Experience North 2016


Experience North 2016 Students

Rachel Beals


Originally from the United States, Rachel attended the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo, earning her B.A. (Honours) and M.A. (co-op) in Political Science, respectively. Throughout her academic and professional careers, Rachel has pursued the study of community and economic development, an enthusiasm borne out of travel throughout rural and urban China. Through her role at NPI, Rachel provides research expertise and passion for seeing northern communities thrive.


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The Art of Not Getting Lost: Signage in Northern Ontario

Indigenous Tourism: Takeaways for Northern Ontario

Lindsay Campbell




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The importance of sustainable mental health support in First Nations communities


Leah Cartan




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Festivals are a Golden Opportunity for Timmins and the North

Kaylie Dudgeon




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Mandy-Jean Masse


Mandy is taking up a degree in Law & Justice with a minor in English Literature at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie. Now in her final year, Mandy is interested in pursuing graduate work in legal studies. Mandy earned a Legal Office Assistant Certificate at Sault College of Applied Arts & Technology, and finished with honours in 2010. She has also worked in the Municipal Relations Department with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation in the summer of 2014 on the Enumeration Project. This past year, Mandy has worked as an Archives Assistant with the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, which has provided her with a strong understanding of unique issues surrounding First Nations people in Canada. Mandy brings her dynamic interests, knowledge of law, and passion for social justice to her internship this summer.


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The Provincial Policy Statement: Local Diversity Beyond the Rhetoric

The Digital Divide: Internet Access in Northern Ontario


Jamie McIntyre


Jamie McIntyre grew up in Sudbury, Ontario and is working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Community Economic and Social Development at Algoma University. Jamie is the current treasurer of the Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students Association. Before joining the Northern Policy Institute, Jamie worked in marketing communications within Northern Ontario’s tourism industry.


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Places to Grow: Best Practices for Community-based Regional Economic Development in Ontario's North


Adam Patrick




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Property Tax Powers by First Nations

Cost Funding under the new Recycling Legislation: A WASTE of time for Northern Ontario?


Lauren Rainsford


Lauren Rainsford is currently attending Queen’s University where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in political studies and economics. Previous to joining Northern Policy Institute she worked in the public sector in the area of northern economic development. She also brings with her experience developing post-secondary education policy. Lauren looks forward to a very enriching summer with Northern Policy Institute. 



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The Health of Hospice Care in Northern Ontario


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Success Story: Ye Olde Chip Truck, Kenora

Labour Market Alignment: Education in the North

The Grass Isn't Always Greener: Job Opportunities in Northern Ontario


Emma Tranter




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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Why leaving Northern Ontario is hard, but coming back is easy

"We couldn't have asked for better counterparts to discuss public policy and to lighten up the sometimes dismal science of economics. The core staff were always there to steady the ship any time the waters were rough, and we thank them for their endless guidance, help, and patience."

– Adam Patrick and Jarrod Sundmark (Kenora)


"Working with such a dedicated staff, from management to coordinators and other interns pushed us to give our best so that we could contribute to the organization’s success. It was incredible to see all the hardworking people behind the scenes who believe in the North and want to see it prosper."

– Kaylie Dudgeon and Mandy-Jean Masse (Sault Ste. Marie)


"We could not have asked for a better summer experience to launch us into our final year of university. This internship has given us new knowledge, new confidence, and above all, new friends.."

– Lindsay Campbell and Emma Tranter (Thunder Bay)

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