Free Keynote Panel Focuses on Economic Future in Rural Canada

Free Keynote Panel Focuses on Economic Future in Rural Canada

NELSON – Strengthening rural economies through entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development will be the focus of a panel discussion at Nelson’s Capitol Theatre on September 20.

In partnership with the Canadian Rural Revitalization Federation (CRRF), Selkirk College is hosting the 29th annual CRRF conference – Different By Design between September 20 and 23. The conference is focused on the unique potential and the many possibilities of rural places.

More than 175 delegates will be taking part in the conference that is packed with presentations, capacity building sessions and field trips. Networking events exploring the themes of workforces of tomorrow, our changing environment, creating connections and communities of opportunity will also be explored.

“We have delegates coming from all over the Columbia Basin, across the country and around the world to share their stories,” says Dr. Sarah Breen, a Selkirk College researcher, president of the CRRF and chair of the event planning committee. “It will be an exciting and enlightening three days for those who attend.”

A free keynote panel is open to the public on September 20 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson. Keynote speakers Heather Hall (University of Waterloo), Terry Van Horn (Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation) and Tjaart Van den Berg (Land Info Technologies) will be speaking on entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development.

“The best part about CRRF conferences is the diversity of people that come and topics that are covered,” says Breen. “It’s not very often you see conferences that cover everything from innovation and technology to poverty reduction to recreation to climate change and beyond. Every one of these conferences I have gone to, I have met amazing new people and learned new things that make me look at my own work differently.”

Everyone is welcome to the free keynote panel on September 20. For more information on the conference visit: http://kootenays2017.crrf.ca/

PHOTO CUTLINE: Selkirk College researcher and President of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Federation (CRRF) is inviting the public to attend a free keynote panel on entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development at Nelson’s Capitol Theatre on September 20.

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For more information please contact:

Sarah Breen                   Selkirk College Applied Researcher                   604-506-0809

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