Open for Business: The role of entrepreneurial culture in transforming communities

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 7:00 pm NST
Haven Inn, St. Anthony, NL

Please excuse the occasional technical glitch in the video - we were experiencing connectivity issues during the live broadcast. We will be uploading a repaired video in the near future.

In today’s changing environment, economic uncertainty, technology advances, increased competition, globalization, and demographic trends are factors impacting on business and community survival. In order to create a sustainable economy, communities need to combine resources, industry, and knowledge. This process requires communities to develop and foster an entrepreneurial culture, where both economic and social goals are part of the community vision.

Join us for a panel discussion with: 


Dr. Jose Lam is an Assistant Professor at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. He holds a PhD and an MBA from Concordia University, a MSc from McGill University and a BSc from UBC. His research interests focus on entre- preneurship, small business management, as well as family business management and local economic development.




MAURICE SIMMONDS founded his business, Maurice’s Service Centre, in Goose Cove in 1977 and relocated to St. Antho- ny in 1982. Also in 1982, Maurice was ap- proached by Ultramar Canada to oversee both the gas bar and their home heating service in this region. This line-of-business has contributed much growth and success towards the overall operations. Fire de- stroyed the facilities in 1991, yet the busi- ness was rebuilt, and has since grown into a diversified business operation. Today, over 50 valued employees contribute to- wards continued growth.



TODD MAY is General Manager–Pellet Division with Holson Forest Products Ltd. in Roddickton. Since the Fall of 2009, Todd has been educating himself about the international biomass industry while leading the development of a 50,000 tonne per annum pellet plant. Prior to joining Holson Forest Products, Todd spent nearly 15 years developing a career and community and business development through working with the provincial government as well as non-profit development groups.

Free admission & free parking.

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This Memorial Presents was held in conjunction with the Harris Centre's Northern Peninsula Regional Workshop. To register for the day-long workshop, or to find out more, click here.


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