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"Studio Vantage" - Issue One "Paradox" Released

The students of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph announce the release of Studio Vantage ISSUE 1 - Paradox.  See attachment.  

Interested in a Career in the Public Sector?

What does it mean to work for the public service? How does one search for a career in the public service? Thirteen graduate students from three SEDRD programs and two faculty members discussed careers in the public sector with Scott Duff at workshop on March 13, 2017.

Students sitting around a table discussing workshop
Photo above:  Scott Duff (left), speaking to workshop participants.

Prof. Al Lauzon Publishes Two Chapters in the Encyclopedia of Strategic Leadership and Management

Professor Al Lauzon in the Capacity Development and Extension program has recently published two chapters in the reference book the Encyclopedia of Strategic Leadership and Management. The titles of his chapters were "Building Adaptive Community Capacity to Meet the Challenges of Global Climate Change: Implications for Community Leadership" and "Meeting the Cognitive Demands of Leadership in Times of Uncertainty." 

New SEDRD Director Named

Prof. Sean Kelly has been appointed as the new director of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) effective January 1, 2017.

 “I cannot think of a more exciting time to undertake this leadership role for SEDRD,” shares Prof. Kelly. “This school has some of the most reputable programs in Canada and it’s anticipated that the next five years will bring some unprecedented changes with faculty, curriculum and facilities.” 

Winter 2017 GTA Applications Due November 22, 2016

The Winter 2017 SEDRD Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) positions have now been posted. The deadline for applications is November 22nd, 2016. In order to be considered for a position, you must apply online at

Gibson presents to Swedish Government on Canada’s Rural Policy Experience

On September 12, Dr. Ryan Gibson presented to the Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis in Stockholm. The workshop brought together researchers from England, Finland, Norway, and Canada to discuss how governments can ensure the perspectives of rural residents are incorporated before new policies and programs are created. The Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis is mandated to strengthen Swedish competitiveness and to grow the Swedish economy through job creation and business growth. 

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! 

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