Good News of the Month

February 2019

Good News collected in the month of January.  Subscribe to our weekly emailed updates here.

Cornerstone Member BDO Canada LLP welcomes 44 new partners.  more

Confederation College‘s Centre for Policy and Research for Indigenous Learning Celebrates Five Years of Collaboration and Leading-Edge Work.  more

Confederation College alumnus Michael Ozga is the first to turn a Destination Porter experience into a full-time job. Ozga was recently hired as a First Officer by Porter Airlines and though new to the airline, Ozga’s association with Porter began years before he was hired thanks to an innovative program called Destination Porter. A unique opportunity available to graduates of the Aviation – Flight Management program at Confederation College, successful applicants are paired with a Porter pilot mentor to ensure a successful start to their aviation career. more

Thunder Bay doctor Thomas Dignan has been appointed to the Order of Canada.  Dignan, one of 103 people named by Governor General Julie Payette, received the honour for his dedication to the health and well-being of Indigenous communities as a primary care physician.  more

The generosity of giving is alive & very much appreciated by everyone who participated in the 2018 Gear Up For Outdoors & The Keg Steakhouse and Bar Spread the Warmth Winter Coat Drive in support of Shelter House/Grace Place and Precious Bundles.  more

Working in conjunction with the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre, and with ongoing guidance from the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission, Eat Local Pizza has secured funding to develop a frozen pizza factory in Thunder Bay.  more

National Development Centre (NTDC) -Thunder Bay trio heading to world championships.  Sadie White, Julian Smith and Graham Ritchie, competing at this week’s Ontario Cup, earned spots on Team Canada and will head to Finland later this month.  more

Ontario’s Government working for the People has taken decisive action to designate NextBridge as the transmitter to build a 450-kilometer, double-circuit transmission line from Thunder Bay to Wawa, known as the East-West Tie Line Project, to ensure the availability of reliable electricity across northern Ontario.  more

NORCAT Expands Global Footprint with New Office in Chile.  more

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sarita Verma as Dean and CEO of NOSM effective July 1, 2019.  more

Thunder Bay’s Sleeping Giant Brewing Company is joining over 1,400 breweries in the United States and Canada, in an effort to raise funds for the relief of Northern California’s Camp Fire. The Ontario brewery is a part of a collaborative fundraising effort that was launched by Sierra Nevada Brewery.   more

Sleeping Giant Brewing Company‘s GIANT heart and love for our community continues through their Craft Cares movement.  From January 1st to February 14th, for every Sleeping Giant Co. product purchased at their participating licensee locations, $0.50 will be donated to local charity. more

St. Joseph’s Hospital gets $1M from the province for renewal and upgrades.  Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre also benefited from the program.  The 16-year-old facility received $75,000, which will be used to replace end-of-life field panels that will help reduce the risk of equipment control failure.  more

The Thunder Bay Border Cats are proud to announce that the Northwoods League franchise has been purchased by Grand Slam Sports & Entertainment Inc.  The new ownership group consists of 20-plus local owners, who have invested to keep the Border Cats in Thunder Bay.  more…  They have also named Eric Vasquez as the Border Cats field manager.   more

The region’s two largest municipally owned electricity providers have come together under the Synergy North Banner.  On Friday, after years of negotiations and cutting away red tape, Thunder Bay Hydro and Kenora Hydro made their merger official. more

A local entrepreneur says he is humbled by the support he has received from several government agencies and Thunder Bay’s Economic Development Commission.  Jean-Paul De Roover recently launched a website for his music and Save & Exit audio production studio and is happy there’s support for the arts.  more

A new immigration website aimed at Northwestern Ontario employers has been launched and designed to tackle an ongoing labour shortage in the region.  The Employer Portal, found at www.movetoNWOntario.ca, was developed in collaboration with 32 communities across the Northwest, the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association, City of Thunder Bay, regional employers, economic development agencies and employment agencies. more…

After a 6 year hiatus, the Thunder Bay Police Service welcomes back their K-9 Unit.  more

Umbrella Medical Clinic's Grand Opening

The Umbrella Medical Clinic held an official grand opening at Sleeping Giant Brewing Co. in partnership with Oak Medical Arts. The event had approximately 80 people in attendance and included an introduction by Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPPJudith Monteith-Farrell.  Congratulations!  More


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