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November 2018

Canadian Rural Innovation Summit

November 19 - November 20
Rural Innovation Centre, 250 Sidney Street
Belleville, Ontario k8p5l6 Canada
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$150 – $300

QuinteVation is excited to announce the Canadian Rural Innovation Summit that we will host in the Bay of Quinte region the week of November 18th, 2018. Our goal for the Rural Summit is to create an opportunity to showcase the Bay of Quinte Region as an innovation destination and leader in rural entrepreneurial growth. During the multi-day event, we will have a forum for policy discussion from a municipal, provincial and federal government level, which will help drive policy change…

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Ontario Federation of Agriculture Annual General Meeting

November 19 - November 20
Hamilton Convention Centre Hamilton, Ontario Canada + Google Map

The theme of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture’s (OFA) 2018 Annual General Meeting is Prosperity Grows Here. The event will be held at the Hamilton Convention Centre beginning Monday, November 19 and closing Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

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National Housing Conference

November 21 - November 22
National Arts Center Ottawa, + Google Map

Abstract submission deadline: August 1, 2018 Paper/Presentation submission deadline: September 14, 2018 Share ideas. Discuss trends. Connect on key issues. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is evolving it’s successful Housing Finance Symposium and will be hosting a housing conference this fall to connect more broadly with housing stakeholders, as part of Canada’s ongoing engagement under the National Housing Strategy. We cordially invite you to submit a proposal for research papers for the conference, which will be held at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada on…

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From “Climate Crisis” to “A Prosperous and Sustainable Future” – PEI Social Forum

November 21

A recent CNN report stated, “This summer's sizzling temperatures, savage droughts, raging wildfires, floods and acute water shortages .......are surely evidence beyond any reasonable doubt that the climate crisis is upon us now. This is the new normal -- until it gets worse. We, must finally grasp the urgency at hand and undertake dramatic, meaningful measures -- initiatives beyond the modest goals of 2015 Paris climate accord -- to stave off nothing less than the destruction of civilization as we know…

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Ignite- FCC Young Farmers Summit

November 21 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bingemans, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive
Kitchener, Ontario Canada
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Ignite is the next-level event for farmers under 40, where outstanding speakers will inspire, inform and spark new ways of thinking. Insights from top industry agvocates Engaging keynote speakers Exceptional networking opportunities Kitchener - November 21 Port Perry - December 1 Chatham - February 12

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Synergy Session: Should I Stay or Should I Go – Understanding Youth Outmigration in NL

November 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Memorial University of Newfoundland St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada + Google Map

The shifting of populations from rural to urban is not a new phenomenon, nor is it unique to Newfoundland and Labrador, and more specifically, the outmigration of youth from rural areas has been a trend for decades. Join the Harris Centre for a discussion with Ray Bollman, rural development researcher, about rural outmigration and an in-depth look at the trends over the past decade and the implications for rural communities.

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Trenton Woodlot Conference

November 23 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Batawa Community Centre, 81 Plant St.
Batawa, Ontario Canada
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Farms and Forests: Living on the Edge. Much of the forest cover in our area is on farms. This forest cover provides important economic and environmental benefits, both locally and to the larger community. Speakers: Dr. Rene Van Acker, Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College at U. of Guelph, will address the state of farming in Ontario and the relationship of the farming sector to our communities. Susan Willis Chan, instructor in Sustainable Agriculture, will explain how rural landowners can…

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Small-island Tourism: Economic Value and Trends in the NL Context

November 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Stone Jug, Carbonear Carbonear, Newfoundland Canada + Google Map

In many small-island regions hit hard by demographic change and shifts in industry, tourism is seen as a potential saving grace. What are the actual economic impacts of these tourism industries? How do they affect life in their immediate communities and regions? What can different jurisdictions learn from each other? Join us as we explore these questions, with help from a group of interesting panelists including Mark Stoddard (Memorial University) , Jane Severs (Association of Heritage Industries NL), and Jerry…

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Grow Canada Conference

November 27 @ 6:00 pm - November 29 @ 12:00 pm
Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Dr
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
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The GrowCanada conference is Canada’s premier agricultural event, providing a platform to connect with industry leaders from across the country, explore cutting edge insight and build a stronger and more vibrant Canadian agricultural sector that ultimately contributes to a better world. Mark your calendars for the GrowCanada conference November 27-29, 2018 in Ottawa.

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Rural Newcomer Integration Regional Forum

November 29 @ 8:00 am - November 30 @ 5:00 pm
Village Conference Centre, 242 Jozo Weider Boulevard
Blue Mountains, Ontario Canada
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Rural communities are struggling with population stagnation and decline, yet businesses are continuing to expand. Can focusing our energy on attraction and retention of newcomers help to fill that gap? Join us for an employer focused event which brings together a wide variety of stakeholders to share stories, research, projects and insights into newcomer attraction and retention.

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December 2018

Ignite- FCC Young Farmers Summit Port Perry

December 1 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Scugog Community Centre, 1655 Reach Street
Port Perry, Ontario Canada
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Ignite is the next-level event for farmers under 40, where outstanding speakers will inspire, inform and spark new ways of thinking. Insights from top industry agvocates Engaging keynote speakers Exceptional networking opportunities

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Statistics Canada: 100 Years and Counting

December 6 - December 7
Delta Hotel Ottawa Ottawa, Ontario Canada + Google Map

The overall objective of this conference is to facilitate open and constructive dialogue between researchers, civil society actors and policymakers to foster a better understanding of challenges and innovations related to measuring identities in Canada. For example, how has the evolution of the social, economic and cultural fabric of Canada been represented in Statistics Canada’s data? How have users from the government, public opinion, academic and community sectors influenced the way Statistics Canada measures identities over time? How have families…

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Communicating Agriculture to Municipal Council Community of Practice webinar

December 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us for a webinar exploring how municipalities can communicate the importance and significance of the local agri-food community. Examples include familiarization tours, infographics, forums and more. Please bring your stories to share.

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Muddling Toward Utopia – PEI Social Forum

December 11

Imagine for a moment how society might have evolved if rather than entertaining ourselves with horror movies, television violence and murder mystery novels we had dared to focus our imaginations on utopian ideals. Utopian thinking is fundamentally a political act that can have huge ramifications if it is widely embraced. By coming together to envision how the future should be we don’t have to be limited to the current political, social and environmental trends that are so upsetting. The most famous utopian…

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Space and Place in Musical Identity on PEI: A Sonic Habitus with Dr. Kate Bevan-Baker

December 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
University of Prince Edwward Island Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Canada + Google Map

The Island Lecture Series December lecture is Tuesday, December 11, at 7 p.m. in the SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge on the UPEI campus, and will feature Dr. Kate Bevan-Baker speaking about “Space and Place in Musical Identity on PEI: A Sonic Habitus.” A culture is often defined by its music, language, and traditions that are passed down from one generation to the next. This lecture maps out Irish sonic territories across PEI and explore the musical place and mobility…

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