2020 Summer Company Participants 


AlexsisAlexsis Augustine, Owner of Augustine’s Beaded Designs

Alexsis Augustine is an indigenous student that attends Lakehead University. She started her business, Augustine’s Beaded Designs, where Alexsis creates handmade small batch beaded items such as earrings, keychains, or hair barrettes. The idea to start the business came from her friends and family asking to purchase the items that she creates. Alexsis thought it was a great opportunity to sell the products outside of her circle while supporting her family. 

Items can be purchased through her Facebook page @Augustine’s Beaded Designs.




ErikaErika Niva, Owner of Keramiikka Maan

Erika Niva is running a pottery business, known as Keramiikka Maan. The name Keramiikka Maan is Finnish and translates to “Pottery of the Earth”, ultimately connecting Erika’s future career with her Finnish heritage. Erika had first started with pottery through her studies at Lakehead University in the visual arts program in 2017. Since then she had been selling her items off and on, but finally decided to take the leap and start her business.

Erika creates small batch pottery that focuses on creating unique but functional art in the form of ceramic vessels such as mugs, bowls, vases, etc. She also creates decorative work and ceramic sculptures. It has always been a goal of Erika’s to make a career out of art, as it has always been a love and hobby of hers. As a young potter and aspiring artist, Erika would like to continue doing what she loves while providing people with the functional fine art that they need in their everyday lives.

Items can be purchased through Erika’s website at keramiikkamaan.com. You can also follow her on Facebook @Keramiikka Maan, and Instagram @erika.niva.art


JoeJoe Newhouse, Owner of Mariday Mowers Lawn Care Company

Joe Newhouse is the owner of Mariday Mowers and Lawn Care Company. He will be offering services such as raking, lawn mowing, and grass trimming. Joe feels that this type of business is a good way to help out individuals that may not be physically able to mow the lawn themselves. Mariday Mowers is also available for individuals that are unable to complete lawn care tasks themselves or are away from their home often. 

Mariday Mowers Lawn Care Company can be reached by phone at (807) 621-5508 or on their Facebook page @Mariday Mowers Lawn Care Company.


ImranImran Bagha, Owner of Northern Writing Consultants

Northern Writing Consultants offers a wide array of writing services. Imran Bagha, the founder, is a professional writing consultant and he helps people improve their writing, presentation, and interview skills. His specialty is with helping people applying to graduate and professional university programs such as law, pharmacy, and veterinary school.

 He also helps grad students, MDs, and PhDs with writing tasks. This includes consulting, reviewing, and polishing research grant applications, Master’s thesis projects, essays, reports, and so forth – no matter the writing need, Northern Writing Consultants does it all. 

Appointments and services offerings can be viewed at northernwritingconsultants.com, on Facebook @Northern Writing, and Instagram @Northern Writing




Jase Marusyk, Owner of Marusyk’s Lawn Care and Pressure Washing in Atikokan, ON

Jase is the owner & operator for Marusyk’s Lawn Care and Pressure Washing in Atikokan, Ontario. Jase’s company provides lawn care services including lawn mowing, gas trimming, minor landscaping projects, and home pressure washing services including, deck paint removal, driveway cleaning, siding, and window washing, and gutter cleaning. Jase provides services on a scheduled rotation or an as-needed basis – depending on what the client prefers. He offers a flexible schedule, as well as catering to shift workers and cabin owners weekend requests as needed.

Jase is looking forward to learning about the rewards and challenges of owning your own business.

Marusyk's Lawn Care and Pressure Washing can be reached by phone at (807) 598 -1145

Past Summer Company Participants

2019 Summer Company Participants

  • Tyler: Tyler's Tune Ups
  • Kohl: The Lawn Doc T-Bay
  • Manny: Superior Mobile Detailing
  • Tyson: True Shine Window Cleaning
  • Zachary: Super Green Lawn Care
  • Chase: Chase's Crafts
  • Julaine: Lazy Pearl
  • Daisy: Superior Cards
  • Kevin: Plex Design & Development
 2018 Summer Company Participants
 2017 Summer Company Participants
 2016 Summer Company Participants
 2015 Summer Company Participants
  • Zach Adams Zach's Yard Maintenance Lawncare
  • Alexa Bohemier AB Creative Designs Original artistic clothing www.facebook.com/alexabohemiercreativedesigns
  • Bisma Iqbal Bisma's Photography Family photography and promotional videos 
  • Colin Maronese Edge Coating Powder coating www.facebook.com/EdgeCoating
  • Casey McFadyen Casey Mathematics Online and in-person math tutoring 
  • Spencer Rideout Rideout's Tackle Hand-made fishing lures www.facebook.com/RideoutsTackle
  • Justin Sauer Justin's Lawn & Snow Lawncare including fertilizing, seeding, and grass cutting
  • Anirudh Shahi Flying Birdie Badminton Camp Badminton camp  www.facebook.com/pages/Flying-Birdie-Badminton-Camp/478250772326687
  • Teagan Smeltzer Hello Wreaths Unique hand-crafted wreaths 
  • Dalton Sparks Iron Giant Strength & Conditioning Personal training and strength coaching 
  • Stephanie St. Jacques Canaan Apiculturalist - natural beauty products made with beeswax
 2014 Summer Company Participants
  • Cory Bagdon Port Arthur Woodcraft Fine furniture and custom cabinets
  • Shannon Dobson Unleashed Photography Pet photography
  • Frank Felice Evergreen Landscaping Lawncare and landscaping
  • Gillian House A + G Sealing Driveway sealing and maintenance
  • Ryan Keleher Northern Professional Research Company Research and project management for companies serving the legal industry
  • Jordan Kelso Yellow Jacket Lot Maintenance Sweeping and lawn maintenance
  • Anthony Laudone CompuTech Onsite computer repairs
  • Josh McGeown Salus Strength and Weight Management Exercise and lifestyle counselling
  • Keenan Mihalcin Sunny Slopes Exterior Maintenance Lawncare
  • Jessica Puddicombe J. Noel Art Original paintings and art classes
  • Tamara Spence Sleeping Giant Corals  Coral propagation of colourful and healthy SPS, LPS, Zoanthids and soft corals
  • Melissa Tempelman Bee Well Chocolate Chocolate made with healthy and local ingredients
  • Richard Wirkkunen Ice Age Games Gaming singles and gaming accessories
  • Victor Xiao Lakehead Piano Keyboarding lessons for beginners


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