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  • NORTH FORGE SMARTPARK

    WINNIPEG

    CEO: Joelle Foster

    441 – 100 Innovation Drive
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 6G2• P: 204-262-6400

  • North Forge | East

    PINAWA

    President: Shane Li

    24 Aberdeen Avenue
    Pinawa, Manitoba R0E 1L0 • P: 204-753-5170

  • Fabrication Lab

    WINNIPEG

    Vice-President: Marney Stapley

    125 Adelaide Street
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 0W4 • P: 204-799-2033

  • North Forge | North

    THE PAS

    University College of the North
    436-7th Street East, The Pas, Manitoba R9A 1M7
    (204) 623-0311

We are North Forge Technology Exchange

Helping companies develop faster, cheaper and successfully. North Forge curates resources to help entrepreneurs solve problems in real time and reduces the cost and risk of innovation.

WHAT WE OFFER

Founders Program

Build your business – better, faster, cheaper

No matter what stage you are at, online four-stage Founders Program is available to all Manitobans.
We provide comprehensive resources, combined with regional knowledge and international experience.  Technology-enabled and advanced manufacturing businesses will receive foundational business training, access to experts, networking, mentorship, pathfinding to growth capital, and ongoing entrepreneur-in-resident support. 

APPLY TO OUR FOUNDERS PROGRAM

“The support of North Forge has been incredible as we have grown and evolved as a company. They truly care and provide mentorship that is tailored to the needs of the company and of the entrepreneur. I couldn’t be happier being a part of the North Forge community.”

“We have benefited from the guidance and advice from the team at North Forge to reach our milestones.”

“North Forge has been absolutely crucial in shaping and refining our concept and turning concept into reality. The breadth and depth of knowledge and real-world experience that entrepreneurs can access through the North Forge network are unparalleled.”

“North Forge is an essential element of the success of any aspiring entrepreneur that wants to succeed in our growing innovation ecosystem. The community, access to technology and collision of innovative minds isn’t possible anywhere else in Manitoba. North Forge is the only place I recommend you go to get your idea off the ground.”

“North Forge helped us navigate the startup ecosystem by offering industry insights and facilitating important connections with funders, partners and customers. Through their mentorship program we have been challenged, supported and are equipped to succeed – overcoming the many obstacles facing a startup company.”

“Our North Forge mentors helped us to dream big and then gave us solid advice to execute on those dreams. I started two companies inside North Forge. The first is company is now a multi-million dollar firm and we are preparing the second company for a super-angel financing round.”

“North Forge provides startups with the resources and network necessary to succeed. All startups in Manitoba should be part of this innovative ecosystem.”

Start-ups

What's Happening

EVENTS

TRAINING/OPEN HOUSE

NEWS

18 Feb2021

North Forge Partners with the University of Winnipeg for Fourth Year Academic Credit

News, Press Releases,


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Manitoba Women in Tech Winnipeg Canada 03 Feb2021

Tech industry non-profits form an Executive Committee to build the future of the MB Women in Tech Meetup Group

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PRESS RELEASE – February 1st, 2021

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BLOG

Aurora Aerial

Manitoba entrepreneur lifting aerial tech manufacturing expectations

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Top regional law firm champions tech and manufacturing startup innovation

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COMMUNITY AND JOB BOARD

30 Apr2021

Program & Communications Manager

April 30, 2021

This position is a one-year maternity leave with a potential of 18 months.

The Manager is responsible for overseeing and working with the Marketing and Events Specialist to deliver communications and marketing programs, including brand management, advertising, marketing, media relations, website content, special events and internal communications. The Manager will also work with the CEO to ensure delivery of the Founders Program and other programming initiatives.

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Marketing and Communications:

  • Assist in developing content for a wide range of initiatives including documentation related to key entrepreneurial initiatives and programs.
  • Produce, in collaboration with the Marketing and Events Specialist, high-quality communications materials, including brochures, slide decks, reports, speaking notes, news releases, media advisories, media kits, web content, etc.
  • Oversee social media channels in collaboration with the Marketing and Events Specialist. Staying current on new trends and ways to engage a variety of audiences.
  • Proactively seek out relevant stories and share them with external and internal audiences, through the blog, the website, internal articles, etc.
  • Contribute to and manage slack channel communication. 

Strategic Planning / Reporting:

  • In conjunction with senior leadership, continue developing the communications and marketing plan for specific project-based initiatives.
  • Build a positive reputation for North Forge by engaging key stakeholders across the City of Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba, Canada wide and international.
  • Contribute to board reports.

Events:

  • Project management: Plan, implement, manage and follow-up for all internal and external events from complex and large-scale events to smaller events.  This will also include planning and organizing all pitch competitions and hackathons.  
  • Create and manage events project timeline tracking and regularly reporting on key performance indicators, deadlines, and deliverables to the North Forge team to ensure timely execution of event preparations.
  • Develop an events strategy designed to support North Forge programming
  • Actively identifying sponsorship and grant opportunities related to the special events.
  • Propose ideas to improve provided services and event quality.
  • Analyze events for effectiveness by identifying, evaluating, and reporting results and ROI to the North Forge team.  

Community and Stakeholder Relationships: 

  • Manage relationships with sponsors, partners, mentors, SME’s, and media outlets.
  • Work collaboratively with the CEO to identify, engage, and oversee sponsorship and partnerships.
  • Develop productive relationships with founders, academics, graduates, and funders.
  • Attend and represent North Forge at relevant community events.

Programming:

  • Conduct all the intake meetings for Pathfinder and Base Camp applicants.
  • Recruit, engage and lead volunteers; inclusive of coordinating speakers, subject matter experts and the mentor network.
  • Track all metrics and use the metrics to inform program improvement activities and provide numbers for government reporting.
  • Manage all founder fundamental training sessions.  Scheduling, logistics, etc.   
  • Manage all founder resources.  
  • Manage founder reporting.
  • Be the lead on Pathfinder and Base Camp with all founders, touching base every two weeks with founders.  
  • Track engagement by founders in training, webinars, subject matter experts (SME’s) sessions.  Follow up on any lack of engagement. 
  • Manage and monitor satisfaction feedback from all founders, collecting testimonials. 

Qualifications/Expertise Required: 

  • Post-secondary in business, marketing, communication or a related field, or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in marketing and communications.
  • Experience in managing people. 
  • Entrepreneurial experience is an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and implementing strategic communications, social media, and marketing programs/campaigns. 
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing and editing. 
  • Ability to speak and write clearly and succinctly in a variety of settings and styles; ability to distill complex information, listen effectively and to deliver messages that have the desired impact. 
  • Ability to work in a small team environment and demonstrate a collaborative teamwork attitude. 
  • Advanced level experience using Microsoft Office.
  • The ability to demonstrate professionalism, discretion, courtesy, and respect in all interactions.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle multiple tasks, and meeting deadlines.

General 

  • Assist in additional project deliverables as required.
  • Additional duties as required. 
  • This position is not remote and will be at the North Forge Smartpark location (441-100 Innovation Drive) in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • Free parking is included.
  • North Forge offers a competitive salary and benefits package to all employees. 
  • Please state your salary expectations in your cover letter.
  • The job posting closes April 30th, 2021
  • Interviewing will begin on May 3, 2021 
  • The position will begin on June 1, 2021
  • Please submit your resume and cover letter to Whitney Moir at wmoir@northforge.ca 
Organization: North Forge Technology Exchange
Due Date: 04/30/2021
Email: wmoir@northforge.ca
13 May2021

DigiMarCon Canada West 2021 - Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference & Exhibition

May 13, 2021

Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference & Exhibition – May 13-14, 2021 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Organization: DigiMarCon Canada West 2021
Due Date: 05/13/2021
Email: events@digimarconcanadawest.ca
Website: https://digimarconcanadawest.ca
17 May2021

DigiMarCon Canada East

May 17, 2021

Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain Hotel
1050 De La Gauchetiere West
Montreal
Quebec
H3B 4C9
Canada

Organization: DigiMarCon East
Due Date: 05/17/2021
Email: events@digimarconcanadaeast.ca
Website: https://digimarconcanadaeast.ca/register/
20 May2021

DigiMarCon Canada 2021 - Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference & Exhibition

May 20, 2021

Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference & Exhibition – May 20-21, 2021 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Organization: DigiMarCon Canada
Due Date: 05/20/2021
Email: events@digimarconcanada.ca
Website: https://digimarconcanada.ca/
20 May2021

TECHSPO Toronto 2021 Technology Expo (Internet ~ Mobile ~ AdTech ~ MarTech ~ SaaS)

May 20, 2021

“Where Business, Tech and Innovation Collide in Toronto!

TECHSPO Toronto 2021 is your chance to …
– Experience a safe and intimate gathering with business professionals in a clean and hygienic environment.
– Check out exhibitors showcasing the next generation of advances in technology & innovation.
– Be inspired, amazed and educated on how these evolving technologies will impact your business for greater growth.
– Interact with technology enthusiasts, build your network and collab

Organization: TECHSPO Toronto
Due Date: 05/20/2021
Email: events@techspotoronto.ca
Website: https://techspotoronto.ca

JOBS

30 Apr2021

Program & Communications Manager

April 30, 2021

This position is a one-year maternity leave with a potential of 18 months.

The Manager is responsible for overseeing and working with the Marketing and Events Specialist to deliver communications and marketing programs, including brand management, advertising, marketing, media relations, website content, special events and internal communications. The Manager will also work with the CEO to ensure delivery of the Founders Program and other programming initiatives.

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Marketing and Communications:

  • Assist in developing content for a wide range of initiatives including documentation related to key entrepreneurial initiatives and programs.
  • Produce, in collaboration with the Marketing and Events Specialist, high-quality communications materials, including brochures, slide decks, reports, speaking notes, news releases, media advisories, media kits, web content, etc.
  • Oversee social media channels in collaboration with the Marketing and Events Specialist. Staying current on new trends and ways to engage a variety of audiences.
  • Proactively seek out relevant stories and share them with external and internal audiences, through the blog, the website, internal articles, etc.
  • Contribute to and manage slack channel communication. 

Strategic Planning / Reporting:

  • In conjunction with senior leadership, continue developing the communications and marketing plan for specific project-based initiatives.
  • Build a positive reputation for North Forge by engaging key stakeholders across the City of Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba, Canada wide and international.
  • Contribute to board reports.

Events:

  • Project management: Plan, implement, manage and follow-up for all internal and external events from complex and large-scale events to smaller events.  This will also include planning and organizing all pitch competitions and hackathons.  
  • Create and manage events project timeline tracking and regularly reporting on key performance indicators, deadlines, and deliverables to the North Forge team to ensure timely execution of event preparations.
  • Develop an events strategy designed to support North Forge programming
  • Actively identifying sponsorship and grant opportunities related to the special events.
  • Propose ideas to improve provided services and event quality.
  • Analyze events for effectiveness by identifying, evaluating, and reporting results and ROI to the North Forge team.  

Community and Stakeholder Relationships: 

  • Manage relationships with sponsors, partners, mentors, SME’s, and media outlets.
  • Work collaboratively with the CEO to identify, engage, and oversee sponsorship and partnerships.
  • Develop productive relationships with founders, academics, graduates, and funders.
  • Attend and represent North Forge at relevant community events.

Programming:

  • Conduct all the intake meetings for Pathfinder and Base Camp applicants.
  • Recruit, engage and lead volunteers; inclusive of coordinating speakers, subject matter experts and the mentor network.
  • Track all metrics and use the metrics to inform program improvement activities and provide numbers for government reporting.
  • Manage all founder fundamental training sessions.  Scheduling, logistics, etc.   
  • Manage all founder resources.  
  • Manage founder reporting.
  • Be the lead on Pathfinder and Base Camp with all founders, touching base every two weeks with founders.  
  • Track engagement by founders in training, webinars, subject matter experts (SME’s) sessions.  Follow up on any lack of engagement. 
  • Manage and monitor satisfaction feedback from all founders, collecting testimonials. 

Qualifications/Expertise Required: 

  • Post-secondary in business, marketing, communication or a related field, or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in marketing and communications.
  • Experience in managing people. 
  • Entrepreneurial experience is an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and implementing strategic communications, social media, and marketing programs/campaigns. 
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing and editing. 
  • Ability to speak and write clearly and succinctly in a variety of settings and styles; ability to distill complex information, listen effectively and to deliver messages that have the desired impact. 
  • Ability to work in a small team environment and demonstrate a collaborative teamwork attitude. 
  • Advanced level experience using Microsoft Office.
  • The ability to demonstrate professionalism, discretion, courtesy, and respect in all interactions.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle multiple tasks, and meeting deadlines.

General 

  • Assist in additional project deliverables as required.
  • Additional duties as required. 
  • This position is not remote and will be at the North Forge Smartpark location (441-100 Innovation Drive) in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • Free parking is included.
  • North Forge offers a competitive salary and benefits package to all employees. 
  • Please state your salary expectations in your cover letter.
  • The job posting closes April 30th, 2021
  • Interviewing will begin on May 3, 2021 
  • The position will begin on June 1, 2021
  • Please submit your resume and cover letter to Whitney Moir at wmoir@northforge.ca 
Organization: North Forge Technology Exchange
Due Date: 04/30/2021
Email: wmoir@northforge.ca

OPPORTUNITIES

EVENTS

13 May2021

DigiMarCon Canada West 2021 - Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference & Exhibition

May 13, 2021

Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference & Exhibition – May 13-14, 2021 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Organization: DigiMarCon Canada West 2021
Due Date: 05/13/2021
Email: events@digimarconcanadawest.ca
Website: https://digimarconcanadawest.ca
17 May2021

DigiMarCon Canada East

May 17, 2021

Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain Hotel
1050 De La Gauchetiere West
Montreal
Quebec
H3B 4C9
Canada

Organization: DigiMarCon East
Due Date: 05/17/2021
Email: events@digimarconcanadaeast.ca
Website: https://digimarconcanadaeast.ca/register/

Supporters

North Forge Technology Exchange partners with PCL Construction Inc.

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Bell MTS

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Thompson Dorfman Sweatman

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Bit Space Development

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Stu Clark Centre for Entreprenuership

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SevenOaks School Division

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Maples Met School

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LGD Pinawa

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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

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Canadian National Energy Alliance

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Barkman Concrete Ltd.

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Western Economic Diversification Canada

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Government of Canada

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City of Winnipeg

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Fabbaloo

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Red River College

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Manitoba Government

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