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October 2019

Building Sustainable Communities: 2019 Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference

The 2019 Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) Conference is all about bringing together practitioners, policy makers, community leaders, and researchers interested in rural issues.  This conference is a unique opportunity to share your own successes, learn from a diverse group of individuals, and hear the latest on issues that matter to communities and people who call rural Canada home.

Beyond 25: Ontario Professional Planning Institute Conference

The Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) will host their annual conference from October 1-3, 2019 in Toronto. The conference will focus on understanding the challenges facing planning over the next 25 years, such as uneven growth, climate change, and technology. Each year the School coordinates opportunities for graduate students to attend the OPPI conference. Watch the list serve for more details in the early fall.

LA Guest Lecture: Jerry Van Eyck of !melk, New York City

University of Guelph - Landscape Architecture Guest Lecture Series presents: Jerry Van Eyck, ING, RLA, ASLA Founder and Principal of !melk. New York City "Sixth Sense" Limited seating - all welcome to attend. Please register for the event for FREE on the Eventbrite link.

International RPD Guest Speaker: Alejandro Argumedo – Potato Park, Cusco-Peru

International Rural Planning and Development Guest Speaker: Alejandro Argumedo – Potato Park, Cusco-Peru Title of the presentation: “Food Neighbourhoods": Biocultural Planning and Emerging Food Solutions to Climate Crisis in the Andes. Pizza and drinks will be served. About the Presentation:

MSc Thesis Defence - Hilary Sadowsky

School of Environmental Design and Rural Development - Rural Planning & Development Program  M.Sc. Thesis Defence by Hilary Sadowsky "Understanding the Roll of Youth Engagement in Scientific Research in Nunavut " Nic Brunet, Advisor, SEDRD Sheri Longboat, Advisory Committee Member, SEDRD Dominique Henri, Advisory Committee Member, ECCC Leith Deacon, Examination Committee Member, SEDRD Silvia Sarapura, Chair of Examination, SEDRD All are welcome to attend.

2020 ICRPS Summer Institute Information Session

Are you interested in participating in the 2020 International Comparative Rural Policy (ICRPS) Summer Institute? Join us on October 16 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm for an information session. The session will discuss the ICRPS Summer Institute program, the specific themes for the 2020 edition, logistics, financing, and application process. The session will be held in Room 127 of the Landscape Architecture Building. If you are not on campus but interested in participating you can join via Zoom ( 

Graduate Studies Preview Day 2019

Join us for the University of Guelph's Graduate Studies Preview Day, at the Gryphon Athletic Centre. Meet with graduate faculty and current graduate students in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development in the following graduate programs:

Nurturing Ethics in Governance Webinar

The Rural Policy Learning Commons is hosting a free online webinar titled, "Nurturing Ethics in Governance: Taming Our Rascals” on October 21, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT. The webinar will feature Dr. Peter Apedaile, professor emeritus at the University of Alberta. A brief description of the webinar is listed below: 

SEDRD Speaker Series: Gabino Nava-Bernal, UAEM (Mexico)

Please feel free to join us for the Fall 2019 SEDRD Speaker Series with Gabino Nava-Bernal, UAEM (Mexico).  Details will be available shortly.   No registration is required.  Please feel free to bring your lunch.   The discussion will also be available on Zoom. 

RPD Alumni Guest Lecture: Indigenous Engagement – A Practitioners Perspective

Stephen Lindley, MSc Rural Planning, USRPD 1983 Stephen Lindley will be speaking about Indigenous engagement from the perspective of his 35 years as a professional planning practitioner working with Indigenous communities across the country.  He will also provide insight into the future of community engagement and trends in engagement practice.  A discussion will follow his presentation.  All are welcome to attend!

PhD Qualifying Exam - Winifredo Dagli

School of Environmental Design and Rural Development - Ph.D. in Rural Studies QUALIFYING EXAM SEMINAR by Winifredo Dagli "Village Approach in Agricultural and Rural Development Prospects and Pitfalls for Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture". Helen Hambly, Advisor, SEDRD Craig Johnson, Advisory Committee, Political Science Leith Deacon, Graduate Faculty, SEDRD Carmen Ho, Graduate Faculty, Political Science & Institute of Development Studies. Karen Landman, Exam Chair, SEDRD All our welcome to attend.