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BUILDING ENTREPRENEURS, ONE IDEA AT A TIME.

Our Staff

All staff members work out the offices of the Community Futures Development Corporations located across Northern Ontario.

Trista Vermette

Program Manager

Office Location: North Claybelt Community Futures Development Corporation
6, Ash St. Kapuskasing, Ontario, P5N 2C8
Tel: (705)367-0556
Email: trista.vermette@headstartinbusiness.com

 

 

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Cierra Parkhill

Program Coordinator

  • My perfect moment of happiness is when I am sitting on a beach by the ocean, sand in my toes and salt in my hair!

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  • My favourite thing to do in my downtime is cuddle up with a good book or go for a hike with my dog!
  • When I was little I wanted to be a race car driver!
  • My advice for young entrepreneurs is to see possibility and opportunity everywhere. Being an entrepreneur is a mindset.

Office Location: Lake of the Woods Business Incentive Corporation
301 First Ave. South, Kenora, P9N 1W2

Email: cierra.parkhill@headstartinbusiness.com

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Phil Dittburner

Program Coordinator

Office location:Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste. Marie & Area

672 Queen St East, Sault Ste Marie ON P6A 2A4

Email: phil.dittburner@headstartinbusiness.com

Emily Breault

Program Coordinator

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My hidden strength is my stubbornness. I don’t give up easily!
My perfect moment of happiness is being at Disney World! I was a cast member there twice and love everything Disney! 
My favourite thing to do in my downtime is Zumba. I am an instructor and love to dance! 
A fact about me that other people might not know is I love kids and have a passion for working with them. 
My advice for young entrepreneurs is to follow your dreams and don’t be afraid to do things alone. We only have one life so run like you’re on fire towards your wildest dreams! Only you can do it! Make your passion become a job and you’ll never work a day in your life.

Office location: The Kennedy Building
222 McIntyreStreet West Suite 312 NorthBay, Ontario P1B2Y8

Email: emily.breault@headstartinbusiness.com

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Marissa Martin

Youth Entrepreneurship Intern – Head Start in Business

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My hidden strength is my adaptability – life moves quickly and sometimes you just have to roll with whatever comes your way (like when I decided to move three hours from home to start this new and exciting internship!).

My perfect moment of happiness is when I am laughing with family and friends.

My favourite thing to do in my downtime is watch the Office and cuddle up with my cat.

A fact about me that others might not know is that I love to travel. I have travelled to Kenya, India, and several places in Europe and the United States.

My advice for young entrepreneurs is to do whatever makes you happy. You can turn your passions and strengths into a fulfilling career as long as you try your best and never give up on yourself.

Office location: Parry Sound Community and Business Development Centre.
Parry Sound, Ontario

Email: marissa.martin@headstartinbusiness.com

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Natalie Leonard

Youth Entrepreneurship Coordinator – Head Start in Business

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My hidden strength is my resiliency.  My perfect moment of happiness is the birth of my three children.

My favourite thing to do in my downtime is spending time with my children, my dogs, as well as camping and cooking. A fact about me that other people might not know is that I studied Veterinary Technology in College.

My advice for young entrepreneurs is to not let other’s opinions influence you! If you have a vision – go for it whole heartedly!  Because remember, professionals built the Titanic, amateurs built the arc.

Office location: North Claybelt Community Futures Development Corporation
Kapuskasing, Ontario

Email: nathalie.leonard@headstartinbusiness.com

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