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Marie Rübsteck, general manager of the Canadian Practice Firms Network, will visit Envision North—the practice firm in Fort Frances—this Monday and Tuesday (March 22-23).

Rübsteck has been with the CPFN since its founding in 1998. She also is the CPFN representative for the European Practice Firm Network (EUROPEN).

From 2000-03, she was a member of the executive committee and is presently its past president. Rübsteck also was a member of the team that established the first practice firm in North America.

This firm was in Quebec City at O’Sullivan College, which was founded in April, 1995. She became the first manager in September of that year.

Her next task was to set up the Canadian central office, and she has been working hard to promote the practice firm concept across Canada ever since, particularly in Ontario.

Envision North was just the third practice firm established in Ontario—and the first English-speaking one. There now are 26 practice firms in Quebec, two in Nova Scotia, one in Prince Edward Island, and eight others in Ontario (all east of here).

Envision North, sponsored by Confederation College and funded by Human Resources and Skills Development, is an employment program that provides experience for unemployed adults.

Assistance also is provided for their job search.

While here, Rübsteck will be meeting present and past participants of Envision North, people from our sponsoring firms (Northwoods Gallery and Gifts, Rainy Lake Boatworks, Rainy Lake Sport and Tackle, Betty’s of Fort Frances, and Tompkins Hardware), and other local guests.

The college will be represented by staff from Fort Frances, Thunder Bay, and other regional campuses.

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