and explore the protected bays and inlets of the Georgian Bay Coastal Route. The Adventure Starts Here – Tourists Flock to Spectacular Georgian Bay Coastal Route
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.

 

Photo - Visitors to La Foire Gourmande are treated to a variety of delicious local products.

Food lovers get a taste of Northern Ontario agriculture
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.

 

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Program leads women entrepreneurs to business success
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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