What are the highlights of Northern Lights?


Trade Show

The displays on the trade show floor include private business and all three levels of government from the participating regions and southern interests. Exhibitors represent a variety of industries, from tourism to natural resources to government, and much more. The opening day of the trade show is business-to-business day, with the remaining two days open to the general public.

Conference Session & Keynote Speakers

The conference will principally focus on economic development opportunities in each of the regions. Speakers from each of the participating regions and across North America will present on issues and topics of benefit to those in attendance, both southern and northern. The conferences will be preceded and followed by breakfasts and lunches with keynote presentations from a variety of high-profile speakers.


Workshops, roundtable discussions, and other presentations will also occur during the trade show at the Shaw Centre. Some of the workshops with broader topics of general interest will be promoted and open to the general public and/or delegates. Other, more focused workshops will be open to delegates only or a targeted group. Participants in the roundtable discussions will be invited by the organizers of that specific roundtable.

Arts & Cultural Pavilion

The Arts and Cultural Pavilion includes a stage for cultural presentations and an area to demonstrate and profile regional art and artists. Delegates and the general public will have access to arts and craft demonstrations, various musical and cultural performances, and can even purchase arts and crafts at the Pavilion.

Social Events

The event officially kicks off with the Meet and Greet. In 2020, Northern Lights has once again partnered with the Arctic Inspiration Prize to include their annual awards ceremony as part of the Opening Ceremonies.

The final day of Northern Lights includes a formal gala held in the Trillium Ballroom on the 4th floor of the Shaw Centre, with a spectacular view of Capital Hill, Rideau Canal, and the surrounding area. This event will include the closing ceremonies, a Northern fashion show, high-profile performers from across the Eastern Arctic and North, and a charity auction with proceeds to support various causes in Nunavut, Nunavik, and Labrador/Nunatsiavut.

Throughout the event, a number of organizations will host hospitality suites and/or special events that may be open to all delegates or by invitation only.


Register Today!

If you’re interested in attending Canada’s only cultural and business showcase that highlights our country’s Eastern Arctic & North, register now for Northern Lights 2023, taking place at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.

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