Northern Policy Institute announces State of the North Conference

Jul 12, 2017 @ 08:13

Northern Policy Institute is pleased to announce the State of the North Conference taking place September 27th and 28th in Timmins, ON.


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.


“Each year, Northern Policy Institute will provide an annual update on the state of the North by offering reporting on a set of environmental, social and economic indicators that we will define and select in partnership with our communities,” said Charles Cirtwill, President & CEO of Northern Policy Institute. “It’s time to take what we have learned and step forward into solution based discussions.”


This year’s theme is ‘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 northern regions of the province. 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.


This conference will explore evidence-based solutions to address these challenges by exploring the roles that migration, cross-cultural engagement with Indigenous communities, and local governance can have on improving the sustainability of Northern Ontario.


This non-partisan day and a half event will feature multidisciplinary researchers, and authors recognized in their fields of study. The conference will also include opportunities for networking, and interactive tools to facilitate conversation across Northern Ontario and beyond. To join the conversation on social media, use the hashtag #StateOfTheNorth


Registration is now open for the conference, which will be held September 27th-28th at the Ramada Inn in Timmins, Ontario. To register, visit Participants are also encouraged to attend the Northern Ontario Business Awards on September 28th.  Anyone attending the NOBA’s will receive a discounted ticket price for the conference.