Our People

President & CEO

Charles Cirtwill

Charles Cirtwill

Charles Cirtwill is the founding President and CEO of Northern Policy Institute.

Charles joined NPI in September 2013 after twelve years with the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies.

A resident of Thunder Bay, Charles travels extensively throughout Northern Ontario and can routinely be found engaging with one of NPI’s 780,000 “bosses”. Whether at formal conferences, small workshop sessions, or one on one over coffee, Charles is passionate about listening to his fellow northerners. Charles is the author of, and firmly believes in, NPI’s tag line: evidence based solutions for and from Northern Ontario.

Charles’ work on education, fiscal management, debt reduction, taxation, the growth of government, and the importance of government accountability regularly appears in local, regional and national media.

His published works focus on government structure and organization, business-government relations, inter-governmental relations, performance measurement and accountability. He has spoken across Canada and the United States on the role of think tanks in society, the appropriate assessment of government activities, and the use of school performance data to improve classroom practice and fully engage all education stakeholders.

He has worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors as a program manager, policy analyst, senior administrator, consultant and entrepreneur. Charles has also served as policy advisor to several political campaigns and has provided non-partisan advice and direction to provincial and municipal administrations across Canada.

He currently serves on the editorial board of the Mowat Centre and he has had leadership roles in multiple community organizations including Civitas, IPAC, Scouts Canada, local school associations and local homeowners associations. He attended Dalhousie University, earning a BA in Political Science, a LLB, and a MPA with a focus on quantitative and qualitative assessment of public policy and programs.

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Staff

Katie Elliott

Katie Elliott
Communications Coordinator

Katie Elliott is the former Project Coordinator of Social Entrepreneurship Evolution (SEE), a pan-Northern collaborative based out of the NORDIK Institute. Prior to joining NORDIK, Katie served as Parliamentary Advisor to a Member of Parliament whose role also included Federal Critic for Agriculture & Agri-Food. Katie also has spent time as a Communications Officer with Natural Resources Canada, where she worked alongside researchers to transfer knowledge into industry action and policy decisions.

Katie holds a B.A. Honors in Political Science from McGill University and Public Relations Graduate Certificate from Ryerson University.

The Communications Coordinator oversees all internal and external communications procedures, as well as ensuring Northern Policy Institute’s brand and message is delivered accurately to the public and stakeholders.

Contact Katie: kelliott@northernpolicy.ca 

Jenni Grandfield

Jenni Grandfield
Marketing Officer

Jenni Grandfield is thrilled to be home in Thunder Bay. She recently graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto, receiving a Bachelor of Graphic Design with a double minor in Indigenous Visual Culture, and Diasporic Literature.

Before joining the NPI team, Jenni supported the north by working as a freelance designer and photographer for many local businesses, including brand design and marketing for the 10x10 Intensive (a theatre creation project). She has ten years of experience working with government agencies and tourist destinations, focusing on event promotion, e-marketing and social media, and identity control. 

Jenni is an award-winning photographer and illustrator, and a published graphic designer; her work has been featured in literary journals, art shows, and on the covers of creative fiction and non-fiction novels. 

Contact Jenni: jgrandfield@northernpolicy.ca

Emma Helfand-Green

Emma Helfand-Green
Senior Policy Analyst

Emma Helfand-Green was born in Toronto and is a graduate of the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto where she received a Masters of Public Policy. Emma’s interest in the unique challenges and opportunities facing Northern Ontario drew her towards the position at the Northern Policy Institute. Prior to joining the team at NPI, Emma worked as a health policy researcher at Women’s College Hospital, as a communications coordinator at the University of Toronto and as a program manager at the University of Guelph.

Contact Emma: ehelfandgreen@northernpolicy.ca

Katrina Hunt

Katrina Hunt
Operations Coordinator

Born in Thunder Bay, Katrina Hunt calls Northern Ontario home. Katrina graduated from Confederation College in 2003 with a General Arts & Science diploma, and possesses courses in pre-tech and education. Katrina’s wealth of experience in administration and customer service, along with her ‘never stop learning’ attitude and interest in community development contributes positively to her role with Northern Policy Institute. 

The Operations Coordinator manages all aspects of finance, human resources, and office operations.

Contact Katrina: katrinah@northernpolicy.ca

 

Kim MacDougall

Kim MacDougall
Community Engagement Officer

Originally from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Kim has spent the last decade in Central and Northern Alberta, and now calls Thunder Bay home. Following her studies in Political Science at Grande Prairie Regional College and Athabasca University, Kim worked for the Legislative Assembly Office of Alberta and Government of Alberta as a Policy Analyst and Researcher. She brings with her years of experience in policy development, communications, public engagement, and stakeholder relations.

In her role as Community Engagement Officer, Kim will plan, coordinate and participate in Northern Policy Institute’s community outreach efforts.

Contact Kim: kmacdougall@northernpolicy.ca

Amandine Martel

Amandine Martel
Senior Data Analyst

A summer internship in Thunder Bay introduced Amandine to Northwestern Ontario and its opportunities and challenges. After graduating from l'Université Laval with an MBA, she decided to return to the north and joined the Northern Policy Institute as Labour Market Analyst in February 2016. The strong analysis skills Amandine developed during her studies, and her proficiency in French will be assets to collaborate with different stakeholders.

Contact Amandine: amartel@northernpolicy.ca

Jennifer McKeown

Jennifer McKeown
Development Officer

Jennifer McKeown moved to Thunder Bay 4 years ago from Sault Ste. Marie where she was born and raised. She is a graduate of Sault College and since graduating has worked within the northern business industry.  Her background in non profit, fund development and production management will directly impact her success as Development officer. Jennifer is also an active member within the Thunder Bay community.

The Development Officer provides administrative support to a programme of general, corporate, individual and foundation fundraising, playing a key role in building a diverse and sustainable funding base for the Institute, ensuring its long term viability and independence.

Contact Jennifer: jmckeown@northernpolicy.ca

Rachel Rowswell

Rachel Rowswell
Communications & Marketing Officer

Rachel Rowswell was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and is a graduate of Lake Superior State University in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, where she received two Bachelor’s Degrees with High Honors: a BA in Communications with a minor in Public Relations, and a BScn in Business Administration – Marketing. Before joining the team at Northern Policy Institute, Rachel worked for both government agencies and private organizations in Northern Ontario implementing internal and external marketing efforts. She also has extensive experience in communications, marketing research, e-marketing, and event planning.

The communication officer is the lead on the KnowledgeNORTH project, aimed to develop and then engage the broader community in the use of an online policy library of current and historical policy related research affecting Northern Ontario. She also assists in the internal and external communications procedures.  

Contact Rachel: rrowswell@northernpolicy.ca

Jamie Lee Yawney

Jamie Lee Yawney
Project Management

With over 3 years’ experience on Parliament Hill, Jamie Lee Yawney understands northern issues. Jamie Lee holds Honors degrees in Economics and Mathematics from Carleton University. Proficiency in English and French allows her to communicate with a variety of stakeholders and organizations. Jamie Lee is the current president of an international women's organization, alumni chapter.

Jamie Lee tracks and facilitates all projects within Northern Policy Institute. Keeping everyone informed of project progress and helping overcome the “bumps in the road” that every project will experience at some point.

Contact Jamie Lee: jyawney@northernpolicy.ca

Interns and Project Staff

Rachel Beals

Rachel Beals
Policy Analyst

Originally from the United States, Rachel Beals moved to Canada several years ago and attended the University of Waterloo for a Masters of Arts in Political Science. During this time, she was introduced to the unique policy landscape of Northern Ontario as a Policy Intern for Northern Policy Institute’s “Experience North” 2016 program. Due to this summer placement, as well as the extensive research and analysis experience she developed through her academic career, Rachel jumped at the opportunity to return to NPI as a Policy Analyst. 

Contact Rachel: rbeals@northernpolicy.ca

Summer Placements and Co-ops

Andrew Ault

Andrew Ault
Public Relations Intern

Andrew Ault studies at Carleton University, graduating this fall with an HBA in Political Science, specialized in Public Affairs and Policy Analysis, and minor in Business. Prior to NPI, Andrew worked for an Ontario Ministry, College, private firm, and Innovation Centre in communication, e-business and marketing. Andrew’s research interests are in marketer’s integration of social value, performance-based executive compensation and the implications from the demise of investigative journalism. When not researching, Andrew is either outdoors, volunteering, learning languages, reading or dreaming of climbing mountains.

With an affinity for northern economic development, Andrew is thrilled to be at NPI and looks forward to commencing graduate study in September.

Contact Andrew: aault@northernpolicy.ca

James Barsby

James Barsby
Policy Intern

James Barsby was born in Newmarket, Ontario, but was raised in various parts of New Brunswick and Southern Ontario. He is entering second year of law at Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University and is the External Reviews Editor for the Lakehead Law Journal.

In 2015, James completed a B.A.H. in Art History with a minor in Religious Studies at Queen’s University. He subsequently completed a Master of Public Administration at Queen’s University in 2016 and a co-op placement in the Culture Policy Unit of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport of the Government of Ontario.

The research areas that James is interested in are: Indigenous policy, culture, environmental law and governing institutions.

Contact James: jbarsby@northernpolicy.ca

Katie Burley

Katie Burley
Communications Intern

Katie is a recent graduate of Carleton University where she double majored in journalism and communications. Born and raised in Airdrie, Alberta, Katie moved to Ottawa to pursue her education and expand her horizons.  She has worked in communications for the Canadian Food Inspections Agency and has worked with media outlets such as Global News, the Airdrie Life Magazine and the Calgary Herald. Throughout her studies, she was the co-chair and media and publicity executive of the Carleton Branch of the World University Service of Canada (WUSC). She is excited to see how her media and communications experience will help her in succeed within the Northern Policy Institute Team.

Contact Katie: kburley@northernpolicy.ca

Jenna Kirker

Jenna Kirker
Public Relations Intern

Jenna Kirker is a second year Master of Arts student at Lakehead University. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Education, with a focus on indigenizing perspectives in the classroom. Although born and raised in Southern Ontario, the majority of her family hails from the Thunder Bay region. Her academic research focuses on Northwestern Ontario politics and labour, and she has presented on this topic and related fields in Canada, Finland, and throughout Northwestern Ontario. She is the co-author of a forthcoming book on Thunder Bay and the First World War, as well as an article on gender and labour history in Northwestern Ontario. She is a member of the Thunder Bay Museum Historical Society's Board of Directors, chairing its membership committee. Previously, she was the program coordinator for the Alumni Association of Lakehead University for the Engagement and Outreach program as well as a graduate and research assistant for the Department of History. Jenna will begin her doctoral studies this fall at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario on political youth groups in twentieth century Canada.

Contact Jenna: jkirker@northernpolicy.ca

Winter Lipscombe

Winter Lipscombe
Policy Intern

Winter Lipscombe was born and raised in the small community of Kenora, ON. She is currently working towards a Bachelors of Arts at Mount Allison University in International Relations with a double minor in Economics and Political Science. Prior to coming to the Northern Policy Institute, Winter has had experience working as a research assistant considering the impact of borders in a globalized world. Her past experiences have also included working for several First Nation organizations. 

While Winter enjoys learning about nations abroad, she looks forward to researching the implications of policies closer to home and their unique implications on the North.

Contact Winter: wlipscombe@northernpolicy.ca

Eric Melillo

Eric Melillo
Policy Intern

Eric Melillo was born and raised in Kenora, Ontario. Currently, he is attending Lakehead University and has completed the first year of an HBA program in Economics and Political Science. When not working, Eric enjoys spending time outside-usually playing basketball or tennis. He’s an avid follower of the Canadian Football League and he also spends a great deal of his day reading about current affairs from around the world.

Eric is excited to work with Northern Policy Institute to research and analyze policies for the betterment of Kenora and all Northern communities.

Contact Eric: emelillo@northernpolicy.ca

Hannah Rowswell

Hannah Rowswell
Communications Intern

Hannah is a current student of the Bachelor of Business Administration program at Algoma University, specializing in Marketing. Before joining the team at Northern Policy Institute, Hannah worked for Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation in Sault Ste. Marie for two years. Hannah is highly involved in the Algoma University Business Society, acting as the Director of Events and Conferences where she focuses on developing and planning events that will benefit business students through networking and learning events.

Contact Hannah: hrowswell@northernpolicy.ca

Northern Policy Institute chooses a new team of talented individuals every summer. We believe in the value of the next generation’s perspective and skill set.

 

 

Board of Directors

Michael Atkins

Michael Atkins

Michael Atkins is the president and owner of the Laurentian Media Group, a diversified media company which includes a digital trade group (IT World Canada Inc.), a consumer publishing magazine group (CCMC Sports Group), a weekly newspaper company (Laurentian Publishing Ltd.), a business publishing company (Northern Ontario Business Limited), a digital design Creative Operations software business (ConceptShare Inc.) and a digital music business (Adventus International Limited).

Atkins is the past chair of the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology, past chair of the Laurentian University Board of Governors,  past Chair of the Canadian Business Press, past President of the Association of Area Business Publications (US), former director of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Community Newspaper Association.  He is a 2004 recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Club of Sudbury, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Laurentian University in June 2005.

He joined the board of the Northern Policy Institute in the fall of 2016. 

Martin Bayer

Martin Bayer
Chair

R. Martin Bayer is a member of the Ojibways of Aundeck Omni-Kaning First Nation on Manitoulin Island and was raised on the M’Chigeeng First Nation. He is a Partner with Weaver, Simmons LLP in Sudbury, Ontario and is the head of their Aboriginal Law Group. He practices aboriginal law with a focus on natural resource development, land claims and self-government matters.

He has extensive experience with all legal aspects of the negotiation and drafting of impact and benefits agreements, self-government agreements and land claim settlement agreements. He advised De Beers Canada and Detour Gold in their negotiations with the First Nation and Metis communities of the James Bay lowlands which lead to Ontario’s first diamond mine and Canada’s largest gold mine. He also acts as the Chief Negotiator for the Anishinabek Nation, a political organization representing 39 First Nations in Ontario, in their negotiations with Canada to reach a self-government agreement.

He is past Vice-Chair of the board of Cambrian College and served on the Sudbury Regional Hospital, the Ojibways of Sucker Creek Economic Development Board, the Serpent River First Nation Economic Development Board, the Wabuno Fish Farms and Processors, and the Robinson-Huron Forestry Company. He was a special advisor to the Assembly of First Nation’s National Joint Task Force on Land Claims Reform. He serves as Chairman of Waubetek Business Development Corporation and is member of the board of the University of Sudbury. He also serves on Laurentian University’s Next 50 Campaign.

He received Cambrian College’s Alumni Award in 1999 and the Ontario Premier’s Award in 2002 for his contributions to education in Ontario.  Martin holds a Three-Year Business Administration Diploma from Cambrian College, a B.A. in Political Science from Laurentian University, a J.D. from the University of Toronto and a Certificate in Mining Law from Osgoode Hall Law School’s Professional Development Program. He is working to complete his Masters of Law degree in Constitutional Law from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.

 

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Pierre Bélanger

Pierre Bélanger

Pierre Bélanger is a well-known personality in Northern Ontario and northwestern Québec.  Born in Timmins, ON in 1947, he has a varied background in both business and public affairs. In business, this ranges from a key role in manufacturing the Boler RV (1972-1982) to owning and managing a large multi-product retail RV dealership, Earlton RV (1976-2012).  For a time, from 1983 to 2002, this also included ownership and operation of the Earlton Zoo, a major northern tourist attraction.

He has maintained an interest in agriculture with Bisons du Nord, a 480 acre/200 head buffalo ranch established in 1972.  The ranch sells breeding stock and meat animals.  Pierre has served as a long time director on the Canadian Bison Association (CBA) and as founding president in 1983. His early 70’s activities included the development of significant franco-ontarian cultural institutions such as the Théâtre du Nouvel Ontario (TNO) and the Coopérative des artistes du Nouvel Ontario (CANO).

His commitment to public affairs has been constant from school board to regional, provincial and national economic development councils.  He has had an active presence as president of the Collège Boréal’s foundation and chair of the national RDÉE, a francophone economic development and job creation network. He has chaired the Northern Ontario Development Corporation (NODC), a provincial crown corporation, and was a board member of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), a federal crown corporation.

Mr. Bélanger has run twice as a Liberal candidate for Canada’s Parliament in 1979 and in a 1982 by-election.  Other commitments include the Foire Gourmande, a successful Quebec/Ontario regional food products fair and Entre-Amis/Between Friends, a Quebec/Ontario linkage effort.  He currently chairs the Fondation communautaire du Témiskaming, a community philanthropic foundation established in 1987. In 2000, he was actively involved as a spokesperson in the widespread community resistance to the rail shipment of Toronto’s municipal waste to the Adam’s Mine open pit in Temiskaming. Mr. Bélanger also works on contract as a trainer and speaker on profitable management for owner-operated businesses. Since 2006, he has been a regular issues commentator for Ontario on french Radio-Canada radio.

The common thread in his public affairs involvement are his regional and francophone roots and his firm belief in sustainable community development through local effort and enterprise. In 2007, Laurentian University in Sudbury, ON awarded him a Doctor of Laws honorary degree in recognition of his contribution to his community. “I measure myself against my 20 year old self when I didn’t know half measures.  I still want to be enthused and to make principled, intelligent choices.”

 

Thérèse Bergeron-Hopson

Thérèse Bergeron-Hopson
Vice-Chair

Thérèse Bergeron-Hopson has a Master Degree of Social Work.  She has been employed in various positions including adoption worker, adult literacy, income maintenance and vocational rehabilitation.

Her present position is a social worker/discharge planner for Timmins and District Hospital.  Her community involvement activities include Vice-President for the Association for Community Living in Timmins.

Previously she was involved with the Early Years Planning Committee and Children’s Treatment Centre.  Thérèse has been married for over thirty years, and has two daughters, two dogs and one cat.  She loves to curl, ski, run and read.

Lucy Bonanno

Lucy Bonanno

Lucy Bonanno is the Chief Executive Officer of the Geraldton District Hospital. She is an accomplished healthcare executive with a 20+ year track record for improving patient care, service excellence, program development and outreach for hospitals, non-profits and community healthcare organizations at local, provincial and national levels.

She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), Lymphoma Canada and the OHA Small Rural & Northern Leadership Council. She served 4 years as Chair of the West GTA Regional Stroke Steering Committee and sat on the President’s Community Advisory Council with Mackenzie Health (formerly York Central Hospital in Richmond Hill, Ontario) for 4 years.

Lucy currently writes a regular quarterly column for ‘Airwaves’, a magazine specific to the Respiratory Therapy Society of Ontario (RTSO) and is a peer reviewer for the ‘Healthcare Management Forum Journal’ of the Canadian College of Health Leaders. 

Terry Bursey

Terry Bursey

Terry Bursey is a Professional Geologist registered in both Ontario (APGO) and Alberta (APEGA), with 28 years of experience in geological research and mineral exploration within Canada.  Born, raised and educated in Ottawa, her early experience was with various government agencies including the Geological Survey of Canada, Department of Indian and Northern Development and Government of NWT focused on scientific research within the Northwest Territories.  In 1997 she made the move to the private sector working with both junior and major producing companies based out of Vancouver to conduct exploration for diamonds, gold and base metals.  Since 2003, she has lived in Red Lake, NW Ontario focused on gold exploration which led to the discovery of a gold deposit in 2008 (Phoenix Gold Deposit) and is a co-recipient of the Colin Spence Award for Global Excellence for Exploration (2010).

Since 2009 she has been involved in Aboriginal and Community Relations, Land Management and Partnership Agreements representing the mining industry in Red Lake, ON.  Presently at Goldcorp – Red Lake Gold Mines she works closely with stakeholders including First Nations, Governmental officials (Municipal, Provincial and Federal) and the local community to implement collaborative agreements with sustainable value.

Terry is active within the community and region as a member of various boards and Advisory Committees:  MNDM Land Management Advisory Committee for Phase 3 of the Mining Act Modernization;  Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital, Board Chair;  Red Lake Hospital Foundation, Director;  past Director of theRed Lake Chamber of Commerce;  and the Municipality of Red Lake Events Centre Advisory Committee. 

Dr. Harley d'Entremont

Dr. Harley d'Entremont

Dr. d’Entremont is currently Vice-President, Academic and Research at Nipissing University, after having served as Academic Vice-President (Francophone Affairs) at Laurentian University from 2003 to 2008. He had previously served as President of the Université Sainte-Anne in Nova Scotia for 13 years.

Dr. d’Entremont holds a BA in political science from St. Mary’s University, a Master’s in Public Administration from Dalhousie University and a PhD in political science from Western University.

He has served on various boards such as the Regroupement des universities de la francophoniecanadienne hors Québec (including a term as President), the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents (including a term as Chair), the Association of Atlantic Universities, and the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (including four years as Vice-Chair).

Alex Freedman

Alex Freedman

Alex Freedman joined Laurentian University as Chief of Staff in September 2015.

Alex is an award-winning, bilingual journalist who comes to Laurentian after a 15 year career at the CBC. Most recently, he lead the CBC bureau in Quebec City, and prior to that he served as one of the CBC’s top investigative reporters based in Winnipeg where he lead a team of journalists and helped create the CBC’s pan-Canadian investigative unit.

Alex brings a wealth of communications and leadership experience to his role as Chief of Staff where he is responsible for Laurentian’s communications and marketing departments.  He is also responsible for staff in the president’s office.  Improving Laurentian’s National Recognition will be a top priority as he assumes his new role.

No stranger to Central and Northern Ontario, Alex has spent his summers in the Parry Sound area.  As an avid canoeist, kayaker, and golfer, Alex and his family are eager to become part of the community in Greater Sudbury. 

Currently a member of the board of the Northern Policy Institute, he earned a BA in Political Science and Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal.

Dr. George C. Macey

Dr. George C. Macey
Vice-Chair & Secretary

George C Macey, DDS graduated from the University of Toronto Dental Faculty 1968 and practices full time with his spouse Krystyna in Marathon Ontario. He has 2 adult children and 3 shihtzus. He was made a Fellow of Lakehead University in 2005 and was a recent recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Medal.  George Macey has been a community activist and involved in public policy through the Chamber of Commerce movement and party politics for 30 years.

His experience includes holding positions as President of Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce, President & Chairperson of The Common Voice Northwest, Chair of the Marathon Development Commission and as a Board Member with the Northwestern Ontario Technology Centre.

Dawn Madahbee Leach

Dawn Madahbee Leach

Dawn Madahbee Leach is a proud member of the Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation on Manitoulin Island in northern Ontario where she also serves on Council.  Through her involvement as the General Manager of the Waubetek Business Development Corporation since 1998, she has overseen business investments of $75 million in Aboriginal entrepreneurs and First Nations businesses throughout north-eastern Ontario and parts of Southern Ontario.  Dawn is the first Aboriginal woman in Canada to head up a regional commercial lending institution.  In 2004, Dawn was recognized as a “Mover and Shaker” for economic development in the Northern Ontario Business newspaper.  She is also published in the book “Changing Lives:  Women of Northern Ontario” as well as in the book by Segsworth and Conteh on the “Northern Ontario Economy”  She was also recognized in 2010 as one of Laurentian University’s 50 Graduates of Distinction. Through her leadership, Waubetek received a Northern Ontario Business Award in 2016.

Ms. Madahbee earned a degree in Political Science and Law from York and Laurentian Universities.  She also graduated from the University of Waterloo Economic Development Program.  She is currently a member of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board where she also serves as Vice-Chair on their Executive Committee.  In this role, she advises the Federal Government on Aboriginal Economic Development in Canada.  She also serves on the Board of Peace Hills Trust, the Local Health Integration Network Board and the Advisory Council of the Northern Policy Institute.  She is a former Chairperson of the Northern Ontario Development Corporation, a former director with the Ontario Development Corporation and the Innovations Ontario Corporation.  She served as a co-chair with the late Ray Martin on the development of the Anishinabek Nation Economic Blueprint in 2008. Dawn is also the principle owner of Indigenous Business International.

Dawn was influential in the start-up of the Great Spirit Circle Trail Inc. tourism initiative and she continues to provide advisory support to this organization on a regular basis.  Through this First Nation-owned company which has been recognized as one of Canada’s top Aboriginal tourism products, she has represented the Anishinabek and businesses of Manitoulin internationally as a guest speaker in Australia, Germany, the U.S. and in the U.K. where she has shared this success story.

She strongly believes that, in addition to economic and business development, following the principles and values of the Anishinabek teachings is the solution to the many issues that face Aboriginal people today.

 

Hal J. McGonigal

Hal J. McGonigal

Hal was born in Parry Sound. He received a forestry degree at University of Toronto.

His professional career has been with the Federal and Ontario governments – primarily in the design and delivery of programs directed to regional development to address the economic challenges of Eastern Canada and Northern Ontario.

Since retiring from FedNor in 1996, he has been active as a volunteer in community development initiatives and organizations in Sault Ste. Marie.  Hal and his wife Judy live in Prince Township, Algoma District.

Gerry Munt

Gerry Munt

Gerry Munt is a retired public servant.  During his 40 year career, in four provinces,  he directed planning activities in agencies responsible for Worker’s Compensation, University Education, Occupational Health and Safety, and Social Services.  Most recently he was responsible for Strategic and Intermediate-term Planning at Lakehead University.

 He is currently on the Board of Directors for Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center and is lending his planning expertise to Lakehead University’s next Strategic plan as well as the international Junior Baseball Tournament planning committee.

Emilio Rigato

Emilio Rigato

Rigato, a professional engineer, won a Northern Ontario Business Award as the Executive of the Year Award in 1995.

Since 2010, he has been the president of ESLB Enterprises Inc., a business consulting firm in Thunder Bay and is a consultant and capital project manager of a cogeneration project in Northern Ontario.

From 2002 to 2010, Rigato was project manager for both the Algoma Steel cogeneration project in Sault Ste. Marie, and a coated paper project in the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec.

He started his career as a mill plant engineer in 1973 and has been involved in mill operations for several companies in Ontario, Quebec and Washington State. Mr. Rigato started his career as a mill plant engineer in 1973.

Rigato is involved in various Thunder Bay organizations serving on the board of the Thunder Bay Port Authority, as executive secretary for the Da Vinci Centre, as a board member for the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre, and as a founding member of the Ambassadors North West.

Dr. Brian Tucker

Dr. Brian Tucker

Dr. Brian Tucker is an ecologist specializing in terrestrial ecology and spatial statistics, with additional background in ecological restoration. He is a resident of Northwestern Ontario and has a strong connection to his Métis community, the traditional Métis way of life, as well as the commercial fishing, logging and trapping industries. He is currently the Manager of Métis Traditional Knowledge and Land Use for the Métis Nation of Ontario.

Brian was born and grew up in Northwestern Ontario (Fort Frances), where his traditional lifestyle fostered and maintained a close connection to the lands and waters of the north. He grew up hunting, fishing, trapping and harvesting plants as part of his Métis way of life. Before completing high school and moving away to attend post-secondary education, he worked at the family commercial fishing, trapping, and logging operations. He has also worked in the tourism industry, primarily as a fishing guide.

Brian studied at the University of Alberta in Edmonton (Ph.D. in Ecology) where he explored new methods of spatial data analysis and applied them to clonal plant ecology. During his M.Sc. research at Laurentian University (M.Sc. in Biology), Brian examined small scale (topographic) and large scale (historic smelting impact) vegetation community composition gradients using Hidden Markov Models. His B.Sc. research at Laurentian University (B.Sc. in Environmental Earth Science) comprised of examining the same gradients with the standard Markov Model.

Prior to his university studies, Brian attended Confederation College in Thunder Bay (3-yr Environmental Engineering Technology). He has been an NSERC scholar throughout his undergraduate, M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies.

Brian’s studies have allowed him to explore and live across Northern Ontario; over the years, both Thunder Bay and Sudbury became “home” as connections and friends were made both at educational institutions and in the community. This has provided him with knowledge of the geography, the people, the issues and the opportunities across Northern Ontario. Brian’s studies in Alberta provided him continued exposure to high calibre educational institutions. It also served to further broaden his understanding of the Canadian experience, both in the sense of its diversity and its consistency across space and people.

Driven by the need to return to his family roots and community in Northwestern Ontario, Brian and his family moved back to Fort Frances where he remotely completed his doctoral research at the University of Alberta. During this time he spent three years teaching a range of courses at Confederation College’s Fort Frances campus. Many of these courses were distance education courses, and Brian was able to teach and learn from students from across the northern part of the province.

Over the course of the past three years, Brian has worked within the Métis Nation of Ontario in the Lands, Resources and Consultations Branch. He has served as the Manager of the LRC Branch, and he is now the Manager of Métis Traditional Knowledge and Land Use. This work has allowed him to work closely with Métis communities, industry representatives in the resource and energy sectors, and Federal and Provincial officials from various ministries on a range of projects, issues and initiatives. Brian has gained experience in government policy

development and implementation, Aboriginal consultation, resource development in northern Ontario, infrastructure projects, natural resource management and northern education initiatives. Working within the MNO has also given Brian considerable exposure to Métis governance, rights, and culture. This work has also allowed him to travel across much of Ontario. Whenever possible, Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and son. He also enjoys canoeing, hunting, fishing, trapping, and literature.

 

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Advisory Council

Kim Jo Bliss

Kim Jo Bliss

Kim Jo Bliss began working at the Emo Agricultural Research Station in 1988 as a summer student.  Though her employer name has changed, currently she is employed by the University of Guelph doing applied crop research at the Emo Station.  Kim Jo also owns and operates a Beef Farm north of Emo and takes great pride in raising quality beef, lamb and now ducks.  Most of her products are marketed through local networks.  Kim Jo developed a passion for Agriculture at a young age by spending most of her time with her grandmother on her farm. 

Kim Jo spends a great deal of time promoting Agriculture and takes pride in living and working in Northwestern Ontario.  She also enjoys sharing the many reasons others should consider living, working and raising families in the North.

Kim Jo volunteers on various Agriculture Committees both locally and provincially.  She is the current chair of the Riverside Foundation and welcomes any chance to talk and promote Agriculture whether it be on her own farm or in school settings.

She has a huge passion for teaching her 2 nieces the need and value of Agriculture and that hard work will never hurt anyone.  

Don Drummond

Don Drummond

Don Drummond was appointed the Donald Matthews Faculty Fellowship on Global Public Policy at Queen’s University in June 2010, and co-chair of the C. D. Howe Institute’s Fiscal and Tax Competitiveness Council in March 2011. Mr. Drummond was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, where he graduated from the University of Victoria. He subsequently received his M.A. in Economics from Queen’s University. He also holds an honorary doctorate from Queen’s University.

During his almost 23 years at the Department of Finance, Mr. Drummond held a series of progressively more senior positions in the areas of economic analysis and forecasting, fiscal policy and tax policy. His last three positions were, respectively, Assistant Deputy Minister of Fiscal Policy and Economic Analysis, Assistant Deputy Minister of Tax Policy and Legislation and, most recently, Associate Deputy Minister. In this latter position Mr. Drummond was responsible for economic analysis, fiscal policy, tax policy, social policy and federal-provincial relations. In particular, Mr. Drummond co-ordinated the planning of the annual federal budgets.

From 2000 to 2010, Mr. Drummond served as Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, TD Bank. Mr. Drummond led TD Economics’ work in analyzing and forecasting economic performance in Canada and abroad. TD Economics also analyzes the key policies that influence economic performance, including monetary and fiscal policies.

John Fior

John Fior

John Fior is originally from Sudbury.  He obtained his degree in Applied Geography, together with certificates in Economics and Public Administration, from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (University) in 1983.  John is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and is a Registered Professional Planner.

John has over thirty years of land use planning and local governance experience in both the public and private sectors.  He spent the first part of his career in southern Ontario working in consulting and with several municipalities including the City of Niagara Falls, the Township of West Lincoln and the Town of Milton.

John relocated to Northern Ontario in 1994 with the Parry Sound District Land Division Committee (through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing) and then moved into consulting for several years before joining the City of North Bay.  While with the City, he was the team leader for the preparation and implementation of the Downtown Community Improvement Plan.  He is currently the Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk and Director of Planning & Development for the Municipality of East Ferris.

John resides in the City of North Bay with his wife and two children.

 

Ron Garbutt

Ron Garbutt

Ron Garbutt is currently a municipal councilor with the Municipality of French River. He has been elected as the councilor for Ward 1 in 2014, 2010, and 2007 and has been a resident of French River since 2001. Ronald retired as a consultant for Vale in 2014 and his other work experience includes serving as a consultant “Planning Training Instructor” for Maintenance and Operational Supervision personnel with INCO. In 2002, Ronald retired from INCO, having served 34 years with the company, starting as an instrument apprentice in 1967.

Jean Paul Gladu

Jean Paul Gladu

Jean Paul (JP) Gladu is currently the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) based in Toronto.  Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay, JP is a member of the Sand Point First Nation located on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon.

Mr. Gladu has over two decades of experience in the natural resource sector.  His career path includes  work with Aboriginal communities and organizations, environmental non-government organizations, industry and governments from across Canada. He has produced a number of publications related to Aboriginal issues including: forest certification, Native values collection, biofuel opportunities, First Nation community land use plans, criteria and indicators for sustainable forestry, and cedar product development.

With a passion for his community, his culture and traditions Mr. Gladu brings the past, present and future to the table, moving corporate Canada and Aboriginal business toward sustainable partnerships and shared economic prosperity. JP is also a regular blog contributor to the on-line National Post Entrepreneur section.

An experienced negotiator, JP led a number of business development projects in northern Ontario.  JP completed a forestry technician diploma in 1993 and obtained an undergraduate degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University in 2000. He also holds an Executive MBA from Queens University.

 

Audrey Glibeau

Audrey Glibeau

Peter Goring

Peter Goring

Peter Goring comes from a family with strong ties in the business community in the Sudbury Region.  He was born in Sudbury where he received his primary and secondary education and graduated from Laurentian University (B.Comm 1967). In 1970 he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the firm of Clarkson Gordon (now Ernst & Young). He then spent over 40 years as a real estate finance professional active in Canadian and US markets. He has extensive experience as a senior executive with both public and private companies and provided leadership in financing, acquisitions and restructurings. Latterly, he has been involved with the Minto Group Inc., a real estate development company headquartered in Ottawa with residential development and commercial interests in the Ontario, Alberta and Florida real estate markets. He retired from a full time position with Minto in December 2007, but continues as a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee.

Peter has always maintained a keen interest in public policy issues, both from his real estate industry involvement and otherwise and served in many industry and public interest organizations. As well, he has maintained a strong interest in Sudbury and Northern Ontario and has served as a member of the Laurentian University Board of Governors and subsequently as a Director of the Laurentian University Foundation. Through the Goring Family Foundation, he continues his interest in Northern Ontario issues as the sponsor of The Goring Family Lecture series at Laurentian focusing on Sustainable Northern Economic Development.

He is currently based in Toronto, but travels widely.

Frank Kallonen

Frank Kallonen

Frank Kallonen has been President and CEO of the Greater Sudbury Utilities group of companies, which includes Greater Sudbury Hydro, Agilis Networks and @Home Energy, since 2009.

Mr. Kallonen is well-known for his broad-based understanding of issues currently faced by the Energy and Telecommunications sectors.  He began his career as a Powerline Electrician and held positions in virtually every role in the Electricity Distribution Industry since then, including two years as a National Rep for the Canadian Union of Public Employees.  In 2000, Mr. Kallonen served on the IESO Market Commissioning Technical Advisory Team and led the Greater Sudbury Hydro project to prepare for the Electricity Market Opening.

Appointed VP of Competitive Services in 2004, he managed the decoupling process to comply with the Affiliate Relationship Code, and grew GSU’s Telecom business from a municipal network to a northeastern Ontario Regional Carrier.

Mr. Kallonen is a driving force behind “Customer First”, a group of seven progressive utilities collaborating to achieve efficiencies and advocate in their customer’s interests, and he sits on the CF Founders Panel.

 

Seppo Paivalainen

Seppo Paivalainen

Allyson Pele

Allyson Pele

Allyson is the Manager of the Northwest Business Centre (NWBC), the Small Business Enterprise Centre that offers small business services across the Kenora and Rainy River Districts. She is based out of Kenora and travels around the districts to offer workshops, business counselling and works with youth who are interested in entrepreneurship. Allyson is originally from Sioux Narrows and grew up in Canmore, Alberta and lived in Vancouver, BC for three years and worked as an event planner at the Vancouver Aquarium. Her heart has always been in Northwestern Ontario and moved back to the area four years ago.

She has a business degree from Mount Royal University and is passionate about helping small businesses. She is a co-chair on the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation: Festival of the Trees Gala, a Northwest Training and Adjustment Board (NTAB) director and has helped bring the Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op to Kenora. 

Ogimaa Duke Peltier

Ogimaa Duke Peltier

Ogimaa Duke Peltier’s career path has been grounded in the historical and cultural teachings given to him from his relatives and elders. His close kinship ties within the Wiikwemkoong community has inspired and prepared him for leadership positions in community development on Manitoulin Island, Ontario and Saskatchewan for over 15 years.   Duke attended Laurentian University in Sudbury and focused on Native Studies. As a culturally grounded and educated leader, he is particularly interested in the promotion of excellence in his community.   He believes strongly that it is when band members are given the opportunity to reach their full capacity and develop their special gifts that only then can they take their rightful place in all sectors of society.

Ogimaa Peltier’s commitment to serve his people has been demonstrated throughout his career, from his early work as a Marketing Executive, Wiikwemkoong Council member, to his current role as the elected Chief of Wiikwemkong Unceded for a second term.  He has also served on several boards of directors, including community organizations and is a big fan of participating in sporting initiatives. Through his leadership roles in business, politics, education and community service, Duke has had many accomplishments but is particularly proud of his partnership building ventures with non-Aboriginal and other community representatives which leads to progressive change.

Under Ogimaa Peltier’s leadership, the community has moved forward in taking control over its destiny through two major initiatives that have been enacted, the Wiikwemkoong Constitution – Wiikwemkoong Gchi-Naaknegewin and the Wikwemikong Children’s Bill of Rights.

Duke and his wife, Nicole, have three children and live in Wiikwemkoong.

Peter Politis

Peter Politis

Peter is a passionate Northerner who has an affinity for bringing all Northerner’s together (including First Nations communities and municipalities) to organize themselves collaboratively, taking direct charge of their own destinies. Committed to not only building a proud Northern Ontario, but one that is growing and flourishing for generations to come.  Peter hopes that his seat as Mayor will lend itself well to these goals.

As Senior Consultant at For Evergreen Innovative Strategies, Peter has specialized in aboriginal negotiation, mediation and business development for over seventeen years. His uncommon insights and trademark flare for innovation consistently break barriers and pioneer breakthrough agreements and sustainable partnerships between government, industry, municipality and the aboriginal community across Canada.

His accomplishments clearly demonstrate his affinity for finding creative & innovate solutions to the most difficult barriers where least expected and in some cases even where those before have failed.  He is an agent of change who understands that great organizations are always reinventing themselves. Attending some of the most prestigious institutions in the world like Harvard University, he has extensive experience and training in key disciplines such as negotiations, facilitation, people management, business & strategic planning, brainstorming and risk management.  He was recently recognized for his creative accomplishments by being nominated for a prestigious Premiers Award for most outstanding college graduate in Ontario under the business category and received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for his voluntary commitment to his community and Canada.  His experience, unique insights, & uncommon approach has played a crucial role in establishing his impressive track record of advancing aboriginal partnerships and economic development relationships to date.

As the Mayor of Cochrane, Ontario he leads the growth and development of one of the fastest growing communities in Northern Ontario. He maintains a passion for the preservation of the northern way of life and stays actively involved in key regional initiatives like, the Northern Growth Plan and the creation of a northern specific lobbying initiative that will give northerners a voice.  In the public arena, Mayor Politis is quickly developing the same reputation of having a flare for finding innovative solutions where least expected to the challenges facing Cochrane and Northern Ontario, that he’s renowned for in his private practice.

His combination of commercial industrial experience, political experience and strategic thinking, along with his straight talking style, have played an important role in his accomplishments to date and will undoubtedly play a key role in the accomplishments that lie ahead.

Tina Sartoretto

Tina Sartoretto

Tina Sartoretto, is currently the proud Mayor of Cobalt, Ontario. After retiring, she relocated to her hometown and chose to be involved in her community the best way she knew how. Having spent all of her career in post-secondary education she could not see herself slipping into a quiet retirement.

She has an M.Ed. from Boston University and a B.P.H.E from Laurentian University. She worked in both the University and College environments throughout her career, as a professor in Business and Health Sciences as well as entry to executive levels of administration.

Having spent all of her 30 working years at Laurentian University, Cambrian College and College Boreal, she understands the important role that education and research play in the health and prosperity of our communities.

 She retired from the Ontario College System in 2008, the last 19 years of which were in an executive capacity. As Registrar and Director of Student Services at Cambrian College, part of her responsibilities included Student Records, Health Services, Native Student Services, Counseling, Financial Aid and Student Housing. During her tenure at Cambrian, she spearheaded the development and implementation of the Ontario College Application Service which processes in excess of 200,000 college applications per year.

As Vice-president Academic and Student Services at College Boreal, she was responsible for the administration and development of academic programmes as well as a number of various projects. While at Cambrian College and College Boreal, she worked diligently to improve the recognition of College credits for students going on to University. She also worked very closely with the Wabnode Institute to improve the level of support and services for First Nations students.

Her interests administratively have always been in education, health and human services. As Mayor of Cobalt, she is able to bring her many years of experience and understanding of the workings of government to the table.

Bill Spinney

Bill Spinney

David Thompson

David Thompson

David Thompson is the project manager of Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) and has been involved in expanding the agriculture sector of northern Ontario since 2007. His experience has consisted of agri-food economic development and conducting applied agronomic research studies. His work at RAIN has consisted of pursuing regional infrastructure projects for tile drainage, land clearing and value-added processing. In 2012 David received his MBA in Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University where he focused on policy issues in expanding the northern agri-food sector through co-operative models. Before getting involved in economic development, David operated an IT business focusing on web development and networking. David has been an active volunteer and board member with Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie & Area. David was raised in Thessalon and now lives in Sault Ste. Marie with his wife and son. 

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Research Advisory Board

Dr. John Allison

Dr. John Allison

Dr. John Allison is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Nipissing University. He teaches Education and Schooling to Junior/Intermediate students and International Teaching to all Divisions. He is a Historian and has a doctorate in the History of Education from the University of Toronto. His interests include the history of education, educational technology, global governance in education, best practices in higher education teaching and international practicums, histories of male teachers and their professional lives.

Dr. Hugo Asselin

Dr. Hugo Asselin

Dr. Hugo Asselin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human and Social Development at Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue. In 2008, he was awarded the Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Forestry. He has since supervised the work of more than 30 graduate students. His research interests include northern development; land and resource management and governance; social acceptability; aboriginal knowledge, and research ethics. Since 2011, he is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Ecoscience, an international peer-reviewed journal in ecology. Since 2007, he serves as a board member of the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS). He is frequently interviewed by the media and had a weekly popular science column for 2 years (2012-2014) on the morning show of the French CBC in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. 

Dr. Randy Battochio

Dr. Randy Battochio
Chair

Randy Battochio is the Applied Research Manager at CollègeBoréal, Sudbury, Ontario. Randy has a doctorate in philosophy from the Human Studies PhD program at Laurentian University in addition to peer-reviewed academic publications and international presentations. In his role at the college, Randy invites for-profit companies and non-profit organizations to engage the college’s researchers and utilise equipment and infrastructure located on the college’s campus to conduct applied research. Tasks related to his role include networking with companies and organisations in Northern Ontario, exposing applied research needs and capacities throughout the partnership, engage in grant writing for programs within relevant funding sources, and manage all logistics until the study’s completion. Lastly, Randy serves as the liaison officer between community researchers and CollègeBoréal’s Research Ethics Board.

Dr. Gayle Broad

Dr. Gayle Broad

Dr. Gayle Broad is an Associate Professor in the Community Economic and Social Development (CESD) program at Algoma University, in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and the Research Director of NORDIK Institute, a community based research institute affiliated with Algoma University. She is also a Scholar with the Centre for Cooperative Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.

A lifelong resident of Northern Ontario, Gayle’s knowledge and interest in resource-dependency and its impact on people and the environment, has led her to take a holistic approach to researching community sustainability and resilience, including such diverse areas as culture and the arts, housing and poverty, and worker ownership and cooperatives.  Her research interests include community economic development and the social economy; women’s participation in the economy; local food movements and non-timber forest products; and research with First Nations.  Gayle’s recent and current research includes working closely with First Nation communities to respond to their educational and research needs; working with local food producers and consumers to establish strong ‘buy local’ networks; and working with a group of seven communities in Colombia on similar issues.  She has presented her work nationally and internationally, and frequently provides workshops, guest lectures and webinars on a diversity of topics. 

George Burton

George Burton

George Burton is currently serving his second term as President and CEO of Canadore College.

Burton has a long-standing history with Canadore, having graduated from its Recreation and Leadership program and then launching his career in the College’s Registrar’s Office.

Prior to his renewed appointment at Canadore, Burton served as Vice-President, Enrolment Management and Student Services at Loyalist College. While at Loyalist, he also assumed the role of Vice-President, Academic, in addition to his core business portfolios and acted as the Executive Director of the Loyalist Training and Knowledge Centre. Burton spent six years at George Brown College as Registrar and Director of Management and Student Information Services. Above and beyond his extensive experience in the Ontario college system, Burton also has an established background in the private sector, having held senior management assignments at Canada Trust Financial Services and Telmar HMS Ltd.

Community engagement, volunteer work and lifelong learning are all extremely important to Burton. He carries out a great deal of committee work and is a member of: Committee of Presidents, Colleges Ontario; Board of Directors, College Employer Council; Board of Directors (Chair), Ontario College Application Service (OCAS); Board of Directors, Contact North/Contact Nord; Board of Directors, North Bay and District Multicultural Centre; Board of Directors (Treasurer), North Bay Jack Garland Airport Corporation; and Board of Directors, Ontario Colleges Library Service. He is a committee member to the Innovation Initiatives Ontario North (IION); and Joint Relations Committee – Academic Health Sciences Network, North Bay Regional Hospital. Burton has also proudly served as past Chair of the provincial grant program for the Ontario Trillium Foundation, on the Board of Directors for Variety Village, and as past Director for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. In 2013, Burton was sworn in as Honorary Colonel of 21 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron, 22 Wing North Bay.

Burton holds a Recreation Leisure diploma from Canadore College, has received a Bachelor of Science degree from Lake Superior State University, and a Master of Arts in Education from Central Michigan University.

Dr. Robert Campbell

Dr. Robert Campbell

Dr. Robert Campbell became Mount Allison’s 14th President and Vice-Chancellor on July 1, 2006 and is currently serving his second five-year term. He began his career at Trent University, where he was provost and dean of arts and science, founder of the Trent International Program with Jack Matthews, and awarded the Symons Teaching Award. He was dean of arts at Wilfrid Laurier University before coming to Mount Allison.

Dr. Campbell currently serves on the boards of a number of professional organizations, including the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, the Atlantic Association of Universities (which he chaired 2010-11 to 2012-13), the Atlantic Institute of Market Studies (vice-chair), and the Canadian Association of Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS). He has been named a Top 50 CEO by Atlantic Business Magazine on three occasions.

Dr. Campbell graduated from Trent University with an honours BA and went on to the University of Toronto for his MA in political science and economics. He did his PhD in political economy at the London School of Economics, which formed the basis of the books Grand Illusions: The Politics of the Keynesian Experience in Canada and The Full Employment Objective.

Dr. Campbell has written extensively on Canadian politics, including four editions of The Real Worlds of Canadian Politics. He was an editor or chair of the Journal of Canadian Studies for two decades. He is an international expert and consultant on postal systems and their modernization, and has written two postal books — The Politics of the Post and The Politics of Postal Transformation. He chaired the federal panel that produced the Strategic Review of the Canada Post Corporation in 2008. Dr. Campbell is married to Dr. Christl Verduyn and they have four children — Malcolm, Lachlan, Colin, and Frances.

 

Dr. Iain Davidson-Hunt

Dr. Iain Davidson-Hunt

Dr. Iain Davidson-Hunt is Professor at the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Manitoba, Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and co-lead of the Theme on Sustainable Livelihoods, Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. He has worked with Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on territorial land-use planning, ethnoecology, food systems and biodiversity-based enterprise development. 

Dr. Livio Di Matteo

Dr. Livio Di Matteo

Livio Di Matteo, Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute, is a Professor of Economics at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where he specializes in public policy, health economics, public finance, and economic history. His recent research has focused on health care spending and its sustainability.

Di Matteo is a member of the CIHI National Health Expenditure Advisory Panel, the Evidence Network, and is a contributor to the economics blog Worthwhile Canadian Initiative.

He has been listed in Canadian Who’s Who since 1995 and holds a PhD from McMaster University, an MA from the University of Western Ontario, and a BA from Lakehead University.

Dr. Morley Gunderson

Dr. Morley Gunderson

Dr. Morley Gunderson is a professor at the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, and Department of Economics at the University of Toronto. He is also the CIBC Chair in Youth Employment.

The University of Toronto established the Morley Gunderson Prize in 1997 as a tribute to Morley Gunderson’s 10 years as Director of the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources.

In 2008 Professor Gunderson was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for his work as an internationally recognized scholar whose research, institution building and teaching transformed the field of Industrial Relations in Canada from one that was formerly descriptive and institutional to one that uses rigorous quantitative and analytical techniques.

Dr. Anne-Marie Mawhiney

Dr. Anne-Marie Mawhiney

Anne-Marie Mawhiney is currently the Special Advisor to the President at Laurentian University in Sudbury. Before this position she served as the Dean of Professional Schools and Full Professor at Laurentian University. Anne-Marie has a doctorate from York University and was the director of the Institute of Northern Ontario Research and Development from 1991-1994 and from 1995-1997. She is a research principal with the Elliot Lake Tracking and Adjustment Study and editor of Rebirth: Political, Economic, and Social Development in First Nations.

Leata Rigg

Leata Rigg

Leata grew up in Northern Ontario and completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Laurentian University and Master of Nursing at Athabasca University. Leata brings a strong clinical background to Northern College with 35 years of Emergency (ER) and Intensive Care (ICU) nursing at Timmins and District Hospital(TDH), St. Mary’s General Hospital (Timmins) and the Sudbury Memorial Hospital. She served as Advanced Practice Leader in both ER and ICU and was the accreditation lead for TDH. She joined the faculty of Health Sciences at Northern College in August of 2007 and teaches in the undergraduate nursing program and the practical nursing program. Leata teaches in the classroom and in the clinical settings.  Her research interests are supportive conversation for students to facilitate communication for clients with aphasia, palliative care and diverse teaching styles that enhance knowledge transfer. She contributes her nursing expertise in the community by co-chairing the Timmins Palliative Resource Team and sitting on the Board of Directors of the Horizon – Timmins Palliative Care Incorporated.

Brenda Small

Brenda Small

Brenda Small is the Vice President for the Centre for Policy in Aboriginal Learning at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Before this post, she held the positions at the College as Vice President of Aboriginal Relations and Dean of Negahneewin College. Brenda has attended Ryerson University, Algoma University and the University of Toronto. She is a lawyer, called to the bar in Ontario, but is currently not practicing. Brenda grew up in Moose Factory and Sault Ste. Marie, while her parents are Cree from the east coast of James Bay. Brenda believes in the importance of postsecondary education and envisions a learning environment where all students engage one another to pursue ideas, and to achieve their own independence.

J.D. Snyder

J.D. Snyder

J. D. Snyder currently heads up the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development Binational Regional Collaboration and Innovative Export Strategies projects, funded by the MSU Institute for Public Policy and Social Research's Michigan Applied Public Policy Research program.  He previously conceptualized and headed up the U.S. EDA-funded East Michigan and Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional SME Exporting & Bi-National Strategies project.  He was also the project director for the USDA-funded Northern Michigan Capital Access Project and the nationally-recognized, US EDA-funded project to support Northern Michigan innovative regional planning in the global knowledge economy. Under his supervision, the latter project produced six Collaborative Learning (Co-Learning) White Papers and the Northern Michigan Knowledge Economy Indicators report (2009). He has conceptualized, developed, and managed a diverse range of projects from demonstrations of recycling automotive plastics with the Detroit 3’s Vehicle Recycling Partnership to investigating the feasibility of recycling urban wood waste for new secondary market applications. He served as an environmental advisor to Michigan Governor James J. Blanchard (1984-89) and Director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes (1989-90).  As a member of the Great Lakes Commission, he headed up task forces on spill emergency response preparedness and soil erosion/control. He has an M.S. in Resource Development from Michigan State University and a B.A. in history from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Dr. Lindsay Tedds

Dr. Lindsay Tedds

Dr. Lindsay Tedds is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria. Her primary research and teaching area is applied economic research and policy analysis, with a particular focus on the design and implementation of tax policy. She has written a number of peer reviewed journals articles, book chapters, and technical reports, as well as two books in this field. Lindsay has also held several posts with the Government of Canada in Ottawa as well as in municipal government in the areas of public economics and policy implementation.

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Research Fellows

Dr. Paul W. Bennett

Dr. Paul W. Bennett
Fellow in Education Policy

Dr. Paul W. Bennett ,Ed.D. is Founding Director of Schoolhouse Consulting and Adjunct Professor of Education at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Born in Toronto, and raised in Thornhill, Ontario, Paul earned his Hons. B.A and M.A. in History at York University and completed his B.Ed., and Ed.D. in the History and Philosophy of Education  at the University of Toronto.  Over a career spanning four decades and three provinces, Dr. Bennett has served as a secondary school history teacher, academic head, public school trustee, and the headmaster of two of Canada’s leading independent coeducational day schools, Lower Canada College and Halifax Grammar School. He has written or co-authored many academic articles, policy papers, and eight books, including Canada: A North American Nation (1988 and 1995), Vanishing Schools, Threatened Communities; The Contested Schoolhouse in Maritime Canada, 1850 -2010 (2011), and The Last Stand: Schools, Communities and the Future of Rural Nova Scotia (2013).

Today Paul is primarily an author, education policy analyst and commentator. His opinion columns and articles appear regularly in The Chronicle Herald, The National Post,  The Globe and Mail,  Progress Magazine anda variety of publications. His most recent academic articles have appeared in Acadiensis,Historical Studies in Education and the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Journal.   Over the past five years, he has produced major policy papers for the Northern Policy Institute, Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, the Society for Quality Education, and the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools Association. He specializes in K-12 educational policy, education history, educational standards, school governance, teacher education, and special education services.

David MacKinnon

David MacKinnon
Fellow in Fiscal Flows

Mr. MacKinnon is a frequent commentator on Canadian fiscal issues. He has spoken to audiences across Ontario and his work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the National Post and many local newspapers across Canada. He has also been a guest on The Agenda on TVO, the BNN and other national  public affairs programs.

Mr. MacKinnon is a native of Prince Edward Island. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree (honours economics) from Dalhousie University and an MBA from York University. He was also awarded a Centennial Fellowship by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and York University to study at York, Harvard and Oxford Universities as well as the European Institute of Business Studies.

Mr. MacKinnon served as Director, Planning and Economics and Executive Director, Development Strategy in the Nova Scotia Department of Development from 1977 to 1981. He later served in several senior capacities in the Ontario Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Montreal and as CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association from 1996 to 2003. He was also CEO of the Ontario Development Corporation, Ontario’s major economic development agency, from 1986 to 1993.

He is a Past Chair, West Park Healthcare Center, a Toronto rehabilitation hospital and currently serves as a Director and Chair of the Finance Committee at the Canadian Standards Association. He is a member of the Patient Relations Committee of the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons, after serving on the governing council of that organization for six years.

In 2012, Mr. MacKinnon joined the board of the Quinte Health Care Center, a community hospital with sites in Picton, Belleville, Bancroft and Trenton.

David and his wife Betsy moved to Prince Edward County in 2010 after sailing in county waters for fifteen years.

Dr. Barry Prentice

Dr. Barry Prentice
Fellow in Transportation

Dr. Prentice is a Professor of Supply Chain Management, at the I.H. Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba and the former Director (1996-2005) of the Transport Institute. His major research and teaching interests include logistics, transportation economics, urban transport and trade policy. Dr. Prentice holds a degree in economics from University of Western Ontario (1973) and graduate degrees in agricultural economics from University of Guelph (1979) and University of Manitoba (1986).

Dr. Prentice has authored or co-authored more than 250 research reports, journal articles and contributions to books. His scholarly work has been recognized for excellence in national paper competitions and awards. In 1999, National Transportation Week named him Manitoba Transportation Person of the Year. Through the Transport Institute, Dr. Prentice has organized national and international conferences on sustainable transportation (Railways and the Environment), supply chain logistics (Planes, Trains & Ships), agribusiness logistics (Fields on Wheels), the potential use of airships for northern transportation (Airships to the Arctic) and food trade between Canada and Mexico (La Cadena de Frio). In 1999 and 2003, he received University of Manitoba Outreach Awards. In 2009, Dr. Prentice was made an Honourary Life Member of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum.

Dr. Prentice was instrumental in founding a major in transportation and logistics within the B.Comm. (Hons.) program at the I. H. Asper School of Business (fall 2003). Since that time a new Department of Supply Chain Management has been formed, and in 2006 a M.Sc. program in supply chain management was initiated.

Dr. Prentice has served on the Boards of Directors of several transportation organizations: National Transportation Week (President, 2001 and 2003), Honourary President of the Canadian Institute for Traffic and Transportation (2001-3) and the Canadian Transportation Research Forum (Past President, 1997). Dr. Prentice is the President of ISO Polar Airships that he co-founded in 2005 as a not-for-profit research institute to promote the use of airships as sustainable transport for the northern latitudes. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Transportation Research Forum. In addition, Dr. Prentice has served on Winnipeg Airports Authority, Inc. (1998-2003), Winnipeg TransPlan 2010, the Mid-Continent International Trade Corridor Task Force, the Rapid Transit Task Force, expert committees, and is frequently asked to speak on the topics of trade and transportation.

Dr. David Robinson

Dr. David Robinson
Fellow in Local Decision Making

David Robinson is an Associate Professor at Laurentian University. He teaches Game Theory and Natural Resource Economics, Statistics, and Econometrics. 

As a leading expert on Northern Ontario economic development, he was the first person to identify and promote the Northern Ontario Mining Supply and Service sector as our leading sector. He was also the first person to propose Northern Ontario School of Architecture. He has consulted for forest-dependent communities and written on the economics of community forestry. He is best known publically for monthly columns in Northern Ontario Business Magazine, and in Sudbury Mining Solutions, the trade journal for the local Mining Supply and Services sector which he helped found. He does frequent interviews in broadcast media has been a guest on TVO’s Agenda, several times and is often a featured speaker at conferences and events.

 

Dr. Elizabeth Wenghofer

Dr. Elizabeth Wenghofer
Fellow in Rural and Northern Health

Elizabeth is a health policy researcher whose work focuses on generating evidence for health policy development and implementation on a provincial and national level.  She completed her PhD in Medical Sciences (Health Services Research) at the Institute of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto in 2005.  Her areas of research interest include: (i) health human resources in rural and northern regions, (ii) performance evaluation and continuing competence in health professionals and, (iii) professional governance.  Her research activities have focused on the importance of understanding environmental factors that influence physician performance, in particular those associated with the practice structures, rural and northern environmental stressors and community needs and resources.

She joined the School of Rural and Northern Health at Laurentian University in 2007 where she is currently an associate professor and the School’s Director.  She teaches Health Policy Analysis in the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Rural and Northern Health and supervises the research of both PhD and Masters students.  She holds a cross appointment to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and is adjunct faculty in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of California San Diego where she is also the Research Director of the Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) program.  She served as Interim Research Director of the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR) from April 2010 to June 2011 and now continues to work closely with CRaNHR in her role as a Faculty Investigator. Prior to joining Laurentian University, Elizabeth led the research activities of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario for 11 years.