NPI's 10th Anniversary Gala (Northwest)



NPI's 10th Anniversary Gala (Northwest) - The Delta, Thunder Bay

Join over 200 Northwestern Ontario decision makers, community leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators to celebrate Northern Policy Institute's 10th Anniversary. This event is 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, Northern Policy Institute has supported and, in some cases, played a central role in 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 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 of our successes.

*The dress code for the evening is business formal. Cash bar available*


None of these achievements would have been possible without you, our valued community partners. Come and celebrate with us! 



Gala Sponsors

Gold Sponsor


Student and Youth Sponsors

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Guest Speaker for the Evening


Enjoy a fireside chat with Ron Bernbaum, Founder of PearTree Canada & CEO of PearTree Financial as he explores the topic of "Uniting the Canadian Resource and Charitable Sectors: Financing Critical Mineral Opportunities"

With an extensive background in law, tax and finance, Ron has blended his proven talent for recognizing, structuring and implementing innovative, yet conservative, financing structures with a sincere, lifelong dedication to supporting philanthropic causes.
Amongst his accomplishments, Ron has structured and created an investment fund listed with the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, a REIT listed on the American Stock Exchange, and a family of tax-efficient mutual funds for investment dealers. As early as 2004, Ron presented the use of flow through shares to philanthropists and charities as a way to reduce the after-tax cost of giving. Ron has the ability to productize tax-efficient financial products that meet both the policy and technical requirements of the tax legislation and he was the driving force in the first flow through donation transactions, the first CRA ruling and the first Revenu Quebec rulling.
In 2021 Ron was the recipient of the AME 2021 Special Tribute Award for service to the minerals industry in BC. AME acknowledged Ron for his role in creating the Charitable Flow-Through financing mechanism.
Learn about PearTree's Flow-Through Share Donation Format - more jobs in the north, more money to charities, reduced after-tax cost of giving

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

View the highlights of NPI's 10th Anniversary Gala (Northeast) here

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)