It is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of Réseau M, a new RDÉE Ontario economic development initiative for entrepreneurs in northern Ontario. Réseau M is part of the largest francophone mentoring network for entrepreneurs in Canada and will be operating in both official languages in the province.
This unique program, developed by and for entrepreneurs, is a support relationship that gives the mentee entrepreneur the opportunity to benefit from the experience and knowledge of a
qualified, certified and insured mentor entrepreneur.
The philosophy of mentoring for entrepreneurs is one of generosity; it is a transfer of knowledge (pay it forward). It allows the acceleration of the development of entrepreneurs, helps break isolation, increases the survival rate of businesses, as well as promoting their growth and sustainability.
First Mentor training and Information Session in West Nipissing and Sudbury East – Wednesday, August 26!
In collaboration with the Municipality of St. Charles, the Sudbury East Board of Trade, the West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce and Innovation Initiatives Ontario North (IION), the first mentor training and information session will be held on Wednesday August 26th from 8:30 am – 11:30 am at the Sturgeon Falls Comfort Inn. A second training and information session will also be held on Wednesday August 26th from 2pm – 5pm at the St. Charles Community Centre. Both sessions will be delivered in English by a bilingual trainer.
Both sessions are open to individuals who are wanting to learn more about this initiative, to those interested in becoming a mentor, to entrepreneurs interested in being mentored and to organizations, associations and medias interested in learning more about the Réseau M program.
Registration s to the event are being accepted via email at [email protected].
Thank you for sharing and distributing openly the invitation and information in your networks.
M any programs exist and are put in place to help new entrepreneurs with their business plan and start-up ventures but very little programs are aimed at supporting the entrepreneur himself. Réseau M is focused on developing the entrepreneur’s how to be skills and not on business growth or know-how.
Réseau M will provide a structure in which mentors will offer active listening and accompaniment to the mentee . The mentors interventions are used to develop the mentee’s autonomy, confidence, ability to carry the weight of his or her decisions and responsibility. Often, the mentor will help the mentee identify its irritants, helping to bring out the fears and desires that underlie them. It is a confidential relationship in which the mentor will help the mentee sharpen their entrepreneurial reflexes and break isolation.
Furthermore, the Mentee will:
– Have access to a qualified, certified and insured mentor
– Identify his strengths and weaknesses to better grow
– Develop his entrepreneurial skills and expertise
– Bring his or her business towards higher growth
Who qualifies for this program? Criterias for mentorship cellls in northern Ontario – Réseau M
Mentor: A ny man or woman either Francophone or A nglophone , having themselves been or is still an entrepreneur , or who has occupied a managerial position and has a strong entrepreneurial personality. Becoming a mentor is a voluntary activity. Rather, t raining, professional development opportunities , insurance coverage and networking activities will be offered to mentors.
Mentee: Any man or woman, 16 years o f age or older, residing in northern Ontario, who has developed, launched and has been operating his or her business for at least the past 6 months. Entrepreneurs who are only at the planning stage of their business venture are not eligible for the program. There is a small annual fee for mentee ‘s to ensure engagement , accountability and to help off set program costs.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or require further information .
Nous avons le grand plaisir de vous annoncer le lancement du Réseau M, une nouvelle initiative du RDÉE Ontario dans le cadre du développement économique des entrepreneurs du nord de l’Ontario.
Le Réseau M a pour objectif d’offrir à tous les entrepreneurs qui le désirent un service d’accompagnement de haut calibre par des gens d’affaires d’expérience qualifiés et certifiés afin de leur donner toutes les chances de cheminer vers le succès et la croissance. Il poursuit le but d’accélérer leur développement afin d’accroitre le taux de survie, briser l’isolement et favoriser la croissance de leurs entreprises.
Première formation des mentors
au Nipissing Ouest et Sudbury Est – mercredi 26 août !
En collaboration avec la Municipalité de St. Charles, la Chambre de commerce de Sudbury Est, la Chambre de commerce de Nipissing Ouest et Innovation Initiatives Ontario North (IION), l a premiè re formation de mentors sera organisée le mercredi 26 août de 8h30 à 11h30 au Comfort Inn à Sturgeon Falls. La deuxième formation aura ainsi lieu le mercredi 26 août de 14h – 17h au Centre communautaire à St. Charles. Les deux sessions seront offert en anglais par un formateur bilingue.
Elle est ouverte aux personnes voulant mieux connaître cette initiative et souhaitant devenir mentors, aux entrepreneurs désirant être mentorés et aux représentants d’organismes intéressés d’en savoir plus, d’associations d’affaires et des médias.
Un entretien de sélection aura lieu après la formation pour les mentor(e)s et les mentoré(e)s, et les dyades seront formées.
– inscriptions sont ouvertes par courriel à [email protected].
Merci de diffuser largement cette information au sein de vos réseaux !
Pourquoi ? Comment ?
Le but du service de mentorat pour entrepreneurs est de promouvoir l’accompagnement de nouveaux entrepreneurs afin de favoriser la survie et la progression de leur projet d’entreprise et ainsi, encourager le développement et la viabilité de notre milieu socioéconomique.
Il s’agira d’une structure où les mentor(e)s pourront accompagner les mentoré(e)s autour des aspects du savoir-être plutôt que du savoir-faire. Les discussions amèneront à partager des stratégies gagnantes pour gérer la pression, gagner la confiance en soi, etc., plutôt que sur des aspects pratiques, comme par exemple, les procédures d’enregistrement d’une entreprise. La ou le mentor(e) Réseau M offre à l’entrepreneur(e) mentoré(e) la possibilité d’accroître son développement en tant qu’entrepreneur, tout en lui permettant de prendre du recul afin de mieux évaluer ses options et de prendre ses propres décisions.
Ainsi la ou le mentoré(e) :
Échange avec un(e) entrepreneur(e) expérimenté(e)
Décèle ses forces et ses faiblesses pour mieux évoluer
Développe ses aptitudes en tant qu’entrepreneur
Amène son entreprise vers de plus hauts sommets
Pour qui ? Critères pour les cellules du nord de l’Ontario – Réseau M
Mentor : toute femme ou homme francophone ou anglophone ayant lui-même/elle-même été ou est encore entrepreneur(e) ou a occupé des postes de gestion, d’encadrement, de direction avec une forte personnalité entrepreneuriale. Il s’agit d’une activité bénévole. Des formations ainsi que des opportunités de réseautage seront offertes.
Mentoré(e)s : toute femme ou homme entrepreneur de 16 ans ou plus, résidant en Ontario, qui développe, a lancé ou opère son entreprise depuis 6 au moins mois. Les entrepreneur(e)s étant seulement au stade de l’idée ne pourront pas accéder au service. Une participation symbolique annuelle sera demandée afin d’assurer l’engagement du ou de la mentoré(e) et participer aux frais d’animation du réseau.
Agri Innovation Forum | November 17-18, 2015 | The Fort Garry Hotel- Winnipeg
Agri Innovation Forum (AIF), The Agri Innovation Forum is the only program of events in Canada dedicated to showcasing the highest potential emerging, growth stage, and established agri-businesses. The Forum brings together corporate strategics and active institutional & private investors with leading edge entrepreneurs and commercialization professionals. The Agri Innovation Forum is an annual conference that is deeply rooted in promoting constructive deal flow between agri-entrepreneurs, corporate strategics, and investors from across North America. Click here to learn more about AIF!
Connecting you to The Right People.
Agri Innovation Forum is the only conference program in Canada dedicated to bringing together high growth potential agri-businesses, capital providers, corporate strategics, agri-business executives, entrepreneurs, and commercialization and tech transfer professionals, from across North America.
Naturallia – Sudbury, Ontario – November 11-13, 2015
This program is a business to business matchmaking event for the following sectors; Mining Supply & Service, Advanced Manufacturing, Value Added Forest Products, Smart Energy Development, Supply & Service.
The intent of the program is to provide pre-qualified meetings between businesses to enable partnerships to be created and networks expanded. To participate in this project, you will need to register on the website at www.naturallia.com
Business Innovation Summit 2015 is the premier learning destination for Canadian innovators to connect, collaborate and innovate together.
When? Tuesday April 28-Wednesday April 29
Where? Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The Conference Board’s Centre for Business Innovation (CBI) is bringing together hundreds of business leaders and major players from Canada’s innovation eco-system to share, learn from one another, and harness the power of collaboration to help businesses innovate and commercialize faster.
Two heads are often better than one. When strong minds collaborate and work together, innovations can occur that are far beyond the capabilities of a single person.
Business Innovation Summit (BIS) 2015 will help business professionals tap into the power of collaboration to fuel the innovation and commercialization of new products and services. Delegates will learn best practices for building strategic partnerships that work, engaging their employees, creating a more collaborative corporate culture, managing the innovation process and teams, and implementing collaborative technologies and tools.
For more information please visit the website:
Discovery is Canada’s leading innovation-to-commercialization conference. Hosted by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Discovery brings together key players from industry, academia, government, the investment community as well as entrepreneurs and students to pursue collaboration opportunities.
Garnering over 2,600 attendees and more than 420 exhibitors in 2014, Discovery is a showcase of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research from sectors such as health, manufacturing, digital media and cleantech, including energy, environment and water.
See more at http://www.ocediscovery.com/home
IION AGRI-FOOD AND HEALTH FOR NORTHERN ONTARIO: FUTURE PROSPECTS CONFERENCE
September 21, 2013 was a day to remember for the over 80 attendees at the Agri-food and Health in Northern Ontario: Future Prospects Conference. Innovation Initiatives Ontario North (IION), with support from NSERC and the Muskoka Small Business Centre, organized this one-day conference in Huntsville, ON.
14 thought provoking speakers comprised of Ph.D’s, industry specialists, and motivated entrepreneurs captivated attendees, with discussions and lectures. Topics ranged from health and wellness, mycology, super foods to local agriculture based businesses, keeping attendees on the edge of their seats with new and enlightening information.
The day was lead by an informative presentation by IION’s Executive Director, Mr. Rob Deline. Deline spoke about the bounty of opportunity in agri-foods, from personal, and entrepreneurial opportunities to research opportunities; foreshadowing presentations to come.
Ms. Danielle Franz’s presentation titled Probiotic Iced Kefir introduced the audience to Yoaalicious, Canada’s first probiotic iced kefir. Danielle is proving that dessert can be good for you; by adding probiotics to frozen desserts it removes the potential guilt and persuades individuals to indulge in our favourite scoop.
Mr. Jamie Draves, President and CEO of Katan Kitchens was a fantastic complement to the outstanding local lunch catered by The Birches Bistro. Jamie spoke about the opportunities and health benefits for quinoa in Northern Ontario as attendees and speakers alike, indulged in a quinoa, shitake, and cheese lunch. There was great evidence in Jamie’s presentation supporting the health benefits of Northern Ontario grown quinoa in comparison to Southern Ontario quinoa.
The conference ended with a presentation by Dr. Edmund Lui an Associate Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Western Ontario with a focus presentation on mycology.
Attendees walked away with new ideas and a greater appreciation for Agri-food and Health in Northern Ontario. Mr. Richard Worsfold, Dr. Jean-Marc Moncalvo, Dr. Mukund Jha, Mr. Grant Lauzon, Dr. Peter Schleifenbaum, Dr. Alan Young, Dr. Warren Chin, Mr. Bruno Preto and Mr. Doug Knox also gave presentations. To view their PowerPoint presentations please visit: http://iion.ca/agri-food-and-health-in-northern-ontario-speaker-presentations/
Innovate North, IION’s two-day forum, held November 17-18 2011, was an outstanding example of how experience and academia can come together to unite entrepreneurs.
Professionals with immense experience, including Dr. Brophey, Dr. Usha Srinivasan, Barry Spilchuk, Andrea Mandel-Campbell were invited as Keynote speakers. Speakers took the time to both teach and entertain the audience, of roughly one hundred, through personal experiences, PowerPoint presentations, and hands on worksheets.
Innovate North held a panel of successful local entrepreneurs who discussed their company, challenges they have encountered on the road to success, and answer questions from the audience. Individuals from the panel were also available after their presentation to speak to entrepreneurs or researchers individually. The availability for one on one conversation allowed individuals not only the opportunity to ask more questions, but also to network with the entrepreneurs.
Researchers from Nipissing University were given the opportunity to present their current work to the audience, which included funders FedNor and NSERC. A Trade Show took place throughout the entire forum, around the perimeter of the room. There was allotted time throughout both days for networking, and both viewing.