Maria Dufresne

Maria Dufresne Project Coordinator - Enterprising Indigenous Women Maria Dufresne Maria will be working with the Business Counsellor team, other PARO team members, and community partners to deliver business development training and services for northern women entrepreneurs living in rural, remote and First Nations communities in Northern Ontario. Maria brings to this position 35 + years experience as a legal and post-secondary education administrator, as well as knowledge and understanding...
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PARO Summit Gala 2023

PARO Summit Gala 2023 https://youtu.be/8diRyg2KogI Thank you for joining us! Thank you for attending The PARO Summit Gala 2023!It was wonderful to see you all there for a night of networking, learning, awards and entertainment!We would love to hear from you on what you thought of the event so that we can better improve our future events.If you could fill out this short event evaluation we would very much appreciate...
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External Funding

External Funding Funding Available in Northern Ontario The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC)The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation is proud to be a vital component of the Northern Prosperity Plan. The Heritage Fund offers a number of funding programs that may be of assistance to you and your business.Nishnawbe Aski Development FundNishnawbe Aski Development Fund is a non-profit Aboriginal corporation providing loans, tools and business support services to Aboriginal entrepreneurs...
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Melissa Cook

Melissa Cook Program manager Melissa cook Melissa Cook is the Program Manager at PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise. With a background in human rights, economic development, diversity and inclusion and social enterprise, Melissa is an expert in diverse community development practices. As a Thunder Bay native, Melissa is passionate about Northwestern Ontario and helping women from rural, remote and Northern Urban communities achieve business success and realizing their potential. Envelope...
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PARO on Wheels

PARO on Wheels PARO on Wheels ensures that our services are mobile and accessible to all Ontario women whether they live in urban, rural, remote, Indigenous or Francophone communities.The PARO on Wheels team travels across the region throughout the year delivering business coaching, events, employment advice and training services to women.  We also host regular focus group sessions to keep current with the concerns of northern women and to help...
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The PARO Team

The PARO Team Founder & Ceo Rosalind Lockyer Together with twenty years of working as a teacher, entrepreneur, and community developer, Rosalind became blatantly aware of the many systemic issues that kept women from achieving their life goals.  In 1995, she founded PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise, channelling this experience, her passion, and her determination to continue to work for positive change locally, provincially, nationally[RL1] and internationally.  Today, PARO is...
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