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Colin Roos, CEO of Northern Ontario Robotic Solutions and Equipment (NORSE), stands shows off ODIN, his company's first robot, created to clean blue-green algae blooms.
Whiz kids’ robotics company sets sights on blue-green algaeThere aren't too many 19-year-olds who can call themselves CEO of a robotics company.But Laurentian University student Colin Roos of Sudbury now holds that title – thanks to a new company he started with some former classmates and friends, called Northern Ontario Robotic Solutions and Equipment, or NORSE for short.Roos and his friend Matteo Neville were founding members of Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School's robotics team.Along with team members Xuan Han, Edmund Noble and Alex Bertrand, they made ...


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Kitchen offers incubation space for Sudbury chefs
Natalie Lefebvre blazed a delicious culinary trail when she introduced Sudbury’s first food truck in 2013. Now she’s repeating her pioneering ways by opening the city’s first incubator kitchen.Comprised of a lunchtime bistro, event space, and a rental kitchen for fledgling chefs, The Motley Kitchen...
Computer programmers go it alone with new venture
After more than a decade working for information technology companies in the mining sector, Robert Patterson and Dave Peres decided it was time to start their own company.The two friends first started working together right after university, for a company called Century Systems.Century Systems deve...
Whiz kids’ robotics company sets sights on blue-green algae
There aren't too many 19-year-olds who can call themselves CEO of a robotics company.But Laurentian University student Colin Roos of Sudbury now holds that title – thanks to a new company he started with some former classmates and friends, called Northern Ontario Robotic Solutions and Equipment, or...
Muskoka company gets expansion funds
A Gravenhurst company specializing in natural granite products for commercial and residential use has received $600,000 from FedNor.The money will be used to upgrade and modify Muskoka Rock Company’s manufacturing facility, as well as install state-of-the-art equipment to create an automated pr...


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