Thunder Bay Business Digest – March 7 – 13 2013

Business Digest

Thunder Bay Business DigestTHUNDER BAY – Business Digest – 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.

Every week, Netnewsledger offers the Thunder Bay Business Digest. A listing of important events that you should not miss. Does your business have an announcement to share with the community? Contact us at

Thunder Bay Business Digest – Chamber of Commerce Lunch

Thunder Bay chamber of commerceThe Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be hosting a luncheon with Michael Gravelle, Minister of Provincial Parliament and Minister for the Northern Development and Mines, to address the business community this week. 

Minister Gravelle will speak on 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. 

The event will take place Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Victoria Inn (Regency).  Registration will begin at 11:30, with lunch at 12:00pm followed with Michael Gravelle’s presentation starting at 12:20.

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

Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

Wasaya GroupJoin Bob Rae, Leader for the Liberal Party of Canada, for an informative lunch

The Challenges of Prosperity

Listen to the Leader of the Federal Liberal Party of Canada as he discusses the challenges of prosperity, creating wealth, and the inclusion of Aboriginal Canadians in the 21st century.

Monday, March 11, 2013:  Airlane Hotel & Conference Centre

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

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

Sponsored by Wasaya 

Fort William First Nation Mining Conference

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.

An Evening with Bob Rae

Bob Rae
Bob Rae MP

An evening with Bob Rae March 11’th.

Hosted at Bight Restaurant and Bar – Prince Arthurs Landing, Marina Park, Thunder Bay. 

For cocktail event information & tickets.


The evening is a fundraiser for the federal Liberals.

Bob Rae is being tagged as a potential person for the Ring of Fire as an Aboriginal Negotiator.

Please contact any member of the TBSNLib executive via the Facebook Page for Information.

Confederation College 

March Break Tours at Confederation College 

Confederation CollegeConfederation College will be holding a number of campus tours throughout the March Break (March 11 – 15).  If you or members of your family are thinking of upgrading their education – Confederation College is a great place to start.

The College shares, “There’s no better way to get a taste of campus life than our guided tours. From financial aid to residence to recreation and more, this is your chance to find out more about life at Confederation College”. 

Everyone is welcome! 

To register for a tour, please call 475-6193 or visit:

United Way Golf at Valhalla

The 3rd Annual Valhalla Inn-Door Golf Open is a go April 5th! YES April 5th! 36 teams playing 18 custom built mini-putt holes inside the Valhalla over 15,000 square feet, all in support of the United Way. 

Other than a great cause, this event is one of a kind, and amazingly fun to play in. Dress up, have a drink, play a round of golf and have a great dinner and auction too – all under one roof! 

We are asking that you consider putt-ing in a team this year and help spread the word! 

It’s only $300 per team of 4, and that includes a Valhalla dinner! There are still a few spots for your company to build a custom made hole too!

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

Upcoming – Spring Home and Garden Show

Spring Home and Garden Show – Canadian Lakehead Exhibition

April 5, 2013 9:00 AM – April 7, 2013 9:00 PM

Contact Information:
Phone: 807-622-6473
Fax: 807-623-5540 

Location: 425 Northern Avenue, Thunder Bay, ON P7C 2V7
OFFICE HOURS: 9AM to 5PM Monday to Friday

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