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    CEO: Joelle Foster

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

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    President: Shane Li

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

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    WINNIPEG

    Vice-President: Marney Stapley

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

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

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Fabrication Lab helps Scam Skate step it up

When it comes to building a business, steak is more satisfying than ramen noodles.

“Push yourself; both mentally and physically. The harder you work in the early years, the sooner your company will grow, and the less time you’ll spend on the Ramen Noodle Diet,” said Joel Baker, one of the founders of Scam Skate.

Baker, along with Gavin Barrett, started Scam Skate out of a garage. For the past two years, the company has manufactured custom longboards and the Scam Skate branded apparel line from their headquarters at 414 Graham Avenue in Winnipeg’s downtown. Before that, they relied on North Forge Technology Exchange’s Fabrication Lab.

“The equipment at the Fabrication Lab allowed us to increase our production speeds and quality to an industrial level… When we outgrew the garage, we just couldn’t keep up to the demand with our conventional tools,” Joel explained, adding that the Fabrication Lab is an excellent resource for stepping up your game as a business.

“Whether you want to do production runs of your products, or prototype something from scratch, the Fabrication Lab has you covered. The way North Forge is structured is ideal – 24/7 access lets me pull those crucial all-nighters in the early stages of business, and the knowledgeable community of makers is always happy to share their ideas.”

The pair pride themselves on craftsmanship and customer service, with all of their products designed and produced in-house. They were also recently sponsored by RONA to build a half-pipe in their shop, providing local skateboarders with a place to go during the winter, free of charge.

So why did they choose to set up shop in Winnipeg? “Programs and facilities like North Forge simply weren’t available in the small town we came from [Portage la Prairie]. We appreciate the help Winnipeg has given us, and we want to return the favor by creating local design and manufacturing jobs for this awesome city.”

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Supporters

North Forge Technology Exchange partners with PCL Construction Inc.

PCL Construction Inc.

From small renovations to complex billion dollar projects; from modular construction, to advanced digital technologies, to cutting-edge sustainability, PCL has you covered.

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North Forge has partnered with 6P Marketing

6P Marketing

6P Marketing is your collaborative marketing agency, working with you to achieve your goals.

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Bell MTS

Bell MTS is part of Canada’s largest telecommunications company, providing Manitobans with Mobile phone, TV, high speed Internet, and Home phone service.

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Thompson Dorfman Sweatman

At Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP (TDS), we are devoted to serving our valued clients. Our collegial workplace fosters greater teamwork, responsiveness and communication, providing better results for clients. TDS is Manitoba’s largest independent law firm.

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Bit Space Development

Bit Space Development Ltd. is an interactive digital media studio that specializes in creating innovative learning experiences for the classroom and workplace. We work with educators and industry professionals from around the world to develop effective solutions for education and training using cutting edge digital media technologies.

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Princess Auto

For more than 85 years, Princess Auto has been supplying trade professionals, home mechanics or people who simply love building things with the tools and equipment they need to figure it out – whatever that “it” may be. With a unique assortment of tools, equipment and products, ranging from hydraulics to welding, Princess Auto complements the home improvement sector rather than competing with it.

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Bockstael

For over 100 years the Bockstael name has been synonymous with construction in Manitoba. From the humble beginnings of a Belgian carpenter, to the fourth generation of family ownership, building is in our blood. We pride ourselves on world-class innovation and a client-first approach to doing business. This is our commitment to serving the province we choose to call home for the next 100 years — and beyond.

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Stu Clark Centre for Entreprenuership

The Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship (SCCE) is here to support entrepreneurial activities across the entire University of Manitoba campus. In addition to supporting students at the I.H. Asper School of Business we also support students from ALL faculties across the University of Manitoba – Fort Garry and Bannatyne Campus including: Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Education and more!

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SevenOaks School Division

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Maples Met School

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LGD Pinawa

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North Forge Technology Exchange

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SEED - Altona

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Portage Regional Economic Development

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Morden & District Chamber of Commerce

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Morden Community Development Corp

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Community Futures Heartland

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Access Credit Union

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North Forge East

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Community Futures Winnipeg Rivers

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Barkman Concrete Ltd.

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Pinawa Community Development Corporation

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Prairies Economic Development Canada

Prairie Economic Development Canada

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Government of Canada

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University of Manitoba

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Fabbaloo

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Red River College

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Manitoba Government

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