Northern College is looking for leaders to mentor a business training program.

The free advice is part of the college’s Aboriginal Entrepreneurial Learning Path program.

President of Northern, Fred Gibbons says new mining developments in the North have impact benefit agreements attached, which is an opportunity for Aboriginal entrepreneurs.

“There’s an opportunity for Aboriginal companies, so promoting Aboriginal youth to think of starting companies, to provide services to these mining companies in order to fulfill the impact benefit agreement,” says Gibbons. “This is getting to heart of what Northern College has been promoting recently, with respect to trying to instill an entrepreneurial spirit in students.”

Gibbons says they are working with the non-profit Aboriginal Centre for Entrepreneurship. They’re looking for business leaders in Aboriginal communities to help develop business plans.

The four week AELP program has students visit the Timmins campus for one week at a time over the course of four month.

Funding is available for 20 students, which includes registration, training, meals, and accommodation.

The first intake is scheduled for May 4th.

Community leaders interested in mentorship training, as well as Aboriginal youth aged 18 to 29 who are interested in attending the AELP entrepreneurship program, can contact Syndi Robitaille, President and Founder of the Aboriginal Centre for Entrepreneurship, by email at syndi@acetraining.ca or by phone at 705.549.8091

Photo: Northern College President, Fred Gibbons