President Kysta Logozzo Daniele welcomed 36 members and guests to this jammed packed mid-winter meeting. Notable guests included our guest speaker, Sudbury Rotarian Ian Lane (see bio below), David Roberts (Dean of Business School, LU), Rob Zuback (Confederation College), Nick Nyman (Chartwell Retirement Residences), Lori Mitchell, former ED at the Salvation Army Journey to Life Centre and club member ( now in Toronto) and former Assistant District Governor and club member Maria Hudolin (B.C.)
Rob (Con College), Nick (Chartwell) and David (LU) are all representing PA Rotary Community partners with notably, Confederation College and Chartwell becoming recent members. The club is thrilled with these new partnerships.
NB:  a suitable celebration and (novel) “induction” ceremony for these esteemed new members will be executed at an appropriate date going forward.
 
Co-hosts (with thanks today) were: Kevin Holloway, John Stephenson and Krysta Logozzo Daniele.
 
A fine O Canada with 11 language groups was played by Kevin Holloway and showcased Canadian diversity.
Krysta acknowledged our meeting being held on Fort William First Nation territory.
 
Announcement Highlights:
 
  1. Rotary Radio Day (55th edition) campaign is moving along nicely. Chair Brian Walmark is encouraged by sales. A CKPR produced videom was shown.  It was remarked that each ad takes combined HR of 6-8 hours production time. Many of the Family Day Hour donors (sold out) had FB logos shown today..
  2. Dew Drop Inn service upcoming: January 28. Volunteers to contact D. Silliman.
  3. Club meeting January 26th is a fellowship style Quiz Night...in lieu of a noon meeting. (Rod Morrison).
 
Induction of New Members:
 
Dr. Paul DeBakker and Gary Ferguson (ED of the Salvation Army Journey to Life Centre) were welcomed into the fold with introductions by Dave Legge and the formal charge being read by Past President Kevin Holloway. Gary and Paul bring strong new impact to the club, both with extensive prior experience in helping people in diverse capacities.
GUEST PRESENTATION
 
Ian Lane, Rotarian from the Sudbury Sun Rise club and Business Manager (Clinical Research Administration) with the Health Sciences North Research Institute (Sudbury) presented remotely from his home base, on the Northern Ontario Health Innovation Cluster.
Ian was introduced and thanked by President-elect Jim Madder, who has interacted with Ian through Confederation College’s Innovation Centre.
 
The “Cluster” is a great “coming together partnership” consortium, seeking to address the underfunded ($295M) gap in research funding in the north. The skillful docs and scientists are certainly available at the various sites. Ian discussed details of the various Phases, with for example a Registered Persons Database (with appropriate privacy ensured) and Indigenous Data Profile system being highlights. The concept, dynamics and early results a extremely encouraging. Our club is impressed. Thank you Ian.
 
The meeting closed with a heads up on upcoming meetings: Quiz night (Jan 26), Allocations Presentation (Feb 2) and a special Lakehead University presentation Feb 9)
Ian provided a bio overview of himself and his message:
 
Prior to moving to Ontario, Ian Lane was the Manager of Policy Development and Settlement in the Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Learning with the Government of Prince Edward Island. He was responsible for developing adaptive policies to attract and retain youth, newcomers, temporary foreign workers, and international students. He was Chair of the Atlantic Population Table’s Awareness and Retention Committee, which oversaw granting opportunities to settlement agencies in Atlantic Canada. Ian is now Manager of Research Capacity and Health Innovation at Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury where he helps researchers and physicians attract external and internal funding opportunities and provides strategic grant development support. He has supported the attraction of over $10 Million in external funding since joining HSNRI. He is also the Project Manager for the Northern Ontario Health Innovation Cluster. He is an active Rotarian and has volunteered his grant writing skills to various community and non-for-profit organizations in Ontario and Prince Edward Island. Ian holds a MA from Ryerson University in Immigration and Settlement Studies, a BA in Canadian History from the University of Prince Edward Island, and a Diploma in Commercial Music from Humber College.
 
The Northern Ontario Health Innovation Cluster is a consortium of health research intensive organizations including Lakehead University, Laurentian University, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute, Health Sciences North, and Health Science North Research Institute. The Cluster will enhance synergies and increase efficiencies among its member organizations to improve health innovation in the region.  It will address the region’s most complex health challenges, while promoting commercial activities to stimulate the region’s economy. The Cluster will be built with open architecture, allowing future expansion to welcome new members.  These could include Algoma University and Nipissing University (as they grow their health sciences graduate programs and research capacity), hospitals, community-based organizations and others.