Broadband Connectivity in Rural

Broadband Connectivity in Rural
  Rural communities throughout Canada experience unequal access to high-speed Internet. This 'disconnect' hinders the ability of rural residents, businesses, governments, and nonprofit organizations. Recently, Dr. Gibson was involved in a formal submission to the Government of Canada, advocating for changes to how broadband connectivity is delivered in rural and northern communities. The formal submission makes five recommendations to the Governmen...

Collaboration For Success: Trends in Regional Economic Development

Collaboration For Success: Trends in Regional Economic Development
  Communities throughout Ontario are seeking new economic development directions to support sustainability and revitalization. These new directions need to be built on local and regional assets and an understanding of economic development trends. The Corporation of the Town of Kingsville Tourism and Economic Development Committee hosted an two-day conference to explore these topics. Dr. Gibson shared lessons on the future trends in regional econ

Webinar: From Black Horses to White Steeds

Webinar: From Black Horses to White Steeds
    Authors from across Canada and internationally hosted a webinar to highlight the key stories from a new publication called From Black Horses to White Steeds: Building Community Resilience. The book celebrates and critiques the dynam- ics of innovation, governance, and culture in place. Case studies from both sides of the North Atlantic illustrate episodes of “turning around”: evolution, transformation, and visionary strategy that breath

Building Economic Sustainable Communities and Regions

Building Economic Sustainable Communities and Regions
  On November 1, 2017, representatives from Town of Minto, Township of Mapleton, Township of Wellington North, the County of Wellington gathered in Drayton to discuss opportunities for joint economic development initiatives. Building on previous meetings, workshop participants identified recent positive changes that have been noticed in the region. Dr. Gibson shared perspectives on the future of regional economic development from across Canada a...

The Future of Rural and Manufacturing in Renfrew County

The Future of Rural and Manufacturing in Renfrew County
  Over the past 20 years manufacturing has changed dramatically. Natural resource industries continue to have cycles of boom and bust and globalization has changed the way in which manufacturing is done. Given these changing dynamics, how do regions better understand the extent of skill shortages in manufacturing in Renfrew County and how do we address struggles that manufacturers in Renfrew County have expressed finding the skilled workforce they ...

Community Development Tools for Recreation

Community Development Tools for Recreation
  Community development and recreation can be thought of as strange bedfellows. At the recent On the Hunt for Quality Recreation conference brought together community leaders, community-based organizations, and government representatives gathered to discuss these topics. Dr. Gibson shared three community development tools with conference delegates: photovoice, asset-based community development, and social network analysis. A copy of the presentatio...

Implications of Changing Workforce and Demography

Implications of Changing Workforce and Demography
  Rural regions throughout Canada are grappling with how to plan for changing demographic dynamics, particularly as it relates to labour force development. Dr. Gibson participated in two sessions focused on workforce development and rural demography in rural regions at the recent 2017 Columbia Basin Symposium. The first panel presentation focused on changing rural demographic in both Canada and the Columbia Basin-Boundary region of British Columbia...

Gibson Presents at All the Right Ingredients Conference

Gibson Presents at All the Right Ingredients Conference
  What are the critical challenges and opportunities confronting rural areas? How can food and beverage producers, community leaders, and businesses support and build vibrant rural places? The ‘All the Right Ingredients’ Summit brought together leading agricultural producers, restaurants, local government leaders, nonprofit/voluntary organizations, and business/economic development organizations in Exeter on October 10, 2017. Dr. Gibson provided...

Strong Participation at National Rural Conference

Strong Participation at National Rural Conference
  The largest rural development and policy conference in Canada was recently held in Nelson, British Columbia. The Different by Design: Innovation for Rural Prosperity conference was co-hosted by the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation and Selkirk College. During the conference, faculty and students from the University of Guelph made a strong contribution. The following oral presentations, panel discussions, and poster presentations were share

New Book Launched in Nelson, BC

New Book Launched in Nelson, BC
  How do rural communities revitalize and sustain themselves? Drs. Laurie Brinklow (UPEI) and Ryan Gibson launched a new book focused on this just. The new book, From Black Horses to White Steeds: Building Community Resilience, was launched during the Different by Design: Innovation for Rural Prosperity conference in Nelson, British Columbia. From Black Horses to White Steeds celebrates and critiques the dynamics of innovation, governance, and c