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Understanding the Future of Rural Canada Webinar

What is the future of rural Canada? This was the focus of the State of Rural Canada webinar hosted by the Rural Policy Learning Commons on September 20, 2016. Drs. Al Lauzon and Ryan Gibson served as panellists on the webinar, both presenting research from the report. The webinar brought together over 70 participants from across Canada! 

Call for Applications: Faculty Position for the Latornell Professorship in Environmental Stewardship

The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph invites applications for the Latornell Professorship in Environmental Stewardship. The School is involved in Canadian and international planning and development with a focus on rural, remote, and Aboriginal communities and territories. We invite applicants who have an accredited planning degree (Bachelor or Master) and a doctoral degree in Environmental Planning, Natural Resources or a related discipline.

SEDRD Welcomes New Water Security Researcher

Sheri Longboat smiling in front of green leaves

We are is pleased to welcome Dr. Sheri Longboat as an assistant professor in rural planning and development. Longboat joined SEDRD on July 1, 2016.

Longboat’s research focuses on water security and governance. Much of her work connects with First Nations and looks to traditional customs and knowledge to redefine our relationship with water.

Gibson Elected President of Canadian Community Economic Development Network

During the July board of directors meeting of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet), Dr. Ryan Gibson was re-elected president for a one-year term. CCEDNet is a member-driven, not for-profit, charitable organization made up of community-based organizations, co-operatives, social enterprises, practitioners, active citizens, researchers, and other organizations involved in community economic development.

RPD Study on Viability of Mennonite Communities in Southwestern Ontario.

Prof. Wayne Caldwell, with master of rural planning and development student, Bryce Sharpe, set out to examine the viability of Mennonite communities in southwestern Ontario.  “This research project represents an interest in the diversity of agriculture,” notes Professor Caldwell.  "There are special considerations for these communities in a planning context, and this research provides the potential to address these considerations.”

The Inaugural ‘Rural Romp’ Showcased Unique Challenges and Opportunities of Rural Land-Use Planning

On March 18th, 2016, Rural Planning and Development graduate students in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development hosted the inaugural “Rural Romp”.  Planning students from across the province were invited to learn about the unique challenges of planning in rural areas and allowed University of Guelph students to showcase their research.

See full OAC news article here.

CIP Feature Article of the Year for 2016 Bestowed to Wayne Caldwell and Bryce Sharpe

The Plan Canada Awards were introduced by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) to recognize the best short and feature articles published in Plan Canada the preceding year. These articles are evaluated by the Plan Canada Awards committee and judged according to: the extent to which the article serves the needs and interests of Plan Canada readers; writing style and clarity; good journalism (including insight, imagination, depth of reporting and analysis); and demonstrated leadership and innovation.

Harry Cummings Named 2016-2018 CES President

Congratulations to Professor Harry Cummings on becoming the new president of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) for 2016-2018 by the CES Board of Directors.

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