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 

Four youth (under 25) can attend the upcoming Magnetic North conference in Sault Ste Marie free of charge. Algoma University has agreed to be the youth sponsor for this year’s event. Those four spots cover not just conference registration, but reasonable travel and accommodation costs as well.

Youth looking to compete for the four available placements should send a two-paragraph explanation of why they wish to attend Magnetic North in person. Youth should focus on what they hope to contribute and what they hope to learn at the two-day event. Submissions should be sent to research@northernpolicy.ca by 4pm eastern on Monday 20, June 2022.

Meanwhile, if you can’t physically get to the conference, any registered student (including college, university, middle and high school students) or any youth under 25 and in career transition –- can join the event online for free.

Youth looking to register for the free online sessions should go to https://northernattraction.ca/ follow the registration link and choose the “youth (under 25)” option.

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.

SPEAKERS & PANELISTS

MODERATORS & FACILITATORS

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

Traditional Welcome, Barbara Nolan, Elder, Garden River First Nation

Welcome, Chief Andy Rickard, Garden River First Nation

Welcome, Mary Wabano-McKay, Vice President Niiyaagaaniid, Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, Algoma University

9:15am

Jane Omollo, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Manager, Algoma University

Audrey Gilbeau, Executive Director, Nokiiwin Tribal Council

Gajith Jinadasa, Economic Development Officer, Town of Rainy River

Moderated by Vanessa Gould, Policy Analyst, Northern Policy Institute

10:15am

10:30am

Panel #1: Q&A Session

30 minute break

11:00am

TBD, Panelist

Ivan Iserhoff, Economic Development Officer, Weenusk First Nation

Kevin Eshkawkogan, CEO at Indigenous Tourism Ontario

Moderated by Dr. Sean Meades, Director of Research, Northern Ontario Research, Development, Ideas, and Knowledge

12:00pm

12:15pm

Panel #2: Q&A Session

Lunch

12:45pm

Presented by Mercedes Labelle, Lead Analyst, Northern Policy Institute

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 Dania Kuzbari, Employment Advisor, Sault Community Career Centre

Facilitated by Marie-Josée Trembley, Socio-economic Development Agent, Reseau du Nord

Facilitated by Regina Mandamin, Senior Indigenous Specialist

2:30pm

30 minute break

3:00pm

Adolphine Mukamanzi, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario

Ali Juma, CEO, Algoma Family Services

Mariette Sutherland, Strategist, advisor, planner, evaluator, engagement specialist

Moderated by TBD, TBD

4:00pm

4:15pm

4:30pm

Panel #3 Q&A Session

Closing Remarks

End of day

Day 2 -Agenda

8:00am

8:15am

Registration opens

Charles Cirtwill, NPI CEO & President

Donna Hilsinger, Acting Mayor, Sault Ste. Marie

Sean Fraser (Recorded), Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

8:30am

Chantal Bergeron, Citizen Service Specialist, Service Canada

9:15am

Dr. Natalya Brown, Associate Professor, Nipissing University

Dr. Victoria Esses, Professor and Co-Chair, University of Western Ontario and Pathways to Prosperity Partnership

Karly Mabee, Policy Analyst, Northern Policy Institute

Moderated by Dr. Nusrate Aziz, Associate Professor, Algoma University

10:15am

10:30am

Panel #4: Q&A Session

30 minute break

11:00am

Stacey Parks, NWO Coordinator, NWO Local Immigration Partnership  

Moïse Zahoui, Service Coordinator, Immigration, Le Centre de Santé Communautaire du Grand Sudbury

Anna McPherson, President at Kirkland Lake Multicultural Group

Moderated by Jennifer Johnson, Immigration Consultant, interCultural Avec Immigration Inc., Sault Ste. Marie

12:00pm

12:15pm

Panel #5: Q&A Session

Lunch

12:45pm

Lara Dyer, Canada Director, Talent Beyond Boundaries

1:00pm

1:15pm

Presentation #3: Q&A Session

Lunch Ends

1:15pm

Hybrid Breakout Sessions – Day 2

Facilitated by Jean-Paul Kalwahali

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

Facilitated by Jamie Shipley, Senior Advisor, Research and Technology Transfer, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Facilitated by Stacey Parks, Coordinator, NWO Local Immigration Partnership  

Facilitated by Regina Mandamin, Senior Indigenous Specialist

2:30pm

30 minute break

3:00pm

Thomas Mericer, Coordinateaur, Reseau du Nord

Holly Parsons, Magnetic North Program Officer, Northern Policy Institute

Shannon Costigan, Coordinator, Northwest Connector Program

Moderated by Sean Halliday, Intercultural Competency Specialist

4:00pm

4:15pm

Panel #6: Q&A Session

Barbara Nolan, Elder, Garden River First Nation

Charles Cirtwill, NPI CEO & President

4:30pm End of Conference

PARTNERS

GOLD LEVEL

SILVER LEVEL

This project is made possible in part through the support of FedNor

Special thanks to this year’s Conference Youth Participant Sponsor Algoma University