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Clausehound – legal documents library

Looking for legal documents for your business? IION has recently partnered with Clausehound to provide legal resources to support the success of clients! Clausehound.com is a legal tool geared towards entrepreneurs, early-stage businesses and small medium sized businesses alike to help draft legal documents when they are at stages of development that make it cost-prohibitive […]

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Calling ALL NORTH BAY & AREA Industry and Related Stakeholders


Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) is helping Northern Ontario industry and related stakeholders through a NO COST program focused on building greater success through a productivity cluster network initiative and business management practices.

 5S as a Productivity Tool 

Many companies use 5S as a tool to start productivity improvement efforts.  5S provides a system to organize the work place to reduce wasteful activity, and drive out cost from the manufacturing process.

Participants will be provided an introduction to 5S, including best practice examples, and an understanding of potential roadblocks/challenges.

A roundtable discussion to explore and share your Productivity Improvement challenges and strategy related to:

  • Controlling and cost reduction plans
  • Training and development of employees
  • Lean initiatives
  • iiot (Industrial Internet of Things)

An introduction to Kamishibai
please come prepared to share your strategy, plans/goals and challenges.

Kamishibai is a management visual control tool to provide accountability and sustain improvements. Manufacturers use it effectively to provide accountability for Safety related items and to sustain Continuous Improvement.

Who should attend?
Owners, Executives, Senior Managers, Continuous Improvement Leaders who want to build competitive advantage, improve productivity locally and expand competitiveness globally

Event Date
June 13, 2018 | 8:00am-10:30am

8:00 am Welcome, Introductions, EMC update
8:30 am 5S as a Productivity Tool
9:00 am Your Productivity Improvement Challenges
9:45 am Intro to Kamishibai


For more information and to RSVP:
Kevin Lenko
, Field Service Advisor,
Senior Advisor – Lean Program Development
Tel: 1-289-442-0871
Email: [email protected]ccanada.org



Save the Date! Northern Ontario Exports Forum- June 27th, 2018 
Holiday Inn Sudbury 
An intensive 1-day Export Forum for Northern ON Mining Supply & Service Companies

The Northern Ontario Exports Forum aims to bring together like-minded executives from Northern Ontario mining supply and services companies in order to share and learn best practices for growing your business outside of Ontario.  Featuring facilitated peer-to-peer discussions on select mining markets, the forum also includes an innovative blend of speakers and mining sector insights that will serve to strengthen your knowledge of global mining sector opportunities.




From the North Bay Nugget – read more here

In North Bay, Drillco is receiving $105,940 to design, engineer, assemble and test the first prototype of a large diameter hole back reaming tool, while Paige Engineering is getting $25,000 to manufacture a “Compact Hose Feeder” that delivers explosives through a loading hose to drill blast holes at any angle.

NorArc Steel, which is getting $187,833 to design and build a mobile aggregate mixer unit that is expected to lead to phase one of commercialization.

Read the full article here

North Bay Nugget – May 1, 2018

Shawn Chorney, vice-president of enrolment management, Indigenous and student services at Canadore College has received a national award from Colleges and Institutes Canada.

The 2018 CICan Leadership Excellence Award (managerial stream) recognizes Chorney’s accomplishments within the Canadian post-secondary sector.

It is among a series of leadership awards that were handed out Monday at the CICan 2018 Conference in Victoria, B.C., to recognize the contributions of individuals to their college/institute communities and to highlight the role of institutions in social, cultural and economic development.

Richard Procunier, 29, is the owner of Northern Shore Pharmacy in North Bay, Ont. He learned about the field of pharmacogenomics in his program at the University of Toronto and resolved to bring it back to the community where he grew up. The pharmacy is now one of the first in Canada to offer pharmacogenetic testing for clients.

It’s well known that different people can react differently to the same drug, with some patients feeling no effect – and some experiencing unwanted, even fatal, reactions. Now that reading patients’ DNA has become cheap and easy, writes Carolyn Abraham, pressure is mounting to make gene-guided prescriptions a regular part of publicly funded medicine



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Thornloe Cheese becomes the first in Canada to produce verified Grass Fed cheeses!

News Release from Thornloe Cheese 

In summer 2017, Thornloe Cheese Inc. will be the first in Canada to produce cheeses made with milk sourced from DFO Verified Grass Fed cows. Thornloe Cheese Inc. has worked with local farmers who pasture cows when weather permits and feed a grass based diet for the rest of the year to produce popular cheeses with the health benefits derived from elevated levels of CLA and omega- 3 associated with Grass Fed diets. With the growing popularity of Grass Fed milk and beef products we felt it only natural to work with our local farmers to bring several products to Canadian cheese lovers.

A six hour drive north of Toronto, beyond the Muskoka cottage country lies one of Canada’s most outstanding agricultural areas – New Liskeard/Temiskaming. Farmers in the region have traditionally relied on grass to feed their livestock. “Our artisan cheese makers embrace the unique agricultural features of the region and have developed a line of nutritious Grass Fed cheeses” states Thornloe Cheese General Manager Rhonda Wood. Local verified Grass Fed producer, Steve Runnalls of Thornloe, Ontario, adds “As dairy producers we work to produce the best quality milk every day – Canadian dairy farmers are respected world-wide for having excellent standards and practices. Canadians should know that we work to ensure milk quality and safety, and continually strive to improve animal health and welfare as well as environmental stewardship”.

The initial launch of two Canadian favourites, cheddar and mozzarella, will be available to both retail grocery and food service customers. Thornloe Cheese Inc. is a wholly farmer owned, artisanal cheese company located in Northeastern Ontario. Their innovative cheese making practices have earned them several national awards and a reputation for quality cheese and creamery products for over 75 years. The company extends appreciation to the Dairy Farmers of Ontario and Dairy Famers of Canada for their expertise in developing the Grass Fed program. In 2014, Thornloe Cheese Inc. was awarded the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. Its most popular products include traditional cheddars, poutine curds, fine cheeses and the iconic Blue Cheese named “Devils Rock”.

To learn more visit Thornloe Cheese website! 

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