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deeThursday, Nov, 17, 2016 (North Bay, ON) – The Capitol Centre Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Phase II of organizational restructuring is underway beginning with a title change at the Executive Level for long-time employee Dee Adrian from General Manager to Executive Director.

Micheal Roth, President of the Board had this to say, “Dee’s heart and soul has helped build this organization and the job title change more accurately reflects her evolving role and responsibilities. “

Phase II of the reorganization has been a broad year long plan to assist the organization in moving and operating in a successful, efficient and sustainable fashion.

“The Capitol Centre is pleased to announce the exciting organizational changes that are happening within the establishment,” says President Roth.  “As an evolving organization, several new Board members and staff have joined the organization this past year.  All members of the Capitol Centre family look forward to fostering new relationships and strengthening ties within the community.”

shayn-kShayn Knapp – Best Western Hotel & Conference Centre North Bay

Shayn moved to North Bay six years ago, having grown up in Stayner, Ontario. He attended    Nipissing University in the Business Administration program. He has been a member of the Best Western North Bay for the past three and a half years, recently assuming the role of Sales and Catering Coordinator.

Shayn has worked closely with his mentor Angela Johnston in the sales department, creating opportunities to host conferences, weddings and celebrations for local families and business alike.  He enjoys the hospitality industry as not one day is the same as the last; being able to multi-task is essential as each day provides a new challenge. He looks forward to being the Director of Sales and Marketing and filling in the shoes of Mrs. Johnston upon retirement. Best Western is North Bay’s largest hotel and conference center and provides a plethora of catering and venue options  to ensure businesses of all sizes have their requests fulfilled. His position as Sales and Catering Coordinator provides him with   a unique opportunity to meet with local business men and women on a daily basis and garner a strong understanding of the importance of professional networking within the community.

During Shayn’s free time he enjoys snowboarding in the winter, baseball in the summer and has been playing poker competitively online since the start of his time in University. He is happy to call North Bay his home and looks forward to the opportunities it will present.


ryenvBorn and raised in North Bay, Ryen Veldhuis returned after completing his post-secondary studies at Laurentian University to pursue his professional development in the summer of 2015.

With nearly five years of experience working in the field of media, as well as his educational background in rhetoric and media studies and communication studies, Ryen made the decision to launch his own local news media company,

From there, he built his company, website, contacts, and media strategy, quickly becoming, for many citizens of North Bay, their go-to website for up-to-date local news. Frequent comments praised his commitment around the clock, his resourcefulness, and ability to compete with significantly fewer resources and people at his disposal.

Proof of his success and determination came within six months of an operational website, with monthly views exceeding 200,000 across the region, with readers seeking content from local news, to arts and culture, to sports and so much more.

It was then that Ryen, upon receiving several offers, sold the company and promptly joined to continue servicing the            community in the best way he could—telling the stories of the people who live here. A storyteller at heart, he’s truly at home interviewing and photographing to share the stories of the people he meets.

Ryen has always demonstrated a strong will and determination to move forward and share his vision people of the community, often being praised for his commitment to his hometown by citizens and community leaders alike.

With deep experience and knowledge of media, he is often consulted by other professionals for his expertise in digital marketing, writing, photography, and public speaking.

Despite being active in town for less than a year, Ryen has had a significant impact within North Bay across a wide variety of communities, and he continues to strive to better impact the lives of his neighbours in the future.

A national week celebrating business across Canada.  The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce has organized a great week of events with our partners and sponsors.  The Canadore College Business Week program of events:




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davids David Silveri – TD Bank

David  returned to North Bay after 5 years away from his hometown after earning his Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Ottawa and gaining valuable professional experience working for TD Commercial Banking in Sudbury, Ontario. During this initial year of work experience,  David was exposed to several industries including: mining, manufacturing, forestry, municipal entities amongst others. The breadth of Industry knowledge developed over this short time frame has proven to be a valuable asset in becoming a well-rounded Commercial Banker with a diverse background of expertise. Throughout this tenure, David  was also challenged with developing unique credit structures to meet the specialized needs of each client, offering insight and knowledge of both products and industries to help local businesses achieve their maximum potential.

The opportunity to return to North Bay was presented to David in June of 2016, in which he accepted the position as an Analyst working out of the North Bay Branch. David comes equipped with the will and desire to assist local commercial businesses achieve their financial goals and to provide innovative solutions to their business aspirations to encourage growth in the community surrounding North Bay and area.

Aside from work, David spends his time playing various sports including golf and soccer, spending time with family/friends and lending a helping hand to his community.

hbertrandDr. Hailey Bertrand, Parkside Animal Hospital

Being able to provide veterinary medicine was always a lifelong goal for Dr. Hailey Bertrand, veterinarian and owner of Parkside Animal Hospital. It all started with her childhood cat, Linus, who sparked her interest in pursuing a career as a veterinarian. After graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph in 2008, Dr. Bertrand later moved back to North Bay, where she started Parkside Animal Hospital in 2014.

The full-service practice is located in the iconic “King Cone” building on Lakeshore Drive. The first and foremost goal of the clinic’s team of six is to ensure that every patient and client receives the highest quality of care and attention; from communication to equipment, from education to empathy and from constant diligence to a positive and caring environment.

Services include annual exams, radiology, in hospital care, end of life care, diagnostics, dental care and x-ray, dermatology, laparoscopic surgery and spaying/neutering.

Dr. Bertrand finds interacting with the people and pets who visit the practice to be the best part of her job. When not working, she can be found at the barn with her horse, Ellie, or with her two whippets Eddie and Izzy.


Changing Workplaces Review Interim Report Contains Options that Could Hurt Employers, Employees, and Contain Rising Costs for Consumers

North Bay, ON. July 27, 2016 – Leading employer groups and the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce are calling on the Government of Ontario to reject several proposals under consideration in the Interim Report of the Ontario Government’s Changing Workplaces Review.  Following the release of the report today, Ontario’s business community is concerned that many of the policy options under consideration by the Special Advisors could have a profound impact on the relationship between employees and employers in every workplace in Ontario, including the Nipissing Region.

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour is currently undertaking a review of the Labour Relations Act and the Employment Standards Act through its Changing Workplaces Review. The Review has been tasked with examining key workplace trends, including the increase in non-standard working relationships such as temporary jobs, involuntary part-time work, and self-employment.  Keep Ontario Working is an initiative of the leading employer and sector associations in the province, who are working together to motivate employers and employees alike to take a more active interest in the Changing Workplaces Review.

“At a time when the costs to consumers and the cost of doing business in Ontario is rising, government must consider the impact that these changes will have on Ontario’s competitiveness and workers,” said Jake Lacourse, President of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce. “Any changes to labour and employment legislation will have implications for Ontario’s economy, and that’s why it’s time for all of Ontarians to identify barriers to growth and recommend changes that will give businesses and their workers room to grow.”

The interim report of the Special Advisors is a large document that contains hundreds of options to the legislation that guides Ontario’s workplaces. The options laid out and that are presently being considered by the Special Advisors will impact nearly every aspect of the relationship between employers and employees, as well as the ability of Ontario businesses to create jobs and grow the economy.

“The North Bay and area employer community acknowledges that work is changing and that employees need to be protected,” said Jake Lacourse, President of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce. “However, in an effort to solve one problem, we don’t want to impose more issues. One-size-fits-all solutions, like many outlined in the interim report, could remove the flexibility that many of Ontario’s employers and employees enjoy. We deserve evidence-based policy and the Government of Ontario should conduct a cost-benefit analysis to assess the impact on jobs and the economy for any changes to labour and employment legislation that they accept from the Changing Workplaces Review.”

In particular, Keep Ontario Working will focus on several policy options in the interim report that the government is considering, including:

  1. Labour Certification Rules: The requirement for a secret ballot vote must be maintained. Certification simply by signing a union card diminishes employees’ rights and transparency.
  2. Scheduling Provisions: Options that would create rigid and universal requirements and a one-size-fits-all approach to scheduling fail to recognize the diverse needs of Ontario’s workforce.
  3. Sector Exemptions: The interim report includes options that would provide for changes to sectoral exemptions. Doing so would ignore the unique needs of important industries like agriculture and information technology when it comes to flexible scheduling and compensation.

In addition, a critical first step in improving workplaces for Ontarians is increased education and enforcement of Ontario’s existing labour laws. The Keep Ontario Working initiative is comprised of the province’s leading employer bodies, including:

  • Ontario’s Chamber and Board of Trade Network
  • Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services,
  • Canadian Franchise Association
  • Food & Beverage Ontario
  • National Association of Canadian Consulting Businesses
  • Ontario Forest Industries Association
  • Ontario Restaurant, Hotel & Motel Association
  • Restaurants Canada
  • Retail Council of Canada
  • Tourism Industry Association of Ontario

For more information on the Keep Ontario Working initiative, visit

janelleJanelle St-Denis

Program Coordinator, The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound

Janelle is one of 8 children raised on a hobby farm in the small town of River Valley. She studied Social Work at Laurentian University and graduated from the Child and Youth Worker Program at Collège Boréal in Sudbury in 2013. She moved to North Bay looking for something new and exciting.

Janelle discovered a new passion at The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound where she initially joined the team as program coordinator of the Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship program. She now brings her amazing organization and customer service   skills to her position of Office Coordinator, working closely with the team to deliver workshop, plan events, offer client consultations, complete research and provide resources to clients. Janelle truly enjoys her role, especially working with entrepreneurs and assisting them to start or expand their business.

Janelle hopes to continue living in North Bay and take advantage of the beautiful waterfront and bike trails that the city has to offer.

Outland Supply logoThe Outland Supply Co. is an outdoor store specializing in bushcraft tools, minimalist gear and men and women’s outdoor apparel. The store selects products that are created with a purpose in mind and excel in achieving that purpose; products that can withstand daily use in the bush and be relied on when you need them most. You aren’t fragile and your gear shouldn’t be either. The Outland Supply Co. believes that getting outside should be fun, and that with the right tools and equipment, virtually any obstacle can be overcome.

Outland Supply 2The Outland Supply Company strives to carry products from brands that are committed to sustainability. Many of the brands that the store stocks are members of such organizations as Fair Ware Foundation, 1% for the Planet, and The Textile Exchange. These brands are committed to developing environmentally-friendly products using sustainable and ethical manufacturing processes.  It is important to ensure a natural wilderness remains for years to come. Supply 1

lori pouliot logoGrowing up, Lori Pouliot was surrounded by a loving family that taught her many important values.  One such important value was respecting and caring for our elders.

Since completing schooling to become a Personal Support Worker seven years ago, Lori has been taking care of seniors.   She started Lori’s Tender Loving Care in 2011 and joined the Chamber in March of 2016. She loves her job, and enjoys waking up every morning knowing that she will help someone in need.  Her services include light housekeeping, meal preparation, grocery shopping, medication reminder, personal care and respite care.lori pouliot 2

Lori believes that we have much to learn from our elders including their values, traditions and their history.  As our seniors age, she says, they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. They also need to know that someone is looking out for their health needs. At Lori’s Tender Loving Care, each client is taken care of as if they were family.