"Exploring our Potential" - SEDRD Student Conference

Date and Time



On April 23 and 24, 2015, the "Exploring our Potential" Conference will be held by SEDRD students, providing them the opportunity to present their research and work towards creating a sense of community.

Presentations will only be 10 minutes in length and the research can be at any stage. The abstracts from this conference will be published in "Exploring our Potential 2015 Conference Proceedings".

This is an exciting opportunity for all students to present their research, connect with other students and learn about the diverse and exciting research occurring within SEDRD.

Questions can be directed to Sara Epp at sepp@uoguelph.ca

Conference Agenda

SEDRD Student Conference - Examining Our Potential
23rd - 24th April 2015 University of Guelph
Landscape Architecture Building, Room 143
Lunch will be served in the Pit

DAY ONE, April 23rd  – SEDRD Community

11:30 – 12:00  Registration, Coffee and Lunch

12:00 12:15 – Opening Remarks – Al Lauzon.

12:20 – 13:35  First Group of Research Presentations (10 minute presentations, 5 -10 minute questions).

Participants and Research Title:

Leah Soroka.  "How to Operationalize the Notion of Sustainability"

Mary Feruson.  "The Role of Rural Municipalities as Intermediaries in Rural Social Enterprise Development"

Katrin Sawatzky.  "Experiences of people living in resilient communities while participating in social and/or environmental movements"

Christy Hempel.  "Exploring Diverse Visions of Rural Landscapes using Visual Q-methodology"

13:35 – 13:40  Five Minute Stand-up Break.

13:40 – 14:55  Second Group of Research Presentations.

Participants and Research Title:

Faiza Omar.  "Building rapport between international graduate students and their faculty advisors at the University of Guelph"

Mangla Shandal.  "Becoming a Young Farmer in Punjab, India"

Rebecca McEvoy.  "Environmental Assessment Processes and Land Claims"

Nafisa Sarwath.  "Investigation of the implementation, successes and challenges of Ontario’s Biodiversity Strategy and Ontario’s Endangered Species Act"

14:55 – 15:00  Five Minute Stand-up Break.

15:00 – 16:15  Third Group of Research Presentations.

Participants and Research Title:

Elena Christy.  "Designing for Resilience: A Participatory Design Approach of KW Habilitation’s Our Farm Project"

Mery Perez.  "Beats and Voices: Indigenous Music Festivals as Platforms for Communication and Social and Environmental Change"

Richard Norman.  "The Coordination and Reconstruction Efforts of Nations in Afghanistan"

Heather Sansom.  "Rural Sport-for-Development: Fostering rural youth resilience through participation in equine-based physical activity"

Heather Schibli.  "Bioregional Design for Multiple Aggregate Extraction Site Rehabilitation in the Oak Ridges Moraine, Ontario"

16:40 – 16:50  Closing Remarks – Al Lauzon.


DAY TWO - April 24th – SEDRD Community

09:00 – 09:30   Registration and Coffee and Introductions.

09:30 – 10:00   Opening Remarks and Introduction of Key Note Al Lauzon & Wayne Caldwell.

10:00 – 11:00  Keynote Speakers: Sarah Parkinson & Joy Sammy. Topics: How did I get where I am? How can we collaborate?  What are the possibilities?

11:00 – 11:30  Coffee break.

11:30 –12:30  Facilitated Networking Session.  Topic - Opportunities to Build SEDRD Community.

12:30 – 13:30  Lunch.

13:30 – 14:30  Workshop: Publishing.

14:30 – 15:30  Workshop: Funding.

15:30 – 16:00  Coffee Break.

16:00 – 17:00  Facilitated Visioning Discussion. Topic - Next Year – Conference & Peer Review Journal.

17:00 – 17:30  Closing Remarks – Al Lauzon.

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