Northern Directions

Event Date: November 16, 2022 to November 18, 2022 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Event Location: Best Western North Bay Hotel & Conference Centre

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Stay Tuned - Registration Opening early September

Sponsorship Opportunities

Call for Abstracts


About Northern Directions

Northern Directions is an initiative from Northern Policy Institute that starts conversations and instigates discussions between all types of parties to propose actions, priorities, and solutions that can address the challenges faced by regions of Northern Ontario. By doing so, Northern Directions stimulates social, sustainable, and economic development in the regions of Northern Ontario.

The Initiative

The goal of Northern Directions is to explore evidence-based interventions and policies that will spur growth in the various regions of Northern Ontario.  The conference invites the private sector, policymakers, academics, and the public to meet, exchange information, and set priorities tied to specific actions and assigned to specific actors for the coming twelve months.

The Northern Directions conference will operate annually as a hybrid virtual and in-person conference. A hybrid approach will not only address the lingering results of COVID-19 but also acknowledges the reality of travelling across the vast geography of Northern Ontario. This approach will maximize the diversity of delegates and ensure that the findings reflect the needs of our communities.

Each year, the conference’s delegates are updated on progress against the prior year’s goals. Annual evaluations of investment attraction and economic growth initiatives and the implementation of prior year action items will measure the progress of the project and how successfully our communities are growing.


Northern Directions Conference 2022

The 2022 Northern Directions conference is scheduled to be a two-and-a-half-day event on November 16, 17 and 18, 2022. This year’s conference will be held in combination with the annual meeting and conference of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation.

The main theme of Northern Directions 2022 is “Working to Scale.” This theme touches on how rural and remote communities, especially those in Northern Ontario and similar locations, can scale best practices, initiatives, and programs to best fit their communities. Discussions will develop around subthemes such as reconciliation, revitalization and reinvestment, population retention and welcoming, regional transportation, and revenue generation; all focused on rural and remote contexts.

The event will consist of 3 keynote presentations, multiple paper presentation sessions, 2 panels, chance for a community visit and a poster competition.

 

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Networking Event

Mark your calendar for a fun and refreshing evening of networking opportunities happening this November during the Northern Directions conference!

 

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Northern Policy Institute 10th Anniversary Gala

We are extremely proud to share that 2022-23 marks Northern Policy Institute's 10th year of operations. Thank you to everyone who has worked with us and supported us to make NPI the go-to think tank for issues affecting the regions of Northern Ontario. This will be taking place in North Bay at the Grande Event Centre.

Celebrate this exciting milestone with us this November at our 10th Anniversary Gala!

 

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Get Involved

 

Call for Abstracts

Northern Policy Institute and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation are pleased to announce a call for abstracts for the 2022 Northern Directions conference. A range of submission types is invited – academic research, stories, or case studies about or applicable to Northern Ontario or other rural, remote, northern, and island communities. Accepted submissions will be presented at the conference either as a 15-minute oral presentation or as a poster presentation.

We expect to accept multiple submissions for poster presentations and up to eight abstracts for oral presentations for each category. The categories may include but are not limited to the following: rural reconciliation, rural revitalization (reinvestment), rural population retention (welcoming), regional transportation (rural mass transit or broader transportation systems), and rural revenue generation.

This is a two-phase call for abstracts. To be included in the first round, please submit your abstract by August 15, 2022. To be included in the second round, please submit your abstract by September 15, 2022. Those accepted in the first round will be notified by September 01, 2022, and those accepted in the second round will be notified by October 01, 2022.

Read the Complete Call for Abstracts here

Submit your work here

Poster Room

The poster room will give researchers and community actors the opportunity to visually present their work and initiatives while at the same time engaging with other researchers and community actors. A wide variety of submissions will be accepted for the poster room, not being limited to academic articles but also including other stories and case studies on or applicable to rural communities and Northern Ontario.

The posters will be selected through the call for abstracts and will follow the same categories of: rural reconciliation, rural revitalization (reinvestment), rural population retention (welcoming), regional transportation (rural mass transit or broader transportation systems), and rural revenue generation.

Participants will be able to vote on posters during the conference.

Community Visits

Northern Directions will offer three field trips where delegates will have the opportunity to visit rural communities nearby North Bay and have a first-hand on-the-ground experience of rural revenue generation, sustainability, and reconciliation.

Check back soon for exact locations and details.

 


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring the event puts your business in the centre of the conversation about economic growth and diversification. Partnership in this event will bring return to your organization in many ways. Click here to learn more

 

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Our Partners

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This year’s conference will be held in combination with the annual meeting and conference of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation.