Timmins Ontario September 27th and 28th 2017

Northern Ontario is facing a combination of a declining and aging population. At the same time, the Indigenous population is young and growing, representing important opportunities for the north. These demographic shifts will have significant implications on Northern Ontario’s economy and society, impacting the long term sustainability of all 11 districts in the region. The conference brought together over 150 decision makers and community leaders from across Northern Ontario who explored evidenced-based solutions to address the challenges facing communities in Northern Ontario. Participants considered the roles that migration, engagement with Indigenous communities and local governance can have on improving the sustainability of the north. To view presentations from the conference, please see below.

Report Card on Northern Growth

blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  Charles Cirtwill, President & CEO, Northern Policy Institute – State of the North

Topic 1 – Local Immigration Pilots

blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  Suzanne Ley, Executive Director, Nova Scotia Office of Immigration – Atlantic Immigration Pilot

blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  Monika Feist, CEO, Success Skills Centre – Manitoba Nominee Program

blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  Ronald Labrecque, Assemblée communautaire Fransaskoise – Linkages with Mauritius

Topic 2 – Decision Devolution to Northern Regions

blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  David Robinson, Professor, Laurentian University – Devolution: Barriers and Realistic Solutions for the BS&L

blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  David MacKinnon, NPI Senior Fellow – Decision Devolution in Northern Regions


Topic 3 – Growing Together in our Shared Economy

blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  Dawn Madahbee Leach, General Manager, Waubetek BDC – Engaging Indigenous People in Regional Development

blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  David Abbott, Vice President, Operations, CCAB – Aboriginal Business an Evolving Landscape


Topic 4 – Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario

blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  Aime Dimatteo, Director General, FedNor – Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario