Link North supports innovative entrepreneurs and Small-Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) across far northeast Ontario.

What We Do

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.

Who We Serve

Link North supports innovative entrepreneurs and Small-Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) across far northeast Ontario:

  • Timmins and area
  • Highway 11 corridor from Hearst to Earlton, including Kirkland Lake
  • Gogama, Foleyet, and Chapleau
  • Indigenous communities along the James Bay Coast, including Attawapiskat, Kashechewan, Fort Albany, Moosonee, and Moose Factory

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.

Who We Are

Taran Bassan

Program Coordinator
 705.360.2600 x7074
E taran.bassan@linknorth-nord.ca

Taran is your first point-of-contact at Link North. Setting you on the right path in your entrepreneurial journey, Taran will walk you through the application process and guide you on the course to success. She is our communications expert, working behind the scenes to develop social media strategies, coordinating logistics for our expert workshop series and managing our client database.

Taran has developed a career in digital marketing and graphics with a background in the arts. She has proven experience connecting with clients and helping businesses develop efficient programs and services, grow their clientele base and establish their strategic marketing systems.

Taran has a specialist degree in Fine Art History from the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing a graphic design certificate from George Brown College.

Alana Toner

Business Advisor
T 705-360-2600 x7022
E alana.toner@linknorth-nord.ca

Alana works with new and existing clients at Link North. She will work 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 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.

Alana has 15 years of experience in the customer service industry and has worked one-on-one with small to medium-sized local businesses. She has not only managed but also assisted them in identifying new revenue streams and understands the specific operational, management and employee needs that have to be met.


Alana has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Communications and a Graduate Certificate in Public Relations.

Ross MacDonald

Ross MacDonald

Business Development Specialist
T 705-360-2600 x7092
E ross.macdonald@linknorth-nord.ca

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 Ross 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 Defense 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).

Become a Client

Complete our client questionnaire and tell us more about who you are and details about your idea or business.