Link North supports innovative entrepreneurs and Small-Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) across far northeast Ontario.
Our innovation ecosystem collaboration increases your access to funding, financing and other resources from organizations across northeastern Ontario and the province. After completing our client questionnaire we’ll meet with you to learn more about your idea or business, discuss your plans and goals in detail, and assess your options. Link North staff will support you throughout your business development, which includes assisting with funding applications and facilitating meetings with our ecosystem partners.
Link North supports innovative entrepreneurs and Small-Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) across far northeast Ontario:
Link North’s seamless integration with the Timmins Economic Development Corporation and The Business Enterprise Centre is advantageous for both entrepreneurs and businesses. Collectively, our “one-stop shop” model supports clients during all stages of business development, from ideation through to commercialization, growth and expansion.
As Programs & Service Manager, Sylvie works closely with you at any stage in your idea or business development. Together, you’ll look at where you want to go from your current position to define initiatives and develop a tailored roadmap to get you there – whether that be to validate your innovative idea, build and test your prototype, enhance productivity within your operations or pursue an opportunity to support your business growth. Along the way, you’ll participate in capacity building activities to develop skills as needed, and be connected with innovation system resources and funding opportunities to realize your goals.
Prior to joining Link North, Sylvie spent over 20 years in the mineral exploration sector leading the development and continual improvement of programs to enhance quality performance and worker safety, and minimize environmental impact from operational activities. During this period, she enjoyed working with a start-up, an established medium-sized business as well as a large international company. Her passion truly rests with entrepreneurs and SMEs and in helping them reaching their goals.
Sylvie holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.
Sylvie is your first point of contact in becoming a Link North client. She’s available to answer questions about our programming and services, and can assist you with completing your client application as you start down your path to entrepreneurial success. Sylvie is also our social media and event planning guru. She works behind the scenes developing social media strategies, coordinates logistics for our expert series and manages our client database.
Sylvie’s spent the last 10 years working in community development. Her career has taken her to Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa where she advised non-governmental organizations on project management, resource mobilization and strategic marketing. As small business owner and entrepreneur, Sylvie has successfully utilized social media marketing strategies, coordinated events and workshops and leveraged funding opportunities to grow Rebel Soul Tribe.
Sylvie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and sits on the Board of Directors for the Timmins Anti-Hunger Coalition.
Ross oversees the development of Link North and he works closely with staff and our Bank of Consultants on developing and delivering its programs and services. When you become a Link North client you will work with either Ross or Sylvie McPhail on your project and business development.
Ross is well-connected with innovation ecosystem partners and has vast and proven experience with assisting entrepreneurs and businesses with applied research, commercialization, scale-up, and expansion projects. In addition to fostering Link North’s programs and services, Ross develops and manages various Timmins Economic Development Corporation projects including Mining Supply and Services and the Industrial Technology Benefits program for Defence Procurement.
Ross recently obtained his Business Accounting diploma through Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology and holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He is a certified Economic Development Professional (EcD) through the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC).
Complete our client questionnaire and tell us more about who you are and details about your idea or business.