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What is the state of the north and how do you want to see it change?

Speaker lineup for State of The North Conference includes experts from around the country
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Northern Policy Institute is pleased to announce the speaker lineup for the upcoming State of The North Conference Sept. 27 – 28 in Timmins, Ont.

State of the North is an annual conference that brings together members of the general public, decision makers, community leaders, experts, and innovators to explore the state of Northern Ontario from an economic, social, and environmental perspective. This year’s theme is ‘Responding to Northern Ontario’s Demographic Shift’.

The day and a half agenda features presentations by diverse experts, including Suzanne Ley, executive director NS Office of Immigration, Atlantic immigration pilot; David Abbott, vice president of Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business; and David Robinson, professor at Laurentian University.

In response to the ‘state of the north’, ONDP’s Gilles Bisson and PCPO’s Vic Fedeli will be making remarks on behalf of their respective party leaders.

Grand Chief Jonathan Solomon of Mushkegowuk Council will provide a First Nations perspective prior to the panel and discussion on a shared economy, and the Hon. Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines, will be on hand to bring remarks on behalf of the Ministry.

FedNor’s Director General, Mr. Aime Dimatteo, will cap the event speaking to the Prosperity and Growth Strategy for northern Ontario.

In addition, the conference agenda includes multiple table discussions designed to engage participants in a wide range of critical issues and subject areas relevant to the ‘state of the North’. Topics for conversation include immigration pilots, decision devolution to Northern regions and growing together in the shared economy.

“We are looking forward to the conversation about practical solutions to move Northern Ontario forward,” said NPI President and CEO, Charles Cirtwill. “We encourage participants from all different backgrounds to attend, so we can have a rich dialogue on issues important to Ontario’s northern regions.”

Tickets are still available to attend the conference that will be held Sept. 27-28 at the Ramada Inn in Timmins, Ont. Students or anyone attending the Northern Ontario Business Awards on Sept. 28 will receive a discounted ticket price for the conference.

Visit here to register. To join the conversation on social media, use the hashtag #StateOfTheNorth.