Postponed until May 11 - 13, 2021

C²U Expo

Culture, Place and Resilience

Sault Ste. Marie/Bawaating



As organizers of the C2U Expo2020, we have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and after much review and consideration, have decided to postpone the event until May 11-13, 2021. 
The C2U Expo remains an important community engagement opportunity,  which is why this decision was not made lightly. The decision was based on a thorough risk assessment of the event, based on Public Health Agency of Canada’s risk assessment tool, the increasing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and most importantly, the duty we have to ensure the safety and protection of our team, partners and the community.  

We look forward to hosting you in Baawating/Sault Ste. Marie in May 2021 with many exciting activities to celebrate Culture, Place and Resilience and community-campus research collaborations.


C2UEXPO 2020 is Canada’s leading expo on community-campus partnerships and runs May 12th – 14th 2020. Hosted by NORDIK Institute, Algoma University and Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, it attracts delegates from across Canada and around the world to Sault Ste. Marie/Baawating to learn about innovations in local, national, international community-campus initiatives and research.

The Expo will provide community members, practitioners, and scholars a platform to highlight the experiences, skills, and best practices that address issues critical to Culture, Place, and Resilience.

More than 400 participants are expected to attend


NORDIK Institute is a community-based research non-profit organization with the goal of building Northern Ontario’s capacity to conduct research that contributes to social, economic and environmental justice in rural, Indigenous and northern communities.
Algoma University was first established as a college of Laurentian University in 1965 and gained independence in 2008, offering a wide range of degrees spanning liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies.
Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig is a centre of excellence in Anishinaabe education and member of the Aboriginal Institutes Consortium. Algoma University and Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig share a special mission to cultivate cross-cultural learning between Anishinaabe populations and other communities.


C2UExpo 2020, Canada’s leading gathering on community-campus partnerships, will mark the 8th time for community and campus researchers to share knowledge, talk and engage with one another as we explore our ideas, successes and struggles, building relationships with others who are working on similar concerns, tackling problems locally and globally. The three co-hosts, NORDIK Institute, Algoma University and Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig are excited to welcome you to Baawating, Sault Ste. Marie, at the heart of the Great Lakes.

We welcome participants from around the world and from a diversity of communities and organizations, institutions, governments and businesses, foundations, students and researchers. We encourage those presenting and/or attending to think about how the theme of our gathering plays out in your projects and local realities, and how they inspire community engagement, cross-cultural collaboration, appreciation of art, and community resilience.

  • Tour local creative enterprises, or natural and historic sites;
  • Engage with renowned Canadian and International speakers in panel discussions, round tables, exhibits, creative workshops, and culture-based events;
  • Evening social at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre: sample A Taste of Algoma’s local delicacies.
  • View thought-provoking documentaries from independent filmmakers that highlight diverse approaches and solutions to community issues

What is Going to Happen?

10:30 AM
11:00 AM

Coffee Break

11:00 AM
13:30 PM

5 Tips for Refreshing Website Copy. Revisit Business and Website Goals

Joanna Smith


Alice Fox

Graphic Designer

Danny Wood




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08:00 - 09:00

Registration With Coffee

09:00 - 09:30

Understanding and implementing modern design ideas to clients needs.

Lora O’Dale


09:30 - 10:30

How to create successful SEO and SMM. Theory & practical experience.

Nathan James




General and Group Submissions are now open. Please click on links below.



Submission Deadline: Extended to February 3, 2020, 11:59 pm E.S.T.

Be a speaker to share knowledge, talk and engage with one another as we explore our ideas, successes and struggles, building relationships with others who are working on similar concerns, tackling problems locally and globally. Click booklet to read more.


Pre-Expo Events

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Quattro Hotel is the Expo venue. It is the largest Expo Centre in Northern Ontario, boasting an excellent restaurant and a variety of accommodation options.

A few C²UEXPO-related activities will be held at different locations, for example, tours of Shingwark Residential Schools Centre (Algoma University) and Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig. 

Getting To Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie, Canada can be accessed by air, car and bus. 

By Air

  • Porter Airlines connects Sault Ste. Marie to Toronto’s downtown Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
  • Air Canada has multiple direct daily flights from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, with connecting flights worldwide.
  • Bearskin Airlines provides services within Northern Ontario.
  • Delta Airlines operates regular flights from Detroit and Minneapolis to Chippewa County Airport (CIU) near Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA

By Car

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario is located on the TransCanada Highway 17.

It connects to USA Interstate 75 through Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

By Bus

Ontario Northland in Canada and Greyhound in USA(Sault Ste. Marie, MI)


1. Expo Hotel

The Expo venue is the Quattro Hotel. There are a limited number of rooms offering the Expo discount. Please quote the event discount code [TBD] when reserving rooms. There are many nearby hotels to suit a variety of budgets. 

2. On-Campus Accommodations

Algoma University has rooms available for the Expo attendees. While room styles range from traditional dorm rooms to townhouse, all the accommodations are a private single room. Please note the following:

  • Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Reservations must be guaranteed with a valid credit card and are subject to a 72-hour cancellation policy.
  • To book a room at Algoma University contact Rose Linklater, Coordinator of Housing at

3. Off-Campus Accommodations

In Sault Ste. Marie there are a wide selection of nearby hotels and motels. If you require accessible accommodations, please check with the hotel directly.

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Contact Address:

NORDIK Institute 1520 Queen St. East Sault Ste. Marie, ON Canada P6A 2G4

Call Us:

Don’t hesitate to contact us via phone:
(705) 949-2301 ext. 3122