Building the Future project featured at 2021 OGRA Conference

Building the Future project featured at 2021 OGRA Conference
Dr. Ryan Gibson, Ashleigh Weeden (PhD candidate), and Melissa Visser (MSc Student) from the 'Building the Future: Rural Infrastructure & Regional Economic Development' project shared highlights from their research at the 2021 Ontario Good Roads Association Conference, held virtually this week. The presentation was featured as part of the morning plenary on February 23rd and highlighted findings from case studies about innovative approaches rural com...

‘Building the Future’ Research Team Shares First-Stage Findings with OMAFRA

‘Building the Future’ Research Team Shares First-Stage Findings with OMAFRA
On January 14th, members of the 'Building the Future' research team shared the first-stage of findings from the project with staff at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs as well as others from across the Ontario Public Service. Dr. Ryan Gibson (University of Guelph), Dr. Sean Markey (Simon Fraser University), Ashleigh Weeden (PhD Candidate, University of Guelph), Melissa Visser (MSc Student, University of Guelph), Jay Maloney (MS...

Final ‘Getting to Work’ Research Reports Delivered to Town of Saugeen Shores

Final ‘Getting to Work’ Research Reports Delivered to Town of Saugeen Shores
The “Getting to Work: Investigating Labour Market Challenges in Saugeen Shores” project is now complete. This project was in partnership with the the Town of Saugeen Shores, University of Guelph, Bruce Power, and Mitacs, in order to research the specific labour market challenges in Saugeen Shores. “We are fortunate to have these partners working together to conduct research and collect data for the Town of Saugeen Shores” says Mayor Luke Charbonneau, “t...

Passport to Research

Passport to Research
Rural research was on full display on November 18 at the Rural Talks to Rural Conference! In partnership with Libro Credit Union, the Passport to Research session invited four emerging rural scholars to share their connections to rural, describe the issues they are seeking to better understand, and describe the value of their research to rural community leaders, government, and businesses. The discussion featured Abdul-Rahim Abdulai (University of Guelph)

New Video: Innovating through Infrastructure in Response to COVID19

New Video: Innovating through Infrastructure in Response to COVID19
  The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation recently released a new video on the Innovating through Infrastructure discussion from the recent 2020 Supporting Rural Recovery and Resilience conference. The video showcases three presentations: Addressing the Digital Divide: COVID-19 and the Importance of Connecting Rural Canada: Ashleigh Weeden & Wayne Kelly Challenges with Rural Drinking Water Infrastructure Operations and Maintenance ...

Suggestions to Help Immigrants Join Recreational Activities

Suggestions to Help Immigrants Join Recreational Activities
Niva Shrestha’s recent major research paper entitled “Understanding Challenges of Nepali Immigrants to Enroll their Children in Recreational Activities in Guelph, Ontario” is now available online! You can read the full report by clicking here. You can also read the summary of the research here. A brief description of Shrestha’s research is listed below: “Sports is universal language that has been practiced in every culture and tradition since ancient times

New Video: COVID19 and Impacts Rural Products and People

New Video: COVID19 and Impacts Rural Products and People
  Did you miss the recent online panel discussion on changing patterns in people and products at the 2020 Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation's Supporting Rural Recovery and Resilience conference? Great news - the recording of the discussion is now available online! The discussion features Karen Foster speaking about supply chains, Emily Sousa and Sara Epp discussing agriculture and agri-food, Louis Helps and Ray Silvius speaking about immigra...

COVID19 and Rural Employment

COVID19 and Rural Employment
The COVID-19 global pandemic created great uncertainty for employment across Canada and internationally. News reports have noted job losses by different sectors, the unequal distribution of the impacts, and the gradual re-opening of some sectors. Victoria Agyepong, Ryan Gibson, and Ray Bollman recently published a report called "Rural Employment and Workforce Development: Impacts and Opportunities". The report takes a rural lens to understand the impac...

Supporting Rural Recovery and Resilience Online Conference

Supporting Rural Recovery and Resilience Online Conference
  COVID-19 has greatly influenced rural communities throughout Canada. To better understand the impacts, recovery strategies, and how to build long-term resilience the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation is hosting a free online conference from October 1-2, 2020. The Supporting Rural Recovery and Resilience online conference will features a series of discussions enhancing our understanding of the impact of the global pandemic on rural communit

Congratulations to Recent RPD Graduates!

Congratulations to Recent RPD Graduates!
COVID19 did not prevent a celebration of recent graduates from the Rural Planning and Development program! On July 10, an online gathering celebrated the achievements of recent graduates. It was wonderful to see Louis Helps, Koren Lam, Sarah Parish, Gursewak Singh, and Vinit Yadav recognized for their hard work over the past two years. The gathering included comments from the graduates, Dean of the Ontario College of Agriculture, President of the Ontario P...