State of the North 2017


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State of the North is an annual conference that brings together decision makers, community leaders, experts and innovators to explore the state of Northern Ontario from an economic, social, and environmental perspective. Each year, Northern Policy Institute will provide an annual update on the State of the North by offering updates on a set of environmental, social and economic indicators that we will define and select in partnership with our communities.  It’s time to take what we have learned and step forward into solution based discussions. 

The 2017 conference took place in Timmins, Ontario, September 27-28. The theme was ‘Responding to Northern Ontario’s Demographic Shift’.

Northern Ontario is facing a combination of a declining and aging population. At the same time, the Indigenous population is young and growing, representing important opportunities for the north. These demographic shifts will have significant implications on Northern Ontario’s economy and society, impacting the long term sustainability of all 11 districts in the region. The conference brought together over 150 decision makers and community leaders from across Northern Ontario who explored evidenced-based solutions to address the challenges facing communities in Northern Ontario. Participants considered the roles that migration, engagement with Indigenous communities and local governance can have on improving the sustainability of the north. To view presentations from the conference, please see below.

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State of the North 2017 Sponsors 



Report Card on Northern Growth


blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  Charles Cirtwill, President & CEO, Northern Policy Institute - State of the North


Topic 1 - Local Immigration Pilots


blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  Suzanne Ley, Executive Director, Nova Scotia Office of Immigration - Atlantic Immigration Pilot

blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  Monika Feist, CEO, Success Skills Centre - Manitoba Nominee Program

blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  Ronald Labrecque, Assemblée communautaire Fransaskoise - Linkages with Mauritius


Topic 2 - Decision Devolution to Northern Regions


blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  David Robinson, Professor, Laurentian University - Devolution: Barriers and Realistic Solutions for the BS&L

blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  David MacKinnon, NPI Senior Fellow - Decision Devolution in Northern Regions


Topic 3 - Growing Together in our Shared Economy


blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  Dawn Madahbee Leach, General Manager, Waubetek BDC - Engaging Indigenous People in Regional Development

blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  David Abbott, Vice President, Operations, CCAB - Aboriginal Business an Evolving Landscape


Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario


blue-6167-illustration-of-right-facing-b  Aime Dimatteo, Director General, FedNor - Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario

Media Coverage


 *Cette conférence de l’Institut des politiques du Nord sur l’état du Nord n’est pas disponible en français.