NPI's 10th Anniversary Gala Event


NPI's 10th Anniversary Northeast Gala

Decision makers, community leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators from Northeastern Ontario joined us to celebrate NPI's 10th anniversary year In North Bay for our Northeast Anniversary Gala. This event presented a unique opportunity to break down industry silos and celebrate the impact of Northern Ontario's home-grown independent evidence-based policy institute.

In the last decade NPI has been involved in multiple Northern Ontario success stories: the development of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, the expansion of First Nations control of First Nations education, the piloting of the 2 plus 1 road model here in Northern Ontario, the growth in programs to support newcomers, increases in community and workplace supports for First Nation/Métis/Inuit populations already here, the expansion of bus service from Toronto to Winnipeg and, the reintroduction of the spring bear hunt. To name just a few.

Our Gala Speaker

Dr. Ken Coates is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan, and a Fellow, Royal Society of Canada. An internationally known expert on Indigenous issues, Dr. Coates spoke and introduced our new publication series, Rebuilding Nations: Transforming Northern Ontario by Renewing Nation to Nation Relations.


10th Anniversary Northeast Gala Picture Gallery


NPI staff members at NPI's 10th Anniversary Gala


President & CEO, Charles Cirtwill, reflecting on NPI's past 10 years in operation


Dr. Ken Coates discussing NPI's recent paper series, Rebuilding Nations


Dwayne Nashkawa welcoming attendees to the Gala



Elder Peter Beaucage welcoming Gala attendees to North Bay/Nipissing

Some kind words about the impact NPI has made in Northern Ontario!


"NPI is the go to organization to apply the “Northern Ontario” lens to all policy issues to ensure a viable, sustainable economy and one that is positioned to adapt to an ever changing economic landscape. (2016)

- Madge Richardson, Executive Director, North Superior Workforce Planning Board


"Congratulations to NPI on the launch of Community Accounts. As a Regional Manager for Northern Ontario who works with over 131 Northern Municipalities, access to information regarding the communities we serve helps our team understand the composition and demography of our stakeholders. The website provides easy access and well presented data for anyone to obtain.” (2017)

- Mary Dawson-Cole, Regional Manager, Northern Ontario MPAC


“I have been impressed with the amount of research and publications on First Nations' issues that has been undertaken by NPI. The research being undertaken by NPI will greatly benefit the emerging field of research at Nipissing University, specifically in the area of applied sociology.” (2018)

- Dr. Mike Degagné– President and Vice-Chancellor, Nipissing University


"NPI is a champion for Northern Ontario, promoting its many opportunities and connecting various organisations to foster collaboration and progress against societal, environmental & economic priorities. The NPI team consistently produces quality research and develops pertinent and exciting programs. Their work can empower any group with an interest in Northern Ontario to better fulfill its mission." (2020)

 - Christine Leduc -2019-20 Woodlands Operations Supervisor at EACOM Timber Corporation

A Look Back at NPI's First Decade of Operation


First NPI Board, Sault Ste. Marie (2013)





NPI Info Session - Kenora (2014)



Community Visits – NPI at Queen Elizabeth High School – Sioux Lookout (2014)







Joint event with the Mowat Centre - Setting a Federal Policy Agenda for Ontario - – Thunder Bay (2015)



NPI's First Conference – Basic Income Guarantee – Sudbury (2016)


Community Visits – NPI Board & Staff – Fort Frances (2016)




Community Visits – NPI Board & Staff – Temiskaming Shores (2016)


Community Visits – NPI Board – Schreiber (2017)


Community Visits – NPI Board – Timmins (2017)


NPI 5th Anniversary Gala – Learning About Eeyou Istchee – Thunder Bay (2018)


NPI Staff Retreat – Sault Ste. Marie (2018)


Visiting Centre régional de recherche et d'intervention en développement économique et communautaire – Hearst (2019)


Come North Conference – Temiskaming Shores (2020)


NPI Virtual Staff Week - 2021


NPI Experience North Summer Office – Sturgeon Falls (2022)


Gala Sponsors