West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce E-Newsletter

Temagami First Nation and Pacific North West Capital Sign MOU for River Valley PGM Project


Temagami First Nation and Pacific North West Capital Corp. announced on January 26, 2015 that they have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) dated December 5, 2014 in relation to PFN's River Valley platinum metal project, located 100 road-km east of Sudbury, Ontario.


The MOU is designed to promote communication and foster a mutually respectful relationship, whereby Temagami First Nation are adequately informed and can provide input on PFN's plans for exploration and development activities to be carried out on River Valley. The MOU provides a framework for how the two parties will work together to address potential impacts on Temagami First Nation rights and interests and confirms Temagami First Nation support for the Project.


Chief Arnold Paul of Temagami First Nation commented by stating "Mining in n' Daki Menan has entered a new phase, The MOU recognizes that Temagami First Nation must be involved in a meaningful way in resource development projects. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with Pacific North West Capital Corp."


Harry Barr, Chairman and CEO of Pacific North West Capital Corp. expressed the Company's appreciation for the support and cooperation demonstrated by everyone involved. "We look forward to working with Temagami First Nation to ensure that the River Valley Project is advanced in the spirit of continued partnership, mutual respect and good faith."


About River Valley PGM Project


River Valley is one of the largest primary PGM Projects in Canada. The Project is located within 100 road-km of Sudbury and is readily accessible via paved and gravel roads with settlements, power and rail all nearby. The River Valley PGM deposit is overlain by mining leases owned 100% by PFN. Exploration upside is enormous, particularly at depth. 



Upcoming Meetings and Events

West Nipissing Business
Community Branding


The West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce is working on a marketing campaign that will brand the West Nipissing business community. We are seeking qualified proponents to bid on our Request for Quote.


The components of the campaign include creating a comprehensive regional recognition stamp (branding the West Nipissing business community) providing not only "pride of place", but local and exterior marketing for enterprises that need assistance in marketing goods/services by utilizing technology and other means.


The RFQ focuses on 3 parts:


1) Creation of the West Nipissing Regional Stamp

2) Development of the Regional Wide Marketing Strategy to implement the brand

3) Development of a Web-based Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) Commercial


Please find the West Nipissing Business Community Branding Project RFQ at the link below.


RFQ - West Nipissing Business Community Branding Project 

Seeking Business
Community Input


The West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce has been approached by several business owners in regards to the current schedule and process of snow removal in the downtown core of Sturgeon Falls. On December 19th, 2014 the Chamber sent a letter to the Municipality outlining the following concerns: snow bank removal, sidewalk maintenance and the impact these conditions were having on customers and their ability to access local shops. 


Council discussed the letter and reviewed the Municipality's current road maintenance process and procedures at their Committee of the Whole meeting on January 13th, 2015. The Municipality responded to the Chamber's letter by saying that the matter of enhanced services with respect to snow removal in the downtown business sector will be further discussed during the budget deliberation meeting scheduled for February 7th, 2015 and that the Chamber will be informed of the outcome thereafter.


In preparation of the February 7th Council meeting, the West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce is seeking input from the business community on the matter. You are encouraged to provide your comments, questions or concerns regarding snow removal in the downtown core of Sturgeon Falls by emailing jolene.lisk@westnipissingchamber.ca  


For more information on the matter, please read the article featured in the January 21, 2015 issue of the Tribune by clicking here: Businesses want better snow removal in downtown core

Leakage Analysis and 
Market Feasibility Study


The West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Laurentian University to complete a Leakage Analysis and Market Feasibility Study. The objectives of this research are to examine how local business owners and institutions, as well as local consumers, make purchase decisions. Students enrolled in the Honours Bachelor of Commerce program will be conducting interviews with local business owners for the purpose of this study and as part of their coursework at Laurentian University.


Key objectives of this study include:


1.    Determine areas of retail and business services leakage within the community;

2.    Determine if existing businesses located within West Nipissing are capturing the full retail sales potential of those who shop and live there;

3.    Identify specific industry sub-sectors that are most likely to succeed within the West Nipissing local market;

4.    Identify feasible niche markets for West Nipissing;


The West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce encourages you to participate in the Leakage Analysis and Market Feasibility Study, if contacted. As an incentive for completing interviews with the students and providing your input, the Chamber will be giving away 5 gift cards, valued at $100 each. Chosen by random draw, the gift cards are for the following businesses:


Canadian Tire

Stereo Plus


Le Loup 97.1 FM - La voix du nord



The importance and benefits of this study will be to identify potentially profitable retail sector activities. It may also reveal some of the current barriers that existing businesses have been facing when looking at possibilities of diversification and expansion. Once the study is complete, the findings will be shared with the community at large, local business owners, as well as local high schools promoting and informing them of entrepreneurial possibility in West Nipissing. 

West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce
200 Main Street, Unit B
Sturgeon Falls, ON
P2B 1P2
Tel: 705-753-5672 Fax: 705-580-5672