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New Convention Centre brings local employment opportunities

New Convention Centre brings local employment opportunities

SIX NATIONS – Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation (SNGRDC) and Six Nations Tourism announced that construction has begun on the Gathering Place by the Grand Convention Centre. Once remodeled, the former Bingo Hall will be able to accommodate 150 people for seated table service and 350 people for entertainment. The building will

SIX NATIONS – Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation (SNGRDC) and Six Nations Tourism announced that construction has begun on the Gathering Place by the Grand Convention Centre.

Once remodeled, the former Bingo Hall will be able to accommodate 150 people for seated table service and 350 people for entertainment. The building will feature three breakout rooms, a large stage with sophisticated sound and lighting system, a state-of the-art kitchen and a reception area. Once fully operational, the Convention Centre will create more than two-dozen jobs in the field of hospitality and showcase various local artists and talent.

From left to right: Charley Smith, Brad Clause, Randy Miller, Jason Lickers, Cody Powless, Tom Henhawk, Ed Vyse, Brad Clause, Chris Laforme, Angel Smith. Seen here are most of the team members behind the construction and renovations of the old Six Nations Bingo Hall into a new convention centre. The project is set to finish in September, when a Grand Opening will take place. Photo by Jayson Koblun

From left to right: Chris Laforme, Brad Clause, Clay Martin, Randy Miller, Cody Powless, Charley Smith, Ed Vyse, Angel Smith, Jason Lickers, Tom Henhawk. Seen here are most of the team members behind renovation and construction project. Photo by Jayson Koblun

The construction of the Centre has already put 10 local skilled tradespeople to work under SNGRDC’s Property Management Department.

“I am very pleased to see such a highly talented and skilled workforce here on Six Nations,” said Jeff Blake, who has been working with Grand River Employment & Training (GREAT) and lead-hand Jason Lickers to find the right people for the job. “The crew is excited to work on a project that will be in their community for years to come, something they can point out to their children and be proud of.”

The crew has been working since early April remodeling the vacant 20,000 sq. ft. building into a multipurpose rental facility. Construction is anticipated to be complete in mid-August with a Grand Opening Ceremony planned in September 2017. In addition, the team is completing various construction projects for SNGRDC departments including a new Canoe & Kayak rental facility at Chiefswood Park for Six Nations Tourism and planter boxes at the Six Nations Tourism building. The boxes will be filled with local indigenous plants, which will be supplied by Our Sustenance Greenhouse. All these enhancements are welcomed by Six Nations Tourism who entertains more than 20,000 visitors annually.

If you are looking for future employment at the Gathering Place by the Grand Convention Centre email your resume to hrdept@sndevcorp.ca. For all other current job postings visit the SNGRDC careers page at www.sndevcorp.ca/careers/.

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