Ignite Sault 5

Ignite Sault reaches 5! The recap

on November 23, 2011 in Ignite Sault 5 with Comments Off on Ignite Sault reaches 5! The recap by

Ignite Sault 5

Last week Ignite Sault reached a special milestone, the 5th event since it started a couple of years ago. The Grand Theatre was packed once again for an exciting evening of talks, friendly competition and local food delights.

Talks – A Little of Everything

Two single roommate family. A campaign for fairy godmother status. See the world through couch surfing.  This Ignite Sault had the most variety of talks yet, and the time invested in helping speakers prepare showed in the quality of the result.

We had a couple of firsts – the first time two people co-presented a talk and a first to have someone with a learning disability take the stage. Reflecting the diverse community of Sault Ste. Marie is an important part of the event.

Looking for videos of the talks? Read on…

Paper Podiums

Ignite Sault 5

Every Ignite begins with a maker team competition of some sort that is both fun and challenging. It was awesome to watch 20 tables battling each other to build the tallest structure out of newspaper and tape. Every structure had to support one person from their table for 5 seconds.

Food Feast


Cupcakes from Sweet Designs

Quiche from Eleven Bistro

Quiche from Eleven Bistro

Cupcakes, chili, quiche oh my. Thanks to Jennifer Swenson from Sweet Designs and Mark from Eleven Bistro for the sweet and scrumptious treats.

Sponsor Salute

Once again, we owe a lot to our sponsors, especially to our biggest sponsor, you the passionate supporters of Ignite. We raised more $$ through $20 micro sponsorships than any other way. Wow, what an awesome feeling, to know that Ignite

Also thanks to Stephen Alexander for hosting the after party @ Loplops.

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 4 a success:

  • AJ Armstrong and Allan Brunke – photography
  • Tom Vair – Ignite karaoke demonstration
  • David Thompson – music and sound system

Want to help with Ignite Sault 6?

We’ll begin gearing up for the next event, some time in the new year. 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:
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From left to right:

Missing from the pic: Jason Sproule @jasonsproule

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 something new 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:

See you at Ignite Sault 6!

Tasty Eats and Scrumptious Treats at Ignite #Sault 5

on November 8, 2011 in Ignite Sault 5 with 1 comment by




While you will certainly be extraordinarily entertained by the fascinating presentations, there is something else to lure you to Ignite Sault 5.  In addition to all of the engaging conversations, networking opportunities, community spirit, and just plain fun, there will be delicious edibles from two of the Sault’s newest food sensations, eleven bistro and Sweet Designs.  Eleven bistro will be selling the following succulent offerings;


  • Quiche Slumeria Tart
    -savory egg custard containing pepperoni, ham, salami, and provolone in a buttery tart shell
  • Quiche Florentine Tart
    -savory egg custard containing spinach, mushrooms, leeks, and Swiss in a buttery tart shell
  • Vegan Chili
    -a rainbow of fresh vegetables and pulses slowly stewed in a well seasoned molee sauce
  • Creamy Carrot & Dill Soup
    -pureed cream soup of carrots and fresh dill
  • Fresh Focaccia Bread Triangle
    -our own vegan artisan bread, baked daily for our sandwiches, perfectly wedged for soup dipping
  • Sweet Heat Cornbread Muffin
    -contains fresh peaches and cream corn, red chilies, jalapenos, and old cheddar


Now that your savory side has been taken care of, it’s on to dessert!  Jennifer Swenson and Sweet Designs are whipping up a delightful selection of cupcakes!

  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Rainbow
  • Choco-Caramel Twist

These will be available for purchase in singles, 6 packs, and by the dozen 🙂


There are still tickets available for Ignite Sault 5, but they are going quickly!  There will be a very limited number of tickets available for purchase prior to the event, but just like Ignite Sault 4, these will sell out.  Doors will open at 6:00 pm.  To ensure that you have a seat for this special community driven event, just visit http://www.IgniteSault.ca/tickets and register NOW!


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If you are unable to attend Ignite Sault, but you would like to follow along at home…no worries!  You can simply watch Ignite Sault 5 online.

Who’s Presenting At Ignite Sault 5

on October 28, 2011 in Ignite Sault 5 with Comments Off on Who’s Presenting At Ignite Sault 5 by



The Ignite Sault 5 Speaker Lineup

The Ignite Sault team had the difficult task of choosing from several compelling talk submissions.  Ignite Saut 5 is only 12 days away! (Nov 9)  Don’t miss this inspiring community event, get your tickets now

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Here is a list of the presentations that made the cut…

Miracle-Gro For The Brain
Presenter Tyler Belanger
Biography Tyler Belanger is Director of Education for the Catalyst Fitness Ignite! division. He’s a researcher for brain function, a physical coach and personal trainer. He’s also a very charismatic speaker and motivator.
Description A division of Catalyst Fitness, we’ve been developing a program to enhance cognitive function/ memory / cognition using specific exercises before learning. This field is just coming alive, but most researchers haven’t yet gone far enough, focusing on neurochemistry and not actual plasticity (yet.) We’d like to show you what’s possible for folks with ADHD, autism, and brain injury, as well as kids with gaps in their motor learning.
A Tale of Gratitude
Presenter Neil Mclean
Biography Soo resident for over 20 years, raised in Toronto, born in France.
Grandparent, active volunteer, active outdoors, well travelled, tri-lingual
IT professional, registered professional forester
On a great journey!
Description A Recent trip across the country and back brought to the fore so much for which I am grateful.
This will be a description of that trip within the context of gratitude.
The talk will also be somewhat of a tribute to my son who traveled with me – but that won’t be evident until the last slide, which is phenomenal.
How I Learned to Love My Body
Presenter Katie Campbell
I moved to the Sault for love, 8 years ago. Now I stay for the love of my community and the stunning landscapes we are surrounded by. During the day I work for a natural resources economist, by night I teach Middle Eastern dance, and on the weekends I perform in a burlesque troupe.
I would like to talk about body image and self-esteem through a personal narrative.
Family Histories and Lifestyle Choices
Presenter Denise Rodda
Author of Legacy for Donna A Palliative Death Full of Blessings A Plea for Preventive Health Geneologies. This book is a tool to teach my message, the value of Proactive Preventive Health Geneologies. It also is intended to give comfort in the palliative death process. $2.00/book is donated to the Sault Area Hospital Foundation Cancer Care Fund.( for the life of the book!) I am an R.P.N with the GHC(25 years experience) I am positive for the genetic BRCA2, which increases my risk of Breast and Ovarian Cancer. 2 of my sister’s have had breast cancer. My sister Donna lost her battle with cancer sept 17,2008. Thus my grief has evolved to this book, and this need to “give back”. I am cancer free, and wish others to benefit from our family tragedy, so it “won’t happen to them!”
i wish to talk about the proactive choices we could all make should we be aware of our Health Genealogies! As we assume our children will have traits/resemblances to their parents/families… we should also realize that medical histories can also be much similar. The Baby-Boomer generation is the first generation to have names for past illness’s… We can do this! I wish to play that part of a social activist to encourage society to make medical family genealogies and to share with family members in young adulthood. This knowledge would be a tool with which to make proactive health lifestyle choices AND to see individualized medical recommendations/care/treatment. The end result would be a healthier society!!
The World at Your Door: Adventures in Couch Surfing
Presenter Gerry Kirk
I am the architect that designs spaces for people to create astonishing results. Co-founded Ignite Sault, ChangeCamp Sault and other local events. Guiding organizations to accelerate performance delivered by a highly motivated, empowered workforce. Pushing the limits is where I like to be.
Ever wanted to see the world? Start by bringing the world to your doorstep. Our family has hosted people the past 2 years from all over, all by simply offering a bed for travellers. From a film writer documenting sustainable farming to a Texan once chased out of Russia, our lives have been enriched. We’ve even tasted life on the couch surfing road as a family. And, hey it’s free accommodation! Fun, free, connecting the world one couch at a time. Discover how this simple act of hospitality will strengthen your faith in humanity. read more →

Tickets Now Available For Ignite #Sault 5!

on October 19, 2011 in Ignite Sault 5 with Comments Off on Tickets Now Available For Ignite #Sault 5! by



Get Your Ticket for Ignite Sault 5

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Tickets for Ignite Sault 5 (November 9th) are on sale now!  If you haven’t attended a previous Ignite Sault, you are in for a real treat.  Presenters are given just 5 minutes to share their talk, and are accompanied by 20 powerpoint slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds.  Topics run the gambit, covering passionate causes/interests, lighthearted entertaining stories, and everything in between.  In addition to the exceptionally entertaining talks, you will also be treated to; networking opportunities with others from the Sault community, scrumptious food, a full bar, and FUN!

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At Just $5, Tickets Will Sell Out Fast

Ignite Sault 4 was a sellout, and Ignite Sault 5 is expected to be the biggest yet!  Get your tickets now to take advantage of the early bird special, which includes a FREE DRINK TICKET, as well as an entry for the door prize draw.  This effectively makes your ticket FREE.  Nowhere else can you experience such an engaging and compelling evening for such a small price.

Become a Micro Sponsor!

You can be an Ignite Sault Micro Sponsor  By becoming a community investor in Ignite Sault, you will receive:

  • (1) admission
  • (1) free drink
  • 2 door prize entries
  • Special recognition during the event

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