Sencia in the Community
Sencia Canada Ltd. is pleased to be a part of several local and provincial organizations. We believe very strongly in strengthening our community, advancing our industry, and supporting Canadian business. Please review a few of the associations we are involved in below:
Sencia Canada Ltd. played an integral part in delivering IT services including onsite support and web services for Thunder Bay’s Staal Foundation Open: Presented by Tbaytel, a PGA TOUR Canada Event in July 2014. Joe Quaresima was a member of the Board of Directors and played an important role on the Communication Committee. Sencia’s team developed a responsive website for the mobile environment, inclusive of AODA compliance. Our team also developed an online ticketing system that included e-ticket sales and gate ticketing admissions using QR codes. Some of Sencia’s team members also volunteered numerous hours during the event.
The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is an agency designed to meet business community needs. It is an organization of individuals and businesses who join together to advance the commercial, financial, industrial and civic interests of our community. It is a public relations vehicle, a legislative monitor at the local, provincial and federal levels of government, an information bureau, and a research and promotion medium.
Sencia's President Irene Kozlowski was elected on the Board of Directors for the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce for the 2014 to 2016 term.
The Thunder Bay Executives Association is a business organization dedicated to providing its members with an opportunity to do business and exchange information necessary to further their growth and development. This association is comprised of successful business people offering a wide range of products and services.
Sencia Team Members in the Community
Apart from company-related associations, individual members of the Sencia team are also involved in several local organizations. We are proud to support the following organizations:
The CIBPA of Thunder Bay strives to be the business voice of the Italian Canadian community, providing leadership to all member Chapters and constituent members. We foster an atmosphere of unity throughout the member chapters, focusing on the values which are important to the Federation and are a reflection of the love its constituents have for Canada and the respect they have for their Italian heritage.
Sencia's Irene Kozlowski was elected President of the Port Arthur Rotary Club for the 2014-2015 year. This distinct organization of business professionals is dedicated to bettering the community of Thunder Bay as well as District 5580 (U.S. and Canada), and Rotary International.
The Thunder Bay Business Women's Network offers women a unique opportunity to connect with other women, promote their skills and services, share ideas, and grow personally and professionally. Together this network supports each other in success.
The Small Business Resource Guide is comprised of local small business owners and professionals. This committee was formed in the early 1990s and was originally known as the Home Based Business Committee. The committee aims to provide support to small businesses in the form of workshops and resources that are beneficial to the small business community.
Advisory Board for International Business (Confederation College)
The primary responsibilities of the Advisory Board for International Business are:
- to advise college staff in defining graduate profiles and program learning outcomes;
- to provide input into the development and evaluation of curriculum;
- to advise the college on the availability and suitability of college service resources and industry support for all work experience components;
- to provide input into the program renewal process;
- to provide input into the program effectiveness and efficiency process;
- to advise the college on changes in the labour market which may affect the employment of graduates;
- to identify emerging trends and potential areas for growth relevant to the industries they serve;
- to recommend and assist the college in developing new programs of study responsive to the needs of specific industries/professions or developments in the community;
- to maintain an active public relations profile for the program and the college within industry;
- to support the marketing of the program and recruitment of students; and
- to assist with the establishment of student prizes, scholarships and bursaries
Both Joe Quaresima and Irene Kozlowski participated in developing the curriculum requirements for the CP (Computer Programmer) Program for Confederation College. The program's first graduates will complete the program in 2015.
Lakehead University has over 36,000 graduates living and working in countries all over the world. In conjunction with the Alumni Services Office, the Alumni Association provides opportunities for alumni to stay connected with the institution and each other through many programs, services, and events. The AALU has recently developed an ambassadors program, as well as new outreach programs. The Alumni Association of Lakehead University designates a portion of the revenues generated from fundraising activities throughout the year towards Grants and Awards. This limited financial assistance is available to support worthy projects and events at the University or in the community that are consistent with the Alumni Association’s mission statement.
In January 2014, Irene Kozlowski was elected to the Board of Directors for the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce. Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce actively advocates for business within the City of Thunder Bay in areas such as advocacy, professional development, communication and networking.
Irene Kozlowski was appointed in 2014 to Lakehead University’s “President’s Advisory Council on Economic Development.” The purpose is to advise the President of Lakehead University on how the university can plan an even more integral role in the economic development of Northwestern Ontario. PACED members were selected based on individual skill sets of members.
Irene Kozlowski was an appointee for the Ministry of Economic Development’s Small Business Agency of Ontario (SBA), representing Northwestern Ontario’s IT industry. The SBAO is comprised of members determined and appointed for two-year terms by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister. Membership reflects the broad range of communities, sectors and organizations within Ontario’s diverse SME population. Creative thinking and decision-making, demonstrated leadership, and effective communication skills are required of each member. Irene Kozlowski was appointed for two terms.
Thunder Bay Cluster Innovation Table – Women in Business in Northwestern Ontario
Irene Kozlowski was appointed to the Thunder Bay Cluster Innovation Table which works with communities across Northern Ontario including Timmins, Sudbury, Red Lake, Sault Ste. Marie and North Bay.