Magnetic North

By the organizers who brought you Come North

MAGNETIC NORTH

Northern Ontario Population Growth Forum

June 22 & 23, 2022

Quattro Hotel, 229 Great Northern Rd, Sault Ste. Marie 

A lot has changed since February 2020, when the first Come North conference was launched. We face ever-changing demographic challenges in our communities. This creates a growing need to retain and fully embrace the existing populations. Strategies, priorities, and next steps must be revised and adapted regularly. Magnetic North is that opportunity to regroup and refocus.

Magnetic North 2022 is our 3rd annual Population Growth Forum. Attendees can join the discussion online or in-person about topics including reconciliation and anti-racism, attraction, and settlement of domestic and international migrants, and retention of the existing populations.

Magnetic North will build off priorities established and lessons learned from previous years’ conferences (Come North 2020 and Magnetic North 2021). A hybrid approach will not only address any lingering results of COVID-19, but will also maximize the diversity of participants and ensure that the findings reflect the needs of our communities.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Northern Policy Institute, Lead Analyst – Community Capacity

Mercedes Labelle graduated from McGill University in 2020 with an Honours Bachelor of Political Science and Urban Systems. During her studies, she focused on Canadian politics and public policy processes, specifically researching the uneven distribution of benefits and services between urban and rural communities. At McGill, Mercedes provided analysis on Canadian Politics for the McGill Journal of Political Studies (MJPS). Through her involvement with MJPS, Mercedes developed a deeper understanding of the diverse interests and needs of the Canadian population. Having grown up in Canada, the United States, and Spain, Mercedes is eager to return to Northern Ontario, where her family now resides. In her free time, Mercedes enjoys listening to podcasts, cooking, and reading.

Northern Policy Institute, Community Engagement Officer – Northern Reconciliation

Born and raised in the Greater Sudbury Region and a true nature lover, Sherry remained rooted within her community after her first academic graduation. Her career focus is to help raise the bar with social inclusion, diversity and anti oppression efforts, within Northeastern Ontario communities.  With an honours diploma from Cambrian College in Social Services and currently completing her final year of the Indigenous Social Work Program with Laurentian University,  she is focused on the socio-economic challenges that exist within marginalized groups.  Sherry brings forth 12 years of both front line and management experience within a not for profit setting, in the Employment and Immigration sectors.  She also holds a Teaching Certification in Hatha Yoga through the Canadian Yoga Alliance and is working toward her certification in Mindfulness and Meditative Studies, with the University of Toronto.  Sherry is passionate about application of both Western and Eastern philosophies and the significant benefits of Yoga and Mindfulness, within the mind-body-spirit.

Sherry is Mom to a lovely 6 year old daughter named Emilie-Grace. She enjoys spending time with her husband and golden retriever named Piper out on her rural property; enjoying the outdoors, every chance she gets. 

AGENDA

Day 1 – Agenda

8:00am

Registration opens

8:15am

Breakfast

8:45am

Welcome and Land Acknowledgement Charles Cirtwill, founding President and CEO, Northern Policy Institute

9:15am

Panelist 1, TBD

Panelist 2, TBD

Panelist 3, TBD

Moderator, TBD

10:15am

10:30am

Panel #1: Q&A Session

30 minute break

11:00am

Panelist 1, TBD

Panelist 2, TBD

Panelist 3, TBD

Moderator, TBD

12:00pm

12:15pm

Panel #2: Q&A Session

Lunch

12:45pm

Remarks from Luncheon Sponsor, TBD

Presented by Sherry Mayer

1:00pm

1:15pm

Presentation #1: Q&A Session

Lunch ends

1:15pm

Hybrid Breakout Sessions – Day 1

Facilitated by Lisa Demmer, Chair, Greater Sudbury Economic Development Corporation, Board of Directors

Facilitated by Paul Laffin, Statistics Canada  

Facilitated by Stacey Parks, Coordinator, NWO Local Immigration Partnership

Facilitator TBD

Facilitator TBD

Facilitator TBD

2:30pm

30 minute break

3:00pm

Adolphine Mukamanzi

Panelist 2, TBD

Mariette Sutherland

Regina Madamin

4:00pm

4:15pm

4:30pm

Panel #3 Q&A Session

Closing Remarks

End of day

5:30pm-7:30pm Networking Event
(location TBD)

Day 2 -Agenda

8:00am

8:15am

Registration opens

Breakfast

8:45am

Introductions by NPI President, Charles Cirtwill

9:15am

Panelist 1, TBD

Panelist 2, TBD

Panelist 3, TBD

Moderator, TBD

10:15am

10:30am

Panel #4: Q&A Session

30 minute break

11:00am

Panelist 1, TBD

Panelist 2, TBD

Panelist 3, TBD

Moderator, TBD

12:00pm

12:15pm

Panel #5: Q&A Session

Lunch

12:45pm

Mercedes Labelle, Northern Policy Institute

1:00pm

1:15pm

Presentation #2: Q&A Session

Lunch Ends

1:15pm

Hybrid Breakout Sessions – Day 2

Facilitator, TBD

Facilitator TBD, Statistics Canada  

Facilitated by Dania Kuzbari, Employment Advisor, Sault Community Career Centre  

Facilitator TBD

Facilitated by Stacey Parks, Coordinator, NWO Local Immigration Partnership  

Facilitator TBD

2:30pm

30 minute break

3:00pm

Thomas Mercier, Reseau’s newest project

Karly Mabee, Welcoming Community Indicators

Panelist 3, TBD

Moderated by Holly Parsons, Magnetic North Program Officer

4:00pm

4:15pm

4:30pm

Panel #6: Q&A Session

Day 2: Closing Remarks

End of Conference

LOOKING BACK AT COME NORTH

Two conferences in February 2020 explored the challenges related to achieving population retention and growth. The resulting discussions provided the foundation for a community driven action plan to attack racism, further reconciliation, and attract newcomers to our regions.

Click below to read the Come North 2020 Conference Report, Proceedings, and Immediate Action Plan.

PARTNERS