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Young Professionals

Connecting the business leaders of today with the business leaders of tomorrow.

Take a look at our Young Professionals!

Featuring Young Professionals each month, celebrating their hard work and achievements.

Thank you to Kyle Selle, of Sellebration Productions for filming/editing videos.

Previously featured Young Professionals

Nicole Bamford - September 2012 YP of the Month Craig Girard - October 2012 Jacob Bailey - November 2012

About | Chamber | Benefits | Resources

About the Young Professionals

The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce created the Young Professional Membership in order to connect with young business people in the community. We recognize that 2% of small and medium enterprise business owners are under the age of 30. We also recognize the important role that future business leaders play in the community, and would like to help you achieve your goals.

The Young Professional Membership program is an affordable way for young business-oriented people to participate in the Chamber of Commerce. YP members receive all the benefits that a regular member receives, but at a fraction of the cost. This is because we value what you have to say. We recognize that you are an important part of the business community in the North Bay Area, and we, as a Chamber, cannot be the voice of business unless we are speaking on behalf of all businesses.

If you are under 30 years of age, and would like to join the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce as a Young Professional, please complete the YP Membership Application and return by email or by fax: 705-472-8027; visit us at 205 Main Street East, North Bay; give us a call at 705-472-8480; or submit an online application. The cost of a YP membership is only $55.00 + HST.

Here’s what one of our YP members had to say:

“I was interested in getting involved with the Young Professionals because it presented me with the opportunity to grow. My main focus was to be part of an initiative to help my community at the same time as helping my generation. The Young Professionals (YP) membership allows for many students and young entrepreneurs to stay in the area because they have better access to a strong business network.

As a student, I was looking forward to using my education in the field and considering my career options when I was presented with a YP membership. I saw the value in the lower cost for me to be able to network with the organizations and businesses in North Bay on a different level than before. I was able to learn about companies that I would be interested in working with and interview them while they could interview me.

Besides finding a career, I enjoy meeting with other Professionals to learn about new companies, people, and events within the community. I feel that I have grown a great deal with much due to the YP membership.” – Darren Patey, VS Group


Our Young Professional Membership Program was ranked one of the top two programs in Canada by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce at their recent AGM in Gatineau, QC! Congratulations to the Young Professional Committee, sponsors and members for all their hard work in making this program worthy of national recognition.

If you are under the age of 30, and are not a Chamber member, then it’s time to join the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals. For more information, call Patti in the Chamber office, 705.472.8480, or send her an email at

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Do you need an efficient method of outreach, promotion, networking and more? The Chamber of Commerce can help you achieve these goals! We host exciting social, networking & business related events including monthly Dinner Clubs, Business After Hours, Seminars, Workshops, Annual Golf Tournament, Annual General Meeting, Awards Gala and much more.

Board of Directors

Do you want to be more involved in the business community? The Chamber of Commerce wants to hear your voice too! That’s why there is a Young Professional seat on the Board of Directors. One elected YP member will be able speak for the YP members on all issues of business, thereby ensuring that the voice of young business people is heard.


The Chamber has many different committees to help you get involved in your business community. From Government Affairs to Programs & Special Events, there is a Chamber Committee to match your interests and help you become more engaged in the business community around you.

2017 Young Professionals Committee

The YP Committee’s main objectives are to:

• Be a vehicle of communication for the future business leaders of the local community;

• Integrate YP members in Chamber of Commerce sub-committees; and,

• Implement various membership development initiatives, YP oriented functions, and other activities consistent with the YP membership category

For more information on the Young Professional Committee, contact Sue Adams at

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Your YP membership entitles you to all of the benefits available to a regular Chamber member. This includes all of the amazing networking opportunities including monthly Dinner Clubs, Business After Hours, Mini Trade Shows, Small Business Week and many other great events put on throughout the year.

Take advantage of an assortment of discounts only available to Chamber members!

  • Discount merchant rates for VISA, MasterCard and Debit
  • Save 3.5¢ per litre of Esso gas
  • Discounted tickets to Paramount Canada’s Wonderland, Santa’s Village and African Lion Safari
  • Save on office supplies with Grand & Toy

There are lots of ways that the Chamber can help you promote yourself, including the Online Business Directory, the monthly Chamber Newsletter, and Business Referrals.

The Chamber’s Group Insurance Plan offers a complete range of benefits for small and medium sized businesses of 1 or more employees. Some conditions apply, so please contact the Chamber office for more details at 705.472.8480.

There are many, many more benefits to being a Chamber member!

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The following are a number of resources that will help you maximize your participation in the business community and help you improve your own business.

The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound Inc.
The Business Centre is a great resource located on the second floor of North Bay City Hall. Their mandate is “to provide support to start-up and small enterprises during their first through fifth years of operation in Nipissing and Parry Sound by offering easy access to business consulting services and information concerning market research, business planning, management, marketing, technology and financing.”

Futurpreneur Canada
Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for nearly two decades. We are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors.

Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
Specifically geared to Northern Ontario, MNDM is responsible to promote economic development and support mineral sector competitiveness.

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation
Check out their website for more information on the many grant programs available to entrepreneurs in the North.

City of North Bay – Economic Development
Promoting the expansion and retention of business in North Bay.

Ontario Works
Prepares people for work by getting them the help they need to find employment.

Human Resources Development Canada
With a variety of programs, HRDC can help you search for financial assistance, employment opportunities, workers, training, and careers.

The Canada Business Network
The Government of Canada site that provides services to entrepreneurs.

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