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
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
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...
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
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
What does it mean to work for the public service? How does one search for a career in the public service? Thirteen graduate students from three SEDRD programs and two faculty members discussed careers in the public sector with Scott Duff. This unique workshop provided students inside perspectives of the role and purpose of the Ontario public service. The workshop also allowed students to ask questions about hiring processes, including where to look for ...
Rural communities and rural development is at a crossroads. Rural areas are confronted with a multitude of challenges and opportunities related to their economies. The Università di Bologna, in partnership with the Rural Policy Learning Commons, hosted a two day workshop focused on rural sustainability, rural innovation, and rural development practices. Dr. Gibson was invited to present on his research focused on place-based development from the Canadian...
The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, hosted a one-day symposium to showcase rural research being conducted at the University of Guelph. The 2017 Rural Symposium was an opportunity for graduate students to share their research with researchers, policy analysts, and program staff with the OMAFRA. The event brought over 7
Have you ever wondered what immigration to rural areas of Canada look like? Check out Episode 13 of Rural Routes Podcasts with Michael Haan. "Canada is a land of immigrants” is a phrase we hear often. And while that is certainly true in many ways, immigration is a complex issue we don’t spend nearly as much time talking about as we should. Michael Haan is Canada Research Chair in Immigration and Ethnic Relations at Western University in London, Ontario, an
How can a region experiencing population decline and decreasing economic opportunities change their future? Community leaders, nonprofit organizations, and businesses gathered in St Anthony to discuss the future of the Northern Peninsula region of Newfoundland. The Our Way Forward: Sharing Knowledge and Building Capacity for Regional Development conference facilitated knowledge sharing from the multi-year research initiative called Canadian Regio