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Northern Policy Institute welcomes new directors

John Beaucage and Diana Fuller Henninger join board

Two new members have joined the Northern Policy Institute’s (NPI) board of directors.

The NPI announced on Feb. 6 that John Beaucage and Diana Fuller Henninger have been added to the board, which helps set the strategic direction for the think tank.

“Northern Policy Institute is thrilled to have John Beaucage and Diana Fuller Henninger join our board of directors,” said NPI chair Thérèse Bergeron-Hopson in the release.

“Their unique experiences, vast knowledge, and dedication to northern communities will be sure to energize our organization.”

A citizen of Wasauksing First Nation, John Beaucage served as the Grand Council Chief of the Anishinabek Nation between 2004 and 2008.

An economist by education, Beaucage has worked tirelessly on many issues, including Indigenous child welfare and health, green energy projects with First Nations, land disputes, language policy, and housing, spending more than 15 years with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and serving as the co-chair for First Ministers' Working Groups for both Housing and Relationships.

Raised in Kingston, Diana Fuller Henninger moved to Sudbury in 1978 as a young lawyer and became Northern Ontario’s first female assistant crown attorney, and later the first female Regional Director of Crown Attorneys.

In 2009, she took over Henninger’s Diesel Ltd., a company founded by her husband Manfred Henninger, following his death. For her achievements, Henninger won the Influential Women of Northern Ontario’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2015. (The Influential Women of Northern Ontario is a Northern Ontario Business program.)

NPI is currently recruiting new directors to the board. The volunteer positions are renewable for three-year terms, and selection of directors is made by the members of Northern Policy Institute on the recommendation of the organization’s directors. 

NPI performs research, collects and disseminates evidence, and identifies policy opportunities to support the growth of sustainable Northern communities. Its operations are located in Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury.

More information about volunteering for a director position is available at