Ontario Invests in the Northern Digital Economy

NOHFC Digital Economy Funding
(Left to right) Erik Helferty, Project Manager for Canadian Bank Note Company, MPP Lewis, Founder and CEO of Insightworks Learning and Development. Photo by Megan Pounder/SaultOnline

On Friday morning, local MPP Ross Romano announced new NOHFC investments in the amount of $645,000.

This includes $500,000 for Canadian Bank Note Company to develop Bingo Management System software to manage games across multiple platforms in Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) licensed gaming centres.

“It’s really good for us,” Project Manager Erik Helferty told SaultOnline.”This allows us to hire more resources to get this project done and do a lot of things we want to do on the technology side to make the platform better and to make it easier for charitable gaming operators to implement.”

Helferty said they’re looking to add four people to their team, for a total of 55 employees.

Insightworks Learning and Development (ILD) will also receive about $145,000 to develop training and development software for mobile apps, web apps, web browsers and desktop computers to help organizations recruit, train, develop and retain staff through visual, interactive and 3D-learning experiences.

“It’s very, very helpful. It allows us to really think in a broader scope. It just opens up a lot of opportunities that we wouldn’t have considered prior to this, said Mark Lewis, Founder and CEO of Insightworks

“As you’re commercializing, the whole marketing sales side takes considerable resources. This will allow us to hire the team that we need to do that.”

Lewis said they’re looking to hire between four to seven people over the next 12-18 months, for a total of 18-20 employees.

“This is a very exciting day for our city and for the gaming industry in our city. I’d like to say, in the words of Wayne Gretzky, ‘You need to move where the puck is going,'” Romano said. “And this is an investment by our government today in two incredible local businesses that are showing us where the puck is going in the gaming industry.”

Romano said this is just one of the ways the government is indicating it is open for business.

“We want to show the world that ‘You wanna do business? You’ve got to come to Sault Ste. Marie.’ We’ve got the best place to do business, and we’re developing leading and cutting-edge software in the gaming industry and we want you to come to Sault Ste. Marie to be able to further that technology and further that industry in our city.”

For more information on Canadian Bank Note Company, click here.

For more information on Insightworks Learning and Development, click here.