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The 2012 conference, Creating Rural Connections: Regional Realities and Approaches, was held in Olds, Alberta from October 11-13. The conference was co-hosted with the Alberta Rural Development Network.


Agenda and Materials


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Keynote Speakers

Rural Development in a Changing Canada: What the Hell is Going On? (Rob Greenwood)

Rural Regional Success (Dave Ivan)

Regional Realities and Approaches: Lessons from Downunder (Peter Kenyon)

Weaving Regional Networks: Case Studies and Lessons from the Field (June Holley)

Moving the Region Forward Based on Assets (Cornelia Butler Flora)



Ontario Source Protection Planning: An Analysis of Theory, Policy and Practice (Sarah Minnes)

Wood Biomass Energy Opportunities for Rural Communities — Camrose County Bioenergy Project Example (Toso Bozic)

Philanthropy as a Vehicle for Regional Development: Exploring Community Foundations in Atlantic Canada (Ryan Gibson)

Saving Rural Alberta by Unleashing Local Capital (Dan Ohler)