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Rural Experts, Policy Makers, and Practitioners Coming to the Basin-Boundary

Become A Member of the Columbia Basin-Boundary CDP ConsortiumEvery year experts, policy makers, and practitioners come together for a conference dedicated to rural places hosted by the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF), a charity dedicated to supporting the sustainability of rural Canada through collaboration with rural community groups, the private sector, all levels of government, and researchers. The conference moves across the country, being held in a different location every year.

Selkirk College is proud to partner with CRRF to host the 2017 conference to be held in Nelson from September 20-23, 2017.

The theme of this year’s conference is Different by Design – exploring innovation in rural places and sharing stories of opportunities and possibilities from across the country. This includes conversations on:

  • Workforces of tomorrow. Looking to the jobs that will exist in the future, how we prepare for those jobs while dealing with the challenges we have today?
  • Our changing environment. How are we addressing and adapting to the changes in our surrounding environment?
  • Creating connections. How are we building relationships, partnerships, and collaborations in order to address complicated problems with limited resources?
  • Communities of opportunity. What innovative and unique development opportunities exist for rural places?

Does your organization have an innovative project or story to share? Come and share your experiences and ideas with delegates from across the country. Anyone can submit a short description of their idea by filling out the form here.

The conference welcomes presentations, stories, panel discussions, and posters.

The first deadline for submissions is March 10, 2017.

Click here to receive updates about the conference. Registration will open in March, with early bird discounts available.

Beyond the conference, CRRF is involved in a variety of activities, including workshops and publications, as well the creation of the State of Rural Canada. The first State of Rural Canada was released in 2015 as a report.

The second State of Rural Canada is an online platform showcasing stories of innovation across rural Canada and will be released at the Different By Design conference.

If you are interested in learning more about CRRF please visit their website. CRRF members receive additional discounts on conference attendance. The monthly CRRF newsletter showcases stories from across rural Canada.

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