About The Summit

Northern Ontario's tourism leaders will gather again from November 13-15 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario at the 5th annual Northern Ontario Tourism Summit.

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The Summit was tremendously informative! We all know small biz is the backbone of our economy but there you really experience it. Thank you so much the for the opportunity to present and meet some great folks. It was a real pleasure. Now put your feet up and be proud of a stellar event! You deserve it!
—Kelly Louiseize,
Consultant, Sudbury ON

PLEASE NOTE: unable to accept cancellations after 4 pm September 15th.

Building on 80 + years of  successful fall conferences for the outfitting sector, the Northern Ontario Tourism Summit was developed as a partnership event between Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario (NOTO) and Tourism Northern Ontario (TNO) to bring together tourism businesses, organizations and suppliers as well as all levels of government at a single event to find solutions to challenges facing the industry.

The agenda for this one-of-a-kind Northern Ontario tourism event includes training workshops, information sessions, and innovative problem solving workshops, a range of keynote speakers as well as numerous opportunities for networking including a trade show of product and service providers to the tourism industry.

The Northern Ontario Tourism Summit (NOTS) is quickly becoming a pivotal platform for the advancement of the tourism industry in Northern Ontario. Since its inception, this event has sold out with over 325 delegates each year. We look forward to new partnerships and exciting developments for 2018.

At the Summit you will have the opportunity to…

  • Connect with operators, industry professionals, and business owners.
  • Share information with like-minded individuals while building your network.
  • Take part in valuable workshops to help build your business, access information on the latest tourism trends, and learn how to leverage your business or organization to grow and prosper.
  • Access exclusive training opportunities tailored for tourism stakeholders in the North.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Don Drummond

Former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, TD Bank Financial Group

If you’re looking for unparalleled insight into the Canadian economy and its future prospects, look no further than Don Drummond, the retired senior vice president and chief economist of TD Financial Group, and current Stauffer-Dunning Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the School of Policy Studies at Queens University. Speaking to groups about the Canadian economy and its prospects and on economic and policy issues, his unparallelled insights are not to be missed.

At TD, Don led the company in analyzing and forecasting economic performance in Canada and abroad. During the course of his career, Drummond acted at Finance Canada as Assistant Deputy Minister, Fiscal Policy and Economic Analysis; Assistant Deputy Minister, Tax Policy and Legislation; and, most recently, Associate Deputy Minister, where he handled economic analysis, fiscal policy, tax policy, social policy and federal-provincial relations, as well as co-ordinated the planning of the annual federal budgets. He was also the Chair of the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services in 2012.

Born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Drummond graduated from the University of Victoria. He subsequently received his master’s degree in economics from Queen’s University.

Dr. Nick Bontis

Keynote Speaker, Strategy Expert, and Tenured Professor

Dr. Nick Bontis is the world’s leading expert on intellectual capital and its impact on performance and was named as one of the Top 30 Management Gurus world-wide. He helps organizations leverage their most important intangible asset for sustainable competitive advantage. Nick has been immersed in the field since 1991 when a cover story in Fortune Magazine, titled “Brainpower”, changed the course of his life.

Risking a secure future, Nick left a promising banking career to pursue a PhD in the field. His groundbreaking doctoral dissertation went on to become the #1 selling thesis in Canada. His accomplishments thus far could fill a volume.

As a professional speaker, Nick has delivered keynote presentations on every continent for leading organizations in both the private and the public sector. His dynamic, high-energy presentations provide personal and team recommendations for improving individual and organizational effectiveness leaving audiences with the tools, inspiration and impetus to accelerate management performance. His customized programs are a mix of practical managerial tools, rigorous academic research, strategic consulting, entertaining humour and a blast of youthful exuberance.

As an academic, “Nicky B” (as he is known by his students) is an award-winning tenured professor who delivers enlightening content with energy that virtually zings off the walls when he steps into a room. He currently teaches strategy to undergraduates, knowledge management to MBAs, and advanced statistics to PhD students at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. He has won over 12 major teaching awards and faculty researcher of the year twice. Maclean’s Magazine has rated him as one of McMaster’s most popular professors for six years in a row! TVO recognized him as one of the top 10 lecturers in Ontario. OUSA and OCUFA awarded him Ontario’s top professor. He is also a 3M National Teaching Fellow, an exclusive honour only bestowed upon the top university professors in the country often referred to as the Nobel prize of teaching!

Nick earned his PhD from the prestigious Ivey Business School, Western University where he received the top scholastic achievement award. He won a Canadian national silver medal in the running long jump, with a remarkable leap of seven and half metres – that’s nearly 25 feet! Nick also competed on the varsity men’s soccer team receiving both MVP and leading goal scorer honours. As an athlete, Nick received national all-star status and several high-profile awards all while performing in the Western symphony band as a euphonium player. He is currently serving his third term on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Soccer Association and was recently appointed Vice President.

As a consultant, Dr. Bontis is the Director of the Institute for Intellectual Capital Research – a leading strategic management consulting firm. His services have been sought after by leading organizations such as the United Nations, Microsoft, Health Canada, Royal Bank, Telus, Accenture, SAS, Mitsubishi, United Way, the US Navy and IBM. Tom Stewart, former Editor of Fortune Magazine and Harvard Business Review, recognizes him as a “pioneer and one of the world’s real intellectual capital experts”. Nick is also on the Advisory Board of several organizations including a variety of educational-based institutions designing and implementing executive development programs across the country.

As a writer, Nick is Associate Editor of the Journal of Intellectual Capital and author of the best-selling book Information Bombardment: Rising above the digital onslaught. He has won international acclaim for his leading edge research, books and management cases. He is ranked as one of the top cited authors in management research with over 29,000 citations world-wide.

As an entrepreneur, Nick is Chief Knowledge Officer of Knexa Solutions – the world’s first knowledge exchange and auction, based in Vancouver. He is also Director of Harvest Portfolios Group – an investment firm based in Oakville. Dr. Bontis also draws on his wealth of practical, hands-on business experience. He started his career at Human Resources Development Canada and later at KPMG. He then moved on to work for several years at CIBC Securities Inc. in a variety of areas including marketing, securities analysis, recruitment, strategy and software development. He received the CIBC Chairman’s Award for outstanding contribution to the bank.

With his unique combination of substance and sizzle, Dr. Bontis is guaranteed to ignite, entertain and enlighten audiences, empowering them with both the tools and the inspiration to perform at a higher level of accelerated performance. He currently resides in Ancaster, Ontario with his wife Stacy and their three children Charlie, Dino and Tia Maria.