New office will support young entrepreneurs on Sudbury campuses

Posted on Monday December 22, 2014

Laurentian University partners with Cambrian College, Collège Boréal, NORCAT Innovation Mill in new program

SUDBURY, ON (December 22, 2014) - A full-time Entrepreneurship Coordinator hired at Laurentian University will work to develop a strong and vibrant entrepreneurial culture for post- secondary students and recent graduates in the Greater Sudbury region.

The position has been created through an On Campus Entrepreneurship Activities grant awarded to Laurentian University in collaboration with Cambrian College and Collège Boréal, and in partnership with NORCAT. The new Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Matthieu Dasys, will build and implement a program to foster a strong entrepreneurial culture across all four institutions, creating experiential learning opportunities for students and recent grads, and helping them to start new businesses.

"There are so many smart and enthusiastic young entrepreneurs in our midst, with terrific ideas," said Dasys, who graduated in 2014 with an Honours B. Comm from Laurentian University. "We can help them to refine their ideas, test their models and launch viable enterprises, with the support of this program."

Funded through Ontario's Youth Job Strategy and managed by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), the OCEA program is designed to stimulate the entrepreneurial spirit and cultivate opportunities for innovation in Ontario's young people.

"Fostering the entrepreneurial spirit among students is a key component of Ontario's Youth Jobs Strategy, through programs that help transfer their ideas and skills to the marketplace while creating rewarding careers," said Reza Moridi, Ontario's minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. "By partnering with colleges and universities to support entrepreneurship, we are ensuring our province's business leaders of tomorrow are getting the support they need to succeed today."

Among the initiatives and learning opportunities to be led by the On Campus Entrepreneurship Activities office are boot camps and seminars in business development and funding; guest speakers; internship and mentoring possibilities, and a repository of best practice models. The OCEA grant will fund the position from December, 2014 to November, 2016.

"This program was created to support students who are seeking to grow and expand new businesses. The promotion of entrepreneurship endeavours has been recognized as a shared interest among all three post-secondary institutions. Collège Boréal proudly supports all exercises facilitating the partnership and collaboration of educational institutions," said Pierre Riopel, Collège Boréal President."

"This much-welcomed government funding paves the way for Sudbury's three postsecondary institutions to work together to support the entrepreneurs in our community," said Cambrian College President Bill Best. "Small businesses create building blocks for economic growth in our communities, so by providing support for our students and grads through this new OCEA grant, we are taking an important step in ensuring their success."

"The NORCAT Innovation Mill is excited to be a part of the On Campus Entrepreneurship Activities initiative here in Sudbury. We look forward to working with and supporting Laurentian, Cambrian and Boreal to foster entrepreneurism across their campuses," said Kyle McCall, Coordinator, NORCAT Innovation Mill.

"Ontario Centres of Excellence is pleased to be able to deliver this project as a trusted partner of the Government of Ontario," added Tom Corr, DBA, president and CEO of Ontario Centres of Excellence. "I look forward to putting our years of experience in connecting academia and industry, and our on-going support of young entrepreneurs to good use in making this initiative a tremendous success."


About Collège Boréal
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province. For the second
year in a row, Collège Boréal has the highest graduation and graduate satisfaction rates of all 24
community colleges in Ontario. Moreover, 100% of all surveyed employers would recommend hiring Collège Boréal graduates! To find out more about Collège Boréal programs and services, please visit our website at www.collegeboreal.caand follow us on Facebook and Twitter @collegeboreal.

About Cambrian College
Cambrian College has been a leading postsecondary institution in northern Ontario from the time its first classes were held in 1967. The College has a vibrant community of more than 11,000 full- and part-time learners and offers 80 full-time and nearly 900 part-time courses/programs. It provides programming at
three campuses and online, serving a student population that is reflective of the rich diversity of today's
global workplaces.

NORCAT is a leading private, non-profit organization that empowers our clients, our staff, and our community partners to drive a culture of productivity, innovation, and life-long learning. To deliver on our mandate, NORCAT is focused on three core priorities:

  • As part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, NORCAT's Innovation Mill serves as Sudbury's Regional Innovation Centre partnering with community stakeholders to help start and accelerate the growth of innovative companies
  • Develop and provide world-class programs, services, and resources to reduce injuries, save lives, and enhance productivity in the workplace and beyond
  • Operate a vibrant innovation hub to engage our clients, community, and key stakeholders by providing an environment that celebrates a culture of productivity, innovation, and life-long learning

About Laurentian University
Laurentian University offers an outstanding university experience in English and French, with a comprehensive approach to Indigenous education.  Laurentian University prepares students as agents of
change and empowers them to create innovative responses to local and global challenges. Laurentian's
students benefit from small class sizes and exceptional post-graduation employment rates. With nine Canada Research Chairs and nineteen research centres, Laurentian is a recognized leader in its specialized areas of research strength, which include mining innovation and exploration, stressed watershed systems, particle astrophysics and rural and northern children's health. Laurentian University has secured over $100 million in research income in the past five years.
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For further information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Gloria Staskus Communications Manager
Cambrian College
College Advancement
705-566-8101, ext. 7760

Josée Campeau-Rousselle
Manager of Communications and Media Relations
Collège Boreal
705-560-6673, ext. 1235

Joanne Musico
Director, Communications
Laurentian University
Tel: 705-675-1151 ext. 3445 or 1.800.263.4188 ext.3445

Kyle McCall
NORCAT | Coordinator , Innovation Mill
Northern Centre for Advanced Technology Inc.
1545 Maley Drive, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, P3A 4R7
P: 705-521-8324 ext. 223

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Posted on Tuesday December 9, 2014

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Turcotte joined the Cambrian College …

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