Rural economic development practitioners are at the front line of facilitating, prosperous, rural communities, places, and environments across Ontario. This initiative will create a series of plain language summaries on innovative approaches to building and maintaining sustainable rural livelihoods in a post-pandemic environment. This initiative will transfer and translate knowledge shared at an international rural economic development forum in June 2024 to rural stakeholders in Ontario, ensuring this critical information reaches rural communities and businesses. The summaries will focus on what is transferable to rural Ontario to advance rural development and rural businesses. This initiative will disseminate new knowledge outputs to key rural Ontario stakeholders, such as local governments, economic development actors, nonprofit organizations, and businesses. The information can advance teaching at the University of Guelph and support graduate student capacity building and skill development in knowledge transfer and translation.

Research Team

  • Laurie Brinklow (University of Prince Edward Island)
  • Sheila Downer (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
  • Ryan Gibson (University of Guelph)
  • Lucas Berek (University of Guelph)


  • Check back in summer 2024!

Funding Acknowledgement

This research initiative is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance.