Come North


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

About Come North

The event 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 Lucie Perrault, Director for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (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 Ogimaa Duke Peltier, Ogimaa of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory (no presentation available)

come-north-arrows Liz Edgar-Webkamigad, Algoma University faculty member and Director of the Shingwauk Residential School Centre (no presentation available)

come-north-arrows Lorette McKnight, President of the Temiskaming Métis Community Council (no presentation available)


Discussion 2 - Working together to support each other

come-north-arrows Kevin Eshkawkogan, President and Chief Executive Officer at Indigenous Tourism Ontario

come-north-arrows R. Martin Bayer, Lawyer at Weaver, Simmons LLP 

come-north-arrows Victoria Grant, President and owner of Moving Red Canoe (no presentation available)



Welcoming Communities – experience from one of the “Big Five” - City of Greater Sudbury

come-north-arrows Lynn Despatie, Business Development Officer at City of Greater Sudbury


What are YOU going to do – next 12 months

come-north-arrows James Franks, Economic Development Officer at City of Temiskaming Shores


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
  • North Superior Workforce Planning Board your Local Employment Planning Council
  • 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
  • Rogers Media