The Inaugural NWO Pitch IT event will see Entrepreneurs from the Northwestern Ontario Region Pitch their business ideas to a panel of Judges and Investors for the chance to win prizes starting at:

1st Prize - $5000 + $800 BDO Voucher | 2ND Prize - $2000 | 3RD Prize - $1000

The NWO Pitch IT competition is open to individuals located within the Kenora and Rainy River Districts with a business idea, new business start-up and proposed business expansion. Applications will be accepted from February 14th – February 28th and the event itself will be held virtually on March 24th at 7pm CST.

Register today to receive your FREE access link prior to the event!

Please reach out to Corey Jones at [email protected] if you have any questions about the application process or the event itself.

Our Judges

Chris Leblanc

CEO Superior Airways Limited

I started with Northern Waterworks Inc. (NWI) in 1997. This was our first company, in what was to become a conglomerate of family owned companies. I began as an Operator-In-Training, working my way through Field Services manager and other positions, until my eventual retirement as Vice President in 2019; upon acquisition of NWI by the Ste St Marie Public Utilities Corporation (PUC).

NWI achieved peak revenues of almost $15M per year; and oversaw more than $500M in capital assets for our clients. We provided oversight of Municipal and First Nation water and wastewater systems in Ontario. NWI provided water training to all First Nations, as well as oversaw the Federal Government's 24/7 Emergency Response program for all 121-First Nations in the Province. We further provided inspection and assessments of all First Nation water and wastewater systems annually. My main role, was oversight of the First Nation division, responsible for the above stated programs.

Through 1997 till present, we expanded our reach into various industries and sectors in the region. In 2004 we purchased Medicine Stone Resort and Outposts. This was followed-up with the acquisition of Superior Airways In 2009. From there, we further expanded into gold and mineral resource exploration, through the formation of Bounty Gold Corp in 2012. Once completed, since we had an abundance of spare time on our hands, we also completed the purchase of both Chimo Airways and Chimo Lodge and Outposts, during the spring of 2018.

The acquisition of Chimo Airways was too augment Superior Airways float operations, which were based out of Howey Bay; further solidifying our position in this market through increasing barriers to entry.

Chimo Lodge and Outposts were the single largest client of Chimo Airways; therefore we also purchased that asset, to further secure our revenue streams and solidify our projections.

Roger Gould

Business Development Manager Perron Contracting

Home town of Dryden Ontario for over 55 years

Business and Development Manager of Perron Contracting in Sioux Lookout Ont.

Board member of Patricia Area Community Endeavours

Member of Dryden Rotary Club

Nicole Brown


As COO, Nicole handles FSET’s administrative duties to harness its full potential and ensure that all operations run smoothly and efficiently. For Nicole, there is no greater goal than digital equity, and to this end, she strives to find every opportunity for FSET to contribute transformative technology to society.

Nicole joined FSET in 2009 to assist with bookkeeping part-time, while also working a second job in the health sector. To better support the company, she transitioned into her current role full-time to focus on nurturing its pursuit of excellence and overall growth as an enterprise. In defining FSET as an industry leader, Nicole endeavours to differentiate and build education into the company’s engagement process to provide customers with the best possible understanding of their own needs before signing any contracts. To this end, Nicole does everything she can to negotiate game-changing partnerships and fiscal opportunities not just for FSET, but each one of its clients across the region.

Nicole has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. In addition to having over 15 years of experience in the health care industry, Nicole is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt possessing an expert understanding of the doctrine’s define, measure, analyze, improve, and control (DMAIC) model. Thanks to her oversight, FSET won the 2019 RBC Innovative Company of the Year award as chosen by the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) and Lakehead Office of Innovation, Partnerships and Economic Development (IPED).

Born and raised in Ohio, U.S.A., Nicole has since settled in Kenora, Ontario as a dual citizen, where she resides with her husband and two boys. In her spare time, she enjoys historical novels, cooking, and supporting the greater community through numerous board memberships.

Jennifer Horton

Owner, Curvy Chick

Jennifer is the owner and founder of Curvy Chick an established clothing boutique located downtown Fort Frances since 2013. She also owns a local loose leaf tea company that she bought in 2020. Jennifer provides every customer at her boutique with a warm welcome and exceptional customer service. Being a plus sized girl herself, she offers her customers cute and unique clothing. Having this type of intimate boutique in Fort Frances is a great benefit for the community and Northwestern Ontario. She has expanded to the online shopping market through her website to reach all over our region. Jennifer enjoys quiet time with a cup of tea and spa days when time allows.

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