Success Stories

The Innovation Hub helps students, alumni, faculty, and other staff at Northern College’s four campuses get a head start in business. We help with idea generation, business model design, and business development, while also connecting our clients with our network of business partners who can help with other steps in the business start-up and growth process.

Here are some of the businesses we’ve helped get started:

Urban Nish is an Aboriginal owned and operated apparel company co-founded by Rex Knapaysweet and Willy Metat of Fort Albany First Nation. They are committed to ensuring a positive experience for all of their clients and partners by providing a combination of great customer service and top quality products at affordable prices. A portion of their profits are donated to causes that share their core values and vision. Their products are available for purchase online as well as at the Northern College bookstore in Timmins. Visit Urban Nish on Facebook.


Mine Safety Solutions is dedicated to creating innovative safety equipment for use in the mining and industrial fields. Its goal is to help mining and industry organizations achieve the highest of safety standards in the workplace, thereby reducing the number and severity of workplace injuries and protecting the well-beings of workers in Canada and beyond. While MSS focuses primarily on the mining industry, its products and services impact other sectors, including construction, manufacturing, mechanical, and many more. Visit Mine Safety Solutions on Facebook.


Storring Engineering & Design Services Inc. is a licensed, PEO certified engineering company that offers professional engineering services to the manufacturing, forestry, mining, aerospace and medical sectors. It is an innovative engineering firm providing core expertise in mechanical engineering and product development services. Their scope of services include strength/stress analysis, mechanism design, fluid flow modeling, electro-mechanical integration, vibration analysis, drafting, additive manufacturing, 3D scanning, and coordinate measurement machine (CMM) services.


Handy Hydrant is very easy to transport and handle. For instance, if we have rural areas to go to, it comes with a pack so the other fellows can take the pump and hoses… it is very easy to setup and adapts to the uneven grounds. Where there are no hydrants, Firefighters are forced to fill a portable pool; a process that wastes precious time and manpower. Until now! The Handy Hydrant is easy to use, third party tested and effective! And what started out as a tool for firefighters has evolved into a watering system that is used in agriculture, industry and commercial settings.Visit Handy Hydrant on Facebook.

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“As a professor, I’m very passionate about my job, the college, and everyone in it. I love the fact that they go the extra mile to support the new generation of entrepreneurs. The AREI department is well connected with community partners, has a wealth of knowledge, and are very supportive. When they say Northern College is a Community College; it truly is!”