Discussing the Next Generation of Rural Development Policy

Discussing the Next Generation of Rural Development Policy
  What does the future of rural development policy look like? How can we ensure appropriate, effective, and efficient policies to support rural areas and their economies? This was the focus of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's 2018 Rural Development Conference. The Conference brought together over 400 leading policy makers, private sector and renowned experts to exchange experiences and good practices on issues related

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...

Community Wealth Forums in Rural Ontario

Community Wealth Forums in Rural Ontario
How can rural communities create long standing public benefit from individual legacies? The Rural Ontario Institute is hosting two forums to explore how philanthropy can be utilized to sustain and revitalize local communties. The forums will be an opportunity for non-profit organizations to exchange experiences and learn from one another about how to connect local philanthrophy with community priorities. For financial planners, municipal staff, and commu...

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

Congratulations Jodi-Ann!

Congratulations Jodi-Ann!
  Congratulations to Jodi-Ann Francis for graduating with her Master of Arts in Geography from Saint Mary's University! In addition to graduating, Jodi-Ann delivered the valedictorian address at the spring convocation. Jodi-Ann's research focused on understanding the motivations of international students studying at Halifax universities as they are about to graduate. The research strived to understand how international students make decisions of...

Rural at the Crossroads

Rural at the Crossroads
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...