June 2, 2014 Service Excellence for Northern Ontario
June 2, 2014 Annual General Meeting
May 9, 2014 North Shore Network Celebrates 5th Anniversary
In May 2009, an inaugural meeting of regional economic development officers was held at the Superior North CFDC office in Terrace Bay. This was a very significant and first-time-ever meeting of every Community and Economic Development Officer in the region. The dynamic group gathered together to focus on “Thinking Regionally”. Common threats to growth in the Superior North region were discussed and the group worked to identify a list of potential regional projects. This was an exciting demonstration to all of the communities in the Superior North of the collaboration that was achieved in this land mark session.
Today marks five years of consecutive quarterly meetings of this dynamic group. Although the North Shore Network is facilitated by Superior North CFDC, it is the dedication and determination shown by every community’s Community Economic Development officer that drives this project. Over the past five years the group has grown to include new partners such as FedNor, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Northwestern Ontario Development Network, Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area representatives, Tourism Northern Ontario, North Superior Workforce Planning Board and Lakehead University.
During the last five years the North Shore Network has collaborated on numerous professional development activities, heard presentations from regional initiatives, collaborated on specific community projects, aligned community social media strategies, advantaged several new funding opportunities, and shared information on their individual communities.
Dean Main, Community Development Supervisor with the Township of Terrace Bay, comments “The North Shore Network is an opportunity to work with other communities for the betterment of Terrace Bay. By working with these regional partners, you can access more services, training and knowledge about regional initiatives.”
Michael Beno, Chair of the Superior North CFDC, comments “The North Shore Network has been instrumental in seeing various regional projects being developed through the partnerships between Federal and Provincial governments, communities, agencies and consultants. The current project being implemented is a Regional Tourism Initiative - a joint project between Superior North CFDC and the twelve communities that make up the Superior North Region from Dorion to Manitouwadge.”
For more information, please contact Anne-Marie Bourgeault at 807-825-4505.
May 9, 2014 North of Superior Workforce Planning Board
North Superior Workforce Planning Board launches its community Videos Project.
These resource tools were designed in response to community consultations in the region and are a part of the municipalities’ Workforce Attraction and Retention strategies.
The videos respond to needs identified by elected officials from rural municipalities indicating their on-going efforts to attract and retain skilled workers in their communities. Executive Director, Madge Richardson says "it is important to highlight the unique workforce needs and economic development opportunities within each community in our region“. “
Elaine Kerr, NSWPB Labour Co-Chair, states that “ The communities of Terrace Bay, Nipigon and Marathon will be able to utilize the video on their websites, social media, job postings, and other communication avenues in order to attract skilled workers into their communities which will be a tremendous asset to these communities”.
Frank Pullia, NSWPB Business Co-Chair, comments “this resource tool will provide additional avenues to these municipalities in their marketing initiatives and will assist in their capacity and ability to sustain their economy. We’re very pleased to play this instrumental role in bringing these videos to our regional partners and assisting them in their strategic priorities and actions.”
Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North said “By providing municipalities with the tools they need to attract and retain a strong workforce, they will be better positioned to capitalize on new and exciting opportunities for growth. I strongly support this effort being undertaken by the North Superior Workforce Planning Board.”
For additional information, the videos can be found on NSWPB website at: http://www.nswpb.ca or by calling M. Richardson at (807) 346-2940. This project was conducted in partnership with and funded in part by contributions from the North Superior Workforce Planning Board; Townships of Marathon, Terrace Bay and Nipigon; and Employment Ontario. This project was made possible by a Superior North CFDC Local Initiatives Contribution – which is funded by FedNor. The views expressed in this document do not necessarily reflect those of Employment Ontario.
May 8, 2014 Franco-Festival Thunder Bay