NPI welcomes two new directors

Press Release

The Northern Policy Institute is pleased to announce the addition of two new directors to its team: John Beaucage and Diana Fuller Henninger.
These new directors add to an already diverse and knowledgeable board, whose role is to set the strategic direction of NPI.
“Northern Policy Institute is thrilled to have John Beaucage and Diana Fuller Henninger join our board of directors,” said NPI chair Thérèse Bergeron-Hopson.
“Their unique experiences, vast knowledge, and dedication to northern communities will be sure to energize our organization.”
A citizen of Wasauksing First Nation, Beaucage served as the Grand Council Chief of the Anishinabek Nation from 2004-08.
An economist by education, he has worked tirelessly on many issues, including indigenous child welfare and health, “green” energy projects with First Nations, land disputes, language policy, and housing, spending more than 15 years with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.
Beaucage also served as the co-chair for first ministers’ working groups for both housing and relationships.
Raised in Kingston, Henninger moved to Sudbury in 1978 as a young lawyer and became Northern Ontario’s first female assistant crown attorney, and later first female Regional Director of Crown Attorneys.
In 2009, she took over Henninger’s Diesel Ltd.
For her achievements, Henninger won the Influential Women entrepreneur-of-the-year award in 2015.
In addition to welcoming new directors, NPI would like to congratulate Bergeron-Hopson in her new role as chair and Harley d’Entremont in his new role as vice-chair.
“We celebrate their commitment to Northern Ontario communities, and thank them for their vision and dedication to the work of Northern Policy Institute,” said NPI president and CEO Charles Cirtwill.
The Northern Policy Institute currently is recruiting new directors.
If you would like to volunteer for a position on NPI’s board, fill out a form at and you will be contacted with more information.
Membership of the board of directors is for renewable three-year terms. Selection is made by the members of NPI on the recommendation of the organization’s directors.
The Governance and Nominating Committee review applicants annually, and puts forward recommendations to fill vacancies according to the limits and criteria outlined in the NPI bylaws.