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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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbrzXw7L8_E

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 King’s 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.