All events will take place at the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown unless otherwise noted
Thursday, October 3rd
2.00 to 3.30 REGISTRATION – Kings Playhouse in Georgetown
3.30 to 3.45. WELCOMING REMARKS. Chief Brian Francis, Abegweit First Nation; Mayor Lewis Levandier, Town of Georgetown; and Wade MacLauchlan, Georgetown Conference Co-Chair.
3.45 to 5.15 OPENING KEYNOTE RURAL COMMUNITY COMMITMENT AND SUCCESS
Zita Cobb, Founder, Shorefast Foundation, Fogo Island, NL, followed by PANEL DISCUSSION.
Panellists: Zita Cobb, Donna Butt, Artistic Director, Rising Tide Theatre, Trinity NL and Gilles Lepage, Blueberry farmer and former CEO, Caisses populaires acadiennes, Caraquet, NB.
Moderator: Ray Ivany, President of Acadia University and Chair of NS Commission on New Economy
Focus: Success stories. Importance and benefits of location and sense of place. Overcoming challenges.
5.30 to 8.30: RECEPTION AND LOBSTER FEED (hosted by the Town of Georgetown) THREE RIVERS ARENA.
Friday, October 4th
8.00 to 8.30 Arrive at King’s Playhouse, coffee and muffins available
8.30 to 10.00 THE CHALLENGES TO RURAL COMMUNITY
Doug Griffiths, Wainwright, Alberta, author of 13 Ways to Kill your Community
Keynote address followed by interactive panel discussion, with diverse participants.
Moderator: Matt Rainnie, Host CBC Information Mornings.
10.00 to 10.30 BREAK
10.30 to 12.00 THE PRACTICE AND PROCESS OF RURAL COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY
The how of rural community-based development; lessons learned.
Panelists: Sheila Jans, co-author of “St. John Valley Creative Economy Project”, Madewaska, ME
Mary Beth Doucette, Associate Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies, Cape Breton University and Director of Quality Compliance, Membertou NS
Moderator: Sue Calhoun, Calhoun Research & Development/Recherche & développement.
12.00 to 12.45 Lunch Adjacent to the Playhouse
12.45 to 1.30. RESEARCHING PUBLIC OPINIONS ABOUT REDEFINING RURAL Don Mills, Chairman and CEO, Corporate Research Associates, Presenting findings of opinion sampling in Atlantic Canada
Moderator: Michael Smith, Chef, Fortune PE.
1.30 to 3.00 THE BUSINESS OF RURAL COMMUNITIES
Panelists: John Bragg, co-CEO of Oxford Foods and Chairman, Bragg Group; and, Barry Kyle, CEO, Industrial Rubber Co., Bathurst NB and Labrador City NL, both successful business and committed community leaders. This session will focus on the challenges and opportunities for business in rural communities, and will evolve into interactive dialogue with diverse entrepreneurs, including social enterprise.
Moderator – Nancy Mathis, Executive-Director, Wallace McCain Institute, UNB.
3.00 to 3.30 BREAK
3.30 to 4.45 “Atlantic Canada’s Great Ideas Exchange”. Revitalizing Rural Atlantic Canada, One Community at a Time
Presentation of outstanding submissions from the The Great Ideas Exchange: Revitalizing Rural Atlantic Canada, One Community at a Time. The Conference will offer an on-line challenge inviting participants to: “Identify ideas that have changed rural communities in Atlantic Canada”.
Moderator: Jevon MacDonald, Co-Founder, StartupNorth.ca, VP Salesforce.
5.00 BUSES RETURN TO BRUDENELL
6.15 BUSES DEPART FOR CONFERENCE BANQUET
6.30 for 7.00 PM CONFERENCE BANQUET, Montague Curling Club,
Special Guest, TBD.
Saturday, October 5th
8.30 to 9.30 Rural Community Builders’ Circles
LESSONS TO BE LEARNED AND SHARED: RURAL COMMUNITY SUCCESS STORIES AND INNOVATION.
- “Creating a New Destination” Ben Cowan-Dewar, Managing Director and co-Owner, Cabot Links, Inverness, Cape Breton, plus a young employee
- “The Role of Community Foundations” Linda Hart, Executive Director, Beautiful Plains Community Foundation, Neepawa, Manitoba
- “A New Farming Cooperative” Linda Best, Exec. Director, FarmWorks, Annapolis Valley, NS
- “Building Bridges Between Africa and Atlantic Canada” Makena Ambassa, PEI Mikunduri Foundation, Mermaid, PE and Teresa Mellish, Farmers Helping Farmers, New Perth, PE
- “Collaborative Rural Health” Paula Poirier, Vice President of Operations, Medavie EMS and Chief Operating Officer of Emergency Medical Care Inc. plus rural health care professionals
9.30 to 10.00 Break and Changeover to Second Community Builders’ Circle
10.00 to 11.00 Rural Community Builders’ Circles
- “A Signature Event”, Rino Perron, President, Festival Western, Saint-Quentin, NB
- “Welcoming Communities”, Laurie Sawatzky, Exec. Director, Regional Connections, Winkler, MN
- “Challenges in the Fishery”, Francis Morrissey, CEO, Royal Star Foods, Tignish, PE
- “First Nations Partnerships for Development”, Chief Simeon Tshakapesh, Natuashish, Labrador
- “Redefining and Rejuvenating Women’s Institute, with 100 Years of History as a Rural Organization” Barb Dunphy and Katie Beck, PEI WI
11.15 to 12.30 Conference Closing Session and Focus on Future ‘Doers and Producers’
The Conference will close with a panel of four young people, Future ‘Doers and Producers’, who will reflect on what they’ve learned/gained from the Conference, and their scenarios for revitalizing rural Atlantic Canada. Panelists: Nick MacGregor, MacLellan’s Brook NS, Brendan Curran, Alberry Plains PE, Maxime Gauvin, Cocagne, NB; plus one NL youth delegate.
Moderator: Shaun Majumder, Actor and Founder of The Gathering and the Burlington Community Business Initiative, Burlington NL
12.30 to 1.15 pm Conference Closing Lunch: Tastes of Rural Atlantic Canada