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February 2018

Ontario Good Roads Association Conference

February 25 - February 28
Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St W
Toronto, Ontario M5J 1E3 Canada
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OGRA Conference 2018 OGRA Conference Theme – The Challenge of Change Under the banner of The Challenge of Change delegates will have an opportunity to hear from thought provoking speakers on the challenges in the ever changing political and municipal landscape. Delegates can also participate in interactive workshops to learn how to navigate these changes to build stronger and more prosperous communities across Ontario. Housing – 2018 OGRA Annual Conference Housing is now open – click here to book a room. Details are now…

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Building Capacity for Rural Climate Adaptation

February 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

ABSTRACT This webinar includes two presentations exploring climate change and rural communities: Indicators of Community Climate Adaptation: Results and Lessons from the Columbia Basin, presented by Lauren Rethoret, and Lessons from a Decade of Adaptation,presented by Ingrid Liepa. Throughout this webinar, the presenters will share reflections on supporting adaptation work in rural communities, including lessons for policy-makers and practitioners. You'll also learn about innovative climate adaptation initiatives including the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institutes's State of Climate Adaptation project, and…

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March 2018

Economic Development Disrupted

March 1 - March 2
Residence Inn Marriot Kingston, 7 Earl Street
Kingston, Ontario Canada
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Event Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 16:00 to Friday, March 2, 2018 - 16:00 Thursday, March 1st, 4:00pm to 7:00pm Friday, March 2nd, 9:00am to 4:00pm Save the date for this exciting event that will explore what you, as EDO's, need to be looking ahead to in the world of economic development. More details to come in the new year.

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London Farm Show

March 7 - March 9
Western Fair District, 316 Rectory Street
London, Ontario Canada
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The London Farm Show brings together leaders to showcase the latest industry trends and newest technology. Celebrating 80 Years with over 350 exhibitors, the Largest indoor Farm Show in Eastern Canada contains over 300,000 Sq. Ft. 2018 London Farm Show March 7 (9am - 5pm) March 8 (9am - 5pm) March 9 (9am - 4pm) Admission (Prices Include All Fees & Taxes) Advance Admission $16 One (1) admission on any one (1) day To Get A Glimpse of The Farm Show, Checkout This 2016 Highlight Video

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Ontario Bridging the Gap: Transition Planning Workshop for Farm Families

March 19 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Double Tree, London, 300 King St
London, Ontario Canada
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Step Up to Succession with Farm Management Canada! Is your family farm is a state of transition? Are you looking to start the succession conversation? Yes?! Then Farm Management Canada’s Bridging the Gap Workshop is for you! The Bridging the Gap Workshop welcomes farm families to work with renowned farm family coach Elaine Froese and farm management consultant Cedric MacLeod to address some the elephants in the room that are preventing or hindering succession planning back on the farm.

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April 2018

The 26th Annual Rural and Remote Medicine Course

April 12 - April 14
St. John’s Convention Center St.John's, Newfoundland Canada + Google Map

Over 150 sessions in a collegial, peer-to-peer, interactive learning environment. Registration fees include access to all sessions, a full breakfast, lunch and breaks. Optional evening socials (extra charges apply, tickets must be purchased in advance). Add-on courses. Free daycare services. Hotel discounts for conference attendees. Air Canada promotional code. Tax included in all prices. If you pre paid the early bird rate or made a deposit prior to Nov 1st, here are special instructions for you. Please Register with the…

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May 2018

Surviving and Thriving: Gender, Justice, Power, and Place Making

May 17 - May 18
Ohio University Athens, OH 4571 United States + Google Map

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS & PAPERS Surviving and Thriving:  Gender, Justice, Power, and Place Making Rural Women’s Studies Association Triennial Conference Hosted by Ohio University, Athens, Ohio May 17-19, 2018 The theme, “Surviving and Thriving: Gender, Justice, Power, and Place Making,” emphasizes the role of gender in rural community formation and survival. It allows for exploration of the ways that gendered identity (as women, men, or bi- and trans-) and raced identity (within separatist communities, segregated neighborhoods, or integrated spaces) affected…

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June 2018

Intelligent Community Forum

June 4 - June 6
London London, United Kingdom + Google Map

What will you take away from the ICF Global Summit? The annual ICF Summit is unlike any municipal, urban planning or economic development conference you attend.  You will take away value that translates into direct benefit to the citizens, businesses and institutions you serve: Economic development leads.  Identify site location and investment opportunities, as well as “soft landing” targets for local business, at our economic development matchmaking session. Ideas you can put to use. Meet officials from cities, counties and metro…

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Resources for Future Generations 2018

June 16 - June 21
Vancouver Convention Center Vancouver, British Colombia Canada + Google Map

PREMIERE CONFERENCE ON ENERGY • MINERALS • WATER • THE EARTH   Why RFG 2018? The rapid growth of developing economies and the fundamental needs of many disadvantaged people across the globe are resulting in an increased demand for many resources and changes in the delivery of existing ones. The need for focused environmental priorities and new technologies will add additional requirements and constraints. The International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences (CFES), the Canadian…

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Creative Forces in the Polar Regions: Culture, Economies, Innovation, and Change in Tourism

June 22 - June 28
Yukon Territory Canada Yukon Canada + Google Map

The 6th IPTRN conference – “Creative Forces in the Polar Regions: Culture, Economies, Innovation, and Change in Tourism” – is hosted by Vancouver Island University and Yukon College in the Yukon Territory ( The conference will follow the IPTRN “study tour” model, and will begin in Whitehorse, and travel to several of Yukon’s communities. In addition to paper presentation sessions, participants will engage in community workshops held in collaboration with local stakeholders, and participate in a variety of signature Yukon…

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July 2018

Metrics of sustainability: Critical studies of sites, practices, and performances of accountability in environmental governance

July 12 - July 16

Applications are currently being accepted for the Summer Institute on Critical Studies of Environmental Governance to be held at the University of Toronto July 12-16, 2018. We welcome applications from advanced doctoral students (i.e., advanced to candidacy, completed data collection, and actively writing) and junior scholars who received a Ph.D. after May 2015, working in the social sciences, law, humanities, and other relevant disciplines. The Institute will reimburse travel expenses up to $1200 (USD) and cover food and lodging for…

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Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities

July 15 - July 21
Toronto Metro Convention Centre Toronto, Ontario Canada

Since the inception of the discipline, sociologists have been concerned with power, violence and justice. Current social, economic and political challenges enhance their relevance. As capitalist globalization expands and deepens, corporate power increases along with global, national and local inequalities. New geo-political power configurations and confrontations are emerging, with violence being used as a tool to oppress and also to resist oppression. Colonial histories and contemporary land appropriations reflect the structures and cultural processes that perpetuate violence against indigenous and…

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Science in Society, Society in Science: Toward a 21st Century Model for Social Scientific Research

July 26 - July 29
Red Lion on the River, 909 N. Hayden Island Drive
Portland, OR United States
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Growing public skepticism about the value of science and expert knowledge has been a defining characteristic of the early 21st century. Political discourse and populist movements have increasingly questioned the objectivity of scientists and criticized the perceived liberal bias of academic elites. Privately funded research think tanks, internet websites, and other alternative sources of information have contributed to an increasingly diverse ecosystem of authority and knowledge. As the distinction between ‘facts’ and ‘values’ has become increasingly blurred, the evidence-base that…

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September 2018

Social Enterprise World Forum

September 12 - September 14
Edinburgh International Convention Centre, 150 Morrison Street
Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom
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Scotland to host Social Enterprise World Forum 2018 Social enterprises in Scotland and across the UK will welcome the international social enterprise movement to Edinburgh for the 10th Social Enterprise World Forum this year (view the launch video). The Forum will take place at the Edinburgh International Convention Centre from 12th-14th September 2018. The anticipated 1200 participants will include social enterprise leaders, policy makers, commercial partners, academics, students and young entrepreneurs. Event hosts, Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS) are planning a week-long…

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October 2018

Health and Shared Prosperity

October 10 - October 13

The 30th Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation annual conference will return to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - the site of our first conference! The 2018 conference will be co-hosted with the University of Saskatchewan. Stay tuned for more details.

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