Come North


Come North – A Population Growth Strategy for Ontario’s Northern Regions

About Come North

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.

The City of Temiskaming Shores and Lake of the Woods Business Incentive Corporation were pleased to host the planning conference in the Northeast from February 11-13, 2020.

Goals of the Conference

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.

Visit for more information about breakout sessions and presentations.


Population Growth – Where we fit; Prosperity & Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario

come-north-arrows Aime Dimatteo, Director General of FedNor in Northern Ontario (no presentation available)




Discussion 1 - Building a better bond: helping new arrivals learn more about local First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities

come-north-arrows Kerry McLaughlin - Citizen Of The Métis Nation Of Ontario (no presentation available)

come-north-arrows Charmaine McCraw - Project Manager at ORIGIN (no presentation available)


Discussion 2 - Working together to support each other

come-north-arrows Charmaine McCraw - Project Manager at ORIGIN (no presentation available)

come-north-arrows John DeGiacomo - Executive Director of Anishinabek Employment and Training Services

come-north-arrows Denise Hardy - Indigenous Relations Advisor at Ontario Power Generation and President of Fort William Curling Club


Welcoming Communities – small and rural experiences - Terrace Bay

come-north-arrows Jody Davis, Mayor of Terrace Bay



Welcoming Communities – experience from one of the “Big Five” - Thunder Bay

come-north-arrows Cathy Woodbeck – Executive Director at the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association (no presentation available)

come-north-arrows Emily Lauzon – Workforce Development Officer, Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (no presentation available)

come-north-arrows Sean Spenrath – Co-founder of Wake the Giant  (no presentation available)


What are YOU going to do – next 12 months

come-north-arrows Ryan Reynard - LOWBIC Executive Director


Proudly supported by

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Event Partners — Partenaires de l’événement

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Transportation and accommodation supports are made possible by these generous 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