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Board of Directors

Pierre Bélanger

Pierre Bélanger
Acting Chair

Pierre Bélanger is a well-known personality in Northern Ontario and northwestern Québec.  Born in Timmins, ON in 1947, he has a varied background in both business and public affairs. In business, this ranges from a key role in manufacturing the Boler RV (1972-1982) to owning and managing a large multi-product retail RV dealership, Earlton RV (1976-2012).  For a time, from 1983 to 2002, this also included ownership and operation of the Earlton Zoo, a major northern tourist attraction.

He has maintained an interest in agriculture with Bisons du Nord, a 480 acre/200 head buffalo ranch established in 1972.  The ranch sells breeding stock and meat animals.  Pierre has served as a long time director on the Canadian Bison Association (CBA) and as founding president in 1983. His early 70’s activities included the development of significant franco-ontarian cultural institutions such as the Théâtre du Nouvel Ontario (TNO) and the Coopérative des artistes du Nouvel Ontario (CANO).

His commitment to public affairs has been constant from school board to regional, provincial and national economic development councils.  He has had an active presence as president of the Collège Boréal’s foundation and chair of the national RDÉE, a francophone economic development and job creation network. He has chaired the Northern Ontario Development Corporation (NODC), a provincial crown corporation, and was a board member of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), a federal crown corporation.

Mr. Bélanger has run twice as a Liberal candidate for Canada’s Parliament in 1979 and in a 1982 by-election.  Other commitments include the Foire Gourmande, a successful Quebec/Ontario regional food products fair and Entre-Amis/Between Friends, a Quebec/Ontario linkage effort.  He currently chairs the Fondation communautaire du Témiskaming, a community philanthropic foundation established in 1987. In 2000, he was actively involved as a spokesperson in the widespread community resistance to the rail shipment of Toronto’s municipal waste to the Adam’s Mine open pit in Temiskaming. Mr. Bélanger also works on contract as a trainer and speaker on profitable management for owner-operated businesses. Since 2006, he has been a regular issues commentator for Ontario on french Radio-Canada radio.

The common thread in his public affairs involvement are his regional and francophone roots and his firm belief in sustainable community development through local effort and enterprise. In 2007, Laurentian University in Sudbury, ON awarded him a Doctor of Laws honorary degree in recognition of his contribution to his community. “I measure myself against my 20 year old self when I didn’t know half measures.  I still want to be enthused and to make principled, intelligent choices.”

 

Suzanne Bélanger-Fontaine

Suzanne Bélanger-Fontaine

Mrs. Bélanger-Fontaine, who currently serves as Director of Immigration Services and Programs at Collège Boréal, is a well-recognized and respected figure within the Francophone community. She brings with her significant public service experience having worked in senior and leadership level roles with both the Federal and Provincial governments.

Before her time at Collège Boréal, Mrs. Bélanger-Fontaine spent several years working with the Commissioner of Official Languages as Representative for the province of Ontario, where she acted on the Commissioner’s behalf to promote official languages in federal, provincial, and municipal organizations and at the community level. She previously served as Director with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Yukon Region, where she worked closely with the territorial government and with First Nations and territorial partners on environmental and economic development initiatives, as Associate-Director on the DEW Line Clean Up Project with the Department of National Defense and as Senior Officer with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.

In addition to her impressive employment background, Mrs. Bélanger-Fontaine has been deeply involved at the community level. She has served on several agency boards over the years. She is currently on the Board of directors of the Canadian Centre for Language Benchmarks, and Le Phénix, a provincial organisation supporting inclusion and persons with disabilities. Mrs. Bélanger-Fontaine is a graduate of Brock University, the Université du Québec à Montréal and L’école nationale d’administration publique.

Dave Canfield

Dave Canfield

Dave Canfield has been involved in municipal politics for 27 years. He is the former Mayor for the Town of Jaffray Melick until its amalgamation into the City of Kenora where he served as Mayor from 2000 until his retirement in 2018. Prior to his entrance into politics, he was a crane operator and heavy equipment trainer with Boise Cascade and Abitibi Consolidated for 30 years.

Dave has been an active member of several regional municipal associations, serving as the President of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association and a member of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Board and Executive. Dave has also served on various Provincial and Regional Committees including the Northwest Ontario Smart Growth Panel, the Ministers Council for Forest Sector Competitiveness, the Ontario Forest Tenure Reform Committee as well as the Lands for Life Boreal West Round Table.

Charles Cirtwill

Charles Cirtwill

Charles Cirtwill is the founding President and CEO of Northern Policy Institute.

Charles joined NPI in September 2013 after twelve years with the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies.

A resident of Thunder Bay, Charles travels extensively throughout Northern Ontario and can routinely be found engaging with one of NPI’s 780,000 “bosses”. Whether at formal conferences, small workshop sessions, or one on one over coffee, Charles is passionate about listening to his fellow northerners. Charles is the author of, and firmly believes in, NPI’s tag line: evidence based solutions for and from Northern Ontario.

Charles’ work on education, fiscal management, debt reduction, taxation, the growth of government, and the importance of government accountability regularly appears in local, regional and national media.

His published works focus on government structure and organization, business-government relations, inter-governmental relations, performance measurement and accountability. He has spoken across Canada and the United States on the role of think tanks in society, the appropriate assessment of government activities, and the use of school performance data to improve classroom practice and fully engage all education stakeholders.

He has worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors as a program manager, policy analyst, senior administrator, consultant and entrepreneur. Charles has also served as policy advisor to several political campaigns and has provided non-partisan advice and direction to provincial and municipal administrations across Canada.

He currently serves on the editorial board of the Mowat Centre and he has had leadership roles in multiple community organizations including Civitas, IPAC, Scouts Canada, local school associations and local homeowners associations. He attended Dalhousie University, earning a BA in Political Science, a LLB, and a MPA with a focus on quantitative and qualitative assessment of public policy and programs.

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Dr. Harley d'Entremont

Dr. Harley d'Entremont

Most recently, Dr. d’Entremont served as Vice-President, Academic and Research at Nipissing University, after having served as Academic Vice-President (Francophone Affairs) at Laurentian University from 2003 to 2008. He had previously served as President of the Université Sainte-Anne in Nova Scotia for 13 years.

Dr. d’Entremont holds a BA in political science from St. Mary’s University, a Master’s in Public Administration from Dalhousie University and a PhD in political science from Western University.

He has served on various boards such as the Regroupement des universities de la francophoniecanadienne hors Québec (including a term as President), the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents (including a term as Chair), the Association of Atlantic Universities, and the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (including four years as Vice-Chair).

Florence MacLean

Florence MacLean

Florence has a diverse and multi-disciplined background as a business owner, industry liaison in an academic setting, senior municipal manager, federal andprovincial employee which has allowed her to develop a vast understanding of thepolitical/public domain including the need to be flexible and adaptable to the ever-changingenvironments within the political realm.

MacLean worked at the then Ministry of Northern Development and Mines as a Northern Development Officer where she worked in partnership with municipalities, First Nations communities, Local service Boards as well as local businesses and community organizations. Following MNDM, Florence worked as the Economic Development Officer for the Corporation of the Municipality of Sioux Lookout and in 2013 created her own Economic Development Consulting company, Blue Heron Consultants. She is currently the Economic Development Officer for the Township of Manitouwadge.

Corina Moore

Corina Moore

Corina Moore joined Ontario Northland in 2005 as Director of the Telecommunications Division and has since served in several executive leadership roles within the organization. In 2010 she became Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of the Refurbishment Division, providing direction on several external remanufacturing contracts, leading labour negotiations with Ontario Northland’s five union groups, modernizing operating processes and creating a culture of innovation. The role also included managing the Corporate Services Departments of Human Resources, Information Technology, Facilities Management and the Project Management and Continuous Improvement Office. She currently is working as President and CEO.

Previous to her tenure with the ONTC, Ms. Moore worked in both the public and private sectors, gaining extensive leadership experience and a strong business background. She holds a degree in Systems Design Engineering and Business Administration and Management from the University of Waterloo.

Moore was the recipient of the 2016 Influential Women of Northern Ontario - Executive of the Year Award.

Dwayne Nashkawa

Dwayne Nashkawa

Dwayne has been the Chief Executive Officer of Nipissing First Nation, located on the shores of Lake Nipissing in northern Ontario, since January 2004.  He has spent his career working in First Nations in senior roles in the areas of natural resources development, treaty research, governance, and administration. 

Dwayne has led various tripartite negotiations including the Ontario First Nations Policing Agreement and the development of the Anishinabek/Ontario Resource Management Council. While at Nipissing, Dwayne has led the development of private business relationships for and various community development initiatives including the NFN Constitution and Financial Administration Law.  He has also participated as a negotiation team member on Nipissing First Nation’s recently settled boundary claim.

Dwayne is a member of the Chippewas of Saugeen First Nation located on the Bruce Peninsula and is the proud father of three.

 

 

Emilio Rigato

Emilio Rigato

Rigato, a professional engineer, won a Northern Ontario Business Award as the Executive of the Year Award in 1995.

Since 2010, he has been the president of ESLB Enterprises Inc., a business consulting firm in Thunder Bay and is a consultant and capital project manager of a cogeneration project in Northern Ontario.

From 2002 to 2010, Rigato was project manager for both the Algoma Steel cogeneration project in Sault Ste. Marie, and a coated paper project in the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec.

He started his career as a mill plant engineer in 1973 and has been involved in mill operations for several companies in Ontario, Quebec and Washington State. Mr. Rigato started his career as a mill plant engineer in 1973.

Rigato is involved in various Thunder Bay organizations serving on the board of the Thunder Bay Port Authority, as executive secretary for the Da Vinci Centre, as a board member for the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre, and as a founding member of the Ambassadors North West.

Alan Spacek

Alan Spacek

Born and raised in Kapuskasing, Alan has been a lifelong community volunteer.  Building a career as a respected entrepreneur, owning and operating a number of businesses, Alan continues to serve as an active member of the Canadian Professional Sales Association (CPSA).

Elected Mayor of Kapuskasing in 2006, Alan was acclaimed for two more terms, retiring in December 2018. During his time as Mayor, Alan was a member of the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities for twelve years, serving as President for eight years until August 2018.

Alan was, and continues to be, very active and passionate about promoting Northern Ontario and the value of strong local government.  He has served as a Chair, President, executive member and board member in multiple organizations.

Alan is currently an associate member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 85. In his spare time and as a member of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Alan enthusiastically enjoys all outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling alongside his family and friends.

Dr. Brian Tucker

Dr. Brian Tucker
Secretary

Dr. Brian Tucker is an ecologist specializing in terrestrial ecology and spatial statistics, with additional background in ecological restoration. He is a resident of Northwestern Ontario and has a strong connection to his Métis community, the traditional Métis way of life, as well as the commercial fishing, logging and trapping industries. He is currently the Manager of Métis Traditional Knowledge and Land Use for the Métis Nation of Ontario.

Brian was born and grew up in Northwestern Ontario (Fort Frances), where his traditional lifestyle fostered and maintained a close connection to the lands and waters of the north. He grew up hunting, fishing, trapping and harvesting plants as part of his Métis way of life. Before completing high school and moving away to attend post-secondary education, he worked at the family commercial fishing, trapping, and logging operations. He has also worked in the tourism industry, primarily as a fishing guide.

Brian studied at the University of Alberta in Edmonton (Ph.D. in Ecology) where he explored new methods of spatial data analysis and applied them to clonal plant ecology. During his M.Sc. research at Laurentian University (M.Sc. in Biology), Brian examined small scale (topographic) and large scale (historic smelting impact) vegetation community composition gradients using Hidden Markov Models. His B.Sc. research at Laurentian University (B.Sc. in Environmental Earth Science) comprised of examining the same gradients with the standard Markov Model. Prior to his university studies, Brian attended Confederation College in Thunder Bay (3-yr Environmental Engineering Technology). He has been an NSERC scholar throughout his undergraduate, M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies.

Brian’s studies have allowed him to explore and live across Northern Ontario; over the years, both Thunder Bay and Sudbury became “home” as connections and friends were made both at educational institutions and in the community. This has provided him with knowledge of the geography, the people, the issues and the opportunities across Northern Ontario. Brian’s studies in Alberta provided him continued exposure to high calibre educational institutions. It also served to further broaden his understanding of the Canadian experience, both in the sense of its diversity and its consistency across space and people.

Driven by the need to return to his family roots and community in Northwestern Ontario, Brian and his family moved back to Fort Frances where he remotely completed his doctoral research at the University of Alberta. During this time he spent three years teaching a range of courses at Confederation College’s Fort Frances campus. Many of these courses were distance education courses, and Brian was able to teach and learn from students from across the northern part of the province.

Over the course of the past three years, Brian has worked within the Métis Nation of Ontario in the Lands, Resources and Consultations Branch. He has served as the Manager of the LRC Branch, and he is now the Manager of Métis Traditional Knowledge and Land Use. This work has allowed him to work closely with Métis communities, industry representatives in the resource and energy sectors, and Federal and Provincial officials from various ministries on a range of projects, issues and initiatives. Brian has gained experience in government policy development and implementation, Aboriginal consultation, resource development in northern Ontario, infrastructure projects, natural resource management and northern education initiatives. Working within the MNO has also given Brian considerable exposure to Métis governance, rights, and culture. This work has also allowed him to travel across much of Ontario. Whenever possible, Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and son. He also enjoys canoeing, hunting, fishing, trapping, and literature.

Asima Vezina

Asima Vezina

Asima Vezina is Algoma University’s President and Vice-Chancellor.

Asima Vezina is well known to the community of Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding areas. Vezina has worked in various educational administrative roles within communities across Northern Ontario, including 15 years as a Superintendent of Education with the Timmins and Algoma District School Boards. She has also worked in government for the Ministry of Education as a Provincial Lead within the Leadership Branch of the Student Achievement Division. Before her tenure as President and Vice-Chancellor, she served as a member and Chair of the Algoma University Board of Governors and member and Vice-Chair of the Council of Chairs of Ontario Universities.

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President & CEO

Charles Cirtwill

Charles Cirtwill

Charles Cirtwill is the founding President and CEO of Northern Policy Institute.

Charles joined NPI in September 2013 after twelve years with the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies.

A resident of Thunder Bay, Charles travels extensively throughout Northern Ontario and can routinely be found engaging with one of NPI’s 780,000 “bosses”. Whether at formal conferences, small workshop sessions, or one on one over coffee, Charles is passionate about listening to his fellow northerners. Charles is the author of, and firmly believes in, NPI’s tag line: evidence based solutions for and from Northern Ontario.

Charles’ work on education, fiscal management, debt reduction, taxation, the growth of government, and the importance of government accountability regularly appears in local, regional and national media.

His published works focus on government structure and organization, business-government relations, inter-governmental relations, performance measurement and accountability. He has spoken across Canada and the United States on the role of think tanks in society, the appropriate assessment of government activities, and the use of school performance data to improve classroom practice and fully engage all education stakeholders.

He has worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors as a program manager, policy analyst, senior administrator, consultant and entrepreneur. Charles has also served as policy advisor to several political campaigns and has provided non-partisan advice and direction to provincial and municipal administrations across Canada.

He currently serves on the editorial board of the Mowat Centre and he has had leadership roles in multiple community organizations including Civitas, IPAC, Scouts Canada, local school associations and local homeowners associations. He attended Dalhousie University, earning a BA in Political Science, a LLB, and a MPA with a focus on quantitative and qualitative assessment of public policy and programs.

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Samantha Angell

Samantha Angell
Executive Assistant

Samantha has many years’ experience working with various government agencies and private corporations in Northwestern Ontario and the Ottawa area. Prior to taking on her current role, she played a central role in laying the foundation for the growth and development of Northern Policy Institute.

Samantha’s broad project management experience has resulted in the successful implementation of business development strategies, client and stakeholder engagement programs and operational procedures and systems redesign. Samantha is a graduate of the Human Resources Management Program at Confederation College.

While not an employee of Northern Policy Institute, Samantha plays a critical role in its ongoing success as Executive Assistant to Charles Cirtwill,  President & CEO of Northern Policy Institute.

Staff

Rachel Beals

Rachel Beals
Research Coordinator

Rachel Beals is the Research Coordinator for Northern Policy Institute. 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.

The Research Coordinator is responsible for assisting in the development and delivery of policy and research priorities for NPI.

Contact Rachel: rbeals@northernpolicy.ca

Fenfang Li

Fenfang Li
Data Analyst

Fenfang Li moved to Thunder Bay from China in 2015, and graduated from Lakehead University with a Master’s degree in Economics in 2017. Her educational background and work experience have inspired her to apply economic theories to real life problems through her role at NPI. Her experience living and studying in Thunder Bay provides her with a solid base of knowledge regarding Northern Ontario policy issues, and she is excited to apply her knowledge to help the local community. In her spare time, Fenfang enjoys hiking and travelling.

Contact Fenfang: fli@northernpolicy.ca

Anthony Noga

Anthony Noga
Research Analyst

Anthony Noga was born in Thunder Bay and grew up in the city's rural outskirts. After graduating from Lakehead University with an HBA in History and Political Science, he spent time volunteering with an economic development agency in Israel before getting his Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Waterloo. A political economy geek, Anthony was drawn to NPI by the opportunity to put his extensive research and analytical skills to work in his hometown.

Contact Anthony: anoga@northernpolicy.ca

Krissie Rose

Krissie Rose
Finance & Budget Officer

Born and raised in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador, Krissie Rose graduated with a Diploma in Business Administration (Accounting) from the College of the North Atlantic in 2011. Krissie is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Business Administration degree part-time at Memorial University of Newfoundland with a focus on accounting, in anticipation of working towards a CPA designation. Krissie brings to NPI a wealth of financial experience in budgeting and forecasting, primarily from various roles in the aviation industry. In her spare time, Krissie enjoys her fur babies, hiking, camping, fishing and boating. 

The Finance & Budget Officer is responsible for coordinating all budget and finance related activities of the Institute.

Contact Krissie: krose@northernpolicy.ca

Alex Ross

Alex Ross
Senior Data Analyst

Alex Ross was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario. After graduating from Laurentian University with a B.A. (Hons) in Economics in 2010, he completed a Masters Degree in Economic Policy from McMaster University. Alex joined NPI after working as a trust officer in the wealth management industry, and he has past non-profit experience as well as international teaching experience in Thailand. Alex’s areas of interest include environmental economics and sustainability, labour economics, education, and community growth. On his spare time, Alex enjoys hiking, exploring Northern Ontario, cooking, and travel.

The Data Analyst plays a central role in developing and delivering on the policy and research priorities of NPI.

Contact Alex: aross@northernpolicy.ca

Christine St-Pierre

Christine St-Pierre
Communications Coordinator

Christine St-Pierre is originally from Windsor, in South-Western Ontario, but has a growing love for the North. She’s a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and she continued her studies at Collège La Cité for a specialization in Public Relations. Previously, Christine has worked as a Communications Assistant for a PR, Marketing and Philanthropy firm in Windsor and sat amongst school board trustees for two years. In her spare time, when it’s not too cold outside, Christine likes to go camping and hiking. She also loves karaoke, travelling and always promotes the French language. With her strong communication and interpersonal skills she is thrilled about working with NPI and help the outreach to all Northern communities.

The Communications Coordinator is responsible for all of NPI's outreach strategies and publications.

Contact Christine: cstpierre@northernpolicy.ca 

Interns and Project Staff

Evelynn Hoffman

Evelynn Hoffman
Communications Officer

Born and raised in Northern Ontario, Evelynn Hoffman spent her childhood in Longlac, Ontario. With a passion for horseback riding and competition, Evelynn moved to Sudbury to finish high school and improve her show jumping skills. She fell in love with the rocks of Sudbury and is proud to now call it her home. Evelynn has just completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from Laurentian University as well as a Public Relations Graduate Certificate from Cambrian College. She is excited to launch her career in Northern Ontario with NPI in Sudbury. Apart from horses, Evelynn is a licensed trapper on her family’s trapline in Longlac, enjoys a good book, camping, curling and crosscountry skiing.

Evelynn is an NOHFC intern located in the Sudbury office

Contact Evelynn : ehoffman@northernpolicy.ca 

Emily Lauzon

Emily Lauzon
Employability Advisor

Emily was born in Northern Ontario and grew up in Thunder Bay. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Social Work from Lakehead University and is currently completing a certification as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant through Humber Business School.

Emily’s role at NPI builds on a lifelong passion for supporting multiculturalism in Thunder Bay, from her early involvement in the Regional Multicultural Youth Centre to her recent work coordinating the WUSC Student Refugee Program at Lakehead University. Emily loves working with newcomers to Canada, and is excited to help Northern Ontario employers and international job seekers connect.

Contact Emily: elauzon@northernpolicy.ca

Thomas Mercier

Thomas Mercier
Employability and Entrepreneurship Counsellor

Originally from a small town north of Saguenay in Quebec, Thomas has always been passionate about defending the interests of communities far from major centers. He holds a DEC in history and civilization from Cégep de Chicoutimi and a Bachelor's degree in International Studies in Political Science from Université de Montréal. He has always been interested in linguistic minorities both in Canada, and internationally. This is why he completed a Master's degree in Political Science, with a focus on globalization, at the Université de Lausanne, where he wrote a dissertation on the relationship between the French-speaking and German-speaking communities of Switzerland.

Returning to Canada after graduation, he landed a job in Thunder Bay that allowed him to combine his interests for linguistic minorities and the promotion of remote communities. His experience with AFNOO allowed him to get in touch with the International and Community Matchmaker Program. Thomas is now a community and international matchmaker for the Northeastern Ontario region, which enables him to work actively on the economic and demographic vitality of Francophones and the general population of the Northeast.

Contact Thomas: tmercier@seo-ont.ca

Yaye Peukassa

Yaye Peukassa
Employability Advisor

Originally from Cameroon, Yaye moved to St. Mary's Bay, in southwestern Nova Scotia. Yaye graduated from Saint Anne's University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in administration. In 2016, he organized an intergovernmental meeting between the province of Nova Scotia, the federal government and the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) to discuss issues facing students. Prior to joining the team at NPI, Yaye worked as a radio presenter in Halifax and as a school and community development officer with the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP).

Currently, Yaye is an Employability Advisor with the International & Community Matchmaker project.

Currently, Yaye is working as a Employability Advisor for the Thunder Bay Community Matchmaker Program

Contact Yaye: ypeukassa@northernpolicy.ca 

Experience North Placements

Jessica Bevilacqua

Jessica Bevilacqua
Summer Policy Analyst

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Jessica is proud to call Northwestern Ontario her home. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Political Science from Lakehead University in 2019 and is pursuing a Juris Doctor degree beginning in the Fall. Jessica joined NPI after working as radio operator and clerk in wildfire management where she had the opportunity to work throughout Ontario and British Columbia. She is committed to serving her community through volunteer work and is dedicated to helping others do the same through her club at Lakehead University. Jessica brings her knowledge of Northern Ontario, research and writing skills, and passion for social justice to the role of Summer Policy Analyst. In her brief moments of spare time, she enjoys boxing, skiing, camping, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

Jessica is in NPI's temporary office in the Confederation College satellite office in Kenora, ON.

Contact Jessica : jbevilacqua@northernpolicy.ca 

Irina Chen

Irina Chen
Summer Data Analyst

Yunjie(Irina) Chen was born in Canton, China. She is currently on her fourth-year in Joint Honour Mathematics and Economics with Finance Specialization and Computing Technology Option from the University of Waterloo. Irina had excellent academic achievement and named twice on Dean Honour’s List. She has invited to be a private tutor in financial mathematics this winter. She speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, English and on her progress in obtaining French and Japanese language. She has discovered her intense passion for econometric analysis during her studies. She has completed serval individual projects that aim to apply economics theories and econometric models to real life problems. Irina has programming experiences in R, SAS, and Python and she is excited to work with various researches related to Northern Ontario policy issues during her Summer 2019 placement in Timmins with her skills sets. In her spare time, she enjoys studying and playing online games.

Irina is in NPI's temporary office in the College Boreal satellite office in Timmins, ON.

Contact Irina : ichen@northernpolicy.ca 

Hilary Hagar

Hilary Hagar
Summer Data Analyst

Hilary Hagar is originally from Hamilton, ON, but has many summer memories exploring the North. A recent graduate from the University of Guelph with a B.A. (Hons) in International Development, Hilary values interdisciplinary approaches and is passionate about community economic development and poverty alleviation. During her undergraduate degree, Hilary completed participatory research in both Cuba and Bolivia. Closer to home, Hilary has also contributed policy debates on issues ranging from greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario agriculture to Inuit nutrition and health. An avid outdoors enthusiast, she spends as much time as possible camping, hiking, and canoeing.

Hilary is in NPI's permanent office in Sudbury, ON.

Contact Hilary : hhager@northernpolicy.ca 

Maia Kvas

Maia Kvas
Summer Data Analyst

Maia Kvas, born and raised in Timmins, has completed her third year in the Medical Sciences program at Dalhousie University. Through her involvement with Engineers Without Borders Canada, she has developed a profound passion for social change. In the future, she wishes to combine both her interests in health and social development to improve health policies. Maia has experience with academic research in the biomedical engineering department and has worked as a mining laboratory analyst. Maia is looking forward to researching various policies surrounding Northern Ontario during her Experience North Summer 2019 placement. On her free time, Maia loves to play Ringette, soccer and hike with friends.

Maia will be in NPI's temporary office in the College Boreal satellite office in Timmins, ON.

Contact Maia : mkvas@northernpolicy.ca 

Gabriella Rabaa

Gabriella Rabaa
Summer Policy Analyst

Gabriella was born and raised in Ottawa, where she discovered her passion for policy studies at an early age. She attends Carleton University working towards her Bachelors in Public Affairs and Policy Management and intends to complete a Masters of International Relations in the future. Gabriella has a background in research working on northern and Indigenous policy analysis and her interests include criminal justice policy, Indigenous rights and reconciliation, migration and refugee policy, and critical security studies. In her spare time she enjoys studying philosophy and searching for the world’s best cup of coffee.

Gabriella will be in NPI's temporary office in the Confederation College satellite office in Kenora, ON.

Contact Gabriella : grabaa@northernpolicy.ca 

Advisory Council

Michael Atkins

Michael Atkins

Michael Atkins is the president and owner of the Laurentian Media Group, a diversified media company which includes a digital trade group (IT World Canada Inc.), a consumer publishing magazine group (CCMC Sports Group), a weekly newspaper company (Laurentian Publishing Ltd.), a business publishing company (Northern Ontario Business Limited), a digital design Creative Operations software business (ConceptShare Inc.) and a digital music business (Adventus International Limited).

Atkins is the past chair of the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology, past chair of the Laurentian University Board of Governors,  past Chair of the Canadian Business Press, past President of the Association of Area Business Publications (US), former director of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Community Newspaper Association.  He is a 2004 recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Club of Sudbury, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Laurentian University in June 2005.

He joined the board of the Northern Policy Institute in the fall of 2016. 

Kim Jo Bliss

Kim Jo Bliss

Kim Jo Bliss began working at the Emo Agricultural Research Station in 1988 as a summer student.  Though her employer name has changed, currently she is employed by the University of Guelph doing applied crop research at the Emo Station.  Kim Jo also owns and operates a Beef Farm north of Emo and takes great pride in raising quality beef, lamb and now ducks.  Most of her products are marketed through local networks.  Kim Jo developed a passion for Agriculture at a young age by spending most of her time with her grandmother on her farm. 

Kim Jo spends a great deal of time promoting Agriculture and takes pride in living and working in Northwestern Ontario.  She also enjoys sharing the many reasons others should consider living, working and raising families in the North.

Kim Jo volunteers on various Agriculture Committees both locally and provincially.  She is the current chair of the Riverside Foundation and welcomes any chance to talk and promote Agriculture whether it be on her own farm or in school settings.

She has a huge passion for teaching her 2 nieces the need and value of Agriculture and that hard work will never hurt anyone.  

Don Drummond

Don Drummond

Don Drummond was appointed the Donald Matthews Faculty Fellowship on Global Public Policy at Queen’s University in June 2010, and co-chair of the C. D. Howe Institute’s Fiscal and Tax Competitiveness Council in March 2011. Mr. Drummond was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, where he graduated from the University of Victoria. He subsequently received his M.A. in Economics from Queen’s University. He also holds an honorary doctorate from Queen’s University.

During his almost 23 years at the Department of Finance, Mr. Drummond held a series of progressively more senior positions in the areas of economic analysis and forecasting, fiscal policy and tax policy. His last three positions were, respectively, Assistant Deputy Minister of Fiscal Policy and Economic Analysis, Assistant Deputy Minister of Tax Policy and Legislation and, most recently, Associate Deputy Minister. In this latter position Mr. Drummond was responsible for economic analysis, fiscal policy, tax policy, social policy and federal-provincial relations. In particular, Mr. Drummond co-ordinated the planning of the annual federal budgets.

From 2000 to 2010, Mr. Drummond served as Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, TD Bank. Mr. Drummond led TD Economics’ work in analyzing and forecasting economic performance in Canada and abroad. TD Economics also analyzes the key policies that influence economic performance, including monetary and fiscal policies.

Dr. Michael DeGagné

Dr. Michael DeGagné

Mike DeGagné is the sixth President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University. His career includes work with the federal government in management of Aboriginal programs and as a negotiator of comprehensive claims. Most recently he served as the founding Executive Director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, a national organization that addressed the legacy of Indian Residential Schools. He has served on numerous Boards of Directors in the health and university sectors including as Chairman of Ottawa's Queensway Carleton Hospital and Chairman of the Child Welfare League of Canada. Dr. DeGagné has a PhD in Education focusing on Aboriginal post-secondary success from Michigan State University and Masters degrees in Administration and Law. He lectures nationally and internationally in the areas of Indigenous governance and reconciliation. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2018, he received an Honorary Doctor of Law from th Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University and an Indspire Award for Public Service.

Ron Garbutt

Ron Garbutt

Ron Garbutt is currently a municipal councilor with the Municipality of French River. He has been elected as the councilor for Ward 1 in 2014, 2010, and 2007 and has been a resident of French River since 2001. Ronald retired as a consultant for Vale in 2014 and his other work experience includes serving as a consultant “Planning Training Instructor” for Maintenance and Operational Supervision personnel with INCO. In 2002, Ronald retired from INCO, having served 34 years with the company, starting as an instrument apprentice in 1967.

Jean Paul Gladu

Jean Paul Gladu

Jean Paul (JP) Gladu is currently the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) based in Toronto.  Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay, JP is a member of the Sand Point First Nation located on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon.

Mr. Gladu has over two decades of experience in the natural resource sector.  His career path includes  work with Aboriginal communities and organizations, environmental non-government organizations, industry and governments from across Canada. He has produced a number of publications related to Aboriginal issues including: forest certification, Native values collection, biofuel opportunities, First Nation community land use plans, criteria and indicators for sustainable forestry, and cedar product development.

With a passion for his community, his culture and traditions Mr. Gladu brings the past, present and future to the table, moving corporate Canada and Aboriginal business toward sustainable partnerships and shared economic prosperity. JP is also a regular blog contributor to the on-line National Post Entrepreneur section.

An experienced negotiator, JP led a number of business development projects in northern Ontario.  JP completed a forestry technician diploma in 1993 and obtained an undergraduate degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University in 2000. He also holds an Executive MBA from Queens University.

 

Audrey Gilbeau

Audrey Gilbeau

Peter Goring

Peter Goring

Peter Goring comes from a family with strong ties in the business community in the Sudbury Region.  He was born in Sudbury where he received his primary and secondary education and graduated from Laurentian University (B.Comm 1967). In 1970 he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the firm of Clarkson Gordon (now Ernst & Young). He then spent over 40 years as a real estate finance professional active in Canadian and US markets. He has extensive experience as a senior executive with both public and private companies and provided leadership in financing, acquisitions and restructurings. Latterly, he has been involved with the Minto Group Inc., a real estate development company headquartered in Ottawa with residential development and commercial interests in the Ontario, Alberta and Florida real estate markets. He retired from a full time position with Minto in December 2007, but continues as a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee.

Peter has always maintained a keen interest in public policy issues, both from his real estate industry involvement and otherwise and served in many industry and public interest organizations. As well, he has maintained a strong interest in Sudbury and Northern Ontario and has served as a member of the Laurentian University Board of Governors and subsequently as a Director of the Laurentian University Foundation. Through the Goring Family Foundation, he continues his interest in Northern Ontario issues as the sponsor of The Goring Family Lecture series at Laurentian focusing on Sustainable Northern Economic Development.

He is currently based in Toronto, but travels widely.

Dr. George C. Macey

Dr. George C. Macey

George C Macey, DDS graduated from the University of Toronto Dental Faculty 1968 and practices full time with his spouse Krystyna in Marathon Ontario. He has 2 adult children and 3 shihtzus. He was made a Fellow of Lakehead University in 2005 and was a recent recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Medal.  George Macey has been a community activist and involved in public policy through the Chamber of Commerce movement and party politics for 30 years.

His experience includes holding positions as President of Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce, President & Chairperson of The Common Voice Northwest, Chair of the Marathon Development Commission and as a Board Member with the Northwestern Ontario Technology Centre.

Allyson Pele

Allyson Pele

Allyson is the Manager of the Northwest Business Centre (NWBC), the Small Business Enterprise Centre that offers small business services across the Kenora and Rainy River Districts. She is based out of Kenora and travels around the districts to offer workshops, business counselling and works with youth who are interested in entrepreneurship. Allyson is originally from Sioux Narrows and grew up in Canmore, Alberta and lived in Vancouver, BC for three years and worked as an event planner at the Vancouver Aquarium. Her heart has always been in Northwestern Ontario and moved back to the area four years ago.

She has a business degree from Mount Royal University and is passionate about helping small businesses. She is a co-chair on the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation: Festival of the Trees Gala, a Northwest Training and Adjustment Board (NTAB) director and has helped bring the Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op to Kenora. 

Ogimaa Duke Peltier

Ogimaa Duke Peltier

Ogimaa Duke Peltier’s career path has been grounded in the historical and cultural teachings given to him from his relatives and elders. His close kinship ties within the Wiikwemkoong community has inspired and prepared him for leadership positions in community development on Manitoulin Island, Ontario and Saskatchewan for over 15 years.   Duke attended Laurentian University in Sudbury and focused on Native Studies. As a culturally grounded and educated leader, he is particularly interested in the promotion of excellence in his community.   He believes strongly that it is when band members are given the opportunity to reach their full capacity and develop their special gifts that only then can they take their rightful place in all sectors of society.

Ogimaa Peltier’s commitment to serve his people has been demonstrated throughout his career, from his early work as a Marketing Executive, Wiikwemkoong Council member, to his current role as the elected Chief of Wiikwemkong Unceded for a second term.  He has also served on several boards of directors, including community organizations and is a big fan of participating in sporting initiatives. Through his leadership roles in business, politics, education and community service, Duke has had many accomplishments but is particularly proud of his partnership building ventures with non-Aboriginal and other community representatives which leads to progressive change.

Under Ogimaa Peltier’s leadership, the community has moved forward in taking control over its destiny through two major initiatives that have been enacted, the Wiikwemkoong Constitution – Wiikwemkoong Gchi-Naaknegewin and the Wikwemikong Children’s Bill of Rights.

Duke and his wife, Nicole, have three children and live in Wiikwemkoong.

Jean Pierre Chabot

Jean Pierre Chabot

Jean Pierre Chabot was born and raised in Moose Factory, a remote Northern Ontario community at the southernmost tip of the James Bay. He currently serves as Senior Development Officer at MoCreebec Eeyoud Council working towards implementing the MoCreebec Eeyoud Constitutional Framework and advancing the interests of members. Chabot has lived, worked and studied abroad where he was able to acquire valuable connections in both the private and public sectors and experience at the local and international levels. Conscious of the unique challenges Northern Ontario faces, Chabot continues to work towards its growth and success.

Tina Sartoretto

Tina Sartoretto

Tina Sartoretto, is currently the proud Mayor of Cobalt, Ontario. After retiring, she relocated to her hometown and chose to be involved in her community the best way she knew how. Having spent all of her career in post-secondary education she could not see herself slipping into a quiet retirement.

She has an M.Ed. from Boston University and a B.P.H.E from Laurentian University. She worked in both the University and College environments throughout her career, as a professor in Business and Health Sciences as well as entry to executive levels of administration.

Having spent all of her 30 working years at Laurentian University, Cambrian College and College Boreal, she understands the important role that education and research play in the health and prosperity of our communities.

 She retired from the Ontario College System in 2008, the last 19 years of which were in an executive capacity. As Registrar and Director of Student Services at Cambrian College, part of her responsibilities included Student Records, Health Services, Native Student Services, Counseling, Financial Aid and Student Housing. During her tenure at Cambrian, she spearheaded the development and implementation of the Ontario College Application Service which processes in excess of 200,000 college applications per year.

As Vice-president Academic and Student Services at College Boreal, she was responsible for the administration and development of academic programmes as well as a number of various projects. While at Cambrian College and College Boreal, she worked diligently to improve the recognition of College credits for students going on to University. She also worked very closely with the Wabnode Institute to improve the level of support and services for First Nations students.

Her interests administratively have always been in education, health and human services. As Mayor of Cobalt, she is able to bring her many years of experience and understanding of the workings of government to the table.

Bill Spinney

Bill Spinney

Bill was born and raised in the Niagara peninsula and received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Wilfred Laurier University in 1975, and yes, he was there when it was called Waterloo Lutheran University.

Bill and his wife Dr. Susan West D.V.M. relocated to Parry Sound in 1986 when his then employer answered their prayers and offered a move out of the GTA. Since 1988 Bill has been a part of the Parry Sound Area Community Business & Development Centre, the Community Futures (CF) office for West Parry Sound most recently (1999) as their General Manager. Building the small business employment base through counseling and development lending has and continues to be a rewarding experience for anyone involved in the CF program... "Always look for a way to say yes".

Locally Bill served as President of the Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce and sat on the West Parry Sound Health Centre and Georgian Bay Biosphere Boards. Provincially he served as President of the CF Ontario Board (2009/10) and Chaired the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario (2006/06). 

Dr. Sue and Bill raised 3 children in their Nobel home, now spoil 4 1/2 grandchildren and remain at the beck and call of a dog and 2 cats, all very fortunate rescue pets.

David Thompson

David Thompson

David Thompson is the project manager of Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) and has been involved in expanding the agriculture sector of northern Ontario since 2007. His experience has consisted of agri-food economic development and conducting applied agronomic research studies. His work at RAIN has consisted of pursuing regional infrastructure projects for tile drainage, land clearing and value-added processing. In 2012 David received his MBA in Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University where he focused on policy issues in expanding the northern agri-food sector through co-operative models. Before getting involved in economic development, David operated an IT business focusing on web development and networking. David has been an active volunteer and board member with Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie & Area. David was raised in Thessalon and now lives in Sault Ste. Marie with his wife and son. 

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Research Advisory Board

Dr. John Allison

Dr. John Allison

Dr. John Allison is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Nipissing University. He teaches Education and Schooling to Junior/Intermediate students and International Teaching to all Divisions. He is a Historian and has a doctorate in the History of Education from the University of Toronto. His interests include the history of education, educational technology, global governance in education, best practices in higher education teaching and international practicums, histories of male teachers and their professional lives.

Dr. Hugo Asselin

Dr. Hugo Asselin

Dr. Hugo Asselin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human and Social Development at Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue. In 2008, he was awarded the Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Forestry. He has since supervised the work of more than 30 graduate students. His research interests include northern development; land and resource management and governance; social acceptability; aboriginal knowledge, and research ethics. Since 2011, he is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Ecoscience, an international peer-reviewed journal in ecology. Since 2007, he serves as a board member of the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS). He is frequently interviewed by the media and had a weekly popular science column for 2 years (2012-2014) on the morning show of the French CBC in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. 

Dr. Randy Battochio

Dr. Randy Battochio
Chair

Randy Battochio is the Applied Research Manager at CollègeBoréal, Sudbury, Ontario. Randy has a doctorate in philosophy from the Human Studies PhD program at Laurentian University in addition to peer-reviewed academic publications and international presentations. In his role at the college, Randy invites for-profit companies and non-profit organizations to engage the college’s researchers and utilise equipment and infrastructure located on the college’s campus to conduct applied research. Tasks related to his role include networking with companies and organisations in Northern Ontario, exposing applied research needs and capacities throughout the partnership, engage in grant writing for programs within relevant funding sources, and manage all logistics until the study’s completion. Lastly, Randy serves as the liaison officer between community researchers and CollègeBoréal’s Research Ethics Board.

Dr. Gayle Broad

Dr. Gayle Broad

Dr. Gayle Broad is  a former Associate Professor in the Community Economic and Social Development (CESD) program at Algoma University, in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and is a Research Associate of NORDIK Institute, a community based research institute affiliated with Algoma University. She is also a Scholar with the Centre for Cooperative Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.

A lifelong resident of Northern Ontario, Gayle’s knowledge and interest in resource-dependency and its impact on people and the environment, has led her to take a holistic approach to researching community sustainability and resilience, including such diverse areas as culture and the arts, housing and poverty, and worker ownership and cooperatives.  Her research interests include community economic development and the social economy; women’s participation in the economy; local food movements and non-timber forest products; and research with First Nations.  Gayle’s recent and current research includes working closely with First Nation communities to respond to their educational and research needs; working with local food producers and consumers to establish strong ‘buy local’ networks; and working with a group of seven communities in Colombia on similar issues.  She has presented her work nationally and internationally, and frequently provides workshops, guest lectures and webinars on a diversity of topics. 

George Burton

George Burton

George Burton is currently serving his second term as President and CEO of Canadore College.

Burton has a long-standing history with Canadore, having graduated from its Recreation and Leadership program and then launching his career in the College’s Registrar’s Office.

Prior to his renewed appointment at Canadore, Burton served as Vice-President, Enrolment Management and Student Services at Loyalist College. While at Loyalist, he also assumed the role of Vice-President, Academic, in addition to his core business portfolios and acted as the Executive Director of the Loyalist Training and Knowledge Centre. Burton spent six years at George Brown College as Registrar and Director of Management and Student Information Services. Above and beyond his extensive experience in the Ontario college system, Burton also has an established background in the private sector, having held senior management assignments at Canada Trust Financial Services and Telmar HMS Ltd.

Community engagement, volunteer work and lifelong learning are all extremely important to Burton. He carries out a great deal of committee work and is a member of: Committee of Presidents, Colleges Ontario; Board of Directors, College Employer Council; Board of Directors (Chair), Ontario College Application Service (OCAS); Board of Directors, Contact North/Contact Nord; Board of Directors, North Bay and District Multicultural Centre; Board of Directors (Treasurer), North Bay Jack Garland Airport Corporation; and Board of Directors, Ontario Colleges Library Service. He is a committee member to the Innovation Initiatives Ontario North (IION); and Joint Relations Committee – Academic Health Sciences Network, North Bay Regional Hospital. Burton has also proudly served as past Chair of the provincial grant program for the Ontario Trillium Foundation, on the Board of Directors for Variety Village, and as past Director for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. In 2013, Burton was sworn in as Honorary Colonel of 21 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron, 22 Wing North Bay.

Burton holds a Recreation Leisure diploma from Canadore College, has received a Bachelor of Science degree from Lake Superior State University, and a Master of Arts in Education from Central Michigan University.

Dr. Robert Campbell

Dr. Robert Campbell

Dr. Robert Campbell became Mount Allison’s 14th President and Vice-Chancellor on July 1, 2006 and is currently serving his second five-year term. He began his career at Trent University, where he was provost and dean of arts and science, founder of the Trent International Program with Jack Matthews, and awarded the Symons Teaching Award. He was dean of arts at Wilfrid Laurier University before coming to Mount Allison.

Dr. Campbell currently serves on the boards of a number of professional organizations, including the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, the Atlantic Association of Universities (which he chaired 2010-11 to 2012-13), the Atlantic Institute of Market Studies (vice-chair), and the Canadian Association of Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS). He has been named a Top 50 CEO by Atlantic Business Magazine on three occasions.

Dr. Campbell graduated from Trent University with an honours BA and went on to the University of Toronto for his MA in political science and economics. He did his PhD in political economy at the London School of Economics, which formed the basis of the books Grand Illusions: The Politics of the Keynesian Experience in Canada and The Full Employment Objective.

Dr. Campbell has written extensively on Canadian politics, including four editions of The Real Worlds of Canadian Politics. He was an editor or chair of the Journal of Canadian Studies for two decades. He is an international expert and consultant on postal systems and their modernization, and has written two postal books — The Politics of the Post and The Politics of Postal Transformation. He chaired the federal panel that produced the Strategic Review of the Canada Post Corporation in 2008. Dr. Campbell is married to Dr. Christl Verduyn and they have four children — Malcolm, Lachlan, Colin, and Frances.

 

Dr. Iain Davidson-Hunt

Dr. Iain Davidson-Hunt

Dr. Iain Davidson-Hunt is a Professor at the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Manitoba, Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and co-lead of the Theme on Sustainable Livelihoods, Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. He has worked with Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on territorial land-use planning, ethnoecology, food systems and biodiversity-based enterprise development. 

Dr. Livio Di Matteo

Dr. Livio Di Matteo

Livio Di Matteo, Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute, is a Professor of Economics at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where he specializes in public policy, health economics, public finance, and economic history. His recent research has focused on health care spending and its sustainability.

Di Matteo is a member of the CIHI National Health Expenditure Advisory Panel, the Evidence Network, and is a contributor to the economics blog Worthwhile Canadian Initiative.

He has been listed in Canadian Who’s Who since 1995 and holds a PhD from McMaster University, an MA from the University of Western Ontario, and a BA from Lakehead University.

Dr. Morley Gunderson

Dr. Morley Gunderson

Dr. Morley Gunderson is a professor at the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, and Department of Economics at the University of Toronto. He is also the CIBC Chair in Youth Employment.

The University of Toronto established the Morley Gunderson Prize in 1997 as a tribute to Morley Gunderson’s 10 years as Director of the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources.

In 2008 Professor Gunderson was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for his work as an internationally recognized scholar whose research, institution building and teaching transformed the field of Industrial Relations in Canada from one that was formerly descriptive and institutional to one that uses rigorous quantitative and analytical techniques.

Dr. Barry Prentice

Dr. Barry Prentice
Fellow in Transportation

Dr. Prentice is a Professor of Supply Chain Management, at the I.H. Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba and the former Director (1996-2005) of the Transport Institute. His major research and teaching interests include logistics, transportation economics, urban transport and trade policy. Dr. Prentice holds a degree in economics from University of Western Ontario (1973) and graduate degrees in agricultural economics from University of Guelph (1979) and University of Manitoba (1986).

Dr. Prentice has authored or co-authored more than 250 research reports, journal articles and contributions to books. His scholarly work has been recognized for excellence in national paper competitions and awards. In 1999, National Transportation Week named him Manitoba Transportation Person of the Year. Through the Transport Institute, Dr. Prentice has organized national and international conferences on sustainable transportation (Railways and the Environment), supply chain logistics (Planes, Trains & Ships), agribusiness logistics (Fields on Wheels), the potential use of airships for northern transportation (Airships to the Arctic) and food trade between Canada and Mexico (La Cadena de Frio). In 1999 and 2003, he received University of Manitoba Outreach Awards. In 2009, Dr. Prentice was made an Honourary Life Member of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum.

Dr. Prentice was instrumental in founding a major in transportation and logistics within the B.Comm. (Hons.) program at the I. H. Asper School of Business (fall 2003). Since that time a new Department of Supply Chain Management has been formed, and in 2006 a M.Sc. program in supply chain management was initiated.

Dr. Prentice has served on the Boards of Directors of several transportation organizations: National Transportation Week (President, 2001 and 2003), Honourary President of the Canadian Institute for Traffic and Transportation (2001-3) and the Canadian Transportation Research Forum (Past President, 1997). Dr. Prentice is the President of ISO Polar Airships that he co-founded in 2005 as a not-for-profit research institute to promote the use of airships as sustainable transport for the northern latitudes. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Transportation Research Forum. In addition, Dr. Prentice has served on Winnipeg Airports Authority, Inc. (1998-2003), Winnipeg TransPlan 2010, the Mid-Continent International Trade Corridor Task Force, the Rapid Transit Task Force, expert committees, and is frequently asked to speak on the topics of trade and transportation.

Leata Rigg

Leata Rigg

Leata grew up in Northern Ontario and completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Laurentian University and Master of Nursing at Athabasca University. Leata brings a strong clinical background to Northern College with 35 years of Emergency (ER) and Intensive Care (ICU) nursing at Timmins and District Hospital(TDH), St. Mary’s General Hospital (Timmins) and the Sudbury Memorial Hospital. She served as Advanced Practice Leader in both ER and ICU and was the accreditation lead for TDH. She joined the faculty of Health Sciences at Northern College in August of 2007 and teaches in the undergraduate nursing program and the practical nursing program. Leata teaches in the classroom and in the clinical settings.  Her research interests are supportive conversation for students to facilitate communication for clients with aphasia, palliative care and diverse teaching styles that enhance knowledge transfer. She contributes her nursing expertise in the community by co-chairing the Timmins Palliative Resource Team and sitting on the Board of Directors of the Horizon – Timmins Palliative Care Incorporated.

S. Brenda Small

S. Brenda Small

S. Brenda Small is the Vice President for the Centre for Policy in Aboriginal Learning at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Before this post, she held the positions at the College as Vice President of Aboriginal Relations and Dean of Negahneewin College. Brenda has attended Ryerson University, Algoma University and the University of Toronto. She is a lawyer, called to the bar in Ontario, but is currently not practicing. Brenda grew up in Moose Factory and Sault Ste. Marie, while her parents are Cree from the east coast of James Bay. Brenda believes in the importance of postsecondary education and envisions a learning environment where all students engage one another to pursue ideas, and to achieve their own independence.

J.D. Snyder

J.D. Snyder

J. D. Snyder currently heads up the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development Binational Regional Collaboration and Innovative Export Strategies projects, funded by the MSU Institute for Public Policy and Social Research's Michigan Applied Public Policy Research program.  He previously conceptualized and headed up the U.S. EDA-funded East Michigan and Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional SME Exporting & Bi-National Strategies project.  He was also the project director for the USDA-funded Northern Michigan Capital Access Project and the nationally-recognized, US EDA-funded project to support Northern Michigan innovative regional planning in the global knowledge economy. Under his supervision, the latter project produced six Collaborative Learning (Co-Learning) White Papers and the Northern Michigan Knowledge Economy Indicators report (2009). He has conceptualized, developed, and managed a diverse range of projects from demonstrations of recycling automotive plastics with the Detroit 3’s Vehicle Recycling Partnership to investigating the feasibility of recycling urban wood waste for new secondary market applications. He served as an environmental advisor to Michigan Governor James J. Blanchard (1984-89) and Director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes (1989-90).  As a member of the Great Lakes Commission, he headed up task forces on spill emergency response preparedness and soil erosion/control. He has an M.S. in Resource Development from Michigan State University and a B.A. in history from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Dr. Lindsay Tedds

Dr. Lindsay Tedds

Dr. Lindsay Tedds is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria. Her primary research and teaching area is applied economic research and policy analysis, with a particular focus on the design and implementation of tax policy. She has written a number of peer reviewed journals articles, book chapters, and technical reports, as well as two books in this field. Lindsay has also held several posts with the Government of Canada in Ottawa as well as in municipal government in the areas of public economics and policy implementation.

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Research Fellows

David MacKinnon

David MacKinnon
Fellow in Fiscal Flows

Mr. MacKinnon is a frequent commentator on Canadian fiscal issues. He has spoken to audiences across Ontario and his work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the National Post and many local newspapers across Canada. He has also been a guest on The Agenda on TVO, the BNN and other national  public affairs programs.

Mr. MacKinnon is a native of Prince Edward Island. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree (honours economics) from Dalhousie University and an MBA from York University. He was also awarded a Centennial Fellowship by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and York University to study at York, Harvard and Oxford Universities as well as the European Institute of Business Studies.

Mr. MacKinnon served as Director, Planning and Economics and Executive Director, Development Strategy in the Nova Scotia Department of Development from 1977 to 1981. He later served in several senior capacities in the Ontario Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Montreal and as CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association from 1996 to 2003. He was also CEO of the Ontario Development Corporation, Ontario’s major economic development agency, from 1986 to 1993.

He is a Past Chair, West Park Healthcare Center, a Toronto rehabilitation hospital and currently serves as a Director and Chair of the Finance Committee at the Canadian Standards Association. He is a member of the Patient Relations Committee of the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons, after serving on the governing council of that organization for six years.

In 2012, Mr. MacKinnon joined the board of the Quinte Health Care Center, a community hospital with sites in Picton, Belleville, Bancroft and Trenton.

David and his wife Betsy moved to Prince Edward County in 2010 after sailing in county waters for fifteen years.

Dr. David Robinson

Dr. David Robinson
Fellow in Local Decision Making

David Robinson, PhD, is an economist. As a leading expert on Northern Ontario economic development, he was the first person to identify and promote the Northern Ontario Mining Supply and Service sector as our leading sector. He was also the first person to propose Northern Ontario School of Architecture. He has consulted for forest-dependent communities and written on the economics of community forestry. He is best known publicly for monthly columns in Northern Ontario Business Magazine, and in Sudbury Mining Solutions, the trade journal for the local Mining Supply and Services sector which he helped found. He does frequent interviews in broadcast media, has been a guest on TVO’s Agenda several times, and is often a featured speaker at conferences and events. He is particularly concerned with the economics of climate change. David teaches Game Theory, Natural Resource Economics, Statistics, and Econometrics. 

 

Dr. Elizabeth Wenghofer

Dr. Elizabeth Wenghofer
Fellow in Rural and Northern Health

Elizabeth is a health policy researcher whose work focuses on generating evidence for health policy development and implementation on a provincial and national level.  She completed her PhD in Medical Sciences (Health Services Research) at the Institute of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto in 2005.  Her areas of research interest include: (i) health human resources in rural and northern regions, (ii) performance evaluation and continuing competence in health professionals and, (iii) professional governance.  Her research activities have focused on the importance of understanding environmental factors that influence physician performance, in particular those associated with the practice structures, rural and northern environmental stressors and community needs and resources.

She joined the School of Rural and Northern Health at Laurentian University in 2007 where she is currently an associate professor and the School’s Director.  She teaches Health Policy Analysis in the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Rural and Northern Health and supervises the research of both PhD and Masters students.  She holds a cross appointment to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and is adjunct faculty in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of California San Diego where she is also the Research Director of the Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) program.  She served as Interim Research Director of the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR) from April 2010 to June 2011 and now continues to work closely with CRaNHR in her role as a Faculty Investigator. Prior to joining Laurentian University, Elizabeth led the research activities of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario for 11 years.

Authors

Dr. Ayman Alahmar

Dr. Ayman Alahmar

Dr. Ayman Alahmar is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Information Systems with more than ten years of university teaching and academic/ industrial research experience. He recently joined the Faculty of Business Administration at Lakehead University and received the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in 2015. He is currently working as a Research Assistant at Lakehead University and as an independent consultant and researcher.

Areej Al-Hamad

Areej Al-Hamad

Areej Said Al-Hamad is an Interdisciplinary PhD student in Rural and Northern Health/Health Policy at Laurentian University. Areej has a Master’s degree in Acute Care Nursing, and he has also served as a nursing educator and training department coordinator, as well as a lecturer in the Faculty of Nursing at Philadelphia University.

Dr. Jonathan Anuik

Dr. Jonathan Anuik

Jonathan Anuik, PhD (University of Saskatchewan), is Assistant Professor, Theoretical, Cultural and International Studies in Education in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. In addition to his PhD, he holds an Hons. BA in History from the University of Saskatchewan, and an MA in History from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Over the past decade, Dr. Anuik has produced dozens of academic papers and book reviews on every aspect of First Nations and Métis education. Working under Dr. Marie Battiste, he emerged as a leading scholar instrumental in researching the “Learning Spirit” and developing the Holistic Lifelong Learning Framework for Aboriginal education. Dr. Anuik is a leading Métis scholar. His PhD thesis won the Canadian History of Education Association Founders’ Prize in 2010, and his first book, First in Canada: An Aboriginal Book of Days (Regina, 2010) captured a 2011 Saskatchewan Book Award. His conference papers, academic articles, and book reviews appear regularly in the Prairie Forum, Canadian Journal of Native Education, and the Alberta Journal of Educational Research. Throughout 2010 and 2011, he presented a series of professional conference papers on “Nourishing the Learning Spirit” all over the Americas in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and San Luis Posti, Mexico. Since 2002, Dr. Anuik has taught educational history and First Nations and Métis education courses at Memorial University of Newfoundland, the University of Saskatchewan, Lakehead University, and the University of Alberta. He is now writing a second book on Missions, Churches, Modern Schools, Métis Families, and Communities in Saskatchewan, from 1866 to1980.

Dr. Rick Audas

Dr. Rick Audas

Dr. Rick Audas is an Associate Professor of Heath Statistics and Economics in the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland.  He is broadly interested in measuring health, social and economic well being using a variety of indicators.  He has published in a wide variety of journals and has done commissioned work for a variety of organizations including the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, Service Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

James Barsby

James Barsby

James Barsby is a former policy summer placement student at Northern Policy Institute. In 2016, James completed a Master of Public Administration at Queen’s University. He is currently working towards his law degree at Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University, where he will graduate in 2019.

Ed. D. Paul W. Bennett

Ed. D. Paul W. Bennett

Paul W. Bennett, Ed.D. (OISE/Toronto) is Founding Director of Schoolhouse Institute and Schoolhouse Consulting, Halifax, NS, and a widely-known independent education commentator in Atlantic Canada. Since April 2010, he has researched and published eight different education policy research reports with the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) covering most aspects of K-12 public education. He served as Adjunct Professor of Education at Saint Mary’s University from 2011 to 2016 and as Senior Education Fellow at Northern Policy Institute from 2013 to 2017

 Dr. Bennett wears many hats as a Halifax author, education consultant, policy researcher and news commentator. Prior to completing his doctorate at the University of Toronto, Paul earned an Hons. B.A. in History and Political Science (York), a M.A. in History (York), and a B.Ed. from the University of Toronto. Over a career spanning four decades, Paul has taught high school history, authored three national textbooks, headed two leading independent schools, produced many policy papers and written or co-authored eight books.  His three most recent books are The Grammar School: Striving for Excellence in a Public School World (2009), and Vanishing Schools, Threatened Communities; The Contested Schoolhouse in Maritime Canada, 1850 -2010 (2011), and The Last Stand: Schools, Communities and the Future of Rural Nova Scotia (2013).

 Today Paul provides expert commentary and regular columns for The Chronicle Herald, The Globe and Mail, and The National Post and a variety of other publications. His most recent academic articles have appeared in The Journal of Sports History, Historical Studies in Education, Acadiensis, Canadian Issues, and the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Journal.   

 Dr. Bennett specializes in K-12 educational policy, education history, evidence-based teaching practice, educational standards, school governance, teacher education, and special education services.  In November 2017, he chaired the first Canadian conference of researchED, a global community of teachers committed to advancing evidence-based teaching practice.

Alex Berryman

Alex Berryman

Alex is currently working towards completing an undergraduate degree in public policy from Carleton University. He has spent several years studying and writing on issues relating to Northern Ontario, a passion that he brought with him to Northern Policy Institute while working as a Policy Intern. During his time there, and since, he has conducted research relating to the Ring of Fire, and other issues of consequence to Northern Ontario – focusing largely on northern prosperity and development. This research paper was prepared as part of Mr. Berryman’s summer 2014 internship with Northern Policy Institute. We are pleased to provide an opportunity for our new generation of thinkers to express their views to a public audience.

Julien Bonin

Julien Bonin

Julien Bonin, born and raised in Sudbury, studied at Laurentian University where he received a B.Sc. in Mathematics and a Bachelor's Degree in Geography. He also completed a Master's in Geography from McMaster University and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Fleming College. Julien is a former summer intern and researcher with NPI and he is currently a Drafter with the Ontario Geological Survey and a sessional professor for the School of Northern and Community Studies at Laurentian University. His research interest includes transportation and retail activity.  

Dr. Gayle Broad

Dr. Gayle Broad

Dr. Gayle Broad is a Research Associate with NORDIK Institute, a community based research institute attached to Algoma University and Associate Professor Emerita in the Community Economic and Social Development (CESD) program. Dr. Broad is also a member of Northern Policy Institute’s Research Advisory Board. Gayle’s background includes twenty-five years as a practitioner of community economic and social development, working with women, low-income and Indigenous communities. Her research interests include community economic development; the social economy, and public legal education. Some of Gayle’s recent and current work includes research on the social economy in Northern Ontario, including supporting social enterprise development and social innovation; working with Indigenous communities to improve economic, social and educational outcomes; and developing innovative research and community development methodologies for participatory practice.

Dr. Ken Coates

Dr. Ken Coates

Ken Coates is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskachewan campus. He has served at universitites across Canada and the University of Waikato (New Zeland), an institution known internationally for its work on indigenous affairs. Ken has written extensivela on Aboriginal history, Indigenous-newcomer relations and post-secondary education. He has conducted external reviews for post-secondary institutions and is a frequent commentator on university, college and polutechnic affairs in Canada. He has also worked as a consultant for indigenous groups and governents in Canada, New Zeland, and Australia as well as the United Nations, companies, and think tanks.

He is a Munk Senior Fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. His most recent book is the co-authored From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nations: A Roadmap for all Canadians. He has previously published on such topics as Arctic sovereignty, Aboriginal rights in the Maritimes, northern reaty and land claims processes, regional economin developement, and government strategies for working with Indigenous poeples of Canada. His book, A Global History of Indigenous Peoples; Struggle and Survival, offered a world history perspective on the issues facing Indigenous communities and governments. He was co-author of the Donner Prize winne for the best book on public policy in Canada, Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North, and was short-listed for the same award for his earlier work, The Marshall Decision and Aboriginal Rights in the Maritimes and for From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation. Ken contributes regularly, through newspaper pieces and radio and television interviews, on contemporary discussions on northern, Indigenous, and technology-related issues.

Dr. Mike Commito

Dr. Mike Commito

Mike is a graduate of Laurentian University with a B.A. (2008) and a Masters (2010) in History. He recently completed his PhD in Canadian history from McMaster University.

Dr. Commito has over eight years of experience in researching and writing about the history of natural resource management questions that affect northern Ontario, ranging from forestry to wildlife management. He has served as a policy analyst and most recently Research Coordinator with Northern Policy Institute. Mike is currently employed as an Applied Research Developer at Cambrian College.

Dr. Charles Conteh

Dr. Charles Conteh

Charles Conteh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Brock University. From 2007 to 2009, he served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Lakehead University. Over the past decade, he has focused his research on public policy responses to the economic challenges of various regions, including Northern Ontario. His broader research interests are in the areas of Canadian and comparative public policy, public management, political economy and governance.

Dr. Kelly Harding

Dr. Kelly Harding

Dr. Kelly Harding (Ph.D.) is Adjunct Professor of psychology at Laurentian University. Her research focuses include fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and rural and northern health.

James Cuddy

James Cuddy

James Cuddy is a market analyst at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).  He has over 5 years of experience conducting research on various economic issues, with a particular focus on labour market and socioeconomic analysis and regional and urban economics. Prior to his role at CMHC, Cuddy served as Northern Policy Institute's in-house Economist, where he played the role of principal in-house researcher who helped to expand and implement research priorities and assist in quality control.

James is a graduate of Carleton University with a B.A. in Economics (2013) and the University of Ottawa with a M.A. in Economics (2015).

 

John Dabous

John Dabous

John Dabous is a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Rural and Northern Health program at Laurentian University. John holds a MSc in biochemistry from Laurentian University. His research interests include health service utilization patterns, access to primary care and medical education.

Holly Dillabough

Holly Dillabough

Holly Dillabough was born and raised in Northern Ontario. After completing a BSc. in conservation and restoration ecology at Laurentian University, she received a Master of Environment from the University of Melbourne in Australia, where she specialized in environmental policy and governance. In 2015 she interned with Northern Policy Institute, writing on a variety of environmental policy issues. She is currently the Environmental Policy Officer with Melton City Council in Melbourne.

Emily Donato

Emily Donato

Emily Donato, RN, BScN, MEd, PhD © is an Assistant Professor in the Laurentian University School of Nursing and is also a student in the PhD in Rural and Northern Health Program at Laurentian University. Areas of research interest include self-directed learning, blended and technology enhanced learning, global health, continuing education, and inter-professional education.

Julie Duff Cloutier

Julie Duff Cloutier

Julie Duff Cloutier is a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Rural and Northern Health program at Laurentian University. Julie holds an MSc in Nursing from Queen’s University. Her research interests include respiratory health (COPD and asthma), disadvantaged populations and health service utilization. She is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at Laurentian University.

Erin Estok

Erin Estok

Erin Estok is a former summer policy intern with Northern Policy Institute. Erin has past policy experience working federally as a Policy Analyst for both Environment Canada and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada in Gatineau, Quebec. Erin has also worked as a Stakeholder Relations Advisor for Ontario’s public safety regulator, Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), a delegated administrative authority overseen by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, in Toronto, Ontario. She holds a BAH from Queen’s University in Political Studies, and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University.

 

 

Justin Ferbey

Justin Ferbey

Justin Ferbey is Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Yukon Government and President of the Yukon Development Corporation, the crown corporation responsible for promoting economic development of Yukon. He is also former Chief Executive Officer of the Carcross Tagish Management Corporation, where his efforts resulted in the 2013 Innovator of the Year Award from the Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon and made him an Innovator of the Year finalist in the 2013 Canadian Tourism Awards. Justin is a federal appointee to the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the North American Agreement for Environmental Cooperation, and former president of Skookum Jim’s Friendship Centre. He was previously a federal fiscal advisor in the British Columbia treaty process, director of the Yukon Energy Corporation, vice-chair of the Yukon Chamber of Commerce, and an executive of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation. Born and raised in the Yukon, Justin is a citizen of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and an MBA from the University of Liverpool. He is also a 2007 Action Canada Fellow and an alumnus of the US Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (2013).

Dr. Evelyn L. Forget

Dr. Evelyn L. Forget

Evelyn L Forget is a Professor in Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba and Adjunct Professor of Economics at McMaster University and the University of Manitoba. She is Director of the Manitoba Research Data Centre and Adjunct Scientist at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. The overarching question that guides her research is this: “How can we best ensure that everyone has access to the tools and resources they need to live a full life?” Her most recent work examines the relationships between poverty, inequality, health and social outcomes. She has evaluated the health and social impact of the Mincome Basic Income Experiment conducted in Canada in the mid-1970s. Dr. Forget has received a number of grants and awards for her research, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and the McCracken Award in Economic Statistics from the Canadian Economics Association. She has consulted with federal, provincial and First Nations governments, as well as national and international NGOs.

Dr. Morley Gunderson

Dr. Morley Gunderson

Dr. Morley Gunderson is a professor at the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, and Department of Economics at the University of Toronto. He is also the CIBC Chair in Youth Employment.

The University of Toronto established the Morley Gunderson Prize in 1997 as a tribute to Morley Gunderson’s 10 years as Director of the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources.

In 2008 Professor Gunderson was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for his work as an internationally recognized scholar whose research, institution building and teaching transformed the field of Industrial Relations in Canada from one that was formerly descriptive and institutional to one that uses rigorous quantitative and analytical techniques.

Dr. John A. Hodson

Dr. John A. Hodson

Dr. John Akweniiostha Hodson (York University) is of Mohawk descent, turtle clan, and director of the Maamaawisiiwin Education Research Centre, Thunder Bay, Ontario. Dr. Hodson has worked in Aboriginal education at the primary, secondary, and postsecondary levels in Canada and internationally for over 20 years, and has published widely on the subject. As director of Maamaawisiiwin, Dr. Hodson provides leadership to this independent, non-aligned centre of inquiry that offers culturally appropriate teacher development programming and research services to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.

Nichola Hoffman

Nichola Hoffman

Nichola Hoffman is a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Rural and Northern Health program at Laurentian University. Nichola holds an MA in Applied Psychology from Laurentian University. Her research interests include speech communication, decision-making, and emotional tone. Nichola works as a psychotherapist in a private practice.

Dr. Julian Kitchen

Dr. Julian Kitchen

Dr. Julian Kitchen is a professor at Brock University. His work in education extends to studying and supporting teachers and teacher educators. Dr. Kitchen is lead editor of Narrative Inquiries into Curriculum-making in Teacher Education (Emerald, 2011) and the forthcoming Self-Study and Diversity, Volume 2 (Sense, 2015). He was lead author of Professionalism, Law and the Ontario Educator (Highland, 2010), and editor of Brock Education, a peer-reviewed journal. Dr. Kitchen has been involved in several projects funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, most notably as PI for two projects titled “Aboriginal Teachers in Northern Nishnawbe Nations: Learning; and “Enacting Aboriginal Pedagogy” (2009 and 2011). He has published in referred journals such as Action in Teacher Education, Teacher Education Quarterly, Studying Teacher Education, Canadian Journal of Education, Alberta Journal of Educational Research, McGill Journal of Education, and Teaching and Teacher Education. In January 2014, Dr. Kitchen was appointed director of the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education.

Kyle Leary

Kyle Leary

Kyle Leary has a Masters in Economics from the University of Guelph. His research interests include the environment, fiscal and monetary policy, and immigration reform. Beginning in May 2016, Kyle will be working as an analyst in the Economics and Social Science Services group at Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.

Mallorie Leduc

Mallorie Leduc

Mallorie Leduc (M.A.) is a graduate student member of CROSH (Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health). Under the supervision of Dr. Tammy Eger, Mallorie’s doctoral research is focused on understanding vibration exposure in the mining industry and developing an intervention.

John M. MacDonald

John M. MacDonald

John M. Macdonald, M.P.H., M.A., is an epidemiological consultant and a doctoral student in the Rural and Northern Health program at Laurentian University. He has conducted various health projects for the North East Local Health Integration Network, Health Sciences North, and a number of primary care physicians in Northeastern Ontario. Areas of research interest include: improving delivery of care for seniors, as well as those afflicted with dementia residing in long-term care homes; prevention of infectious/communicable diseases; pediatric traumatic brain injuries; improving coordination and delivery of public health and public health emergency preparedness; with particular attention about challenges unique to rural and northern contexts.

David MacKinnon

David MacKinnon

Mr. MacKinnon is a frequent commentator on Canadian fiscal issues. He has spoken to audiences across Ontario and his work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the National Post and many local newspapers across Canada. He has also been a guest on The Agenda on TVO, the BNN and other national  public affairs programs.

Mr. MacKinnon is a native of Prince Edward Island. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree (honours economics) from Dalhousie University and an MBA from York University. He was also awarded a Centennial Fellowship by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and York University to study at York, Harvard and Oxford Universities as well as the European Institute of Business Studies.

Mr. MacKinnon served as Director, Planning and Economics and Executive Director, Development Strategy in the Nova Scotia Department of Development from 1977 to 1981. He later served in several senior capacities in the Ontario Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Montreal and as CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association from 1996 to 2003. He was also CEO of the Ontario Development Corporation, Ontario’s major economic development agency, from 1986 to 1993.

He is a Past Chair, West Park Healthcare Center, a Toronto rehabilitation hospital and currently serves as a Director and Chair of the Finance Committee at the Canadian Standards Association. He is a former member of the Patient Relations Committee of the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons, after serving on the governing council of that organization for six years.

In 2012, Mr. MacKinnon joined the board of the Quinte Health Care Center, a community hospital with sites in Picton, Belleville, Bancroft and Trenton.

David and his wife Betsy moved to Prince Edward County in 2010 after sailing in county waters for fifteen years.

Jamie McIntyre

Jamie McIntyre

Jamie McIntyre’s given name is Mashkiki Kwe, and she belongs to makwa doodem (bear clan). She has a mixed background of settler Scottish and Anishinaabe from Batchewana First Nation. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Community Economic and Social Development at Algoma University, and was most recently the Resource and Partnership Developer at NORDIK Institute based in Sault Ste. Marie. She has also received an Ec.d and Council for Advancement of Native Development Officers TAED certification through Algoma University. Her interests include cross-cultural relationship building and knowledge sharing, as well as sustainable development practices. 

Curtis McKnight

Curtis McKnight

Curtis was born and raised in Sherwood Park, Alberta. He has recently graduated from Queen’s University with a BAH, majoring in applied economics and minoring in political studies. During his time at NPI as a Research Analyst, Curtis was able to apply qualitative and quantitative techniques of analysis to make a positive impact on the unique policy environment of Northern Ontario. Some research interests of his include policy implications of business cycle dynamics, and the importance of natural resource development as it relates to economic growth. Currently, Curtis works as a financial advisor with Scotiabank. 

Rick Millette

Rick Millette

Rick Millette joined Northern Policy Institute through a residency with Laurentian University and the Canada School of Public Service. He brings many years of experience from the Federal Government and the Provincial Government of Ontario. Born and raised in the north, Rick is keen to work with Northern Policy Institute in the development of policies and initiatives that will contribute to the wellbeing of Northern Ontario’s citizens.In particular, Rick has a strong focus on all facets pertaining to the development of the Ring of Fire.

Dr. Bakhtiar Moazzami

Dr. Bakhtiar Moazzami

Dr. Moazzami has taught Economics and Econometrics at Lakehead University since 1988. He is well known for his research activities particularly related to Northern Ontario. He has written many reports on Northern Ontario’s economic development challenges and opportunities. He was commissioned by the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines to undertake a comprehensive study of Northern Ontario’s economy as a part of the research conducted for the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. Included in the study were the identification of growing, declining and emerging industrial clusters in the region. Professor Moazzami has also written extensively on Northern Ontario’s Aboriginal people and Northern Aboriginal economy. Dr. Moazzami’s expertise and influence reaches beyond Lakehead University and Northern Ontario. He has been a regular guest speaker at the University of Waterloo’s Economic Development Program.

Kristen Morin

Kristen Morin

Kristen Morin is a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Rural and Northern Health program at Laurentian University. Kristen holds a Masters of Public Health from Queens University and has a special interest in health systems research. She has held positions in health system planning and program evaluation.

Nick Mulder

Nick Mulder

Jessica Nadjiwon-Smith

Jessica Nadjiwon-Smith

Jessica Nadjiwon-Smith is a band member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation and was raised by her grandmother in the community. After leaving home to attend school she returned to her community to raise her family and work in a grassroots capacity. She is married and has three children. She is a firm believer in life-long learning and supporting First Nations and Indigenous communities through community development at the grassroots level. Jessica has over 15 years experience and expertise in First Nations management, finance and delivery of social assistance in First Nations communities. She has sat on several Boards of Directors throughout her career in varying capacities from arts to social assistance. Jessica has been the Executive Director of the Ontario Welfare Administrators’ Association (ONWAA) for two years. Before that, she sat on the ONWAA Board of Directors for several years during her role as the Ontario Works Administrator at Neyaashiinigmiing.

Laurel O'Gorman

Laurel O'Gorman

Laurel O’Gorman is a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Rural and Northern Health program at Laurentian University. She is a research assistant at the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research where she is currently working on understanding and improving access to virtual health care services in Northern, rural, and remote parts of Ontario. She also teaches in Women’s Studies at Thorneloe University. She holds a Master of Arts from Laurentian University’s Applied Social Research program.

Dr. David Robinson

Dr. David Robinson

David Robinson, PhD, is an economist. As a leading expert on Northern Ontario economic development, he was the first person to identify and promote the Northern Ontario Mining Supply and Service sector as our leading sector. He was also the first person to propose Northern Ontario School of Architecture. He has consulted for forest-dependent communities and written on the economics of community forestry. He is best known publicly for monthly columns in Northern Ontario Business Magazine, and in Sudbury Mining Solutions, the trade journal for the local Mining Supply and Services sector which he helped found. He does frequent interviews in broadcast media, has been a guest on TVO’s Agenda several times, and is often a featured speaker at conferences and events. He is particularly concerned with the economics of climate change. David teaches Game Theory, Natural Resource Economics, Statistics, and Econometrics. 

Dr. Karl Skogstad

Dr. Karl Skogstad

Dr. Karl Skogstad holds the Derek and Joan Burney Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Economics and the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration (CESME) at Lakehead University. Dr. Skogstad uses empirical methods to conduct research in two broad areas: the economic impact of mining in Northern Ontario and the economics of national defence. In regards to the former, his current research focus involves examining the efficiency and productivity of Ontario’s gold mining industry during World War II. With regards to the latter, his research focuses on how countries interact when setting defence budgets and the effectiveness of Canada’s navy in the Second World War. He holds a PhD and Master’s degree in economics from Queen’s University as well as an Honours Bachelor’s degree in economics from Lakehead University.

Dr. Valerie Tarasuk

Dr. Valerie Tarasuk

Valerie Tarasuk is a professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Much of Dr. Tarasuk’s research is focused on food insecurity. Over the past two decades, she has conducted a number of studies to determine the scope and nature of household food insecurity in Canada, identify the household characteristics and contextual factors associated with vulnerability to this problem, and examine the impact of community responses to problems of food insecurity. Most recently, she has led PROOF, an interdisciplinary research program funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and designed to identify effective policy approaches to reduce household food insecurity in Canada. This research has established food insecurity as a potent social determinant of health and health care costs, but also demonstrated that both the prevalence and severity of household food insecurity in Canada are highly sensitive to policy decisions that impact household finances.

Patrick Timony

Patrick Timony

Patrick Timony (M.A) is a Research Assistant with the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR). His research interests include investigating health services in rural and northern communities, with a particular focus on French language services and language concordant patient-physician interactions.

John van Nostrand

John van Nostrand

John van Nostrand is the Founding Principal of Planning Alliance and affiliated firms regional Architects and rePlan. Over the last three decades, he has been the driving force behind the firm’s domestic and international planning and urban design practice. John has extensive experience leading large, multi-disciplinary consulting teams on sophisticated architecture and urban development projects across Canada and around the world, including a number of major mine-related housing projects in Africa, Latin America and Canada.