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First Nation-owned business puts down roots

Superior Strategies has opened a new training centre
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THUNDER BAY - Superior Strategies, a Thunder Bay company that provides a broad range of management consulting and training services, has established a new base for its training programs.

The First Nation-owned company has leased a semi-rural site in the city, on Dawson Road between Hazelwood Drive and Hunter Road. 

Superior Strategies collaborates with different industry partners to provide certified health and safety training in areas ranging from First Aid and CPR to working at heights and on elevated platforms, operating chainsaws, hoisting and rigging, traffic control and numerous other fields.

Until now, the company has rented training facilities at different locations around the city.

Owner Jason Thompson, a member of the Red Rock Indian Band, said it made sense to set up in one location.

"It establishes our presence here in Thunder Bay and helps us plant our roots," he said.

Thompson said he's been running the business for ten years, working evenings and weekends part-time, and within the last five years "it's taken off."

The company currently has three full-time staff and seven part-time employees.

Thompson's background is in human resources and health and safety, but he also manages a local construction firm.

He said the biggest challenge in moving Superior Strategies forward has been in marketing. "Not having the facility to deliver training has been a bit of a detriment to us, but now that we have this facility we don't have to try to book a facility that meets our needs."

Thompson sits on the board of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce.

He said one of his missions has been to encourage aboriginal entrepreneurship and to see more First Nations people participate in Thunder Bay's economy.

Superior Strategies will hold a grand opening from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 17.

   



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