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Jobs of the Future

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These stories about career paths, local jobs, programs and tales of success that highlight North Bay's diverse job market are made possible through the continued support of Laurentian University as part of our Community Leaders Program.


Physiotherapist Dan Popkie opens new clinic in North Bay

Physiotherapist Dan Popkie opens new clinic in North Bay

'That sparked my interest in thinking that I wanted to go back to school and so at 35 years old I threw my hat in the ring and was accepted to D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York and got my doctorate there'
Wild journey nearly complete for KTP Racquet Club

Wild journey nearly complete for KTP Racquet Club

'It just kept growing to the point where it was more and more sustainable and eventually it came to this point where we were able to build this facility'
Teachings of the Dream Catcher with Brenda Brooks

Teachings of the Dream Catcher with Brenda Brooks

“Jobs of the Future” is a series focusing on career paths, local job opportunities, programs, and tales of success that highlight North Bay's diverse job market. ----- An informative and unforgettable experience.
Pick up your dinner and some java all in one spot at 540 Lakeshore Drive

Pick up your dinner and some java all in one spot at 540 Lakeshore Drive

'I just grew a love for coffee itself and explored different types like espressos and lattes and I just enjoyed making them for myself so I thought that would be a good business idea'
Linda Nardilli offers an authentic pasta making experience as The Pasta Hostess

Linda Nardilli offers an authentic pasta making experience as The Pasta Hostess

'It really started with about seven people that were kind of interested in taking these classes with me and they didn’t know each other and so my original business model was to bring different groups of people together at one venue'
Award winning hotel GM Parth Dholakia says the industry is eager to welcome back guests when its safe

Award winning hotel GM Parth Dholakia says the industry is eager to welcome back guests when its safe

'Especially when we can start having sports teams travel again like our high school and college and university and junior hockey teams as well as hosting weddings and conferences, it will be very welcoming to be able to get return to this normal' 
Krista Gibson on careers in the developmental sector: 'Its an amazing journey and opportunity'

Krista Gibson on careers in the developmental sector: 'Its an amazing journey and opportunity'

'When I first started I really didn’t know if I was going to enjoy working with people with disabilities because I really had no idea what that even looked like. I did a placement and it was absolutely fantastic'
A desire to inspire and be inspired leads Rob Graham to writing a best selling book

A desire to inspire and be inspired leads Rob Graham to writing a best selling book

'Organizations and people who are willing to inspire others but are also willing to be inspired are those who are embracing that Techno-Resiliency. Self-motivation is not enough'
Rob Collins builds sports cards and collectables business from the ground up

Rob Collins builds sports cards and collectables business from the ground up

'You have to know your clients, you have to know what they like and what they are looking for. And to get into an industry that is sports orientated, for me it was just the right industry to get in'
Jim Bruce wants to bring Average Joes back to its glory days

Jim Bruce wants to bring Average Joes back to its glory days

'I just thought, ‘why can’t I do water delivery?’ And from there I thought that we could do it on sea doo's?'