Experience North 2017


Experience North 2017 Students

Andrew Ault


Andrew Ault studies at Carleton University, graduating this fall with an HBA in Political Science, specialized in Public Affairs and Policy Analysis, and minor in Business. Prior to NPI, Andrew worked for an Ontario Ministry, College, private firm, and Innovation Centre in communication, e-business and marketing. Andrew’s research interests are in marketer’s integration of social value, performance-based executive compensation and the implications from the demise of investigative journalism. When not researching, Andrew is either outdoors, volunteering, learning languages, reading or dreaming of climbing mountains. With an affinity for northern economic development, Andrew is thrilled to be at NPI and looks forward to commencing graduate study in September.


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James Attila Barsby


James Attila Barsby was born in Newmarket, Ontario, but was raised in various parts of New Brunswick and Southern Ontario. He is entering second year of law at Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University and is the External Reviews Editor for the Lakehead Law Journal.

In 2015, James completed a B.A.H. in Art History with a minor in Religious Studies at Queen’s University. He subsequently completed a Master of Public Administration at Queen’s University in 2016 and a co-op placement in the Culture Policy Unit of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport of the Government of Ontario.

The research areas that James is interested in are: Indigenous policy, culture, environmental law and governing institutions.


Build a Stadium Downtown and They Will Come

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Katie Burley


Katie is a recent graduate of Carleton University where she double majored in journalism and communications. Born and raised in Airdrie, Alberta, Katie moved to Ottawa to pursue her education and expand her horizons.  She has worked in communications for the Canadian Food Inspections Agency and has worked with media outlets such as Global News, the Airdrie Life Magazine and the Calgary Herald. Throughout her studies, she was the co-chair and media and publicity executive of the Carleton Branch of the World University Service of Canada (WUSC). She is excited to see how her media and communications experience will help her in succeed within the Northern Policy Institute Team.


Prison Segregation: out of sight is not out of mind

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Jenna Kirker


Jenna Kirker is a second year Master of Arts student at Lakehead University. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Education, with a focus on indigenizing perspectives in the classroom. Although born and raised in Southern Ontario, the majority of her family hails from the Thunder Bay region. Her academic research focuses on Northwestern Ontario politics and labour, and she has presented on this topic and related fields in Canada, Finland, and throughout Northwestern Ontario. She is the co-author of a forthcoming book on Thunder Bay and the First World War, as well as an article on gender and labour history in Northwestern Ontario. She is a member of the Thunder Bay Museum Historical Society's Board of Directors, chairing its membership committee. Previously, she was the program coordinator for the Alumni Association of Lakehead University for the Engagement and Outreach program as well as a graduate and research assistant for the Department of History. Jenna will begin her doctoral studies this fall at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario on political youth groups in twentieth century Canada.


'Filling Up': Electric Vehicles in Northern Ontario

North for the North: Recruiting for the Future

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Winter Lipscombe


Winter Lipscombe is born and raised in the small community of Kenora, ON. She is currently working towards a Bachelors of Arts at Mount Allison University in International Relations with a double minor in Economics and Political Science. Prior to coming to the Northern Policy Institute, Winter has had experience working as a research assistant considering the impact of borders in a globalized world. Her past experiences have also included several First Nation organizations. While she enjoys learning about nations abroad, she looks forward to researching the implications of policies closer to home and their unique implications on the North.


Connecting Our Communities: the Comparative Costs of Highway Construction

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Eric Melillo


Eric Melillo was born and raised in Kenora, Ontario. Currently, he is attending Lakehead University and has completed the first year of an HBA program in Economics and Political Science. When not working, Eric enjoys spending time outside-usually playing basketball or tennis. He’s an avid follower of the Canadian Football League and he also spends a great deal of his day reading about current affairs from around the world. Eric is excited to work with Northern Policy Institute to research and analyze policies for the betterment of Kenora and all Northern communities


Pulling back the curtain on a Minimum Wage Increase

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Hannah Rowswell


Hannah is a current student of the Bachelor of Business Administration program at Algoma University, specializing in Marketing. Before joining the team at Northern Policy Institute, Hannah worked for Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation in Sault Ste. Marie for two years. Hannah is highly involved in the Algoma University Business Society, acting as the Director of Events and Conferences where she focuses on developing and planning events that will benefit business students through networking and learning events


All Aboard!... if you live in Southern Ontario

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Experience North Office Locations

Thunder Bay

874 Tungsten St.

Thunder Bay, ON.

P7B 673


Sault Ste. Marie

1520 Queen St E.


P6A 2G4




900 Golf Course Rd.

Kenora, ON.

P9N 3X7


"We could not have asked for a better opportunity, a better institution, or a better group of people to work with everyday this summer, near or far, to give us such an amazing experience."

– James Barsby, Jenna Kirker, Andrew Ault (Thunder Bay)


"If you’re looking for a summer job that will offer you the right amount of challenges, great opportunities, and a valuable out-of-office experience, then you should strongly consider spending a summer with NPI."

– Eric Melillo, Winter Lipscombe (Kenora)


"Working at Northern Policy Institute gave me perspective on how unified and passionate individuals and organizations across Northern Ontario are, working to grow and develop innovative solutions for our vast region."

– Hannah Rowswell (Sault Ste. Marie)

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