State of the North 2019

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State of the North is an annual conference that explores how northern leaders and policy experts can come together to find ways to grow and strengthen our Northern communities. This is a chance for you to share your ideas with NPI. The panelists and speakers will get your creative juices flowing for table discussions where you will have a chance to explore your own ideas along with other attendees. It’s time to take what we have learned and step forward into solution based discussions.

The 2019 conference took place in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, September 26. The theme was ‘Future North’. 

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Breakfast Speaker -Trends in Northern Regions; Implications for Ontario’s North

blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  Dr. Heather Hall, Director of the Economic Development and Innovation Program, University of Waterloo

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Panel 1 - Northern Confidence: Youth Vision of Ontario’s Future North

blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  Kaella-Marie Earle, 4th Year Chemical Engineering Student, Laurentian University

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blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  Katie Elliott, Communications Coordinator, Future SSM

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blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  Thomas Mercier, Coordinator, Réseau du Nord

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Luncheon Speaker - Global Trends; Opportunities and Challenges for Ontario’s North

blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  Peter Bruijns, Executive Director, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

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Panel 2 - Invest North: Growth Industries in the Future North

blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  Kevin Eshkawkogan, Executive Director, Indigenous Tourism Ontario

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blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  Trevor Walker, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Lithium

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blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  Christine Leduc, Director of Public Affairs, EACOM

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Thank you to the State of the North 2019 Sponsors


Breakfast Sponsor


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Lunch Sponsor



Panel 2 - Invest North: Growth Industries in the Future North



Media Sponsor



Friends of NPI


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