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

Working Group on Women in Agriculture: Exploring Opportunities for Women in Rural Leadership

Working Group on Women in Agriculture: Exploring Opportunities for Women in Rural Leadership
Women are an inherent and critical part of the global agri-food sector and are a valuable resource for farming within Canada.  Women have important roles to play in addressing current challenges, such as rising land values, fluctuating and uncertain commodity markets, new disease risks and climate change. However, the role of women in agriculture has traditionally been less visible than that of men. Women are becoming more prominent in some subsectors...

Exploring Opportunities to Address Labour Shortage in Western Ontario

Exploring Opportunities to Address Labour Shortage in Western Ontario
On March 20, 2019, Dr. Ryan Gibson and Ashleigh Weeden (PhD Student & Research Assistant, University of Guelph) joined Gemma Mendez-Smith (Executive Director, Four County Labour Market Planning Board) and Patrick Jilesen (Director, Ontario Federation of Agriculture) to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the current labour market in Western Ontario. Hosted by the Town of Saugeen Shores, the event focused on the specific challenges facing the fa

Weeden to share reflections on knowledge mobilization and provincial rural policy in RPLC Webinar March 19th

Weeden to share reflections on knowledge mobilization and provincial rural policy in RPLC Webinar March 19th
Ashleigh Weeden (PhD student, School of Environmental Design & Rural Development, University of Guelph) will share insights and reflections on knowledge mobilization and provincial rural policy through a webinar hosted by Joshua Barrett and the Rural Policy Learning Commons on March 19, 2019 at 3:00pm (EST). Titled "What’s the evidence on evidence-based policy? Reflections on knowledge mobilization in provincial rural policy," the webinar will share i...

‘Building the Future’ research initiative launches at OGRA with standing-room only workshop

‘Building the Future’ research initiative launches at OGRA with standing-room only workshop
Dr. Ryan Gibson and Ashleigh Weeden (PhD student, School of Environmental Design & Rural Development) hosted a workshop at the Ontario Good Roads Association's 2019 Conference in Toronto yesterday (February 26, 2019) to launch the "Building the Future: Rural Infrastructure & Regional Economic Development" research initiative. Over 125 delegates participated in discussions focused on the opportunities and challenges facing rural communities in ma...

Gibson and Weeden highlight rural infrastructure research initiative in OGRA Milestones magazine

Gibson and Weeden highlight rural infrastructure research initiative in   OGRA Milestones magazine
A new research initiative aimed at investigating the influence of rural communities' capacity to respond to infrastructure challenges on their immediate and long-term economic development potential is underway. Dr. Ryan Gibson is the lead investigator of the project, which includes researchers and policy experts from across Canada, including University of Guelph PhD student Ashleigh Weeden. Funded through the research partnership program between the Ont...

Weeden shares research on rural innovation at 2019 ERSA/OECD Winter School in Trento, Italy

Weeden shares research on rural innovation at 2019 ERSA/OECD Winter School in Trento, Italy
On January 24, 2019 Ashleigh Weeden (PhD Student, School of Environmental Design & Rural Development) presented her early-stage research on place-based rural innovation systems at the 2019 European Regional Science Association's (ERSA) Winter School, co-hosted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Trento, Italy. The 2019 ERSA/OECD Winter School was themed around spatial productivity and local development and Ms. Weed...

Weeden shares insights about rural innovation with Community Foundations of Canada

Weeden shares insights about rural innovation with Community Foundations of Canada
Ashleigh Weeden (PhD Student, University of Guelph) shared insights on rural innovation and community story-telling with the Community Foundations of Canada's Rural Philanthropy Learning Community during an intensive webinar on January 10th, 2019 alongside Arthur Bull from the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia. The webinar focused on rural innovation, the role of philanthropy and its connection to resilient rural communities. For more informat...

Weeden selected for 2019 ERSA/OECD Winter School in Trento, Italy

Weeden selected for 2019 ERSA/OECD Winter School in Trento, Italy
Ashleigh Weeden, a PhD Student in the Rural Studies program, has been selected as one of 25 emerging scholars from around the world to participate in the 2019 ERSA/OECD Winter School at the Trento Centre for Local Development in Trento, Italy in January 2019. As a highly competitive intensive program, the ERSA Winter School, in collaboration with the OECD Spatial Productivity Lab, provides PhD students and young researchers with the very latest advances...

Ashleigh Weeden brings vision of the ‘connected countryside’ to Canadian Open Data Summit in Niagara Falls

Ashleigh Weeden brings vision of the ‘connected countryside’ to Canadian Open Data Summit in Niagara Falls
On November 8, 2018, Ashleigh Weeden (PhD Student - University of Guelph) delivered a workshop at the Canadian Open Data Summit in Niagara Falls, Ontario that encouraged participants to rethink what they think they know about rural communities. The session focused on core principles critical to modern rural development in the digital era – place, people, and policy – and emphasized the importance of rural communities to Canada’s digital agenda as the natio