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Timmins Very Own Dragons’ Den

“Staying connected with organizations across the region through regular and informative events.”

April 25th, 2016

Timmins Very Own Dragons’ Den 

TIMMINS, ON: Timmins and regional based business recently felt the spread of angels’ wings that have been sweeping across Northern Ontario. On April 7th, the Productivity and Innovation Centre (PIC) partnered with Northern Ontario Angels (NOA) turning Northern College’s Quill Lounge into their very own Dragons’ Den. Other Northern Ontarian cities have held such pitch events in the past but this was the first of its kind for Timmins. Making the most of it, the pitches were recorded, courtesy of Near North Video Productions, for almost 350 investors to view. Another first as far as pitch sessions go.

During the event, three Timmins and regional based companies, Millson Forestry Service, Rheault Distillery and a new venture, spent the evening networking with other companies including sponsoring companies, TPS Group of Companies ( and White Industrial Products (, and pitching their products and/or services to the angel investors.

NOA gathers investors with northern innovative companies who need alternate funding routes to start or grow their business in a positive environment through networking and pitch events. “Playing the role of mentors, investors and agents, we attract, support and invest in the growth of innovative companies with the potential of having global significance,” says Mary Long-Irwin, Executive Director of NOA, “as well as keep those companies here and contributing to the future economy of Northern Ontario.”

Pitch events are not only an opportunities for companies to gain traction and grow globally, but they hold a greater significance to the economic growth. “Not only do they help to advance the smaller businesses, these events have been known to assist in the creation of jobs and increase the development of dynamic innovative economies,” says Kimberley Wahamaa, NOA Consultant.

“The Productivity and Innovation Centre wants businesses to take advantage of the services they offer as well as offer other opportunities that support their knowledge and scale them to accomplish their goals, increase capital and have the option to grow and succeed,” says Fred Gibbons, Chair of Timmins Economic Development Corporation.

PIC is part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), and is supported by FedNor, NOHFC, Timmins Economic Development Corporation, NEOnet, and other partners. For more information

on the Productivity & Innovation Centre (PIC) and its initiatives please contact Ana Blouin,

Project Development Manager, [email protected] or 705-269-1354.

NOA, Northern Ontario’s premiere organization for entrepreneurs and angel investors, is also part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), and is supported by the Government of Canada, FedNor, The Network of Angel Organizations – Ontario, and other partners. For more information about Northern Ontario Angels (NOA) please contact Mary Long-Irwin, Executive Director, [email protected] or 807-344-4440.

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