Businesses Shift Forward with Corporate Memberships

— 2017-05-11 18:34:00

Thunder Bay, ON, May 11th, 2017 – Businesses are helping to shift Thunder Bay forward by fostering growth among their under 40 employees and in turn, fostering growth within the community. Local organizations are becoming corporate members of SHIFT: Thunder Bay’s Young Professionals Network. The corporate membership includes annual registration for up to five employees, all of whom gain full access to membership benefits.

“We wanted to provide a bundled option for our corporate supporters. We recognized that there were several organizations with multiple SHIFT members and wanted to reward those organizations by creating a package with some additional corporate benefits,” said Ashleigh Quarrell, Director of Membership Services for SHIFT. “Through this approach, we hope more organizations will see the value of supporting their under 40 employees to become SHIFTers. SHIFT represents an opportunity for young professionals to focus on career and personal development, while getting involved and making an important impact in our community.”

The corporate membership starts at $250 for up to five employees, but at the time of registration, organizations can include additional members at the discounted annual rate of $50. Member benefits include a 20% discount for all SHIFT events, invitations to SHIFTer only events, an online membership profile and more. The corporate membership also provides the organization with the opportunity to send an e-mail to members throughout the year.

The first corporate member to sign up in early 2017 was long-time SHIFT supporter, RBC. “RBC is extremely proud to be the first corporate member of SHIFT Thunder Bay,” said Michael Nitz, Regional Manager, Small Business at RBC for Northern Ontario. “We have been involved with the organization since day one, with members on the inaugural board, and we continue to recognize the great work of this group of young professionals. Corporate membership offers a great opportunity to encourage more employees to become involved, and further demonstrates our commitment to the community of Thunder Bay.”

Other corporate members include Copperfin Credit Union, Grant Thorton and Sencia Canada Ltd., all of whom have been important supporters of SHIFT.

The opportunities for businesses don’t end with corporate membership. Organizations can get involved with SHIFT in a variety of other ways including event sponsorship and offering a SHIFTer benefit. Benefits are provided to SHIFT members and can range from discounted products or services to reserved seats or free tickets to events. Each opportunity represents a way to connect with the young professionals in Thunder Bay and promote an organization to the membership.

For more information and to register for a corporate SHIFT membership, visit To inquire about sponsorship opportunities or to discuss offering a benefit to SHIFT members, please e-mail info(at) or call (807) 624-2628.

Ashleigh Quarrell
Director, Membership Services
SHIFT: Thunder Bay’s Young Professionals Network
T – (807) 627-7240
E – ashleigh_aq(at)



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