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Ignite 6 videos – Robert Bushnell and Susan Hunter

on December 23, 2012 in Ignite Sault 6 with 1 comment by



Just in time for Christmas, we have two videos for you from Ignite 6. Enjoy Robert Bushnell’s debut talk Our Soul Purpose and The Presley Factor, all about Elvis from Susan Hunter. We’ll be releasing new videos each week, so come back regularly or sign up to our newsletter to not miss anything.

Looking to the Future – Ignite 7 meetup recap

on December 19, 2012 in Ignite Sault 7 with Comments Off on Looking to the Future – Ignite 7 meetup recap by

Season’s Greetings everyone,

This past Sunday, the embers of Ignite 6 burned on in the minds of our team and a number of attendees who plan to volunteer their time with us for the next round — that’s right! — Ignite Sault Ste Marie 7!

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Around the table, great food and conversations were shared. Our guests — seasoned with life experiences of all sorts and fueled by that same openness that inspires all of us who attend Ignite — divulged on topics which ranged from musical preferences to capitalism’s pros versus it’s cons; from the boom of a local farmer’s market to the sights and stories of travel to Southern Ontario, hosting a couch surfer, and of course: what we thought of Ignite and just what it has to offer for the Sault.

We’re close to our goal of doubling team size. To get they, we’re looking for people experienced with marketing and communications, and a project coordinator to guide and support the team in getting things done. A lot of the heavy lifting is already done, it’s a matter of execution on a familiar path. Most of the pieces are already in place. As a team member, you’ll learn effective ways to collaborate and have a lot of fun on the journey.


That said, we want to take the Ignite experience to a whole new level. We want more of Sault Ste. Marie to experience Ignite, through the event and by helping launch other events (Ignite in high schools?). If that excites you, contact us to attend the next meeting in mid January.

Cheers one and all!

~ The Ignite Crew

A Look Back at Ignite Sault 6

on December 12, 2012 in Ignite Sault 6 with Comments Off on A Look Back at Ignite Sault 6 by


The Grand Theatre was packed for the third straight Ignite event, and those in attendance were treated to a variety of entertaining presentations, a creative activity, and several gastronomical delights from local vendors.

The Talks – Variety is the Spice of Life

We learned how to publish our own book, the purpose of life, our dark side, traveling across the world to build homes, and that Elvis lives…and he is waiting tables at Giovanni’s!

The topics were diverse, and the crowd warm. One of the things that makes Ignite Sault such a successful community event, is the energy of the crowd. While some of the subject matter of the talks could be considered ‘hands off’ in most circles, the Ignite stage is not prejudicial. That same spirit is evident in the support that every speaker received from those in attendance.

A special HUGE shout out to Susan Hunter and Sherri Donofrio Ubriaco for delivering sensational talks on only a few day’s notice. That’s real love and commitment to the spirit of Ignite.

Business Card Sault Landmarks

Every Ignite begins with a maker team competition of some sort that is both fun and challenging. Armed with just a stack of business cards, tape, and a paper bag, every table constructed something that is iconic to Sault Ste. Marie. It was absolutely amazing to see the amount of creativity expressed in these projects, and in such a short period of time!

A World of Eats

Sushi, cupcakes, Tabbouleh, and more!  Thanks to Tutto Japan, Cupcakez, Personal Fit Meal Catering, and Sherry’s Truffles for the delicious food items.

Sponsor Salute

Once again, we owe a lot to our sponsors, especially to our biggest sponsor, you the passionate supporters of Ignite.

Volunteer Cheer

We appreciate the time these people took out of their lives, and all the big and small things they did to make Ignite Sault 6 a success:

  • Jamie Pyette – photography
  • DJ Seith – music and sound system

We Want YOU to help with Ignite Sault 7?

We’ll begin gearing up for the next event, in just a couple of months! Contact us if you have an idea, or interest in helping.

The Ignite Sault Crew

A mix of veterans and new faces made it all happen:

  • Tom Noland
  • Cindy Ellen Crawford
  • Nathan Smith @CoffeeNate
  • John Clement
  • Gerry Kirk @gerrykirk
  • Marc LaPorte
  • Jacob Zaccaria

Videos and Photos

Everyone wants to know when the videos will be up. We are hoping to have at least one up by the end of this week, and then publishing a new batch every other week. We’ll let you know each time there is something new to check out. For now, check out these awesome photos from the event:

Ignite Sault 7…It’s YOUR Turn!

We have already begun taking submissions for Ignite Sault 7 presentations! Turn that hobby, passion, or family vacation mishap into an engaging and entertaining 5 minute talk. We will be here to help you prepare it, but you have to commit to delivering your best effort. Submit your proposal for Ignite 7!