Knowledge Sector

Thunder Bay has enjoyed a strong business environment since the 1800s as a major centre of commerce for Canada's fur trade. Over time, Thunder Bay become a central hub for the North American and international resource and manufacturing industry, and continues to be in a strong position to provide numerous opportunities in specialized manufacturing, mining and clean technology. More recently, Thunder Bay's economy has been diversifying and adding a rapidly growing knowledge sector led by investment and innovation in the information and communications technologies and health sciences sectors.

Thunder Bay's knowledge sector covers a diverse range of career paths and includes over 10% of Thunder Bay's workforce. The three key industries are:

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Health Sciences - A strong and deep health sciences sector is driving the growth of the life sciences manufacturing cluster including innovative young businesses and ground breaking research. Thunder Bay is home to a local medical school, DNA labs, and a renowned research institute.

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Information and Communications Technologies -  Thunder Bay's ICT sector is a dynamic cluster of digital businesses that includes telecommunications, film, television and computer organizations. Innovation and creativity are driving forces of the ICT sector and Thunder Bay's vibrant industry enables collaboration and networking that have endless creative possibilities.

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Training - Thunder Bay has received global recognition for it's training industry. Thunder  Bay has a diverse economy and training and skills enhancement have been provided for the manufacturing, mining, health sciences, health and safety, and sport industries in addition to indigenous populations.

Thunder Bay's thriving city is an ideal location for knowledge based businesses. Thunder Bay has an extensive communications network enabling instant global connection. Research institutes, innovation centres, and laboratories are incubating ideas that continue to advance the entire sector. Thunder Bay also features a strong business environment with networking opportunities and possibilities for collaboration.

For additional information please contact the Development Officer at (807) 625-3960 or visit our Contact Us page.


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