Different by Design Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference

September 20, 2017 - 8:30am to September 23, 2017 - 4:30pm

The Different by Design – Exploring Innovation for Rural Prosperity conference explores the unique potential and many possibilities that exist in rural places. 

The Different by Design conference has four themes: 

Workforces of Tomorrow 

The economies of tomorrow are unlikely to look like the economies that settled and built rural regions. This raises questions like what job opportunities do we expect in the coming years? How are we addressing changing training, capacity building, and recruitment needs? How do we identify and build necessary skills? 

Participants are asked to share their innovative approaches to addressing workforce challenges today, as well as what they are doing to prepare for tomorrow. 

Our Changing Environment 

We know our environments are changing. These changes range from habitat loss to ecosystem degradation to a changing climate. What are we doing to slow, stop, or reverse these changes? How are we adapting to changing conditions? Share your approaches or solutions. 

Creating Connections

In an era of complex problems and limited resources our most valuable assets can be relationships, partnerships, and collaborations with others. Discuss examples of collaborative initiatives between organizations – including between municipalities, with different levels of government, public-private partnerships, working with First Nations and Aboriginal communities and more. 

Communities of Opportunity 

Development is often synonymous with traditional industry or business, but any rural resident is familiar with the required creativity and innovation that goes into making a living in rural places. 

Development opportunities relating to food, energy, recreation, tourism, arts, culture, and much more can be found across rural places. Share ideas you have tried or would like to try and what you have learned. 

*Professional planners can attend sessions for Continuous Professional Learning credits 

Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) is a charitable institution committed to bettering the lives of rural Canadians.