Revisiting the New Economy Symposium – October 22, 2013 Thunder Bay, ON

November 21, 2013

2013 Rural Canada Ready to Grow: Canadian Rural Revitalization Conference

Back Row: (L-R) Tom Johnson, Peter Apedaile, Nelson Rogers,
Heather Hall, LingLing Fan, Dianne Looker, Bill Ashton
Middle Row: Lori Gould, Ryan Gibson, Bill Reimer, Laura Ryser,
Ray Bollman, Bruno Jean
Front Sitting: Sara Teitelbaum, Anna Woodrow, Lana Sullivan,
Fran Shaver
Missing from photo: Judi Nelson Childs

Over 2 dozen people examined the impact over the last 10 years of the New Rural Economy project – NRE. Ten presentations analyzed and discussed fundamentals of governance, wealth creation, capacity building, and service delivery in rural communities.

Dr. Bill Reimer, the co-designer, motivator, and leader of the decade long NRE project wrapped up by underscoring the importance of ongoing research with the 32 rural communities – a national rural lab.

Dr. Bill Ashton from the Rural Development Institute along with Dr. Ray Bollman were pleased to host this NRE symposium, with the assistance of Lori Gould, a former NRE researcher. This group also celebrated a festschrift for Dr. Bill Reimer, who recently retired from Concordia University.

Conference Presentations

Leonard “Peter” Apedaile:
Ethical Rural Government: Have We Got It right? Pastoral Vesus Self Care

Bruno Jean:
An intangible factor of Rural Communities Development: local governance

Thomas Johnson:
Wealth Creation, Sustainability and the Normative Structures Framework

Judi Nelson Childs:
Social Finance as “Impact First” Investing

Laura Ryser; Lana Sullivan; Greg Halseth:
Renewing Innovating non-Profit Service Provision: Structural Barriers and Responses.

Lana Sullivan, Laura Ryser; and Greg Halseth:
Recognizing Change, Recognizing Rural: The New Rural Economy and Towards a New Model of Rural Services

Anna Woodrow:
Building Capacity: The Role of Rural Traditional Media and the New Rural Economy.

Dianne Looker:
Supportive Communities: how those in rural and Non-rural areas deal with change.

Sara Teitelbaum:
Revisiting the Capacity Model: A Case Study of Vilhelmina, Sweden

LingLing Fan:
The Development of rural Communities: Palliative Care in the Low German – Speaking Mennonite Communities

Bill Reimer:
A Collection of Conference Photos