Discussing the Future of Rural Economic Development at OGRA

Communities across rural Ontario are exploring new strategies for economic development opportunities. In partnership with the Ontario Good Roads Association, rural planning and development students in the economic development course discussed the future of rural economic development with over 150 municipal leaders from across Ontario.

Gibson and Weeden highlight rural infrastructure research in OGRA Milestones magazine

A new research initiative aimed at investigating the influence of rural communities’ capacity to respond to infrastructure challenges on their immediate and long-term economic development potential is underway. Dr. Ryan Gibson is the lead investigator of the project, which includes researchers and policy experts from across Canada, including University of Guelph Rural Studies PhD student Ashleigh Weeden.

“PlazaPOPS”: Transforming local strip mall parking into a radiant community space.

Profs. Brendan Stewart and Karen Landman are working alongside landscape architecture alumnus Daniel Rotsztain, (MLA 2018),  and current landscape architecture students to create simple, yet impactful, "pop up" public gathering spaces. They’ve coined their project “plazaPOPS”, part of Park People's Public Space Incubator funded by Ken and Eti Greenberg and the Balsam Foundation.  

Gibson Discusses New Minister of Rural Economic Development with CBC Radio

On January 15, 2019, the federal government announced the creation of a new minister of rural economic development. Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South Shore-St Margarets in Nova Scotia, takes on the new minister role. What does it mean for rural Canada? What should the priorities be for moving forward? Dr. Gibson joined eleven CBC Radio station morning programs to discuss the recent announcement, potential strategies for focus, and why urban Canadians should care about a minister of rural economic development.

RPD Grad, Erin O'Neil plays a leadership role with the recovery of Fort McMurray

RPD grad Erin O’Neil was recently profiled by the University of Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural College.  Erin, a 2007 graduate of the Rural Planning and Development program played a major leadership role when Fort McMurray, Alberta, was devastated by wildfires that forced more than 80,000 people from their homes in 2016.

Landscape Architecture Alumni Named 2018 Olmsted Scholars

The Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Olmsted Scholars Program (named for Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture) recognizes and supports students with exceptional leadership potential who are using ideas, influence, communication, service, and leadership to advance sustainable design and foster human and societal benefits.  Now in its eleventh year, the premier national award program recognizes outstanding students in accredited landscape architecture programs in the U.S. and Canada.

Ataharul Chowdhury presented a lecture, “Creating Change and Improving Lives: A Research Portfolio” at OMAFRA.

On December 5, 2018, Assistant Professor, Ataharul Chowdhury presented “Creating Change and Improving Lives: A Research Portfolio” to the meeting of Knowledge Translation and Transfer team (KTT), Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).  He presented projects under three research themes and discussed linkages to various ongoing knowledge translation and transfer initiatives of OMAFRA. The participants commented that there are lots of interests around some of these areas of research. 

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