Projects

SENO CoStarter for Change
Social Enterprise for Northern Ontario (SENO) CoStarter for Change supports the development of early-stage, high-growth social enterprises in Northern Ontario by offering social entrepreneurs access to capital, educational and support programs, workspace, and other services to help launch and grow their non-profit and for-profit ventures. Read more
Locally Grown Food for the Northern Urban Marketplace (2012)
The research study surveys the propensity and capacity for Sault Ste. Marie food businesses to purchase local food. The research project is aimed at building relationships between local farmers and businesses in the food sector through education. Read more
Rural Youth Research Internship Project (2008)
This project engaged 7 youth to research the impact of Community Futures Development Corporations across Ontario. In Algoma, youth were placed with East Algoma CFDC and the CDC of Sault Ste. Marie. Researchers: David Thompson and Ashleigh Sauve Read more
Community Resilience of Sault Ste. Marie (2003-09)
A cross-sectorial community-based initiative launched in 2004 to assess Sault Ste. Marie’s resilience and explore ways of incorporating resilience concepts and principles into community planning, thereby increasing the City’s desirability and sustainability by becoming economically viable, socially equitable, environmentally responsible, and culturally vital. When initiated the concept of resilience was little known or understood; it has since, however, become a movement. Read more
The Urban Indigenous Youth for Change (UIYFC)
The Urban Indigenous Youth for Change (UIYFC) pilot project will provide an in-depth opportunity to teach and learn from urban Indigenous youth how to incorporate cultural and land based learning with different types of entrepreneurship education, leading to increased and diverse participation in the social economy. Read more
Downtown Dialogue in Action
The John Howard Society, Sault Ste. Marie Police Services and NORDIK have partnered in creating a Strategic Action Plan for social development in the city’s downtown core by sharing ideas and experiences through dialogue on what is needed to create a safe, secure, and thriving downtown with an emphasis on including voices of marginalized groups. This project is funded through the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services’ Proceeds of Crime program and a grant from United Way’s Community Endowment Fund. Read more
Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT)
The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) is a regional not-for-profit organization composed of a broad variety of interests, including individuals, municipalities, First Nations, tourism operators, recreationists, environmentalists, students, community economic development professionals and accessibility groups who recognize the significant social, economic, and environmental value of Northern Ontario’s passenger trains. Read more
Market analysis on local lamb and chevon (2011-12)
In 2011, the Algoma Sheep and Lamb Association approached NORDIK to explore marketing opportunities for local lamb and chevon (meat goat) products. Researchers: David Thompson (MBA candidate) and Broderick Causley. Read more
Buy Algoma. Buy Fresh (2010-ongoing)
Buy Algoma Buy Fresh is a project of the Algoma Food Network that aims to enhance economic opportunities or agriculture in Algoma by facilitating linkages between producers and consumers through promotion, education, and co-operation. Read more
Sault Ste. Marie Air Quality Study (2010-12)
Beginning in 2003, former MP Tony Martin, together with a group of residents concerned about emissions from nearby Essar Steel Algoma, began the search for a team of health professionals with the skills and knowledge to conduct this research. Read more