About Us

Established in 2010, the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) was created through the amalgamation of The Centre for Rural Leadership (TCRL) and The Ontario Rural Council (TORC). ROI is a charitable not-for-profit that delivers programs that develop strong leaders who are critical voices around opportunities and key issues facing rural and northern Ontario.

Our Mission

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



Our Vision

Building Vision, Voice and Leadership for strong and vibrant rural and northern Ontario communities.


Our Key Values 

  • Diverse perspectives and collaboration

  • Respectful, open and honest communication

  • Innovation and entrepreneurship

  • Economic, social and environmental sustainability in rural and northern Ontario

  • Continuous improvement and excellence