FedNor Minister Tony Clement came to
Thunder Bay Feb. 19 bearing gifts.
Thunder Bay International Airports Authority received more than $1.5 million for ongoing expansion of
its airport industrial park.
The PARO Centre of Women's Enterprise
received $1.5 million to continue delivering its series of workshops,
training sessions, coaching, and mentoring activities to budding
women entrepreneurs. The centre has a pan-Northern approach geared
specifically to Aboriginal and francophone women.
The Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre received nearly $740,000 to establish an advanced
manufacturing and development lab involving Confederation College and
Kam Valley Industries, and to establish an information and
communications network to help small business with e-business
Qwan Technologies received a $180,000
“conditionally repayable FedNor contribution” to develop a
software management software system to enable caseworkers better
analyze data, speed up client evaluations, and develop treatment
strategies for autistic children.
XLV Diagnostics pocketed a similar
$500,000 “repayable contribution” to build a low-cost, digital
mammography device. The medical device company will use the money to
hire the brains needed to develop a prototype to be marketed globally
after clinical trials.