Getting to Work: Investigating Labour Market Dynamics in Saugeen Shores, Ontario

Getting to Work: Investigating Labour Market Dynamics in Saugeen Shores, Ontario
Professor Ryan Gibson and PhD candidate Ashleigh Weeden (SEDRD, Rural Studies) are working in partnership with the Town of Saugeen Shores, Bruce Power, the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce, and the Four County Labour Market Planning Board to explore labour market dynamics in Saugeen Shores, Ontario. This research initiative will help provide critical considerations and recommendations to the Town of Saugeen Shores and local employers to support future in...

Building the Future project re-launches municipal survey with OGRA

Building the Future project re-launches municipal survey with OGRA
In partnership with the Ontario Good Roads Association, Ryan Gibson, Ashleigh Weeden, Sean Markey (Simon Fraser University) and Jay Maloney (Simon Fraser University) from the Building the Future project re-launched a province-wide survey aimed at exploring the challenges and opportunities involved in rural infrastructure and regional economic development during a webinar hosted by OGRA today. To complete the survey, please visit: http://bit.ly/BTFSurvey20

Building the Future Project featured in Ontario Good Roads Association Webinar

Building the Future Project featured in Ontario Good Roads Association Webinar
The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging local governments on every level. Infrastructure investments are often used as critical mechanisms for supporting economic recovery. This crisis, combined with anticipated challenges associated with climate change and opportunities presented by technological breakthroughs, requires new approaches addressing the connection between infrastructure and economic development. However, there is very little information avail...

Sharing with Municipal World: MW Shares Podcast features Weeden

Sharing with Municipal World: MW Shares Podcast features Weeden
Ashleigh Weeden (PhD Candidate, Rural Studies), believes the future of local government will look very different from its past and, in an interview with Municipal World's CEO and Editor in Chief, Ashleigh argues that this future requires recommitting to core values of inclusion, diversity, and integrity. The interview was recorded as part of Municipal World's new MW Shares podcast series and highlights Ashleigh's five years of contributions to Municipal Wo...

Building the Future: Municipal Survey launches at Ontario Good Roads Association Conference

Building the Future: Municipal Survey launches at Ontario Good Roads Association Conference
On February 25, 2020, in partnership with the Ontario Good Roads Association, the Building the Future research team launched a survey for rural municipal officials and staff to learn more about their experiences in planning for and connecting infrastructure initiatives and economic development strategies. Ashleigh Weeden (PhD Candidate, Rural Studies) launched the survey to a standing-room-only session of more than 75 delegates at the 2020 Ontario Good

Innovation Under the Midnight Sun: Weeden shares reflections from ICRPS2019 at ECONOUS2019

Innovation Under the Midnight Sun: Weeden shares reflections from ICRPS2019 at ECONOUS2019
Ashleigh Weeden (PhD Candidate, SEDRD - University of Guelph) shared insights from summer field research in northern Finland at the 2019 Canadian Community Economic Development Network's annual conference, EconoUs2019, in London Ontario today. In a PechaKucha style presentation, Ashleigh explored opportunities for applying rural community economic development strategies from Rovaniemi at home in Canada, and encouraged participants to take their thoughts o...

The Intersection of Contemporary Rural Policy

The Intersection of Contemporary Rural Policy
Rural places are often presented as “left behind”, especially when it comes to technology. But is that really the case? The Intersection of Things podcast interviewed Ashleigh Weeden (PhD Candidate, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph) in a feature episode about the intersections of the rural and the digital. The interview covers questions about rural data, and what it might mean for national security, different inno...

Weeden featured in series on knowledge mobilization for public policy in i-Vote/je-Vote 2019 Election series

Weeden featured in series on knowledge mobilization for public policy in i-Vote/je-Vote 2019 Election series
Ashleigh Weeden (PhD Candidate, School of Environmental Design & Rural Development) has been featured in a collection of researchers, journalists, academics and public figures in sharing insights on knowledge mobilization in advance of the 2019 Canadian federal election. You can read her advice to researchers looking to share their work with policy makers on the iVote/jeVote website by clicking here. To learn more about research on knowledge mobiliza

Reflections on women’s leadership in rural innovation

Reflections on women’s leadership in rural innovation
Ashleigh Weeden (PhD Student, Rural Studies - School of Environmental Design & Rural Development) offered reflections on women's leadership in rural innovation as the opening keynote for the PEI Business Women's Association 2019 Spring Symposium on May 23, 2019 in Charlottetown, PE. Ashleigh's keynote lecture, titled “We Can Do It – Reflections on Rosie, Robots, and Rural Innovation”, offered insights into the often untold stories of women's leadershi

Reimagining rural innovation with the Saskatchewan Economic Development Alliance

Reimagining rural innovation with the Saskatchewan Economic Development Alliance
On May 2, Ashleigh Weeden (PhD student, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development) shared insights from her career and research into rural community innovation with approximately 150 leaders in economic development from across Saskatchewan at the 2019 Intersections for Growth Conference, the annual conference hosted by the Saskatchewan Economic Development Alliance (SEDA). Ashleigh's presentation focused on the importance of developing a stro