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October 4, 2012

Creating Rural Connections 2012 is next week!

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The brisk winds of October are here and the 2012 Creating Rural Connections Conference is blowing in to Olds next week, Oct. 11-13. This year’s conference is a national affair as the Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) has partnered with the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation to bring to Olds this premier rural development conference.

“The 2012 Creating Rural Connections Conference is a chance to gather the people who can explore solutions to rural issues, identify opportunities to change our status quo, and transform our communities,” said Dee Ann Benard, executive director of the ARDN. “It’s a chance to share our greatest asset: knowledge.”

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CRC 2012 will bring together rural community members and leaders, researchers and academics from post-secondary institutions, representatives from all levels of government and rural community-based organizations from across the nation to examine how regions impact rural development.

Click here to meet CRC 2012’s keynote speakers

 “It’s great to return to Alberta to present to ARDN and its Alberta and national partners,” said Rob Greenwood, executive director of the Office of Engagement for Memorial University and a CRC 2012 keynote speaker. “I look forward to learning more about the innovations ARDN is enabling and sharing lessons from across the country.”

The conference has booked over 30 presentations including two in French as well as three keynotes and selected concurrent sessions translated into French. Other events include a New Researchers Forum which is an opportunity for researchers to mix, mingle and share experiences and tips. If you’re looking to start research or already doing research on your own, this forum is a must. 

Click here for last month’s sample of CRC 2012 presentations

Click here for this month’s sample of CRC 2012 presentations

“Creating Rural Connections is a great opportunity to meet others who are working to increase collaborations in the rural community, expand my resource network and learn what others are doing that I might be able to apply to my projects,” said Darell Toma, a first-time CRC attendee and presenter.

To complement the wealth of presentations over the weekend, there will also be entertainment including a barbecue, performances from the Boomtown Trail Dessert Theatre, musician Jake Peters, and tours of Olds College.

See you there!

2012 Creating Rural Connections sponsors include The Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC), Northern Lakes College, RR Donnelley, and SAIT Polytechnic.

Tradeshow partners include Alberta Innovates Connector Service, Athabasca County, Athabasca University, eCampusAlberta, GreenHectares, Olds Agricultural Society, Olds Institute, and Volunteer Alberta.


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