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August 2017

Culture, Inequalities, and Social Inclusion Across the Globe

August 12 - August 15
Palais des Congrès de Montréal Montreal , Québec Canada + Google Map

The Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association provides the opportunity for professionals involved in the scientific study of society to share knowledge and new directions in research and practice. Approximately 600 program sessions are convened during the four-day meeting held every August to provide participation venues and networking outlets for nearly 3,000 research papers and over 4,600 presenters.

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S’TEṈISTOLW̱ 2017: Indigenous Adult Education Conference

August 23 - August 25
Camosun College Lansdowne Victoria, British Columbia Canada + Google Map

S’TEṈISTOLW̱ is a SENĆOŦEN term referencing the concept of ‘moving forward’. This conference will focus on both the doing and being of Indigenous education. While they are inextricably intertwined, “doing” involves pedagogies and teaching practices. “Being” involves relationality, connections amongst educators, communities, students, cultures and lands and involves living our collective values: we proceed with the intent of Eyēʔ Sqâ’lewen (good heart, good mind, good spirit) and Na’tsa’maht (unity and collective vision). Previous S’TEṈISTOLW̱ conferences were held in 2007 in Victoria and 2010 in Burnaby in partnership with the Nicola Valley…

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Rural Competitiveness in Canada

August 29 @ 11:30 am

Analyzing the components of population migration flow will help to further our understanding of regional competitiveness in Canada. Between 2001 and 2006, 2.3 million individuals moved from a different labour market area, 1.2 million were in the core-working age population (25 to 54 years old). Using self-contained labour areas (SLAs) this webinar will take a closer look at the capacity to attract and retain people, aids in the understanding of internal migration flow across Canada and highlights the composition of…

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Transformations 2017: Transformations in Practice

August 30 - September 1
University of Dundee Dundee, Scotland United Kingdom + Google Map

Transformations 2017 is the third in a biennial series of international interdisciplinary conferences that focuses on transformations towards sustainability: addressing contemporary challenges and creating conditions for enhancing people’s wellbeing, today and in the future, while strengthening the Earth’s support system. The aim of Transformations 2017 is to develop a better understanding of the practices that facilitate social and environmental transformations at local and at large scales in both developed and developing country contexts. Transformations 2017 will bridge academic and practical knowledge to develop deeper…

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September 2017

5th International Conference on Sustainable Development

September 6 - September 7
Roma Eventi Rome, Italy + Google Map

The Conference theme is: "Creating a unified foundation for the Sustainable Development: research, practice and education". This theme emphasizes the strong foundation that is provided by using research to inform our everyday practices, policies, and analytical approaches. The 2017 Conference will once again provide a forum for the sharing of ideas, presentation of research findings, and discussion of professional issues relevant to Sustainability Science. This ambition will proceed in a multidisciplinary way across the various fields and perspectives, through which we can address the fundamental and related questions…

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British Columbia’s Regional Districts: An Overview And Critical Reflections

September 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Regional government models across Canada provide both challenges and opportunities for rural areas. This webinar will discuss the regional district model currently employed in British Columbia. Panelists will give an overview of the regional district model including their history and details regarding roles, powers, governance, funding frameworks and relationships with the British Columbia government. Speakers: Kelly Vodden, Robert Bish, Brain Walisser and Craig Pollett Register:

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Canada 150+: New Beginnings in Economic Development

September 9 - September 11
Marriott On The Falls Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada + Google Map

The Economic Development Association of Canada's 49th Annual Conference will be held in Niagara Falls, Ontario from September 9-12, 2017. Further information about the conference is available at their website:

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Regional Polarisation and Unequal Development in CEE: Challenges for Innovative Space-based Policies

September 10 - September 13
Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania + Google Map

Over the last decades new patterns of regional disparities and polarisation have developed in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries, drawing the attention of both researchers and policy-makers. Cohesion Policy responded to this challenge by focusing on balanced spatial development of the European regions. However, although achieving significant progress in developing towards the EU-average, CEE still faces serious internal spatial imbalances between metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, between core regions and peripheries. The increasing social and economic disparities at regional level…

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Indigenous Youth, Entrepreneurship and Economic Diversity

September 11
Treaty #4 Centre, 740 Sioux Ave S
Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan Canada
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The Call to Action #92 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission states that the corporate sector must engage in meaningful consultation and develop respectful relationships with Indigenous communities and businesses as well as providing education and opportunities to Indigenous people. The time to take action is now. The economic landscape in Saskatchewan is changing. New ideas and technology are changing the way traditional sectors do business and creating entirely new sectors of opportunity. Saskatchewan's Indigenous people are connecting with these…

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Examining Food Processing in Manitoba

September 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bringing new products and processes to market are essential for social and economical prosperity. In the food- processing sector, innovation is critical for the maintenance of competitiveness in a global world. As Canada continues to see a decline in food- processing when compared to other countries, the Rural Development Institute what to know more about how innovation occurs in Manitoba. We present the findings regarding major milestones in commercializing, along with characterizing key stakeholders, the barriers overcome, and importance of leadership. The five…

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Traditions and transformations in the sustainability of rural communities

September 13 - September 16
University College of Southeast – Norway, Campus Bø , Norway + Google Map

Traditions and transformations in the sustainability of rural communities: Balancing Living Culture and Nature speaks to both the history and future of rural communities. The waterfalls, fjords and lakes of Telemark became the heart of industrialization with the harnessing of hydropower. A canal cut into the heart of the region to serve the growing industries in Notodden and Rjukan. The steep slopes and high mountains that cradled the romantic notion of Norwegian national culture were transformed from pastoral idyll to an…

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Econous 2017: Innovating for a Shared Prosperity

September 13 - September 15
Calgary Calgary, Alberta Canada + Google Map

For too long, the economy has been about 'me'. Faced with economic disparity, growing inequality and environmental crises, Canadians are looking for alternatives. Community leaders from coast to coast to coast are using innovative business models, new investment tools and engaging technology to create good jobs, prioritize community and planet, and build strong and resilient communities. A vibrant and resilient economy that includes everyone and puts people and planet first is possible. Quite simply: The economy can be by and for…

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Manitoba Look North Webinar Series – Boom and Bust

September 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Manitoba Looks North Webinar Series is a collaborative series of presentations on economic development in Northern Communities. The Webinars highlight Manitoba examples of the challenges Northern communities face, as well as the strategies some communities have used to build prosperous and stable local economies. Community Leaders will be invited to engage in self-reflection and analysis on the state of their own communities, possible paths forward, and the need for community-driven action.

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How Regional Food System Investment Creates More Equitable Communities

September 21 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Wallace Center and the National Good Food Network (NGFN) will be hosting a webinar titled, “How Regional Food System Investment Creates More Equitable Communities.”  Speakers will discuss the role that food business incubators, food hubs, and financial institutions can do to integrate social equity into food systems projects and programs.    Presenters: ·         Jim Barham, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development (Moderator) ·         John Flory and Jaime Villalaz – Latino Economic Development Center ·         Benjamin Bartley, La Montañita Food Co-op ·         Olivia Rebanal, Capital Impact Partners  …

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CRRF Annual General Meeting/l’Assemblée générale annuelle de la FCRR

September 21 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Prestige Lakeside Hotel Nelson, British Columbia Canada + Google Map

Please join us for the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) to be held on Thursday, September 21 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the Prestige Lakeside Hotel in Nelson, British Columbia. Everyone is welcome. CRRF was founded in 1987 as a non-partisan voluntary network to foster the welfare of rural Canada through collaborative research on policy, development trends and patterns, and rural problems and opportunities. Further details on CRRF can be found at: Vous…

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