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Rural Economic Development Session with Dr. Ken Coates
March 10, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Ken Coates will be talking about Rural Futures. Over the past few decades, rural and small-town Canada have faced immense strains. The migration of young people to the cities, and changes in agriculture, mining, and manufacturing have undermined local economies. But rural Canada will not go quietly, but instead is determined to preserve its special place within Canada well into the 21st century. Defining the lifestyles and economic prospects of rural and small-town Canada requires creativity, community spirit, and a full understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie before us all.
Ken Coates is a rare public commentator who brings a deep understanding of past and present realities together with compelling ideas about Canada’s future. His passionate and highly engaging talks have captivated diverse audiences across the country, from college administrators and economic development officers to Aboriginal entrepreneurs and community activists. Ken is Canada’s Research Chair in Regional Innovation and brings his experience in East Asia and around the Circumpolar world to bear on his understanding of Canada’s strengths and weaknesses. Ken combines irreverence, insight, and a sense of humour in his conversations about the issues that matter most to Canadians.