Media Release
Thursday, October 15, 2020
For immediate release

Changes to Productivity and Innovation Centre will give entrepreneurs tools to optimize and grow

TIMMINS, ON – The Productivity and Innovation Centre (PIC) is streamlining its services to help business-owners and entrepreneurs pursue opportunities, build capacity and find funding for their venture. PIC is hosting its Virtual Rebrand Launch during Small Business Week on Wednesday October 21st to announce the changes.

“Once we decided to update our programming, we recognized that our brand needed to reflect the forward-thinking services we offer and generate some excitement around the changes,” said Ross MacDonald, Business Development Specialist at the Timmins Economic Development Corporation (TEDC). “Our new programming will help businesses overcome unique challenges and take their operations to the next level,” added MacDonald.

The new federally funded program allows PIC to offer tailored services that help entrepreneurs and businesses create a roadmap, and develop a customized plan to see their vision through. Fred Gibbons, Chair of the TEDC board said, “Not only does this program give clients a clear pathway to achieve their business goals, it also provides an opportunity to fund 50% of business development costs up to $10,000 through the new BOOST program.”

Since 2014, the PIC has supported over 75 small to medium-size enterprises resulting in over $1.2M investment in business operations through its flagship Productivity Assessment & Implementation Program (PAI). Jocelyne and Dave Sharp, owners of Conveyor’s Plus have sought the expertise of PIC in the past, saying “They helped us secure funding for prototyping and market development for our Sure-Align Tracker products. They gave us a clear direction for our business, which allowed us to develop and grow.”

Learn about PIC’s new brand, services, workshops and programs on Wednesday, October 21st at 9:30am.

Register for the Virtual Rebrand Launch at


For more information, contact Sylvie Lamothe at or (705) 269-1354.

About PIC
PIC is supported by the Timmins Economic Development Corporation, FedNor and the Government of Canada. PIC is one of 18 Regional Innovation Centres in the province.