Northern Training Division Seeks Aboriginal Leaders for Entrepreneurship Program

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TIMMINS, ON: Northern Training Division and the Aboriginal Centre for Entrepreneurship (ACE) are seeking leaders from Aboriginal communities throughout northeastern Ontario to participate in free business mentorship training, as part of the college’s Aboriginal Entrepreneurial Learning Path (AELP) program.

The free training will allow local leaders to serve as community-based business mentors to AELP students, as those students put curriculum into practice in their home communities starting a new business.

“If you’re starting a business for the first time, having access to a mentor with local business experience can have a significant impact on your success,” says Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “By providing this training to established local leaders, we’re equipping them with skills that can help them provide in-depth business-focused support to members of their communities.”

The first intake of the newly-established AELP program is scheduled for May 4, 2015. Program curriculum will cover market research, analysis and strategies, financial literacy, commerce, computer skills for business, human resource planning and operation management.

The four-week entrepreneurship program will be delivered in an innovative format over a four-month period. Students will attend the Timmins Campus for one week each month, spending the remaining time in their home communities establishing a new business with the assistance of a community mentor.

Students will also be able to access entrepreneurial resources from the newly-launched Northern College Entrepreneurship Centre and the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund.

Full funding for the AELP program is available for 20 students, which will cover registration fees, training materials, meals, travel and accommodations.

Community leaders interested in mentorship training, as well as Aboriginal youth aged 18 to 29 who are interested in attending the AELP entrepreneurship program, can contact Syndi Robitaille, President and Founder of the Aboriginal Centre for Entrepreneurship, by email at or by phone at 705.549.8091.

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