Chamber aims to create opportunities for Northern francophone entrepreneurs

Cameron Grant re-elected to the Ontario Federation of Francophone Business People

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A senior administrator with the Timmins Chamber has been re-elected to serve on a provincial body which represents francophone entrepreneurs across Ontario.

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Cameron Grant, senior policy analyst with the Timmins Chamber, said he will continue to look to create unique opportunities for French-speaking business owners and operators in Timmins after being re-elected to the Federation of Francophone Business People of Ontario (FGA ).

Timmins Chamber president Rob Knox said, “The association with the FGA is a natural fit for the Chamber as it is our role to advocate and represent the interests of our supporters and members, especially those who may find themselves underrepresented on the provincial stage.

“Since working with the FGA, the Chamber has had access to greater insight and resources for our French business leaders and an opportunity to lobby the provincial government through new channels — something that will benefit our entire business community.”

First formed in 2021 to bring together, represent, and advance the social and economic interests of francophone business and association members, the FGA works with the various levels of government, business partners and the general public through principled policy development, resourceful business services and innovative activities to amplify the development of francophone business markets.

Knox said some of the benefits Timmins businesses can take advantage of through this association with FGA include:

• Supports for setting up a business;

• Obtaining public procurement contracts;

• Opportunities to become a mentor or mentee through a provincial network of professionals;

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• A business incubator ecosystem to support start-up francophone businesses in Ontario through Inkubo; and

• Exclusive access to a free business center for entrepreneurs needing to do business dealings in Toronto.

Dominic Mailloux, FGA president, said, “At the end of our first year of existence, we are proud of what the Federation of Francophone Business People of Ontario has accomplished, and I would like to warmly congratulate the directors who have just been elected or re-elected.

“We are particularly pleased that Cameron Grant has agreed to renew his term on the board of directors for the next two years. Since the beginning of our organization in January 2021, Cameron’s expertise and unwavering commitment to francophone communities and the economic development of businesses located in the North of our province have proven invaluable in advancing our mandate.

“We are fortunate to have the support of Cameron and the Timmins Chamber of Commerce to work together to ensure the prosperity and vitality of our local and provincial economy.”

Chamber members are encouraged to visit online at visit fedefranco.ca to learn more about the FGA.

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