Come North 2020 (Northeast)

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The events aimed to discuss the population growth strategies for Ontario’s northern regions, while examining the challenges and expectations of new arrivals to their new communities.


Goals of Come North:

  1. Increase awareness among all participants about the resources available to attract, retain, and assist new arrivals.
  2. Identify through direct interaction opportunities to leverage, partner, coordinate, and/or share resources, staff and activities.
  3. Develop a concrete list of next steps identifying not only what is to be done, but by whom and by when.


Read the 2020 Conference Reports



1. Why Are We Here? (James Franks)

2. Mapping Our Assets (Hilary Hagar)

3. Welcoming Communities: Smooth Rock Falls (Luc Denault)

4. Labour Demand Projections (Julie Joncas) 

5. Welcoming Communities: Sudbury (Lynn Despatie)

6. What Are You Going to Do? (James Franks)

Discussion Sessions


1. Building a Better Bond: Helping new arrivals learn more about local First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities

1.1 Ogimaa Duke Peltier, Ogimaa of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory 

1.2 Liz Edgar-Webkamigad, Algoma University faculty member and Director of the Shingwauk Residential School Centre

1.3 Lorette McKnight, President of the Temiskaming Métis Community Council 

No presentations available


2. Working Together to Support Each Other

2.1 Kevin Eshkawkogan, President and Chief Executive Officer at Indigenous Tourism Ontario

Discussion 2, Presentation 1


2.2 R. Martin Bayer, Lawyer at Weaver, Simmons LLP

Discussion 2, Presentation 2


2.3 Victoria Grant, President and owner of Moving Red Canoe 

No presentation available

Transportation and accommodation sponsors

  • Far Northeast Training Board (FNETB)
  • Northern Ontario Municipal Association
  • Local Employment Planning Council
  • North Superior Workforce Planning Board
  • Professions North/Nord
  • Réseau du Nord

Media sponsors

  • Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce
  • Timmins Chamber of Commerce
  • Temiskaming Shores Chamber of Commerce
  • Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • Kenora Chamber of Commerce
  • Red Lake Chamber of Commerce
  • Dryden Chamber of Commerce
  • Acadian Broadcasting

Event Partners





This project is made possible in part through the support of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario (FedNor).