Entrepreneurs to Attend Business Luncheon at Collège Boréal as part of Small Business Week

Entrepreneurs to Attend Business Luncheon at Collège Boréal as part of Small Business Week

As part of Small Business Week from October 20 to 24, Collège Boréal, in partnership with the Timmins Chamber of Commerce, will host a business luncheon for local French-speaking entrepreneurs.

The event entitled « À chacun son podium » (Aiming for the Podium), will be held Thursday, October 23, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Collège Boréal’s Timmins campus thanks to the financial support of a number of organizations including the Caisse Populaire de Timmins, the Commerce Management Group, the Conseil scolaire catholique de district des Grandes Rivières, the Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario, and Porter Airlines.

Guest speaker Mrs. Sylvie Fréchette, Olympic medalist and accomplished businesswoman, will touch on a variety of subjects including team work, leadership, motivation, and overcoming challenges. The meal will be prepared by Collège Boréal students enrolled in the Culinary Skills program.

To register for the business luncheon, contact the reception office at Collège Boréal’s Timmins campus at 705-267-5850. Seating is limited; $20 per ticket.


“Small Business Week allows us to reflect upon and celebrate the tremendous energy and entrepreneurship demonstrated by small business owners within our communities and throughout our country. Successful entrepreneurs can learn how to take their companies to the next level through the sharing of tried and true strategies.”

Pierre Riopel, President, Collège Boréal

“Small and medium-sized businesses (SME) are the engine creating jobs and wealth in our rural and urban communities. Collège Boréal’s Timmins campus thanks its local partners who are committed in creating events and fostering new business opportunities within the small business community.”

Jean-Pierre Nadon, Timmins campus director, Collège Boréal

Quick facts

Mrs. Sylvie Fréchette: Having discovered synchronized swimming at a young age, she won gold at the Commonwealth Games in 1986. Five years later, she recorded five perfect 10s at the World Aquatic Championship in Australia. From 1988 to 1992, she came first in all the international competitions in which she participated. At the Barcelona Olympic Games, a judge’s technical error pushed her to fourth place in compulsory figures. After the review of her file, she was awarded the gold medal some 16 months later by the IOC. Almost two years later, she resumed training with seven other members of the Club Montréal Synchro who won silver at the Atlanta Olympic Games.

Mrs. Sylvie Fréchette basks in several awards and honours including the Canadian athlete of the year in aquatic sports, the Grace Under Pressure award, the Per Ludos Fraternitas award, the Sylvie Fréchette Trophy, and the Ordre Olympique du Canada award. She is also a member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

She also worked in Las Vegas with the Cirque du Soleil as an artist, choreographer, and trainer. Today, armed with her personal and professional experience, she is seeking to motivate those she comes in contact with to overcome the challenges of daily life and to never quit so as to attain their objectives.

SME: There are more than 1.1 million businesses in Canada and 98.2% of them have less than 100 employees. Approximately 7.1 million Canadians (6.5 people in 10) work in a SME. Small and medium-sized enterprises represent 99.9% of all companies and employ more than 60% of private sector workers.

Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.

For the second year in a row, Collège Boréal has the highest graduation and graduate satisfaction rates of all 24 community colleges in Ontario. Moreover, 100% of all surveyed employers would recommend hiring Collège Boréal graduates!

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