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State of the North Conference gets underway this week

One-day event takes place Sept. 26 in Sault Ste. Marie
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Sault Ste. Marie is hosting the third annual State of the North Conference on Sept. 26. (File photo)

Leaders from across the North will gather in Sault Ste. Marie Sept. 26 for the third annual State of the North Conference, hosted by the Northern Policy Institute.

The one-day event will take place at the Delta Hotels by Marriott on the city’s waterfront.

This year’s theme is “Future North.” 

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr. Heather Hall, assistant professor at the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development at the University of Waterloo, and 
  • Peter Bruijns, executive director at the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre. 

In addition, two panel discussions will take place.

“Northern Confidence: Youth Vision of Ontario’s Future North” will feature speakers Kaella-Marie Earle, a fourth-year chemical engineering student at Laurentian University; Katie Elliott, communications coordinator at FutureSSM; and Thomas Mercier, coordinator at Réseau du Nord. 

“Invest North: Growth Industries in the Future North” will feature speakers Kevin Eshkawkogan, executive director at Indigenous Tourism Ontario; Trevor R. Walker, president and CEO at Frontier Lithium; and Christine Leduc, director of public affairs at EACOM. 

State of the North will also be livestreamed at

Northern Policy Institute is Northern Ontario’s independent think tank. It performs research, collects and disseminates evidence, and identifies policy opportunities to support the growth of sustainable Northern communities.