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Regional Development Conference, St. Anthony

Past events

Read the conference report:
Regional development conference report.pdf

Grenfell Office of Engagement, Grenfell Campus in collaboration with the Town of St. Anthony delivered a regional development conference in St. Anthony in November 2016.  The goals of the conference were to identify the challenges and mobilize the opportunities for initiating and maintaining sustainable regional development in the St. Anthony and the region.

Titled “Our Way Forward:  Sharing Knowledge and Building Capacity for Regional Development, the conference highlighted regional government and services, and areas of economic opportunities.  Through knowledge sharing and dialogue, sessions focussed on: (1) fishery, port facilities and export opportunities, (2) instilling a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship and, (3) strengthening tourism development. The conference took place from , at the Grenfell Interpretation Centre, St. Anthony.

​​Our Way Forward: Sharing Knowledge and Building Capacity for Regional Development

Grenfell Interpretation Centre, St. Anthony​​

Tuesday, Nov. 15 EVENT/TOPIC
7:00 pm

Launch of "Our Way Forward" Conference  

Hosted by Mayor Simms and Dr. Mary Bluechardt (Vice-President, Grenfell Campus)

Wednesday, Nov. 16 EVENT/TOPIC
11:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Dialogue through Radio and Celebration through Music

(interviews and discussion on relevant topics)

6:30 - 9:30 p.m.


Regional Population Projections for Labrador and the Northern Peninsula 2016-2036

Keith Storey, Harris Centre, Population Project

Open panel session (Introduction by Mayor Ern Simms)

Response: Population Panel "Why Stay in St. Anthony?"

Youth and Business representatives

Thursday, Nov. 17 EVENT/TOPIC


Community Radio Event

8:20 - 8:30 a.m.

Welcome (coffee/tea)

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.


Regional Governance and Services: Looking to the Future

Mayor Ern Simms, Mayor Dale Colbourne, Mayor Sheila Fitzgerald,  Mayor Gerry Gros, Mayor Keith Billiard and Karen Oldford (President, MNL)

Regional Governance and Servcies: Trying it on for size 

​Sheila Fitzgerald & Karen Oldford​

9:30 - 10 a.m.


Canadian Regional Development (CRD)
Rural Development through Regionalism 
Kelly Vodden, Grenfell Campus

10 - 10:30 a.m.

Discussion and Next Steps

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 - 11:30 a.m.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Findings from CRD

Canadian Regional Develoment: a critical review of theory, practice
Ken Carter, Grenfell Campus

Growing Rural Entrepreneurship is a Social Process
Jacqui Walsh, Grenfell Campus

11:30 a.m. - 12 noon

Discussion and Next Steps

12 noon - 1 p.m.


1 - 2:15 p.m.



Session 1

International - Fisheries/Port

Future of Seafood Industry in Newfoundland and Labrador: it's not all doom & gloom

Carey Bonnell, Marine Institute

Panelists:  Sam Elliott (SABRI), Caroline Davis (St. Anthony Seafoods)

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.Discussion and Next Steps

2:45 - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 - 4:30 p.m.



Session 2

Sharing Knowledge and Building Capacity for Regional Development Through Tourism: global best practice case studies

Tourism: John Hull, Thompson Rivers University

Panelists - Andre Myers (Viking Trail Tourism Association), Mark Lamswood (Western DMO), Leanna Butters (Grenfell Campus) and Greg Wood (Grenfell Campus)

4:30 - 5 p.m.

Discussion and Next Steps

5 - 8:00 p.m.

Community Radio Discussion: Food security issues on the Northern Peninsula and public meeting (Jennifer Wood, Food First, NL)

Friday, November 18 EVENT/TOPIC


Community Radio

8:20 - 8:30 a.m.

Welcome (coffee/tea)
8:30 - 9 a.m.

How have other rural regions fostered innovation and regional sustainability?
Heather Hall, University of Waterloo

9 - 9:30 a.m. Talking Governance for Regional Development
Ryan Gibson, University of Guelph

9:30 – 12 noon



Session 3: Entrepreneurship/Social Enterprise

Business Canvas Workshop: Jacqui Walsh / Jose Lam, Business students (Grenfell Campus)

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.



Greetings from Marc Kielley, ADM, Innovation and Sector Development, BTCRD

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Next Steps: Building an Agenda for "Our Way Forward"

Building a strategy and network for the future through quadruple helix collaboration (government, university, business and community)

Co-facilitators: Kelly Vodden and Nina Mitchelmore

2:15 - 2:30 Evaluation and Closing
6 - 9 p.m. Radio-a-thon:  Fundraiser for Grenfell Foundation

Friday, White Hills Academy

​Coding for Kids

A coding session for the High School in St. Anthony, Rebecca Milley (Grenfell Campus)




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