Building Vision

Developing leaders and facilitating collaboration on issues facing rural and northern Ontario.


May 4, 2018

Guest Blog: Why Ontario Needs a Rural & Remote Immigrant Nominee Pilot

The Northern Policy Institute (NPI) is advocating for an Immigration Pilot Program for rural and northern Ontario. NPI's President and CEO, Charles Cirtwill, has provided a guest blog outlining the how similar programs in other provinces could be tailored to fit the needs of rural and northern Ontario.

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May 1, 2018

NDP responds to election questions

The Ontario NDP is the first provincial party to respond to the Rural Priorities Election Questions.

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April 3, 2018

ROI appoints Acting CEO

The Rural Ontario Institute has implemented a transition plan in the wake of Chief Executive Officer Rob Black’s appointment to the Senate of Canada. Approved by the ROI Board and effective immediately, Norm Ragetlie, Director, Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, will be Acting Chief Executive Officer. Rob Black will continue as Transition Advisor to the Board until his departure from the organization on June 30th, 2018.
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June 21, 2018 / Marden Community Centre

Rural Ontario Institute Annual General Meeting

Join us for the Rural Ontario Institute 8th Annual General Meeting with guest speaker: the Honourable Robert Black, Senator (Ontario)

10:00 am: Refreshments and networking

10:30 am: Introductions and ROI year-end review

11:00 am: Business meeting

11:30 am: Guest speaker: the Honourable Robert Black, Senator (Ontario

12:10 pm: Lunch

Please RSVP by June 14.

June 21, 2018 / Delta Hotel Guelph

Rob Black Senate Send-Off Celebration

ROI staff and board of directors invite you to join us as we celebrate Rob Black's accomplishments and contributions to leadership and rural organizational development on the occasion of his appointment to the Senate of Canada. 

Tickets are $125, which includes a charitable donation of $40 to be directed towards a new Rural Ontario Institute Emerging Leaders Fund and 4-H Ontario, two charitable causes designated by Rob.

The Brent Rowan trio will be performing during the reception. 

If you would like further information on how to help support this event in any way or would like to speak at the event, please contact Norm Ragetlie at 

Buy your tickets here.


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