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January 2020

FarmSmart 2020

January 18 @ 9:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC-5
University of Guelph – Rozanski Hall, 50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario N1G2W1 Canada
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$55 – $145

Event Details:The 2019 FarmSmart Conference will be held on Saturday, January 19 in Rozanski Hall at the University of Guelph. Presentations will address current and emerging technology and innovation across a range of topics, from crop and livestock production to soil and environmental management, business, marketing, and general interest.

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2020 ROMA Annual Conference

January 19 @ 11:00 am - January 21 @ 11:30 am UTC-5
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen St W
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Event Details:ROMA hosted its first rural municipal conference in 1934 and they were an important tradition for more than 65 years. By reviving this tradition, we believe rural priorities can be better aligned, better understood, and better addressed. Approximately 1,200 municipal officials from across the province and leading thinkers come together to discuss topics of local, provincial, national, and international importance. The goal is to invigorate public debate about how Ontario’s municipalities will respond to emergent challenges and opportunities.

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Beyond the Asylum: The Evolution of Mental Health Care in Prince Edward Island, 1846-2017 with Dr. Tina Pranger

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-4
University of Prince Edward Island, SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge, 550 University Ave.
Charlottetown, PE C1A 4P3 Canada
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Event Details:The Island Lecture Series January lecture features Dr. Tina Pranger speaking about her book documenting the history of mental health care on Prince Edward Island. How we as Islanders have historically cared for these people has evolved considerably through a cycle starting with sheltering them at home or in the community, to 100 years of long term institutionalization in the asylum or mental hospital, followed by the growth of community-based services and the movement of hundreds of patients out…

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Guelph Organic Conference

January 23 @ 9:00 am - January 26 @ 4:00 pm UTC+0
University of Guelph – University Centre Building, 50 Stone Road East
Guelph, ON N1G2W1 Canada
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$40 – $50

Event Details:Since 2003, the Annual Conference & Trade Show has been organized and promoted by a federal non-profit corporation – ‘Organic Food Conferences Canada’ – managed by representatives of 16 public sector non-profit organic groups (see Official Organizing Sponsors at the bottom of the SPONSORS page). The goals of the conference are to promote organic agriculture and related topics through educational workshops and panel discussionsshowcasing products and services through the trade showconnecting individuals, businesses and organizations within the sector This event…

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February 2020

2020 Rural Symposium

February 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm UTC+0

The Rural Symposium is an annual opportunity for University of Guelph graduate students to showcase their rural research to policy makers, policy analysts, and program staff from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). The event facilitates knowledge mobilization and network building between graduate students at the University of Guelph, researchers, and OMAFRA. The 2020 Rural Symposium will take place on February 5, 2020, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Conference Centre at 1 Stone…

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Community Economic Development 201 Webinar

February 13 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm UTC-5

Webinar Session/ Register at: Event Details: Earlier this year the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) hosted several Community Economic Development workshops (CED 101) across Ontario. These sessions helped those involved in local economic development learn the basics of economic development in local communities, and how these concepts can be applied in municipal environments. During CED 101, participants learned that Community Economic Development is a process of fostering an environment that results in the creation of…

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April 2020

Priority Based Budgeting Workshop

April 8 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm UTC-7
University of Alberta, Augustana Campus, 4901-46 Avenue
Camrose, AB Canada
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Event Details:Priority Based Budgeting is a unique approach being used by local governments across the country to match available resources with community priorities, make better informed decisions, and meaningfully engage citizens in the budgeting process. Learn how in this one-day, open enrollment seminar at the U of A - Augustana Campus in Camrose *This course is 1 of 7 courses that is part of the Certificate in Rural Municipal Leadership from the University of Alberta - Augustana Campus.For more information please…

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May 2020

16th Canadian Congress on Leisure Research

May 19 @ 12:00 am - May 22 @ 11:59 pm UTC+0
University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta t6g2r3 Canada + Google Map

Event Details:The congress provides attendees with an opportunity to share their scholarship on leisure with national and international colleagues from a diverse spectrum of academic fields. Abstracts are welcome from all disciplines and all interests in leisure. *Call for Abstracts* The University of Alberta is pleased to announce a Call for Abstracts for the 16th Canadian Congress on Leisure Research (CCLR16). The deadline for submission of abstracts is November 30, 2019. If you would like to submit your abstract please visit: The…

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Canadian Association of Geographers AGM & Conference

May 25 @ 8:00 am - May 29 @ 5:00 pm UTC-8
University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd
Victoria, British Columbia V8P5C2 Canada
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Event Details: The 70th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers will be held at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, from May 25 to 29, 2020, in conjunction with the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) and the Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA). The theme will be "Resilience on a Dynamic Planet". More information, abstract submission, and registration coming very soon!

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Canadian Rural and Remote Housing and Homelessness Symposium 2020

May 27 @ 9:00 am - May 29 @ 5:00 pm UTC-5
Delta Hotels, 50 Stone Rd W.
Guelph, ON, Canada
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The Alberta Rural Development Network is hosting the second Canadian Rural and Remote Housing and Homelessness Symposium to continue providing rural Canada with tools, training, and the expertise needed to address the unique and complex issues surrounding homelessness and housing in rural and remote Canada. We focus on providing actionable tools and best practices to allow you to continue to make a positive impact in your communities. CRRHH 2018 was a massive success, being the first national conference dedicated to rural…

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June 2020

Coastal Zone Canada 2020 Conference

June 14 - June 17
Iqaluit, Nunavut Iqaluit, Nunavut Canada + Google Map

Event Details:CZCA’s biennial conference series will be held in Iqaluit, Nunavut at the Frobisher Inn from June 14 to 17, 2020. Never been to northern Canada? Here is your opportunity for a once-in-a-life-time chance to combine professional development and exploration of Nunavut! Conference Theme:Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) is founded on four Maligait or natural laws, including: 1) Working for the common good; 2) Protecting all living things; 3) Maintaining balance; and 4) Continually planning and preparing for the future. IQ speaks…

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ISISA 2020: Sharing Lessons, Sharing Stories

June 22 - June 26
100 Signal Hill Rd, St. John's, NL A1C 5S7
St. John's, Canada
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June 20 - June 26, 2020. Event Details: International Small Island Studies Association (ISISA) is hosting a conference on June 20 - 26, 2020 and this year's theme is Sharing Lessons, Sharing Stories. The island of Newfoundland is renowned for its literature and drama; its music and dance; its vibrant visual arts scene; and its Intangible Cultural Heritage, like storytelling and boat-building, its culinary traditions and festivals. It has a rich history of settlement and resettlement: through moving the inhabitants…

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August 2021

2021 North Atlantic Forum

August 19, 2021 @ 8:00 am - August 22, 2021 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0
Renvyle, County Galway, Ireland Renvyle, County Galway Ireland + Google Map

Event Details:The conference will explore and examine how North Atlantic communities are empowered to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. Further details regarding the conference, call for stories, and conference travel logistics will be posted in 2020. Further information will be posted to when available. 

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