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

Gibson to Speak at ‘All the Right Ingredients’ Event

Gibson to Speak at ‘All the Right Ingredients’ Event
  How can food and beverages drive local economic development? On October 10, 2017, residents and business leaders in South Huron will discuss opportunities in the food and beverage industries to grow the local and regional economy. The 'All the Right Ingredients for Food and Beverage Businesses' will showcase regional success stories, explore new innovations, and examine opportunities for collective action. Dr. Gibson will speak about the key chal

RuralTalks – What Makes a Healthy Community?

RuralTalks – What Makes a Healthy Community?
  What makes a healthy rural community was the central question and discussion at the inaugural RuralTalks session held in Exeter on June 23. RuralTalks was designed to bring community leaders, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and community residents together to facilitate conversations on how to build vibrant, robust, and sustainable rural futures. The RuralTalks event was co-hosted by the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity and the Gateway C...

Building a Workforce for the 21st Century

Building a Workforce for the 21st Century
  How do rural regions recognize the labour force requirements for future developments? What opportunities are there regarding future labour force developments that could increase the competitiveness of rural businesses? On June 19, 2017, over 50 delegates from across the Kootenays Region of British Columbia gathered to discuss these issues. The workshop was part of a larger research initiative led by Dr. Terri MacDonald (Regional Innovation Chair

Sharing Canada’s Rural Policy Lessons with Scotland

Sharing Canada’s Rural Policy Lessons with Scotland
  Over the years, Canada has accumulated many lessons learned when it comes to developing and implementing policies in rural areas. These lessons were shared with parliamentarians on June 6, 2017 when Dr. Ryan Gibson presented to the Scottish Parliamentary Cross Party Committee on Rural Policy. The presentation reflect on Canada’s rural policies and programs, what has worked, what has not worked, and what lessons emerged from the various experience

Guiding Canada’s Future Investment in Rural Infrastructure

Guiding Canada’s Future Investment in Rural Infrastructure
  What is the future role for the Government of Canada in rural infrastructure? Dr. Ryan Gibson presented to the Senate Committee on National Finance regarding rural infrastructure investment. The Senate Committee has been studying the design and delivery of the government’s infrastructure commitment, and has asked for comments to address the effects of future infrastructure investments on rural development in Canada. The presentation pulled on res...

Discussing the New Rural Reality and Implications for Colleges and Institutes

Discussing the New Rural Reality and Implications for Colleges and Institutes
  Understanding the new rural reality is paramount to planning the future of rural and northern communities. On April 30, Dr. Ryan Gibson delivered the keynote address to the Forum for Colleges and Institutes Serving Rural, Remote, and Northern Communities at the 2017 Colleges and Institutes of Canada conference. The session brought together leaders from community colleges and institutes from across Canada to discuss rural opportunities. Dr. Gib

Social Media and Knowledge Mobilization

Social Media and Knowledge Mobilization
  On March 15, 2017, researchers explored how you can use social media more effectively to engage your stakeholder and encourage knowledge mobilization between partners and colleagues. A six-person panel put a spotlight on some of the successful social media initiatives from across the country. The webinar included presentations from: Bojan Furst: Manager of Knowledge Mobilization at Memorial University's Harris Centre will provide a quick introdu