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

Gibson, Weeden & Furst Share Insights on Re-Imagining Evidence Based Policy at ECONOUS18 in Moncton, New Brunswick

Gibson, Weeden & Furst Share Insights on Re-Imagining Evidence Based Policy at ECONOUS18 in Moncton, New Brunswick
On September 25, 2018, Dr. Ryan Gibson (Libro Professor in Regional Economic Development, University of Guelph), Ashleigh Weeden (University of Guelph) and Bojan Furst (The Harris Centre, Memorial University of Newfoundland) delivered a skill-building workshop to nearly 40 community economic development professionals from across Canada at the Canadian Community Economic Development Network's EconoUs18 conference in Moncton, New Brunswick. The workshop focu

Great Contributions to the CRRF 2018 Conference

Great Contributions to the CRRF 2018 Conference
  Last week in Saskatoon rural community leaders, businesses, nonprofit organizations, governments, researchers, and students gathered to discuss rural issues at the Health and Shared Prosperity: 30th Annual Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference. The conference brought 150 rural leaders from across Canada and internationally together to discuss the future of rural issues. The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development was we

Gibson Testifies at House of Commons Finance Committee Meeting

Gibson Testifies at House of Commons Finance Committee Meeting
  On October 3, 2018, Dr. Gibson provided testimony to the House of Commons Finance Committee meeting. The Finance Committee is studying the pre-budget consultations and more specifically what steps the federal government can take to support and encourage Canadian businesses to grow the economy in the face of a changing economic landscape. Dr. Gibson shared information and stories on how the budget bill could be used to strengthen local economic de...

Defining Rural in Ingersoll: Stoop Shares Research at IGU/CAG 2018

Defining Rural in Ingersoll: Stoop Shares Research at IGU/CAG 2018
  Academics and governments create definitions of what is a rural community, and what is not a rural community, on a regular basis. These definitions might be based on population counts or based on access to services. How communities actually define themselves, however, is a different question. Neil Stoop, Master of Science in Rural Planning and Development candidate, share findings of his thesis research at the International Geography Union/Can...

Open Data and Rural Innovation: Presentation at GOOD 2018

Open Data and Rural Innovation: Presentation at GOOD 2018
  SEDRD students Ashleigh Weeden (PhD, Rural Studies), Valencia Gaspard (PhD, Rural Studies) and Alex Petric (MSc, Rural Planning & Development) recently shared their insights on open data and innovation in rural communities at the 2018 GOOD Conference in Barrie, ON. Ashleigh, Valencia, and Alex were featured on a panel about the ‘networked rural’ and the opportunities and challenges of open data initiatives in rural communities, moderated by B

Place, Collaboration and Innovation: NSPDA/LPPANS Conference

Place, Collaboration and Innovation: NSPDA/LPPANS Conference
  How can communities build and plan for vibrant local futures? Dr. Gibson recently contributed a keynote presentation on this topic to the 2018 Inspiring Results: Working Together to Make Great Things Happen Conference in Halifax. Regional development and planning in Canada plays host to numerous experiments and experiences towards building vibrant local futures. Rural communities and regions encounter unique challenges related to distance, spa...

2018 International Comparative Rural Policy Summer Institute

2018 International Comparative Rural Policy Summer Institute
  Each year, graduate students and faculty from the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development participate in a two-week summer institute focused on comparative rural policy. The 2018 edition of the International Comparative Rural Policy Summer Institute will be held in Tuskegee, Alabama from June 24-July 7, 2018. An introductory session for students interested in learning more about the 2018 International Comparative Rural Policy Summer ...

Community Development Tools for Advancing Recreation

Community Development Tools for Advancing Recreation
  On March 1, Dr. Gibson delivered a presentation to the Recreation Connections Manitoba Conference in Winnipeg outlining how community development tools could be used to advance recreation in both rural and urban communities. The presentation focused on photovoice, asset-based community development, and social network analysis. Each of the three community development tools were explored through recent community development initiatives in Manitoba,