2019-2020 Libro Professor Annual Report

2019-2020 Libro Professor Annual Report
  The 2019-2020 annual report of the Libro Professor of Regional Economic Development is now available! The past year has been exciting, with many activities, outputs, and achievements. The Libro Professorship engaged in teaching in regional planning and economic development, mentoring graduate students, connecting with communities and businesses, and conducting research. Through the Libro Professorship, a number of critical topics for the long- te...

Getting to Work: Investigating Labour Market Dynamics in Saugeen Shores, Ontario

Getting to Work: Investigating Labour Market Dynamics in Saugeen Shores, Ontario
Professor Ryan Gibson and PhD candidate Ashleigh Weeden (SEDRD, Rural Studies) are working in partnership with the Town of Saugeen Shores, Bruce Power, the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce, and the Four County Labour Market Planning Board to explore labour market dynamics in Saugeen Shores, Ontario. This research initiative will help provide critical considerations and recommendations to the Town of Saugeen Shores and local employers to support future in...

Harnessing and Strengthening the Collective Regional Voice

Harnessing and Strengthening the Collective Regional Voice
Communities throughout the world are exploring opportunities to work together towards building regional prosperity. On July 2, 2020, Prof. Ryan Gibson joined local government representatives from the Irish Central Borderland Area Network (ICBAN) to share perspectives and lessons learned from Canadian experiences in cross-border collaboration. Building on research from the Community Collaboration Project, Prof. Gibson shared research on from the Hudson Bay

OGRA Session Explores Rural Immigration

OGRA Session Explores Rural Immigration
Community leaders from across Ontario convened in Toronto to discuss immigration strategies, challenges, and opportunities for small communities. Nine Rural Planning and Development students facilitated these discussions and will be compiling a summary report in the coming weeks. Building on the recent report Beyond the Big City, the Small Town Forum kicked off with a presentation from report author Dr. Victoria Esses (Western University) highlighting...

Weeden featured in series on knowledge mobilization for public policy in i-Vote/je-Vote 2019 Election series

Weeden featured in series on knowledge mobilization for public policy in i-Vote/je-Vote 2019 Election series
Ashleigh Weeden (PhD Candidate, School of Environmental Design & Rural Development) has been featured in a collection of researchers, journalists, academics and public figures in sharing insights on knowledge mobilization in advance of the 2019 Canadian federal election. You can read her advice to researchers looking to share their work with policy makers on the iVote/jeVote website by clicking here. To learn more about research on knowledge mobiliza

New book chapter in Canadian Community as Partner

Ryan Gibson recently published a chapter titled “Negotiating the Cultural Context of Care” in Canadian Community as Partner. The chapter explores the cultural composition of Canada, multiculturalism in Canada, barriers and facilitators related to multiculturalism in community practice, and strategies for develop and apply cultural attunement and cultural humility in working with groups and organizations in the community. The chapter was written in colla...