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What is Northern Lights?

Northern Lights is Canada’s #1 Arctic and North Business and Cultural Showcase, specifically profiling opportunities and culture in the regions of Nunavut, Nunavik, and Labrador/Nunatsiavut. The 2020 event attracted a record 1,600 participants!

The show serves many purposes, including:

  • Creation of stronger relationships between northern regions;
  • Promotion of our respective regions to southern markets and business concerns;
  • Promotion of economic development opportunities available in the Eastern Arctic
  • and north;
  • Promote joint ventures and the exchange of information between the northern
  • regions and others;
  • Allow northern organizations the opportunity to establish new relationships with
  • southern businesses;
  • Promote Expo Labrador, the Nunavut Trade Show and Conference, the Nunavik Trade Show, and other regional trade shows and conferences to the south and to the other northern regions;
  • Promote Eastern Arctic and North tourism, culture and the arts to both the south and other northern regions; and
  • Provide a high profile southern venue for the sale of arts and crafts.

Who organizes Northern Lights?

Northern Lights is a project of the Labrador North and Baffin Regional Chambers of Commerce. The partnership was formed in 2003, resulting in the establishment of the first Northern Lights in 2008. The initial event was so successful, the Chambers continue to deliver the show every two years.



Where is Northern Lights held?

The next show is being held in Ottawa, Ontario, at the Shaw Centre (55 Colonel By Drive) from February 7-11, 2023.

What are the dates for the Northern Lights event?

The upcoming event is being held from February 7-11, 2023.

How can I participate in Northern Lights?

For those looking for new business opportunities or partners in Canada’s Eastern Arctic and North (Nunavut, Nunavik, Labrador/Nunatsiavut), or to build upon existing relationships, Northern Lights is a ‘must-attend’ event. Northern Lights provides unprecedented access to Northern corporate, government and Aboriginal leaders and decision-makers, and the multi-industry trade show provides extensive networking opportunities.

Our extensive conference and workshop program provides detailed and timely information regarding Arctic and North opportunities. Sessions cover a number of topics, including sovereignty, natural resources, energy, transportation and infrastructure, tourism, and many others. The multi-industry trade show offers extensive networking opportunities with businesses, government departments and agencies, NGOs and other stakeholder groups.

If you are an artist or just an art enthusiast, Northern Lights has one of the largest recurring Northern visual, craft, and performing arts shows in Canada. Watch artists at work, browse their finished product and purchase arts and crafts from renowned and up-and-coming artists. You can also enjoy a musical performance, cultural demonstration, or fashion show featuring talent from across the Eastern Arctic and North region.

How many people will participate in the event?

The event has grown each year since its inauguration in 2008! The most recent Northern Lights event held in 2020 attracted a record number of 1,600 participants and 220 exhibits! The event attracts participation from Canada’s North, all provinces and territories, and nearly 20 countries. In addition, about 2,000 people from the general public visit the Arts and Cultural Pavilion and Trade Show over the course of the event.

Is there anything I should know when planning my trip?

Northern Lights delegates are eligible for travel discounts from a variety of partnering companies. For a full list of participating airlines and hotels, visit the Plan Your Stay page for more information.

During your stay in Ottawa for Northern Lights, take time to check out this exciting and vibrant city including activities surrounding arts and culture, entertainment and nightlife, museums, parks, shopping and outdoor events. To heighten your experience in Canada’s capital city, visit Ottawa Tourism for more information.

Ottawa Tourism offers Northern Lights participants the Flash Your Badge Program, providing discounts to various attractions, restaurants, and tours in the National Capital Region. Just show your Northern Lights badge at any of the participating suppliers to receive your discount!

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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