Community Relations Initiatives


Bachelor of Education

  • Schools in North Bay + across Ontario


  • Local hospitals, clinics & community agencies

Business iLEAD

  • Business students opt to complete field placements at various organizations as part of the iLEAD Business Experience Certificate (local + Provincial + International)

Social Work Field Education

  • Over 50 local agencies, including: Amelia Rising, Aids Committee, Big Brothers Big Sisters, CAS, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Crisis Centre, Marina Point, One Kids Place, Yes Employment

Criminology & Criminal Justice

  • Over 20 local agencies, including: North Bay Police Service, Victim Witness Assistance Program, Military Police, CAS, Patrick 4 Life, North Bay Food Bank


  • Students complete 50 hours of community placements in years 3 & 4, and the practical program utilizes instructors and facilities across the community, including: North Bay Health Unit, Manual Physio Solutions, St. John’s Ambulance, 22 Wing, North Bay Battalion, Gymtrix, Nordic Ski Club, etc.



  • Students opt to complete an internship to gain real world experience at organizations including, but not limited to: J.S. Redpath, Children’s Aid Society, North Bay Regional Health Centre, Biomass North Development Centre, Co-Operators Insurance & Financial Services

iiON Youth Enterpreneurship Placement Program (YEPP)

  • Funded by FedNor and Ontario Trillium Foundation, internships for Business students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship

Arts & Science Programs

  • Internships at local businesses including: City of North Bay Water Treatment Plant, North Bay & District Humane Society, Gateway Theater, Amelia Rising


Faculty of Arts & Science

  • Various faculty doing research with many local organizations, including: Dokis First Nation, Amelia Rising, Union of Ontario Indians, AIDS Committee of North Bay and area, Nipissing First Nation, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – Dorset Research lab

Schulich School of Education

  • Dr. A. Schinkel-Ivy – Currently working to engage older adults in the community to participate in the first study in her research program
  • Bill Steer – Founder of the Canadian Ecology Centre

Office of Indigenous Initiatives

  • Cindy Peltier – On-going consultations with Nipissing First Nation to develop community-based research, and as a consultant with the North Bay Parry Sounds District Health Unit regarding Indigenous research and protocols to examine perceived health services needs of the homeless population in urban North Bay

Department of Social Work

  • M.P. Sullivan – Research with Alzheimer Society Sudbury-Manitoulin and North Bay
  • A. Wagner – Research with Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services

School of Nursing

  • Faculty are engaged in health research in a variety of setting within the community



  • RPN to BScN partnerships with over 200 health care agencies in Ontario including local hospital

School of Business

  • E-Hub (on-campus entrepreneurship activities) - a partnership between Nipissing University, The Business Centre, Canadore College and iiON

Department of Social Work

  • Teaching partnership with People for Equal Partnership in Mental Health
  • Community Advisory Circle with Children’s Aid Society, Near North District School Board, Community Counselling Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association

Bachelor of Physical and Health Education

  • Granite Club for introductory curling lessons, and ongoing relationship with Apollo Gymnastics

Criminal Justice

  • North Bay Police; West Nipissing Police; Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services; Canadore College; North Bay Crown Attorney Office; all 4 local school boards

Schulich School of Education

  • Eddie Band – an opportunity to partner with community members of North Bay
  • NU Reads – a community initiative that involves teacher candidates working with children in the North Bay community to support literacy growth

Faculty of Arts and Science

  • Nipissing First Nation; Near North Media Lab; NB Chapter of Professional Engineers;


  • PALS program – partnership with the libraries in the Blue Sky Region


Marketing Department

  • YLCC Media film sponsorship of “Rising Above”, and anti-bullying movie playing in Cineplex theaters (North Bay + Ontario)
  • 2018 Ford World Women’s Curling Championships being held in North Bay
  • Ontario School Counsellors Association Conference (includes counsellor from North Bay)
  • “18 Degrees” – a play by Maureen Cassidy, daughter of former Dean and Professor at Nipissing, Dr. Robert Cassidy

VP Academic and Research

  • Annual membership to the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce

School of Business

  • Annual business excellence award for students from Chippewa Secondary School in North Bay
  • Stock market simulation competition for high school students
  • DECA (formerly Delta Epsilon Chi and Distributive Education Clubs of America) provincial competition for over 7,500 high school students across Ontario
  • Ontario Business Educators Association annual conference – high school teachers across Ontario


Indigenization Steering Committee

  • Led by Dr. Cindy Peltier, Chair of Indigenous Education, includes representation from the Nipissing University Aboriginal Council of Education (2 seats)

Aboriginal Advantage Program

  • Offered by the Faculty of Arts & Science to support the transition to university of Indigenous learners

Learning Together Planning Committee

  • Schulich School of Education. Committee is comprised of community members working in areas that support young learners. The Schulich School helps to run the annual Learning Together event in North Bay

Events / Hosting

Events hosted by Nipissing where the North Bay Community is involved/invited, include:

  • FIRST Robotics competition; NB Science Fair;
  • School of Business “Challenge Bowl” (annual case competition for local high school business students);
  • Office of Indigenous Initiatives: Enji Giigdoyang Speaker Series; Indigenous Week, Reconciliation North Bay, Biidaaban Community Services-Learning and Wiidooktaadwin Indigenous Mentorship program training, annual round dance;
  • 25th Anniversary (Faculty Speaker Series, Farmers Market booth, NU25 Doors Open, Flag Raising, Birthday Party)
  • Conferences/Speakers (e.g. Undergraduate Research Conference; Annual History Speaker Series; Psychology Speaker Series; Math Circles; Northern Interprofessional Collaborative for Health Education (NICHE); International Women’s Week; etc.);
  • Athletic Events (Varsity sports; Championship games; and OFSSA events);
  • NUSU: Shinerama;
  • Alumni: Homecoming;
  • Schulich School of Education – Professional Week and Education Career Fair

Community Events that Nipissing participates in:

  • Big Bike Ride; Pride March; Christmas Parade float; Speaking at Canadian Institute of Mining events;
  • One Pledge Campaign; Take Back the Night; Good Neighbor Campaign


Department of Social Work

  • M.P. Sullivan – Alzheimer Society Sudbury Manitoulin and North Bay
  • A. Spencer – Recently applied to One Kids Place as a potential Board Member
  • A. Wagner – Muskoka Community Foundation grants committee member and vital signs project member

School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

  • Near North District School Board
  • Winter Classics Participation
  • Health & Fitness Volunteer
  • Canadore Presentations
  • Community Advisory Committee – Police Foundations, Community Justice Services
  • Alpha Phi Sigma – Student Honour Society

Wiidooktaadwin Indigenous Mentorship Program

  • Connects Indigenous youth (grades 9 – 12) in the community with Indigenous University students and organizes two Indigenous Youth Leadership Conferences annually

Schulich School of Education

  • Dr. J. Corkett – Canadian Mental Health Association, Muskoka-Parry Sound Branch: Board of Directors, Chair of the Board Education Approval Committee, and co-chair of the Membership and Annual General Meeting Committee

Marketing / Communications / Recruitment


  • Annual Publications: Websites; Student Guide; Transfer Guide; Acknowledgement Folder; Program brochures/website + collateral; Residence brochure; New Student Orientation materials.
  • Annual Digital Ad campaigns with both daily community news publications: BayToday; and the Nugget;
  • Social Media Accounts: (all news releases, regular news items/university events) Facebook; Twitter; Instagram; SnapChat;
  • Cineplex Video Ad Campaign: North Bay + all key regions
  • Pack Your Bag Initiative (luggage tag sent to all high school students with Offer of Admission – SM spin-offs);
  • Student Blog (For high school students by University students)
  • Weekly News Article Distribution (BOG; UMG)


  • News releases (approx. 250 annually – sent out to all local and provincial media);
  • NU News (weekly – goes to internal, all media, feeds Alumni Newsletter, friends of the University (eg. Alumni, government, etc.)
  • Media Relations (provide comment and expertise)
  • Crisis Communications (working with community/Canadore e.g. medical outbreaks, Good Neighbour Program)
  • Videos (North Bay/community/university, sexual assault, etc.)

Recruitment Office

  • High School Visits;
  • 2 Open House Events Annually; Grad Studies Info Fair; Campus Tours