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March 6, 2012

Registration Open for 2012 Rural Research Workshop

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The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF), the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA), and the Canadian Rural Health Research Society (CRHRS), as well as its many partners (ARDN included), are pleased to invite you to the 2nd National Rural Research Workshop “Policy and Research in Community Investment” from May 24 to 25, 2012 in Ottawa. 

The Workshop will focus on the complex relationships between policy and research as they relate to the practice of rural community investment, while examining the challenges, opportunities and lessons that these three-way interrelationships present. Researchers (e.g. academic institutions, government agencies and non-governmental organizations) interested in rural issues were invited to submit a paper or poster proposal.

The response to our Call for Papers was beyond our expectations. In total, 27 research papers will be presented in nine (9) concurrent sessions and up to 12 posters will be displayed over the two-day event. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to: rural community development; co-operatives; rural health and services; regions and place-based development; economic development; business; communications; governance; amenity; tourism; social enterprise; immigration; and migration. View the detailed Workshop programme.

INVITED SPEAKERS: The Day 1 keynote address – “Policy and Research and Rural Community Re-Investment in the Context of Globalization” – will be made by Dr. Lou Hammond Ketilson, University of Saskatchewan The Day 2 keynote address – “A Critical Reflection on the Emergent Themes and Challenges from the Workshop” – will be made by Dr. William (Bill) Reimer, Concordia University.

Also on the programme …
•    “From Other Corners” – Responses and Perspectives from Policy and Practice – And an Open Facilitated Discussion
•    “Rural Community Investment: The Policy & Research Challenges and Opportunities” (A facilitated plenary session with a discussant panel and open floor challenge and debate)
•    Action! – From “Talk to Walk”:  What Needs to be Done in Policy and Research? What are the Priorities? Who Makes it Happen?  (A facilitated agenda building session.)

REGISTRATION: Registration for the Workshop is limited to 150 participants. Your registration fee includes meals and the Workshop detailed programme. Special financial incentives (total of $1,500) are available to help 15 student and community participants recover part of their expenses to attend the Workshop. The first ten (10) students and first five (5) non-government organization (NGO) representatives, who register online to attend on the 2 days, can each receive $100. Therefore, register early!

Click here to register for the event.

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