August 23 deadline to participate in Rural Innovation in Manitoba survey

August 18, 2016

The entrance to the Rural Development Institute is seen, with trees in the foreground
The Rural Development Institute at Brandon University.

The deadline is fast approaching for business owners and leaders in southwestern Manitoba to share their experiences through a Rural Development Institute (RDI) survey aimed at strengthening the province’s agri-food industry.

The purpose of the Rural Innovation in Manitoba (RIM) survey is to find the challenges faced by businesses as they grow and expand, as well as what steps they have taken to overcome them.  The final day to complete the short RIM survey, available at, is Tuesday, Aug. 23. The Rural Development Institute at Brandon University has been conducting the survey over the course of the summer as part of a large-scale research project.

“We have had a good response so far, but we would like to gather as much input as possible,” said RDI researcher Gillian Richards.

“Business owners, including food producers and processors, and other leaders are helping us understand the community business culture in the area through this survey. They are helping us identify what services are available to business in the region and where gaps and opportunities for improvement remain.”

Economic development offices, chambers of commerce and municipal officials in the region are also being asked for their input. The anonymous survey takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Brandon University, founded in 1899, promotes excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship, and educates students so that they can make a meaningful difference as engaged citizens and leaders.

For more information, please contact:

Naomi Finseth
Student Research Assistant
Rural Development Institute

Rob Henderson
Marketing Communications Officer