Northern Directions

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

Event Location: Best Western North Bay Hotel and Conference Centre

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About Northern Directions

Northern Directions is an initiative of Northern Policy Institute that starts conversations among community actors, leaders, and decision makers. Bringing them together to set priorities and identify solutions that can address the challenges faced by the regions of Northern Ontario. This year’s conference will be held in combination with the annual meeting and conference of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation and concurrently with NPI’s 10th Anniversary Gala.

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.  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, and your choice of one of four unique field trips to experience rural policy innovation on the ground in Northern Ontario.

Subsidies are available for registration, travel, and accommodations. To apply, send an email explaining your situation to finance@northernpolicy.ca

 

Detailed Conference Agenda

Pre-Conference Activity (In-person only) – Networking Event –  Tuesday, November 15, 2022

6:00 PM – Networking event begins for attendees – North Bay Museum

6:15 PM – BRIEF Welcoming Remarks from CRRF, NPI

  • Appetizers will be served at this cocktail-style event

7:30 PM – Networking event ends for attendees

 PLEASE NOTE – Those who elect to attend the networking event will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the event venue. Transportation is not provided by the Northern Directions conference organizers.

Day 1 – Wednesday, November 16, 2022

8:00 AM – Day begins, and registration opens

8:15 AM – Buffet-style breakfast (poster area and display booths open during this time)

8:55 AM – Event livestream begins for virtual attendees

9:00 AMOpening

  • Welcome & Land Acknowledgment – NPI
  • Traditional Greeting by First Nation Elder from North Bay area
  • Traditional Greeting by Métis Elder from North Bay area
  • Remarks from Nipissing First Nation Chief
  • Remarks from Mayor of North Bay
  • Ministers Remarks – Provincial
  • Remarks from Conference Presenting Sponsor
  • Administrative Details & Opening Remarks – CRRF

9:40 AM Remarks and Intro of Keynote by Gold Conference Sponsor 1

9:45 AM Keynote Speaker #1: Funding the Rural and Northern Community

Municipalities have the most contact with the day-to-day lives of the public, and yet most studies of municipal finance either look at national/provincial trends or focus on large cities. This keynote shares insights from the “Funding the Rural and Northern Community” series of papers published by Northern Policy Institute.

  • Presenter: Martin Lefebvre, Ph.D.

10:15 AM – Keynote #1: Q&A Session

10:30 AM – 30-minute break (poster area and display booths open during this time)

11:00 AMPanel #1: [Re]Framing Healthy and Resilient Communities

Perspectives from the public health, economic development and social service sectors explore challenges and opportunities in fostering a healthy population, diverse economy, and resilient society.

  • Panellists: Amanda Mongeon, Fern Dominelli, Heidi Ferguson
  • Moderator: Leith Deacon, Ph.D.

11:45 AM – Panel #1: Q&A Session begins

12:00 PM – Buffet-style lunch begins for in-person attendees (poster area and trade show open at this time)

12:40 PM Remarks and Intro of Keynote by Gold Conference Sponsor 2

12:45 PM Keynote Speaker #2:

  • Presenter: Ontario Northland Transportation Commission TBC

1:15 PM – Keynote#2: Q&A Session

1:30 PMPanel #2: Rural Reconciliation

Reconciliation extends to all areas, including rural and remote communities. It is especially important for Northern Ontario, where 78 per cent of the First Nation communities in the province are located. This panel shares best practices and perspectives on reconciliation in rural and remote communities.

  • Panellists: Andrew Judge,D., Wendy Landry, Jason Batise
  • Moderator: Rachel Rizzuto

2:15 PM – Panel #2: Q&A Session begins

2:30 PM – 30-minute break (poster area and trade show open during this time)

3:00 PMConcurrent Paper Presentation Sessions #1 – Breakout Rooms

These concurrent sessions will present research, case studies, and stories about Northern Ontario or other rural, remote, northern, and island communities on the six themes listed below. Each session will have four 15-minute oral presentations and will be closed with a 30-minute open discussion at the end.

    4:30 PM – End of Conference Sessions for Day 1 (networking event later in evening)

    Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation AGM – Wednesday, November 16, 2022

    4:30 PM – 5:30 PM - New Researcher Forum – Networking – Best Western Breakout Room

    Students, community-based researchers, and emerging scholars can meet with senior scholars to discuss topical issues related to research, community engagement/partnership, and academic job markets. Participants do not need to be registered at the conference to participate in the Forum.

    6:00 PM – Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation AGM – Best Western Restaurant Lounge

    Day 2 – Thursday, November 17, 2022

    8:00 AM – Day begins, and registration opens

    8:15 AM – Buffet-style breakfast (poster area and display booths open during this time)

    8:55 AM – Event livestream begins for virtual attendees

    9:00 AM - Concurrent Priority Setting Roundtables: Actions for the Next Year – Breakout Rooms

    These roundtable sessions aim to identify current needs, challenges, and opportunities in Northern Ontario for the next 12 months in four different areas:

    • Rural Reconciliation
      • Facilitator: Maurice Switzer, Bnesi
    • Rural Revitalization (reinvestment)
      • Facilitator: Dee Ann Benard
    • Regional Transportation
      • Facilitator: TBD
    • Rural Revenue Generation
      • Facilitator: TBD

    10:30 AM 4:00 PM Field Trips

    Join in for a boots-on-the-ground experience of rural innovation and policy in action. Registered in-person participants gather at Best Western for bus to field trip locations.

    • Option 1 – First Nation Innovation
      • Nipissing First Nation
    • Option 2 – Agriculture in Powassan
      • Kunkel Dairy Farm
      • Foxfire Heritage Farm
    • Option 3 – Protecting the Rural Environment
      • North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority
    • Option 4 – Rural Transportation
      • Ontario Northland Transportation Commission

    NPI 10th Anniversary Gala - Thursday , November 17, 2022

     6:00 - 9:30 PM

    • Theme: Rebuilding Nations: Transforming Northern Ontario by Renewing Nation to Nation Relations
      • Presenter: Ken Coates, Ph.D.
    • Discount tickets available for conference attendees

    NPI is a federally registered charity for educational purposes. The 10th Anniversary Gala is both a celebration of our first decade and a fundraiser. A tax receipt for $100 will be issued for each individual ticket purchased for the Gala on Thursday evening.

    PLEASE NOTE – Those who elect to attend NPI’s 10th Anniversary gala will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the event venue. Transportation is not provided by the Northern Directions conference organizers.

    Day 3 – Friday, November 18, 2022

    8:00 AM – Day begins, and registration opens

    8:15 AM – Buffet-style breakfast (poster area and display booths open during this time)

    8:40 AM – Event livestream begins for virtual attendees

    8:40 AM – CRRF representatives provide highlights on the field trips

    9:00 AMConcurrent Paper Presentation Sessions #2 – Breakout Rooms

    These concurrent sessions will present research, case studies, and stories about Northern Ontario or other rural, remote, northern, and island communities on the six themes listed below. Each session will have four 15-minute oral presentations and will be closed with a 30-minute open discussion at the end.

    10:30 AM – 30-minute break (poster area and display booths open during this time)

    11:00 AM Remarks and Intro of Keynote by Gold Conference Sponsor 3

    11:05 AM Capstone Keynote: The Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development (invited)

    11:35 AM – Capstone Keynote – Q & A begins

    11:50 PMConference closing remarks – NPI/CRRF

    12:00 PM Conference ends

    Field Trips

    Four options to choose from

    Northern Directions offers four field trips where participants will have the opportunity to visit projects in North Bay and surrounding rural communities to have a first-hand on-the-ground experience of rural revenue generation and revitalization, sustainability, transportation, and reconciliation. Participants can choose between four options:"

    Option 1: First Nation Innovation

    • Attendees will visit Nipissing First Nation.
    • There will be a talk about key investments and innovations in the morning with a tour guide. (Location TBD)
    • In the afternoon, there will be a Nipissing First Nations innovations presentation followed by a Q & A session. (Location TBD).

    Option 2: Agriculture in Powassan

    • Attendees will visit an innovative robotic cow milking farm at Kunkel Dairy Farm in the morning
    • Groups will be divided into 3 groups of 10. One group at a time will go through the robotic milking area as the owners discuss the facility.
    • After closing remarks, the bus will head to “250 Clark” to the Maple room for a catered lunch.
    • In the afternoon, attendees will visit the Foxfire Heritage Farm with a talk and tour by the owner.

    Option 3: Protecting the Rural Environment

    • We have partnered with North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority for this field trip. In the morning, attendees will have a chance to discover Parks Creek Backflood Control at the Eva Wardlaw Conservation Area as well as a driving tour of NBMCA planning and policy programs, both with speakers from NBMCA.
    • Lunch in a beautiful natural classroom provided by NBMCA with a welcome from the CAO.
    • In the afternoon, attendees will experience a walking tour of Laurentian Escarpment Conservation Area, again with speakers from the NBMCA.
    • End the day back at the natural classroom to discuss the 50th Anniversary Miskwaadesi – a Partnership with North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre Boardwalk of Champions.
    • There will be light refreshments before heading back to the hotel at roughly 3:30.

    Option 4: Rural Transportation

    • In the morning, attendees will visit the Ontario Northland Remanufacturing and Repair Shop and in the afternoon, the Motor Coach Maintenance Facility.

    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.

    Accommodations & Travel Options

    Accommodation on special rates

    NPI has reserved blocks of rooms at the following hotels with special rates for the days of the conference. The special rates mentioned below will be honored for the specified dates or until rooms in the block are fully booked. Please refer to Northern Policy Institute while booking to claim this rate.

     

    Comfort Inn (Next door to the Best Western)

    676 Lakeshore Dr, North Bay

    Room rates $ 130/night plus applicable taxes.

    The above rate will be honored until September 29 or until the rooms are fully booked.

     

     

    Best Western Hotel

     700 Lakeshore Dr, North Bay

    Room rates $ 125.99/night plus applicable taxes.

    The above rate will be honored until October 21 or until the rooms are fully booked.

     

    Travel Options for Attendees

     

    • You can also connect to Bearskin Airlines, which offers one to two round-trip flights per day for North Bay. You can connect to Bearskin in Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, and other smaller communities in Northwestern Ontario. Please see the link below to book your flight: https://www.bearskinairlines.com/

     

    • There is also a ground shuttle service from Toronto Pearson International Airport directly to North Bay and back to Pearson. You can meet the shuttle at Pearson, and you are not required to be flying into or out of Pearson to use this shuttle service, but it is recommended that you book this service in advance. Please see the schedule in the link below from Northern Airport Service: https://northernairport.com/schedule/

     


    Networking Event

    November 15, 2022 | North Bay Museum

    6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

    Mark your calendar for a fun and refreshing evening of networking opportunities at this networking event during the Northern Directions conference 2022! Enjoy FREE Appetizers by Cecil's Catering and the Grande Event Centre while socializing with colleagues in this unique venue overlooking Lake Nipissing. 


    Northern Policy Institute 10th Anniversary Gala

     

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    November 17, 2022 | The Grande Event Centre, North Bay

    6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

    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 event will take place in North Bay at the Grande Event Centre.

    Celebrate this exciting milestone with NPI at our 10th Anniversary Gala! Enjoy a cocktail hour, followed by a four-course dinner served in an elegant setting as the Mitch Beube Band entertains you with their classic jazz standards.

    A Look Back at NPI's First Decade of operation


    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.