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24 Nov2020

Part-Time Project Manager - North Forge North

November 24, 2020

Project Overview

North Forge North (the project) addresses the next steps to the 2018 Economic Development Strategy and 2017 Look North Report and Action Plan (Look North Report). Specifically, North Forge Technology Exchange (North Forge), in partnership with industry, academia, and the economic development strategic partners, can answer an important portion of the Look North Report; engage communities and stakeholders in partnership to support economic diversification and development by enabling entrepreneurial opportunities and expanding existing expertise and investment. 

This job includes establishing an incubator hub, fabrication lab, and network of mentors and local businesses, fostering business innovation; and enabling business diversification. 

Over the course of the project, the Project Manager will need to communicate with UCN, North Forge, the Northern Entrepreneur-in-Residence, and clients, while making decisions and monitoring the progress of the project to keep it on schedule. 

Essential duties and responsibilities for a Project Manager include:

  • Creating short- and long-term plans for North Forge North, including setting targets for milestones, adhering to deadlines, and allocating resources for the project parameters.
  • Implementing North Forge programming to start-ups and corporate partners in a culturally sensitive and regionally appropriate manner to assist companies in developing and achieving key milestones.
  • Identifying mentors and experts to the Program and Communication Manager to support entrepreneurs in the North. 
  • Coordinate activities and events to bring together entrepreneurs with mentors, partners and communities’ members. 
  • Engage with strategic and community partners to optimize the quality and growth of companies and recruit new entrepreneurs and companies into North Forge.
  • Identifying and managing potential risks and liabilities to the project.
  • Assisting in the need to change project scope and goals if required.
  • Making effective decisions when presented with multiple options for how to progress with the project.
  • Working closely with the Entrepreneur-in-Residence to set up fabrication labs in the North. 
  • Serving as the point of contact for North Forge North and attending the one hour virtual staff meeting on Monday mornings.
  • Communicating with North Forge and UCN to keep the project aligned with the project goals.
  • Performing quality control on the project throughout development to maintain the standards expected.
  • Adjusting schedules and targets on the project as needed.
  • Motivating people involved in the project to complete tasks on time.
  • Presenting to organizations and partners when needed.

Project Manager Characteristics 

A Project Manager requires both hard and soft skills to excel in the position. To find a great Project Manager, consider including some of these common skills in your Project Manager job description:

  • Understanding of the project management framework.
  • Knowledge of various project management methodologies. 
  • Proven leadership skills.
  • Cost and risk management skills.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to make crucial decisions under pressure.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to delegate effectively.
  • Time management skills
  • Friendly and approachable.

Project Manager Requirements

  • Preference will be given to candidates with a bachelor’s degree in either business or management. 
  • Experience in technology and innovation-driven environments is essential, along with three years of management experience. 
  • Project management experience in innovation and technology organizations is ideal; a combination of experience in the industry and management experience in another area may be considered.
  • Must reside in Northern Manitoba.
Due Date: 11/24/2020
Email: info@northforge.ca
03 Nov2020

Marketing and Events Specialist

November 03, 2020

Position Overview

We are looking for an energetic, self-motivated Marketing and Events Specialist to join our fast-growing team!

We are in the process of rolling out three new initiatives and we are looking for someone who wants to be a part of something exciting and new, someone who enjoys working with entrepreneurs and wants to grow our incubator/accelerator globally.

The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator, a versatile creative writer, and a team player who lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

North Forge Technology Exchange is a hybrid incubator/accelerator and the innovation partner for the Province of Manitoba. We fuel Manitoba’s innovation economy providing founders with award-winning mentors, rockstar subject matter experts and a new four-stage Founders Program. We have helped over 60 companies access over 180 million dollars in financing and created hundreds of jobs. Armed with Canada’s largest non-profit fabrication lab, North Forge operates out of 27,000 square feet across Innovation Drive and Innovation Alley in Winnipeg, Canada.

Position Description

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

Marketing and Communications:

· Contribute to the development of new branding including documentation related to key North Forge initiatives in Winnipeg, Northern and rural Manitoba.

· Work collaboratively in the development of relevant content for the website, blog, and newsletter.

· Coordinate production of all marketing materials including copywriting and conceptualizing advertisements, prospectus/brochures, advertisement, and other campaigns.

· Design and execute a content strategy for social media platforms.

· Manage all social media channels and coordinate replies as needed.

· Develop and execute annual social media calendar of events, postings and paid social campaigns.

· Produce photo and video content for the social media channel.

· Perform monthly analytics as well as ongoing brand monitoring and reporting.

· Provides effective communications advice and support to North Forge and entrepreneurial initiatives.


· Participate in the planning and execution of various online events with assistance from the Program and Communications Manager.

· Liaising with speakers.

· Analyze events for effectiveness by identifying, evaluating, and reporting results and ROI to the team.

· Once all COVID restrictions are lifted, and with assistance from the Program and Communications Manager, this job will entail

o Planning, implementing, and follow-up for all in-person (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.

o Responsibilities include but are not limited to the coordination of events including event planning, ordering catering, managing registration, logistics, event contracts, on-site event management, assisting presenters with their A/V requirements, as well as assisting with the set-up, tear-down and clean up of North Forge events; including moving tables and chairs. The ideal candidate will be proactive in handling any arising issues and troubleshoot any emerging problems on the event day.

Qualifications / Requirements:

· Post-secondary degree in business with a focus on Marketing or Communications is considered an asset.

· Three to five years of experience in marketing, with experience in digital marketing and online marketing strategies.

· Demonstrated experience in planning and implementing strategic communications, social media, and marketing programs/campaigns, which include effective creation and execution of large-scale projects and campaigns aimed at targeted audiences.

· Proficient with WordPress, InDesign, and MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

· Ability to learn and effectively use software and web-based tools such as Zoom, Eventbrite, HubSpot and others as required.

· Strong understanding of the web, email, and social media marketing and how to leverage related tools to strategic advantage.

· Experience with social analytics and monitoring tools.

· Proficient writing skills and storyteller, experience in writing blogs an asset.

· Strong eye for design and ability to provide creative direction.

· Experience with graphic design is an asset.

· Ability to work in a small team environment and demonstrate a collaborative teamwork attitude.

· Highly organized and ability to work on tight deadlines.

· Must be able to work in a multi-task, fast-paced environment that will also entail potential early morning, evenings, and weekend work once all COVID restrictions are lifted.

Why North Forge

· This is an opportunity to help rebuild something exciting and make a measurable impact in our province.

· We have competitive health and dental benefits.

· A standing desk, office, computer, and unlimited coffee will be provided.

· Free parking.

Application deadline: 2020-11-03

Job Type: Full-time

To apply, submit a cover letter, and resume to info@

Organization: North Forge Technology Exchange
Due Date: 11/03/2020
Email: info@