Discussing Trends in Rural Communities

Discussing Trends in Rural Communities
What does the future of rural communities across Canada look like? How are rural communities addressing the key challenges and maximizing opportunities to build sustainable places? On April 4, 2019, Dr. Ryan Gibson discussed key trends impacting in rural communities across Ontario, Canada, and internationally. Community leaders, agricultural producers, and business owners gathered for the breakfast session in Jarvis, Ontario. The session discussed trends ...

Doing Immigration Differently in Rural Areas

Doing Immigration Differently in Rural Areas
Rural Canada is doing immigration differently. Although historically not sites of large-scale immigration, rural communities and regions throughout Canada continues to welcome new immigrants. This session explores how rural communities and regions are building strategies to attract, settle, welcome, and integrate new immigrants. These strategies, however, can not simply replicate urban-based strategies. This session highlights lessons learned from the pers...

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

Connecting Research to Policy: Presentations from the Rural Symposium 2019

Connecting Research to Policy: Presentations from the Rural Symposium 2019
During the 2019 Rural Symposium, five graduates supervised by Dr. Ryan Gibson, presented their research focused on evidence-based policy, rural policy interventions, rural innovation, opioid crisis, trail development, and rural infrastructure. Copies of the presentations and posters can be found below: Making a Difference: Provincial Policy Reflections on Knowledge Mobilization (Ashleigh Weeden) Creating Effective Rural Policies: Rural Lenses and thei...

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...

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...

Rural Immigration as a Workforce Strategy

Rural Immigration as a Workforce Strategy
  How can a community or region build a welcoming community? A community whereby new immigrants and newcomers feel welcome to move into, become engaged with local businesses, and contribute to the sustainability of the community. Based on experiences elsewhere, at the core is partnerships, dialogue, and commitment. During the Western Region Workforce Forum, Dr. Ryan Gibson shared perspectives on how rural communities can adopt welcoming community s...

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