Posted on March 16, 2011 by Tia Lalani

During 3 exciting days of presentations, discussions and networking, speakers will share their rural projects, programs, research and lessons learned.

Mayfield Inn & Suites, Edmonton, AB

Get ready for the perfect blend of rural and post-secondary collaboration. During three exciting days of presentations, discussions and networking, top-notch speakers will share their rural projects, programs, research and lessons learned. Organized by the Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN), the conference features three diverse keynote speakers, breakout sessions, interactive discussion, networking opportunities, and a research priorities workshop. Click here to learn more and register.

Creating Rural Connections 2011 Conference

The Creating Rural Connections 2011 conference will give delegates the opportunity to learn from and network with individuals and organizations involved in the vitality and well-being of rural communities. This must-attend conference takes place from April 12 to 14, 2011 in Edmonton at the Mayfield Inn & Suites, and features an exciting array of speakers and interactive sessions.

Co-hosted by the Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN), Athabasca University, Grant MacEwan University, NorQuest College, NAIT and the University of Alberta, participants will include rural Albertans, representatives from community-based organizations, post-secondary researchers and faculty, and government representatives.

Delegates will hear about successful rural projects, and how partnerships between communities and post-secondary institutions have resulted in new insights and outcomes. Networking breaks will provide time to discuss rural issues, community-based projects, and explore the potential for new projects and collaboration.

A preliminary program is available online. Keynote speakers include Charlie French from the University of New Hampshire, Mike Stolte from the Centre for Innovative and Entrepreneurial Leadership, and Jeff Dixon from Queen’s University’s Monieson Centre.

The conference includes a tradeshow where organizations can showcase their services or products, and participants can learn more about assistance available for rural communities and research projects. But it won’t all be hard work. At the evening banquet and networking reception, you can enjoy good food, good company, and Jason – That Funny Magic Guy, who will entertain you with a unique mix of magic and humour.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to participate in a needs assessment workshop on the priorities and needs for rural development research in Alberta. Input and feedback gathered at this workshop will be used to guide future ARDN facilitated rural development projects.

The Creating Rural Connections 2010 conference in Lethbridge led to more than a dozen collaborations among post-secondary institutions and between post-secondary institutions and rural communities. A panel session in 2011 will highlight these and other partnerships, and tell you how those relationships were developed, the problems encountered and overcome, and the benefits of the collaboration. So be sure to reserve April 12 to 14 and register soon to take part in this year’s opportunity to connect and learn about rural development in Alberta.


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