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Speed-Networking with SHIFT


THUNDER BAY, ON  ------   May 14, 2012 ----  Many young-minded professionals really understand the power of networking. This was proven true as nearly 90 guests attended SHIFT’s Annual General Meeting and Speed-Networking event on Thursday May 10th at the Travelodge Hotel Airlane.

This exciting event presented by Investors Group Financial Services Inc. drew in an array of various attendees including business owners and entrepreneurs, health care professionals, artists, doctors, lawyers, financial advisors, insurance brokers, real estate agents, students and much more.

The idea of gaining new social and business contacts in a time efficient manner really appealed to this diverse group of guests. Even Greg Sanders, a 17 year old entrepreneur and business owner made the trip from Atikokan to gain new contacts while promoting his beef jerky production company “What’s Your Beef?”.

More and more individuals as well as employers are recognizing the importance of attending networking events and SHIFT Thunder Bay’s Young Professionals Network is thrilled to offer unique networking opportunities in our community. While email and social networking tools are great, people still see the value in making those face to face connections, even if it is only for two and a half minutes at a time during the speed-networking shuffle.

As you may know, SHIFT has grown significantly over the past year and we now represent over 1000 members. In addition to hosting unique monthly events, SHIFT is providing new opportunities for SHIFTers to make positive contributions to our community focusing on our 5 pillars, Business, Social, Community, Environment and Personal & Professional Development.
We continually take part in many different community initiatives and we strive to encourage our demographic to get involved and voice their opinions on important issues in our city.
During our Annual General Meeting, we held an election where attendees helped vote Barbara Gauthier, Jon Hendel and Willow Lem to our Board of Directors for a two year term.
As a result, we had to say good-bye to three of our long-withstanding board members and founding members of SHIFT Jennifer Cleaveley, Sherilyn Krentz and Kobi-Lynne Perry. Although they are leaving the board they will still remain actively involved with SHIFT sitting on various committees and more.

Our current SHIFT President, Nathan Lawrence is very excited for the year ahead and has many great ideas to keep moving our organization forward. Nathan along with fellow SHIFT Board members really pride themselves in engaging our membership to help to strengthen the future of Thunder Bay.

SHIFT is Thunder Bay's home for young-minded professionals who understand that moving their community forward means more than just doing business. It's the big picture, from social and environmental concerns to personal and professional development. Together, we can move forward.

SHIFT was created to offer young professionals in Thunder Bay a forum to network to make social connections and business contacts. For further information join us on Facebook or visit our website at to become a SHIFTer, stay current and get involved with stimulating events and activities!

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