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Timmins Chamber announces new board, president With all the ballots counted, the members of the Timmins Chamber of Commerce have officially elected seven individuals to represent them at the heart of city’s largest business organization. Coming from a range of business sectors and backgrounds, these seven will now sit on the Chamber’s 22-member board, providing direction and guidance to its policy, advocacy and member service efforts through the coming Chamber year. They will be officially sworn in during the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting, due to be held at the Porcupine Dante Club on Sept. 18, 2013. “The members of this year’s Board of Directors are truly dynamic, experienced, and passionate about business, and I’m eager to begin working with them when the new Chamber year launches this fall,” said Phil Barton, manager of Lucid Networks, and incoming
Art Pultz, 2012-2013 Chamber President, hands the gavel to Phil Barton, who will serve as Chamber President through 2013-2014. 2013-2014 Chamber president. “The board plays a very important role in making sure that our 800 members are well represented, and I’m fully confident
that they will be well served by some of the best business minds in the North.” The new additions to the Board include Gilles Blouin of BESTECH, Frank Haasen,
co-owner of Haasen Farms; Jessica Hardy, branch manager of Community First Credit Union; Nancy Mageau, commercial account manager with the Royal Bank of Canada; and Robert Knox, coowner/operator of three local Tim Hortons franchises. Several directors were also elected to return on the 2013-14 board, including Claude J. Gagnon, owner of Claude J. Gagnon Professional Photography; Shannin Metatawabin, manager of Aboriginal Affairs and Sustainability for De Beers Canada; and Jason Laneville, general sales manager with CTV Television. Electronic and print ballots were sent out to each of the Chamber’s 1,100+ eligible voting members, who had one month to place their vote for their board representation. Each board member serves a two-year term, after which they can apply for re-election, for a maximum of three terms.
The following is the complete list of the Timmins Chamber of Commerce’s 2013-2014 Board of Directors: President: Phil Barton, Lucid Networks Past President: Art Pultz, Rogers Communications Inc. (Q92/KISS) Treasurer: Ginette Nakashoji, Fuller Jenks Landau Board Members: Alan Thorne, Tembec Andrea Griener, Clearlogic
Consulting Professionals Bill McMillan, Porcupine Gold Mines – Goldcorp Canada Ltd. Christine Bender, Northern College Claude J. Gagnon, Claude J. Gagnon Professional Photography Debbie Browne, Freedom 55 Financial Frank Haasen, Haasen Farms Gilles Blouin, BESTECH Jason Laneville, CTV Television Jessica Hardy, Community First
Credit Union John Labine, Lake Shore Gold Corp. Kurt Bigeau, Sun Life Financial Mike Metatawabin, Five Nations Energy Nancy Mageau, Royal Bank of Canada Peter Murray, Ontario Power Generation Robert Knox, Tim Hortons Roland Magnan, Eastlink Shannin Metatawabin, De Beers Canada Wayne Bozzer, Timmins Family YMCA
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Nominations now open for 2013 Timmins Young Professionals Awards The Timmins Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the third annual Timmins Young Professionals Awards, to be held at the Porcupine Dante Club on Thursday, October 24, 2013. Organized by the Timmins Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Committee, this gala event celebrates the contributions that professionals under the age of 40 make to the business community, and the community at large. Last year’s awards saw a sold-out crowd of 250, and organizers are hoping Timmins residents will continue to recognize the successes of young local talent by nominating worthy individuals across seven categories. “Timmins is a great place for young professionals to thrive, which is obvious from the sheer number who are helping to make this city a great place to work, live and play,” said Kylie Laughren, co-chair of the Young Professionals Committee. “These awards are just one way of thanking them for their efforts, and we strongly encourage people to take just a few minutes to nominate a young professional who goes that extra mile, whether they’re an employee, a colleague, a friend or a family member. Everybody knows someone worth celebrating, and that’s what this event is all about.” This year, awards are being offered across seven categories, including: ‰ Young Leader ‰ Young Volunteer ‰ Young Dealmaker ‰ Professional Services ‰ Creative Spirit ‰ Trades and Technology ‰ Next-Generation Best Place to Work With six brand new awards categories this year, the event is expanding to help shine the spotlight on even more local talent, according to Lacey Rigg, cochair of the Young Professionals Committee. “We want to make sure the 2013 Awards really recognize the full range of diverse contributions that young professionals make to our community,” said Rigg. “Whether they’re in engineering or retail, trades or photography, we feel it’s important to be able to highlight their achievements and the things they do that help make this city great.” Nomination packages are available at the Timmins Chamber of Commerce, located at 76 McIntyre Road in Schumacher, or online at http://tiny.cc/YPA2013. Submissions will be accepted until Sept. 26, 2013 at 5 p.m., and can be made via email at email@example.com, or in person at the Chamber. Tickets go on sale Sept. 16.
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Progress being made with Timmins 2020 plan The people and businesses of Timmins continue to stake their claim in the Timmins 2020 Community Strategic Plan process, whose support has only grown since its launch in January 2012. Residents who participate in the implementation of the plan are making a difference to living, working, and playing in Timmins. Designed with extensive community consultation, input and approval, the Cityâ€™s plan seeks to make Timmins more economically diverse, socially aware, and commercially competitive by setting out achievable long-term community goals. To help provide its members with an update on some of the current projects, the Timmins Chamber has asked Charlotte Macfarlane of the Timmins 2020 implementation team, Clearlogic Consulting, for their point of view on the status of these initiatives:
Community participation The Planâ€™s success hinges on community involvement. Residents are urged to use technology to stay connected through the planâ€™s website www.timmins2020.ca, which receives over 2,200 views per month. The projectâ€™s Facebook page is also serving to engage the public, as over 1,000 people continue to use it to comment
Branding The new Timmins brand is meant to get Timmins noticed. More than 20 local opinion leaders appear in the â€œIâ€™m Inâ€? campaign to promote the brand. Francophone, Anglophone and First Nations focus groups agreed on appropriate translations and the logo. The Economic Development Corporation, Tourism Timmins and Timmins Immigration are building the brand into their marketing materials, including through impressive â€œIâ€™m Inâ€? videos. Our communityâ€™s new brand was unveiled and celebrated at the official Launch being held before the Welcome to Timmins Night on Sept. 11, 2013.
Housing and receive project updates. Over 1,000 copies of the Strategic Plan booklet have been distributed, and a reprint (with an update) has been ordered. Timmins 2020 booths have had a presence at the Home Show, the Downtown Timmins Urban Park and the Great Canadian Kayak Challenge and Festival. First launched at the 2013 Home Show, a â€œLunch with the Mayorâ€? contest proved to be popular, and will be repeated at â€œWelcome to Timminsâ€? night in September.
Housing is important for the quality of life of existing residents, and affects the communityâ€™s ability to attract new residents. A housing inventory has been completed, and consultations continue. A housing survey has been issued to get more local input.
Local HR Recruitment and Retention Strategies This strategy helps connect employers with qualified employees. Over 75,000 visitors have visited the Timmins Economic Development Corporationâ€™s (TEDC) job
recruitment website, www.JobsinTimmins.com. The site listed over 580 Timminsbased jobs in the last year.
Community calendar People in Timmins want to know what is going on! The Timmins Chamber of Commerce is developing a onestop Community Calendar where community groups can post events. The new calendar will be ready in late fall 2013.
Strategic Business Development Opportunities The TEDCâ€™s Competitive Positioning Strategy for direct foreign investment will identify business opportunities with the greatest chance of success in Timmins.
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ognize that culture, tourism and recreation help create a healthy and attractive community. A Master Plan for Culture, Tourism and Recreation will provide direction to the community in all three areas. The plan will gather input from residents, local organizations and visitors through surveys and public consultations. Online surveys are available at the Timmins 2020 website and the Timmins 2020 Facebook page, and hard copies of the survey are being made available throughout Timmins. Public meetings will be held in September. The final plan will go to City Council for approval in January 2014.
Community Youth Advisory Council Young people are an important part of our community. The Timmins Family YMCA, alongside youth and community partners, will be participating a planning session for this fall to create a Youth Engagement Plan.
Innovation and research are important to diversifying the local economy. Northern College has hired an industrial research consultant to help local businesses transform research into commercial projects.
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Looking back Looking forward With 2012-2013 Chamber Past President Art Pultz
Q: Tell us a little bit about your background and how you got involved with the Timmins Chamber of Commerce. A: My background is basically in media, which I’ve been in all my life, and it’s what I’ve done since I left highschool. I’m a radio guy, but I also have a background in promotions, publicity, and things like that. I came to Timmins in 1983, and was not going to stay here long, but that changed once I got involved in the community: I served as the vice-chair of Crimestoppers, I was on the hospital foundation committee, I worked with the United Way and the Canadian Mental Health Association and any number of organizations through the years. I first heard about the Chamber when a gentleman by the name of Keith Alvey – who was with Air Ontario and a past president of the Timmins Chamber. He told me I should become involved with the Chamber, that it was a great organization, and a great opportunity to expand my horizons. So I filed that in the back of my mind, because I was busy with other committees and obligations; about six years ago, I was approached to run and threw my hat in the ring, and I was fortunate enough to be elected. I’ve also been emceeing the Nova Awards since its very first event in 2003. Q: Which of your accomplishments from your year as Chamber president are you most proud? A: I wouldn’t say I had accomplishments that I am proud of and could take credit for. The Timmins Chamber of Commerce is not an “I” organization; it’s a very diverse and dynamic “we can” team that includes the board, staff and CAO. There are things that stood out through the year: the willingness of other Chambers in northeastern Ontario to begin speaking with one voice for the region, the openness of Timmins City Hall to the Chamber’s Business Climate Improvement report, being part of the opening the Toronto Stock Exchange and being a part
With 2013-2014 Chamber President
Phil Barton Q: Tell us a little about your background. A: I arrived in Timmins from Sault Ste. Marie in 1984 to open a branch of our computer store. I was to be in Timmins for six months to a year, maximum, but life had other plans. I have been in the IT business since 1982 after spending 10 years in the IT department of the Sault Ste. Marie Board of Education. I am currently the Manager of Lucid Networks Corporation, an IT company here in Timmins.
of the openings of numerous new small and medium-sized businesses in our community. Q: What was the biggest challenge that you faced this year as Chamber President? A: I would say there were two challenges: time and perceptions. The role of Chamber President takes a great deal of time. It’s like having a second full-time job at certain times during your term, so I am fortunate to have an understanding wife and employer. There still remains a North/South challenge in our province that the Chamber and organizations like the Northeastern Ontario Municipal Association and the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities are working to address. Some, not all, organizations in the South have a real challenge because they do not, or cannot, grasp the obstacles faced in Northern Ontario. Q: What advice do you have for incoming president Phil Barton? A: Phil is going to be a great president. His business background will serve him, and the Timmins Chamber of Commerce, well. The incoming board of directors is outstanding and the Chamber staff and CAO are among the best in this province and in Canada. The only advice I would give Phil is to listen to and take into account the thoughts and views of the board, as well as staff counsel, for any decisions he may have to make.
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Q: How and when did you first become involved with the Timmins Chamber of Commerce? A: I first became involved with the Chamber in 2006 when my dear friend, Marilyn Wood, asked if I would like to join their Economic and Business Development Committee. I was very impressed with the Chamber’s work and dedication to our business community and became more and more involved. I was elected to the Board of Directors in 2007, which means I am going into my ninth year of involvement with the Chamber. I feel the Chamber needs to act as the voice of business, and I endeavour to provide that perspective. Q: What are you most looking forward to accomplishing during your term? A: During my one-year term as president, I would like to continue to build upon the foundation laid by those before me. The model is working as we are providing more and more value to our chamber members and membership is growing. I would like to carry on the efforts of Past President Christine Leclair to sustain the continuity of previous Boards’ successes. I would like to see the Gilles Lake Promenade built through the efforts of the Chamber’s Business Takes the Lead committee. For me, it is important that we energize member participation. I hope to put emphasis on education, so our members will be more knowledgeable about issues that may affect them. Furthermore, I would like to continue to build, and build upon the effective relationships we have with our community partners such as Timmins 2020, the Timmins Economic Development Corporation, NEOnet and City Hall. Q: What have you learned from previous Chamber presidents? A: My history with Chamber Presidents has provided me with an abundance of insight that has helped me grow personally, business-wise and with my Chamber duties. When I look at the names of the seven Chamber Past Presidents I have worked with, I can tell you that each influenced my life in some positive, meaningful way. From Marilyn Wood who con-
vinced me I could make a difference, to Art Pultz who along with Gary Marriott helped me overcome my fears of public speaking, each has contributed to my personal growth. I have served my time on the Board with some outstanding community leaders and acquired knowledge and skills from each of them. Amongst many other things, I have learned much about diplomatically chairing a meeting, thanks to Fred Gibbons and Rob Galloway. Christine Leclair demonstrated by example the benefits of organization and structure. I love the history, advice and viewpoints provided by Chamber activist Gregory Reynolds and Past Presidents Steve Kidd and Ken Petersen. Q: What could the Chamber do to further help business? A: In my opinion, the Timmins Chamber of Commerce is on the right path to help our members. Our plans include a focus on finding even more ways to help our local businesses, providing more education, professional development and assisting with the skills shortage problem. We will continue to work with the Timmins 2020 group and support our local businesses as best we can. I hope we can aid all of our members increase their business. I am committed to serving my community as the Chamber President and will do my best. I am very grateful for the support of the other dedicated members of the Chamber Board and the hardworking Chamber staff.
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Docks and recreation a winning formula for family business By providing customers with quality service and a large selection of products, D&L Docks and Recreation Ltd. has evolved into the successful business it is today. “We’ve had a really busy summer so far, but it’s been a lot of fun,” said Dan Perrier, who co-owns the business with his wife, Line. “We are always looking to bring new products to Timmins.” Helping Timmins residents make the most of the fleeting summer months, D&L Docks and Recreation designs, supplies, and installs docks, while also carrying a range of kayaks, inflatables, saunas, and wooden and recycled plastic outdoor furniture for the cottage or backyard. While D&L has exclusive distribution rights for many of its products, staff at the store is also happy to order anything they don’t happen to have in stock. “If we don’t have it on hand, we’ll find it for you.” D&L Docks first began in 2005, as Dan and Line spent their weekends showcasing their products at local retailers. It quickly grew to a seasonal oper-
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Jason Laneville, chair of the Chamber’s Marketing and Communications Committee, congratulates D&L Docks and Recreation owners and staff on being named Member of the Month for July 2013. ation and then a year-round business, which is now open seven days a week during the summer. According to Perrier, this impressive growth can be attributed to the company’s increasingly broad selection.
“We’re constantly adding new products, and as we do that our customer base grows every year.” To stay profitable during the colder months, the Perriers have integrated a home and cottage decor shop into their operations. “We are really trying to pro-
mote the decor shop to people; it keeps us busy regardless of the season,” said Perrier. “During the holiday season, we turn it into a Christmas store. We have a really amazing display that brings people in.” Like many businesses enjoying Timmins’ current economic boom, the Perriers have struggled with finding enough staff to accommodate D&L Docks’ progress. “We’re just so busy that my wife and I are putting in a lot of hours. We’ve hired a summer student, so hopefully we can start to let go a little bit.” Throughout this growth and change, Perrier has felt the support of Timmins’ tight-knit business community, he said; in turn, D&L Docks has invested in the community in a personal way. “We’ve had distributors in the Muskokas encourage us to move south but we were born and raised here in Timmins, and we love it here. Our whole family is here, and we don’t have any plans to settle anywhere else.” Over the years, the business has cemented its ties to the community through its involvement in various projects and events, including being entrusted with the manufacture and
installation of the docks at the well-used Mattagami river boat launch in 2011. “It’s a great spot and it’s great exposure for us,” said Perrier. “If someone is looking to see some of our work, they can just drive up the road." The business is also an important resource for participants in the hugely popular Great Canadian Kayak Challenge by offering kayak rental, sales, and training courses, which take place several times a month all summer long. As these efforts contribute to D&L Docks’ continued success, it’s no wonder the Perriers are looking to expand its physical location. “It’s definitely getting tight in here,” said Perrier. “We’ll be looking for a bigger space in the near future, I think.” Visit D&L Docks and Recreation during their summer hours from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Monday to Wednesday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays or 12 p.m.-4 p.m. on Sundays at 617 Riverside Drive in Timmins. You can find them online at docksandrecreation.com. You can also contact them by phone at (705) 264-0737 or via email at email@example.com.
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It takes a village With a tight-knit staff and a penchant for helping out while having fun, Timminsâ€™ Value Village has proven itself an invaluable charitable force in the community. â€œEvery time people donate, we pay the Canadian Diabetes Association for the donation,â€? said Manager Cathy Landry. â€œItâ€™s a great cause.â€? The storeâ€™s partnership with the local non-profit has a relatively low profile, something Landry would like to change in order to help drive up donations. Noting that Value Village maintains a constant dialogue with the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), Landry emphasized the importance of promoting the relationship between the two organizations, something which reflects the companyâ€™s mandate to partner with non-profits in their host communities. â€œWhile weâ€™re a business like any other, the main thing that makes us different is that we support a non-profit. We really want people to know that their donations go back into the community.â€? Over the past 10 years, 140 Value Village locations across North America have donated more than $1.5 billion to nonprofit partners, providing innumerable benefits to those communities. All products not sold in stores are recycled. With a staff of about 40, Timmins Value Villageâ€™s charita-
ble attitude also defines its retail operations, as Landry noted the importance of providing an opportunity for people of all incomes to shop on a budget. â€œOur pricing can accommodate any budget; itâ€™s great for families.â€? In addition to their overall social consciousness, Value Village expands its customer base with sale days every quarter and a free-to-join member club. The manager attributes much of the storeâ€™s success to the wide and enduring appeal of thrift stores. â€œYouâ€™ll never find the same thing twice. We get everything from brand-name items to vintage items; you can find some real treasures here.â€? With September right around the corner, the store is gearing up for the busy back-to-school season. By carrying everything from clothes and shoes to backpacks and binders, the store aims to take some weight off local parentsâ€™ shoulders by giving them an affordable place to shop for everything children need to hit the books again. Continuing into the fall, Value Village is once again pushing itself as Timminsâ€™
Halloween headquarters. â€œWe really want people to know that we are the one-stop shop for Halloween,â€? said Landry, whose staff truly gets into the spirit of the season. â€œOur team members dress up and we have in-store contests
and district contests. We do a catwalk every Thursday so that customers can see what different customes look like. Itâ€™s just a fun time.â€? The store will also be hosting Timminsâ€™ second annual zombie walk this fall, following up on
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From left to right: Cathy Landry, manager, Value Village; Art Pultz, Timmins Chamber president; Jason Laneville, chair of the Chamberâ€™s Marketing and Communications Committee
the success of last yearâ€™s inaugural event which saw more than 70 residents attend in full zombie garb. With its wide variety of both new and used products, Value Village offers Halloween-lovers an opportunity to create a oneof-a-kind costume, decorate their home, or throw a great Halloween party without breaking the bank. â€œWe can accommodate the whole family, young adults, themed parties, anything. We have makeup, hairspray, home decor â€” we really have it all.â€? The ability of the Value Village staff to be a positive force in the community, all while having fun, is clearly a point of pride for Landry. â€œI love my team, I love the store, and I love what we do for the community.â€? You can visit Value Village at 77 Waterloo Road from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, or 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sundays. You can also contact them at (705) 268-7701.
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Chamber golfers hit the links for Annual Member Golf Tournament Having sold out its 160 spots nearly a month in advance, the Timmins Chamber of Commerce’s Member Golf Tournament, hosted in partnership with J&B Cycle and Marine, proved to be one of the organization’s most successful events of the year. Held on Thursday, July 11 at the Spruce Needles Golf Club, the event saw 40 teams compete across the18-hole course, and included fantastic door prizes, raffles, and achievement-based prizes. The day closed off with a delicious meal at the Spruce Needles Clubhouse, where the various tournament winners were announced (as included below). While a specific few were celebrated for their achievements on the links, every player walked away with prizes in hand as a “thank you” for taking part. Two round-trip tickets with Porter Airlines went to Gary Scripnick, while Jeremy McCoy won the 50/50 draw.
Annual Member Golf Tournament 2013 Congratulations to all winners and thanks to all participants for coming out!
WINNING TEAM Mens Kidd Operations Ladies Credit Bureau of Timmins Mixed RBC-Royal Bank
CLOSEST TO PIN Mens David Foster Ladies Lily Batise Mixed Mark Verreault
LONGEST DRIVE Mens Andrew Kraus Ladies Lily Batise
LONGEST PUTT Mens Brad Quinn Ladies Lily Batise
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BMT Insurance celebrates 60 years
Diane and Joel Bergeron (centre) and their family hosted a complimentary barbecue on August 22, 2013 to celebrate BMT Insurance and Financial Services’ 60-year anniversary. This long-running company has been in the Bergeron family through all six decades, and maintains a proud tradition of excellence. Visit this terrific Chamber member at 65 Maple St. S in Timmins, call them at (705) 268-9988, or visit them online at www.bmtinsurance.ca.
Northern Development Minister speaks to Timmins Chamber
From left to right: Art Pultz, Timmins Chamber 2012-2013 President; Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines; Phil Barton, Timmins Chamber 2013-2014 President. Ontario’s Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle paid a visit to Timmins at a Chamber President’s Series Luncheon on Aug. 27 to outline his government’s vision for a wide variety of crucial Northern issues. This included a discussion on how options remain open regarding the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, and ongoing support for both the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario as well as the new Northern Policy Institute to be located in Thunder Bay.
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HOME INSPECTION AND APPRAISALS (705) 531-3111 A+M Appraisals Ltd. provides services in the City of Timmins and surrounding area for appraisals of single-family dwellings, 2-4 unit dwellings, vacant land and cottages. With 25 years of experience, our appraisals reflect our knowledge and accuracy. We offer confidential, bilingual and timely appraisals to serve your needs.
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MINING CONTRACTORS AND SUPPLIERS (705) 669-1234 Equipment World has been providing innovative solutions to Northern Ontario since 1973 and offers sales, leasing, rentals, parts, service and training for the forestry, mining, industrial, farming, freight and material handling industries. Equipment World also provides turn-key technical construction specialties for commercial, institutional and educational facilities. [www.equipworld.com]
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (705) 268-7722 The District of Cochrane Social Services Administration Board was established in February 1999 by provincial legislation and is responsible for the planning and delivery of Ontario Works, Children's Services, Emergency Medical Services, Social & Affordable Housing, Homelessness Prevention Programs and Community Resource Centers. [www.cdssab.on.ca]
Commitment Conditioning CONSULTANT (705) 262-0411 Commitment Conditioning aims to be the leading provider in Soft Skills training to the professionals of northeastern Ontario. The owner, Jonathan Zinck, has been giving workshops and seminars in Timmins for 12 years, with a special focus on Conflict Resolution, Workplace Wellness and Employee Engagement. [www.commitconditioning.com]
Cursor Communications MARKETING AND GRAPHIC DESIGN (705) 262-3268 At Cursor Communications, we develop strategic, dynamic content for your websites, newsletters, presentations and marketing materials. [www.cursorcommunications.com]
ELECTRONICS (705) 268-9111 Future Shop offers the latest in home and entertainment products including a wide selection of brand name televisions, computers, tablets, smartphones, cameras, audio devices, video games, movies and appliances. [www.futureshop.com]
JDL Paralegal LEGAL SERVICES (705) 360-5240 Julie D. Lefebvre is the sole practitioner of JDL Paralegal, which has been operating since 2012. Qualifications include: â€° Member and licensee of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2009. â€° Graduate of College Boreal, Sudbury campus, receiving a Diploma with Honors. â€° Appointed by the Attorney General of the Province of Ontario as a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits. â€° Fully bilingual (fluent in English and French). Inquire today about your legal matter and to schedule a free consultation. You must provide valid identification and all documents pertaining to your matter for brief review so that a quotation of our fee can be issued at the conclusion of the consultation. We will work in your best interest at achieving the best possible result on your behalf. Paralegals are regulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada and must adhere to a specific scope of practice â€” contact us for more information. [www.jdlparalegal.ca]
JTR & Custom Works Inc. MANUFACTURING AND EQUIPMENT REPAIR (705) 465-4285 JTR & Custom Works Inc. provides a wide array of services ranging from torch repairs to in-house and on-site repairs and fabrication to confined space hazard assessments, rescue plans and certified rescue technicians. We provide our customers with qualified and skilled welders, millwrights, mechanics and laborers, enabling JTR & Custom Works Inc. to accomplish any job in a safe, affordable and timely manner. A 3, 000-square-foot shop equipped with welding bays, torch repair equipment, automatic plasma cutting table and a large band saw provides employees with the right tools to get the job done. Eight fully tooled rigs cater to any job, big or small. JTR & Custom Works Inc. maintains strong relations with other businesses within our community in order to promote local economic development and supply customers with quality assured work. JTR & Custom Works Inc. is a family-operated business, taking great pride in every job completed. Supporting scholastic transitions, JTR & Custom Works Inc. is investing in our young generation by providing graduates an opportunity to gain experience and confidence by shadowing qualified personnel whom provide guidance in the shop and field through apprenticeships. [www.jtrcustomworks.com]
Law Office of Lisa F. Barazzutti LEGAL SERVICES (705) 531-3200 Lisa graduated from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law in 1999 and was called to the Bar in the Province of Ontario in 2001. She is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association as well as the Advocatesâ€™ Society. She has
also been involved in many non-profit organizations as a board member. Lisa has over 12 years of experience in the areas of family law, wills and estates, real estate and small business incorporation. Lisa achieves resolutions for clients through negotiation and mediation wherever possible and when required through litigation in the court system. Where appropriate, she will work with other professionals such as accountants, business valuators, social workers and psychologists. Her goal is to find you the solution to your specific legal issues with the best possible result. [www.barazzuttilaw.ca]
Stratum Group ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE, MINING CONTRACTORS AND SUPPLIERS (705) 531-3185 Stratum Group is a full-service bilingual mining contracting and engineering group that provides the mining industry throughout Canada with various services covering all aspects of the mining sector whether theyâ€™re surface or underground mining operations. We operate mostly in Northern Canada with our offices located in Timmins, Ontario and Val-dâ€™Or, Quebec. [www.stratum-group.ca]
Talbot Surveys Limited GENERAL CONTACTORS (705) 267-8050 Civil Survey Company, began surveying as a one man operation in 1996, and became a Limited Company in 2002. We are presently a group of seven employees working full time in supplying technical surveying services to a wide variety of mines, businesses and engineering companies. Our services are provided locally and throughout all of Northern Ontario including North Bay and Sudbury. We provide a wide variety of field technical surveying, civil engineering as well as office Acad work.
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Chamber Ambassadors making a difference You’ve seen them at Chamber events, you’ve received their phone calls, and you’ve had them swing by your workplace; as they begin their third year, the dedicated volunteer Chamber Ambassadors continue to help businesses make the most of their membership. Initially unveiled in September 2011, the Timmins Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador program now consists of a motivated group of 10 entrepreneurs and business professionals acting as crucial liaisons between the Chamber and their fellow members. This team of Ambassadors has been incredibly active in reaching out to the membership, whether it’s a personal call to congratulate a particular milestone, or a helping hand and an introduction or two at one of the Chamber’s many events. They graciously serve as front-line representatives, guiding new and seasoned members alike to get the most out of their involvement with the Chamber. This service is invaluable for both the Chamber and its members, while also providing the Ambassadors themselves with ample opportunities to increase their own professional recognition and networks. By helping to be the face of the Chamber, Ambassadors also earn exposure for their respective businesses. If you’re interested in joining the Chamber Ambassador team in the 20132014 Chamber year, please contact Carmen Swartz at the Chamber at (705) 360-1900, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org In this and the coming issues of Inside
Q: What benefit do you feel the Ambassador program offers to members? A: The Ambassador program provides a direct link to businesses through member-to-member connections. The Ambassador program enables more direct contact with the membership, ensuring all members are aware of events that the Chamber is leading and what opportunities are available for their business and their employees.
Chamber Ambassador: Jessica Hardy Q: What is your job/place of employment? A: I am the Branch Manager of Community First Credit Union. Q: Why did you decide to become a Chamber Ambassador? A: I decided to join the Ambassador program because I saw it as a great opportunity to network, learn more about the evolving business community within the City of Timmins and to give back to the community. I have attended past Chamber functions, from Lunch ‘n’ Learns to Women in Business luncheons and listened to some truly motivating speakers. As an active Chamber member, I have experienced firsthand the benefits of being a Chamber member; the Ambassador program has been a great opportunity to let others know how the Chamber can support and benefit their business and employees. Q: What work is involved in being a Chamber Ambassador? A: As a Chamber Ambassadors, our main function is to build awareness and spread information about of the numer-
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Jessica Hardy, Branch Manager, Community First Credit Union ous benefits the Timmins Chamber of Commerce has to offer. We assist in Chamber-led events from golf tournaments, Lunch ‘n’ Learns and Women in Business events, to name a few. Q: What do you enjoy most about this role? A: I most enjoy the networking aspect of this role. It has enabled me to meet, learn and connect with other businesspeople in the community which has been a great experience. Also, I love being able to share my past and present
Q: How do you benefit professionally from serving in this role? A: The benefit for me professionally has been building up my contacts through networking, meeting new people and learning about other member businesses. Also, it has provided me the opportunity to generate awareness in the community about what my business can offer. Q: How would you summarize your experience as an Ambassador thus far? A: I love being a Chamber Ambassador, as I have had the opportunity to work with some wonderful people and made some strong bonds and friendships. I would recommend this program to anyone looking to give back to the community, meet some great people, expand their network and enhance their professional and personal skills.
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Highlights from this issue: Introducing the 2013-2014 Board and President, an update from the Timmins 2020 team, D&L Docks and Recreation a...