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CRRF E-Newsletter
June 2015
Early Bird Registration Extended to June 30!


The early bird registration for the Building Community Resilience: Innovation, Governance, and Place in Development Conference is quickly approaching. To take advantage of the special rates be sure to register for the conference before the end of June 30, 2015! You can register for the conference at While making arrangements to join us in Summerside conference organizers also suggest booking your accommodations. A special rate has been negotiated with he Loyalist Lakeview Resort. The special rates will continue until June 30, 2015. Details to access the special hotel rates can be found at

The Building Community Resilience conference will take place September 16-19, 2015 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. The conference is co-hosted by CRRF, Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island, and the North Atlantic Forum. For more information on the conference or the field trips visit

Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC Call for Expressions of Interest

Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN BC) can bring trainers and facilitators to your community to deliver a learning event for residents.

LIRN BC is a collaborative approach to building on the capacities of rural, remote and Northern British Columbian communities. The LIRN BC process encourages local government, provincial, federal, First Nations, non-government organizations (community-based, regional and provincial) and businesses to work together to plan, deliver and evaluate a locally relevant learning initiative. LIRN BC is made possible through a partnership of government and non-government organizations that recognize the strengths and challenges of rural, remote and Northern BC communities. 

The support offered by LIRN BC generally includes: event planning, workshop and/or dialogue design, facilitation, training, and reporting services that are related to each learning event. The community (through a local steering committee) is expected to help with planning, marketing, providing a venue, and providing catering if needed (this can be through charging admission). More information can be found by clicking here. The deadline for submissions is 3 July 2015 at 5:00 pm. For more information please contact Jim Sands:

Rapport sur la multifonctionnalité de l’agriculture dans les zones d’intensification agricole et sous forte influence urbaine

crdt-1234-150x150Patrick Mundler (Université Laval), en collaboration avec Julie Ruiz (Universié du Québec à Trois-Rivières), viennent de compléter un rapport sur la multifonctionnalité de l’agriculture dans les zones d’intensification agricole et sous forte influence urbaine. Les rapports finaux de cette recherche sont désormais disponibles et téléchargeables ici. On trouve sur le site le rapport final, les annexes du rapport final, ainsi qu’un rapport de synthèse se concentrant sur les recommandations émises.
Nicole Richard

New Video! Synergy Session: Islands of Sun and Ice

Leslie Harris Centre LogoBojan Fürst focuses on how regional development policies and programs can help or hinder small island communities. Drawing on examples of innovations, projects, and programs in Croatia and in Newfoundland and Labrador, he provides evidence for developing public policy that supports island livelihoods in this province. 

Bojan Fürst is manager of knowledge mobilization at the Harris Centre. This research is a part of his recently finished graduate project comparing Newfoundland and Croatian islands. He also holds a journalism degree form Mount Royal University in Calgary, and a post-graduate diploma in social policy development from the International Institute of Social Studies at the Erasmus University in the Netherlands. Check out the video from the Synergy Session here
Jessica Barry

Kaslo Business Retention and Expansion Released

635443239781902235_LogoTransparentThe Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute is proud to announce the release of the Kaslo Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) report. As part of a 3-year pilot project, the RDI provides training, research and reporting support to communities in the Basin-Boundary region who undertake BRE initiatives. 

Community-led BRE projects focus on speaking with existing businesses to build relationships with the business community and better understand their challenges and opportunities for expansion. It is estimated up to 90% of job growth in communities comes from existing businesses. At the foundation of every BRE effort is a commitment to action over the short and long term. “With the valuable information collected through community-driven BRE projects, decision makers and economic development practitioners are well positioned to provide support to our local businesses and take action to improve the overall business climate in our region.” says Dr. MacDonald, Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development. “Communities in our region are using the same survey instrument to guide conversations with businesses. This provides the data the RDI needs to better understand challenges and opportunities at a regional and sectoral level, as well as the community level.” 

To date, a total of 857 businesses have been interviewed in 42 communities across the region. Interview questions are derived from the BC Economic Development Association’s BC Business Counts Program, with additional regional and community-specific questions also included. An analysis of regional and corridor-level data will take place in the coming months. Further details available at

Rural News from Around the Country

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Become a Member of CRRF Today! 

January is the start of the CRRF membership year. Now in its third decade, CRRF is a proven rural resource, dedicated to active collaboration, undertaking, facilitating and advocating research for the ongoing development of Canada’s rural communities and environments. As an informal, volunteer run organization dedicated to the welfare of rural Canada it provides a host of benefits to an expanding membership. CRRF offers both a one-year membership ($30) and a five-year membership ($100). Membership runs from January – December.

If your membership has lapsed, you will receive an email shortly provide instructions for how to renew your members. 

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Upcoming Rural Events

18-19 June 2015 in Rossland, British Columbia 

June 21 - July 4, 2015 in Dublin and Galway, Ireland

23-26 June 2015 in Kenora, Ontario

23-28 June 2015 in Brighton, UK

26-27 June 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany

26-27 June 2015
Bend, Oregon, USA

27-30 June 2015 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

8-10 July 2015 in Sydney, Nova Scotia

15-16 July 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario

15 July 2015

29 July 2015

18-21 August 2015 in Aberdeen, Scotland

6-9 August 2015 in Madison, USA

17-19 September 2015 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island co-hosted by CRRF and the North Atlantic Forum

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