Northern Directions Wrap Up

Event Date: November 16, 2022 to November 18, 2022 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM

Event Location: North Bay


About Northern Directions

The goal of Northern Directions was to explore evidence-based interventions and policies that spur growth in the various regions of Northern Ontario. The conference invited 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 next twelve months.

Northern Directions conference 2022

Northern Directions 2022 was a two-and-a-half-day converence on November 16, 17 and 18, 2022. Its main theme was “Working to Scale,” touching 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 developed 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 consisted of 3 keynote presentations, 2 panels, four roundtables, more than 30 presentations, and a choice of one of four unique field trips to experience rural policy innovation on the ground in Northern Ontario.

The 2022 conference was held in combination with the annual meeting and conference of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation and concurrently with NPI’s 10th Anniversary Gala.


Program Guide Speakers and Panelists
Online Poster Area Paper Presentations



Amanda Mongeon, Cheryl Fort, and Heidi Ferguson at Northern Directions discussing how to create Healthy and Resilient Communities in rural and Northern Ontario with the moderation of Leith Deacon, Ph.D.


Andrew Judge, Ph.D., Wendy Landry, and Jason Batise joining online for a discussion with Kevin Eshkawkogan (in person) about Reconciliation in Rural and Northern Regions at Northern Directions 2022 with the moderation of Rachel Rizzuto


The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) at Northern Directions talking about their mandate and projects to manage the by-product of nuclear power in rural Northern Ontario and other areas.





Multiple partners and friends of NPI and the CRRF talking about their work to Northern Directions participants at the booth and poster area.


Multiple partners and friends of NPI and the CRRF members at the Conference


Participants from the Northern Directions conference enjoy a field trip to Kunkel Dairy Farm and a talk by Dustin Kunkel on the innovative robotic milking barn.





Northern Directions participants during a walking tour of the Laurentian Escarpment Conservation Area at North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority after hearing about integrated watershed management, including shoreline protection and flood warning and management, at Eva Wardlaw Conservation Area.


Northern Directions participants on a field trip to Nipissing First Nation, visiting Bineshii Small Business Centre, hearing about First Nations Innovation, and browsing Supplies for the Soul & Mino Niibiish Boutique, before heading to Duchesnay Creek Bridge and Duchesnay Community Hall.


Dwayne Nashkawa presenting on the work of Nipissing First nation

Research resources available for YOU

Rural and Northern Reconciliation






Population Growth


Health Care


Tools for Communities

Our Partners


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



The New Researcher Forum is hosted this year by CRRF, NPI, and the University of Waterloo's Faculty of Environment.



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