Thunder Bay Business Digest February 28 – March 6 2013

Business Digest Feb 28 - Mar 6 2013

Business Digest Feb 28 - Mar 6 2013THUNDER BAY – Ever find out about an event after it happened? In business there is an adage – Never miss a meeting if there is the slightest chance you would have wished later you had been there.

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Thunder Bay Business Digest

Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre

Northwestern Ontario Innovation CentreNo business idea or concept is developed in isolation without customer or market feedback.  In this interactive hands-on workshop you will learn ways to seek out the market’s perception of your idea and determine if there is a paying customer base before you invest your hard earned cash into your start-up or business idea.  All attendees are asked to have a live customer they can call or solicit for feedback on their idea between day 1 and day 2.  After completing this workshop you will have the skill set to properly evaluate your idea and determine its fit in the market to decide if you want to take to market or kill.

Part 1 – Obtaining Market Feedback
Combine principles of customer development with market intelligence techniques in order to test key assumptions and lower your venture’s risk. 

Deliverable: Techniques and preparation for customer development interviews.

Part 2 – Analysis and Decision Making
Learn ways to analyze market feedback to determine your target customers and validate customer problems, as well as to prepare test solutions and business models.

Deliverable: Techniques to analyze feedback for making business decisions.

Date:  March 5, 2013 1 pm – 5 pm
March 6, 2013 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cost:  $20, includes lunch on the 6th, with coffee breaks ($100 will be held as a deposit from participants at registration, and it will be fully refunded upon complete attendance of both days of the workshop.)*This event is valued at $550*

Tel: 807-768-6682
Toll Free: 1-866-768-6682
Fax:  807-768-6683

Location: 96 North High Street, Suite 300 Click here for map

Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Lunch is provided.

This two day workshop is being brought to you in partnership with MaRS.

Speaker Bio – Steve Barrett
Steve is a technology entrepreneur with a track record for conceiving, funding, launching and commercializing early-stage technology companies. Steve has pioneered new markets in the telecom, communication networks, wireless, biotech and packaged-goods industries. He is a high-energy leader who inspires peak performance and delivers early heavy-lifting & raising capital, building powerful teams, managing technical development, securing government approvals, creating strong vendor partnerships and developing new reference customer relationships.

Thunder Bay chamber of commerceThe Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting a luncheon with Minister Michael Gravelle:

A Vision for a Prosperous North and a Strong Provincial Mineral Development Sector

Minister Gravelle will speak to how Northern Ontario is positioned to become a sustainable, stable, and innovative region and a significant contributor to the overall growth of the Ontario economy. Guided by the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario and supported by an earnest dialogue with its broad community of partners – municipalities, First Nations and Metis groups, public and private sector organizations, other stakeholders and individuals – Minister Gravelle will share his vision for a prosperous North and a strong provincial minerals sector.

Friday, March 8, 2013: Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre

11:30 – Registration
11:45 – Event Begins
1:00 – Event Concludes

$30+HST for members
$45+HST for non-members

Fort William First Nation Mining Conference

Fort William First Nation Mining Conference
Michael Pelletier Sr., Renee Boucher, Edmund Collins, and William Bannon at FWFN Mining Conference announcement

The Fort William First Nation are hosting their first Mining Conference “Plan for The Future” on Monday and Tuesday, March 25th and 26th at the Fort William First Nation Community Centre, 90 Anemki Road, Thunder Bay, ON.

The theme of the conference is “Building Training, Employment and Development Opportunities For The Future”.

The presentations and exhibits will focus on informing the attendees of job requirements and job opportunities for employment within the mining sector.

There is currently a lack of skilled labour and resources that the mining industry will require over the next few years.

This conference will unite band members, students and the general public with mining industry leaders, training organizations, and mining related companies.

Topics will revolve around the status of mining in Northwestern Ontario, academic requirements for various careers and trades, careers for women in mining, aboriginal mining involvement and resources available for employers and prospective employees.

Lakehead University Native Students Association Pow Wow

LUNSA Pow WowThe Lakehead University Native Student Association (LUNSA) is hosting its annual powwow at the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse from Friday, March 15 to Sunday, March 17, 2013. This year’s theme is Celebrating 25 Years of Powwow at Lakehead University.

This powwow showcases local talent and entertainment, free of charge, while reinforcing traditional aspects of Aboriginal culture such as drumming, dancing, singing, and giving thanks.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Special Guests include:

  • Master of Ceremonies: Nathan Moses (Pic River FN)
  • Arena Director: Todd Genno (Pic River, FN)
  • Spiritual Advisor: Kalvin Ottertail (Lac La Croix, FN)
  • Host Drum: Little Bear Singers (Thunder Bay)
  • Co-Host Drums: Mud Puddle Singers (Thunder Bay)
  • Inuit throat singers: Becky Qilavvaq and Romani Makkik (Iqaluit, Nunavut) 


  • Friday, March 15: Warm-up 6 – 10 pm
  • Saturday, March 16: Grand Entry at 1 pm and 7 pm, Traditional Feast at 5 pm
  • Sunday, March 17: Grand Entry at 12 pm, Closing Ceremonies until 5 pm

For more information, please contact Aboriginal Cultural & Support Services at (807) 343-8085 or by email at

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