Webinars and Speaker Series


November 21, 2023
Research Partnerships for International Development: Exploring UNESP (Brazil) and BU (Canada) Potential Research Collaborations
Presenters: Dr. Wilder Robles and Alvaro Marques

Public Talks and Webinars

September 25, 2023
Keep Rural Japan Shining: Empower Citizens through University-Community Partnership in Esashi, Hokkaido
Presenters: Dr. Junichiro Koji


December 7, 2021
Rural Mobility and Public Transit across Canada
Presenters: Courtney Southerland, Mark Trueman, Cindy Hanson, JoAnne Jaffe, Karine Duhamel, Sheryl-Ann Simpson
Links: Video

October 20, 2021
Local Immigration & Assessing the Policy Capacity of Smaller Communities
Presenter: Marc Valade
Links: Video, PowerPoint

October 14, 2021
Professional Director Rural Leadership Certification Program
Presenter: Vicki Dickson
Links: VideoPowerPoint

September 14, 2021
Homeless People and Impacts of COVI-19 in Brandon, Manitoba
Presenter: Matt Grills
Links: Video, PowerPoint

September 14, 2021
Homeless People and Impacts of COVI-19 in Brandon, Manitoba
Presenter: Faryal Yousaf
Links: Video, PowerPoint

June 15, 2021
ICRPS 2021 Summer Institute: Global Pandemic, Local Impacts
Presenters: Ryan Gibson, Karen Keaveney and Karen Refsgaard
Links: Video

February 23, 2021
Filipino Nurses Experiences Living & Working in Rural Manitoba: The Key Role of Policy in Supporting Integration
Presenter: Dr. Catherine Baxter
Links: Video, PowerPoint

Research Briefs

Episode 1 of The Research Center Series
The Rural Development Institute
Presenter: William Ashton

Episode 2 of The Research Center Series
The Rural Research Collaboration
Presenter: Kathleen Kevany

Episode 3 of The Research Center Series
The Community Development Institute
Presenter: Marleen Morris

Episode 4 of The Research Center Series
The Rural Research Centers Network
Presenter: Kathleen Kevany

Episode 5 of The Research Center Series
The Institute of Island Studies
Presenter: Laurie Brinklow

Episode 6 of The Research Center Series
The Community Economic Development
Presenter: Jeremy Stone

Episode 7 of The Research Center Series 
The Center for Research and Innovation
Presenter: Mery Perez

Episode 8 of The Research Center Series 
The Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute
Presenters: Lauren Rethoret, Jayme Jones, Sarah Breen and Leeza Perehudoff


December 11th, 2020
One House Many Nations: Policy, Practice, & Practicalities
Presenter: Dr. Alex Wilson
Links: Video, PowerPoint

December 1st, 2020
Gastronomy A Tourism Lure: Exploring The Considerations For
A Policy Decision & The Impacts on Cross-Sector Interactions

Presenter: Davio Robinson
Links: Video, PowerPoint

November 26th, 2020
Policy for Work Integration Social Enterprises (WISEs) With
Marginalized Youth

Presenters: Dr. Jeff Karabanow, Kathryn Williston, Kaitrin Doll, Dr. Peter Hall, Lindsay Simpson, Dr. Shirley Thompson, & Jide Oni
Links: Video, PowerPoint

November 25th, 2020
Small Towns Need a New Approach
Presenter: Kyle White

Links: Video, PowerPoint

November 19th, 2020
Indigenous Knowledge Interrupted
Presenter: Kyle Bobiwash
Links: Video

January 13th, 2020
Exploring Lived Experiences of LGBTQ People Utilizing Healthcare Services in Rural Manitoba
Presenter: Nadine Henriquez
Links: Video, PowerPoint


December 17th, 2019
Regional Solutions for Rural and Urban Challenges
Presenter: Brian Dabson
Links: Video, PowerPoint

November 25th, 2019
Polanyian Protective Countermovements: The Case of Organic Producers in Canada
Presenter: Marc-Antoine Larrivée
Links: Video, PowerPoint

November 19th, 2019
Bridging Place and Policy in Divisive Times
Presenter: Ashleigh Weeden
Links: Video, PowerPoint

November 18th, 2019
Getting a Fair Share: Designing Fiscal Regimes for Impact Benefit Agreements
Presenters: Cameron Gunton, Joshua Batson, Dr. Tom Gunton, Sean Markey & Dan Dale
Links: Video, PowerPoint

October 21st, 2019
Nurturing Ethics in Governance: Taming Our Rascals Within
Presenter: Dr. Peter Apedaile
Links: Video, PowerPoint

June 19th, 2019
The Theory, Practice and Potential of Regional Development: Key Learnings & Policy Recommendations
Presenters:David J.A.Douglas, Ryan Gibson, Sean Markey, Sarah Minnes, Bill Reimer & Kelly Vodden
Links: Video, PowerPoint

May 8th, 2019
Polycentric Governance in Climate Change Policies
Presenter: Lissel Hernandez-Gongora
Links: Video, PowerPoint

April 10th, 2019
Governance in Rural Contexts: Concepts & Challenges
Presenters: Dr. Brendan O’Keeffe, David J.A. Douglas & Dr. Francisco Navarro
Links: Video, PowerPoint

March 19, 2019
What’s the Evidence on Evidence-Based Policy? Reflections on Knowledge Mobilization in Provincial Rural Policy
Presenter: Ashleigh Weeden
Links: Video, PowerPoint

February 28, 2019
A Collaborative Approach to Recruitment and Retention of Registered Nurses in Rural Manitoba, Canada: Outcomes and Policy Implications
Presenters: Catherine Baxter & Lori Fontaine
Links: Video, PowerPoint

February 21, 2019
Service Provision and Rural Sustainability: Infrastructure and Innovation
Presenters: Sean Connelly, Greg Halseth, Neil Hanlon, Sean Markey & Laura Ryser
Links: Video, PowerPoint

January 22, 2019
Good Governance in Practice: Examples from the Co-operative Sector
Presenter: Kyle White
Links: Video, PowerPoint


November 21st, 2018
Mapping Historic Sites in Rural Manitoba: Development, Themes, And Applications
Presenter: Gordon Goldsborough
Links: Video, PowerPoint

October 4th, 2018
Understanding Food Sovereignty and Policy Through a Community Lens: Food Systems in Rural and Indigenous Canada
Presenters: Danielle Robinson & Stephen Penner
Links: Video, PowerPoint

Thursday September 27th, 2018
Transitioning to the New Rural Cannabis Economy
Presenter: Tracey Harvey
Links: Video, PowerPoint

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Putting Rural on the Agenda: The Prominence and Priority of Rural Issues and Opportunities in Policy Making
Presenters: Dr. Douglas Jackson-Smith, Norman Ragetlie and Sally Shortall
Links: Video, PowerPoint

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Bringing the University to Rural Ontario: Brokering Campus & Community Engagement in Haliburton
Presenters: Stephen Hill, Emily Amon & Jim Blake
Links: Video, PowerPoint

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Research Principles for Working with First Nations
Presenters: First Nations Information Governance Centre
Links: Video, Powerpoint

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Global Perspectives on Programmatic Solutions to Bridging the Digital Divide
Presenters: Madison Pearson and April Heinrich
Links: VideoPowerpoint

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Lessons on Farmland Preservation Near Growing Urban Regions from Oregon, USA
Presenter: Laura Schreiner
Links: VideoPowerpoint

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Rural Water Infrastructure
Presenters: Sarah Breen, Paul Kraehling, and Gerry Lahey
Links: VideoPowerpoint

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Forestry Skills: Thinking beyond current paradigms
Presenters: Dr Philomena de Lima, Sarah Pohlschneider, and Dr. Sarah-Patricia Breen
Links: Video, Powerpoint

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Eco-Assets for Rural Municipalities
Presenters: Emanuel Machado, Michelle Molnar, and Roy Brooke
Links: VideoPowerpoint

Thursday, February 27, 2018
Building Capacity for Rural Climate Adaptation
Presenters: Lauren Rethoret and Ingrid Liepa
Links: VideoPowerpoint

Tuesday, February 22, 2018
The Implications of Neglecting Transportation Policy in Remote Areas
Presenters: Mesha Richard, Stephanie Hoffmann, and Meas Danok
Links: VideoPowerpoint

Thursday, February 8, 2018
Sustainable Rural Communities in an era of Population Change
Presenter: Mark Skinner
Links: VideoPowerpoint

Monday, January 29, 2018
Hidden Participants and Unheard Voices: Gender, Age, and other Influences on Traditional Ecological Knowledge Research in the North
Presenters: Maaya Hitomi and Philip Loring
Links: VideoPowerpoint

Thursday, January 25, 2018
First Nations-Municipal Economic Development Initiative
Presenters: Helen Patterson and Marissa Lawrence
Links: VideoPowerpoint

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Social Enterprise: Building Opportunities
Presenters: Darcy Penner, Dayna Lutes, and Kyle White
Links: Video RecordingPowerpoint


Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Manitoba Look North Series: Investment Ready
Presenters: Ruth Mealy and Richard Pauls
Links: Video Recording, Powerpoint

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Doing Community-Based Research: It’s a People Process
Presenters: Greg Halseth and Laura Ryser
Links: Video RecordingPowerpoint

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Creating Sustainable Funding for Ecosytems and Watersheds
Presenters: Juliet Craig and Dr. Tara Lynne Clapp
Links: Video Recording, Powerpoint

Tuesday, November 2, 2017
From Black Horses to White Steeds: Building Community Resilience
Presenters: Dr. Laurie Brinklow and Dr. Ryan Gibson
Links: Video Recording, Powerpoint

Monday, September 18, 2017
Manitoba Look North Webinar Series – Boom and Bust
Presenters: Chuck Davidson and Kristof Van Assche
Links: Video Recording, PowerPoint

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Examining Food Processing in Manitoba
Presenter: Dr Gillian Richards
Links: Video Recording, PowerPoint

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
British Columbia’s Approach to Regional Government
Presenters: Kelly Vodden, Robert Bish, Brain Walisser and Craig Pollett
Links: Video Recording, Presentation

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Rural Competitiveness in Canada
Presenters: Ray Bollman, Ruth Mealy, Sara Breen & Scott Mccullough
Links: Video Recording

August 8, 2017
National Rural Development: The Role of the National Rural Network
Presenter: Dr. Maura Farrell
Links: Video Recording

June 14, 2017
Quebec’s Approach to Regional Government: An Overview and Critical Reflections
Presenters: Jean Dionne, Dr. Bruno Jean, Craig Pollett, Dr. Bill Reimer and Dr. Kelly Vodden
Links: Video Recording, PowerPoint

May 17, 2017
Youth Unemployment in Rural and Urban Canada
Presenters: Dianne Looker and Ray Bollman
Links: Video Recording, PowerPoint

May 24, 2017
Entrepreneur and Investor Immigration in Canada
Presenter: Kareem El-Assal
Links: Video Recording, PowerPoint

April 26, 2017
Integral Strategy in Community Engagement in Rural Alberta
Presenters: Richard Pauls and David Forrest
Links: Video Recording, PowerPoint

March  15, 2017
Rural Knowledge Mobilization and Social Media
Presenters: Bojan Furst, Shawna Reibling, Krista Jensen, Alisa Fullwood, Ryan Gibson, and Michael Blatherwick
Links: Video Recording, PowerPoint

February 22, 2017
Consequences of  Rural Out-migration on Structural Changes in Agriculture  in Serbia 
Presenter: Natalija Bogdanov
Links: Video Recording, PowerPoint

February 15, 2017
Rural Scotland in Focus 2016: Informing rural policy in Scotland
Presenters: Jane Atterton and Sarah Skerratt
Links: Video Recording, PowerPoint

February  7, 2017

Oil’s Rural Reach: Social and Environmental Impacts in Saskatchewan’s Oil Producing Areas
Presenter: Emily Eaton
Links: Video Recording, PowerPoint

January 24, 2017
Achieving What’s Possible for the Agri-Food Sector: through the lens of strategically managing “Natural Capital”
Presenter: David McInnes
Links: Video Recording, PowerPoint


December 14
Food Waste in the EU: from Evidence to Policy Interventions
Presenters: Matteo Vittuari, Paolo Azzurro

Links: Video Recording, PowerPoint

November 22
The Hutterites in North America: Confronting the Digital Age
Presenters: John Lehr
Links: Video Recording, PowerPoint

October 6
Diversity in Rural/Regional Australian Communities: Everyday Multiculturalism and Resilience in Bridging Difference
Presenters: David Radford
Links: Video Recording, PowerPoint

September 20
The State of Rural Canada: Panel Discussion
Presenters: Sean Markey, Simon Fraser University; Ryan Gibson, University of Guelph; Heather Hall, University of Saskatchewan; Al Lauzon, University of Guelph; Robert Greenwood, Memorial University; Chris Southcott, Lakehead University; William (Bill) Ashton, Rural Development Institute Brandon University.
Links: Video Recording, PowerPoint

August 4
The Surprising Lives of Small Town Doctors: practicing medicine in rural Canada
Presenter: Dr. Paul Dhillon
Links: Video Recording

June 21, 2016
Planning for Climate Change: an oxymoron?
Presenters: Mike Sullivan & Gary Willson (PowerPoint), Henry David (Hank) Venema (PowerPoint)
Links: Video Recording

June 15, 2016
Geographies of Immobility: emotions and human rights of Latin-American seasonal agricultural workers in Quebec and their families.
Presenter: Linamar Campos Flores (PowerPoint)
Webinar courtesy of RPLC Migration Research Theme Team
Links: Video Recording

April 21
Rural Youth Workforce Development: Policy and Practice
Presenters: Ray Bollman (PowerPoint), Dianne Looker (PowerPoint), Sarah Breen (PowerPoint).
Webinar delivered in cooperation with RPLC partner institution: Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute
Links: Video Recording

April 6
Advancing the Basin-Boundry Regional Food System
Presenters: Lauren Rethoret (PowerPoint), Rachel Roussin (PowerPoint), Brent Mansfield (PowerPoint)
Webinar delivered in cooperation with RPLC partner institution: Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute
Links: Video Recording

March 30
Centralized and Decentralized Police Systems: examining citizen trust
Presenters: Grichawat Lowatcharin (PowerPoint), Judith Stallman
Links: Video Recording

March 23
Rural Labour Mobility: cohesion and social inclusion policy in Europe
Presenter: Philomena de Lima (PowerPoint)
Links: Video Recording

March 10
Farm Succession and Inheritance: an Irish perspective on policy and support programs
Presenter: Tomas Russell (PowerPoint)
Links: Video Recording

February 4
Remote Control: Lessons in Governance as a Resource for Rural and Remote Regions
Presenter: Rob Greenwood (PowerPoint)
Links: Video Recording

January 27
Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program: Motivations of Mexican Workers
Presenters: Lidia Carvajal (PowerPoint), Judith Stallman
Links: Video Recording


Improving dementia care in rural and small town settings: A view from Ontario – Presented by Rachel Herron (PowerPoint)

Growing the Food Industry in Canada: Successful SMEs – Link to Recording
– September, 2015. Presented by Jim Smith (PowerPoint) and Tim Hore (PowerPoint)

Food Waste Policies and Practices: North America and the EU –  Link to Recording
– June, 2015. Presented by Adbdel Felfel (PowerPoint) and Dr. Matteo Vittuari (PowerPoint)

Power Relations between Mayors and Councillors – Link to PowerPoint and Link to Recording
– May, 2015. Presented by Dr. Meir Serfaty

A great follow up to Bill Reimer and Bruno Jean’s webinar on Quebec rural policy can be found here. Check it out!

Quebec’s Approach to Regional Development: An historical perspective Link to PowerPoint and Link to recording

-February, 2015. Presented by Dr. Bill Reimer and Dr. Bruno Jean

Dirt Roads and Highways: Reforming Municipal Governance and Government in Alberta Link to PowerPoint and Link to recording 
-February, 2015. Presented by Dr. Lars Hallstrom and Naomi Finseth 


Manitoba’s Amalgamated Rural Region: A Step Forward? Link to PowerPoint and Link to recording
-December, 2014. Presented by Dr. Bill Ashton. 

Manitoba’s Economic Structure and Trends: An Update. Link to PowerPoint and Link to recording
-December, 2014. Presented by Dr. Ray Bollman . 

Mitigation of Agriculture Greenhouse Gases in the Livestock Industry: An International Perspective. Link to recording
-November, 2014. Presented by Dr. James Breen (PowerPoint) and Dr. Tim McAllister (PowerPoint). 

Manitoba’s Rural Demography Structure and Trends: An update. Link to PowerPoint and Link to Recording
-November, 2014. Presented by Dr. Ray Bollman. 

Community Change: 6 Simple Rules in Evaluating Collective Impact. Link to PowerPoint and Link to Recording-May, 2014. Presented by Mark Cabaj.

Innovative Social Enterprises in Rural Manitoba. Link to Recording
-April, 2014. Presented by Dr. Megan McKenzie and Robert Guilford (PowerPoint).

Recreation’s Role In community Resiliency. Link to PowerPoint and Link to Recording
-March, 2014. Presented by Dr. Jacquelyn Oncescu. 


Seven Strategies for Sustainable Community Futures. Link to PowerPoint and Link to Recording.
-November, 2013. Presented by Prof. Bill Reimer.

Public Policy Implementation and its Implications Link to Recording
-Presented by Lars Hallstrom and Charles Conteh

Public Policy and Implementation in Canada – Rethinking the Implementation Gap. Link to PowerPoint
-November, 2013. Presented by Dr. Lars Hallstrom.

Implementing Canada’s Rural Development Policy in a Knowledge – Based Economy. Link to PowerPoint
-November, 2013. Presented by Dr. Charles Conteh.

Sustainable Rural Community Development: A comparative Study of Canada and Australia. Link to PowerPoint and Link to Recording.
-April, 2013. Presented by Dr. John Martin.