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Backgrounder - Northern Policy Institute Governance

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Backgrounder - Northern Policy Institute Governance

The Northern Policy Institute will be governed by a 10-member board of directors. The presidents and vice-chancellors of Lakehead and Laurentian universities will invite experts to serve on the board.

Directors must act in the best interests of the institute, embrace their leadership roles and serve in a non-partisan manner.
The board will ensure that the institute:

  • Engages in practical and applied public policy work on current and emerging issues relevant to Northern Ontario
  • Recognizes the value of multi-stakeholder, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural contributions
  • Complements the existing public policy work of all of Northern Ontario's post-secondary institutions and public policy organizations.

The Northern Policy Institute will provide recommendations to the government on policies and programs to strengthen the regional economy and create a more competitive and productive Northern Ontario.

This could include recommendations to:

  • Support business expansion and attraction to bring new jobs and wealth to the region
  • Stimulate innovative private sector investments
  • Encourage and support public-private partnerships 
  • Support rural, urban, Aboriginal and regional community partners in economic development 
  • Attract and retain youth talent to support Northern Ontario growth
  • Identify innovative partnership opportunities and best practices for increasing Aboriginal participation in the northern economy and reduce gaps in Aboriginal education and health
  • Identify and gain the highest returns on strategic investments  

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