Saturday, October 5th  

8.30 to 9.30 Rural Community Builders’ Circles


  1. “Creating a New Destination” Ben Cowan-Dewar, Managing Director and co-Owner, Cabot Links, Inverness, Cape Breton, plus a young employee
  2. “The Role of Community Foundations” Linda Hart, Executive Director, Beautiful Plains Community Foundation, Neepawa, Manitoba
  3. “A New Farming Cooperative” Linda Best, Exec. Director, FarmWorks, Annapolis Valley, NS
  4. “Building Bridges Between Africa and Atlantic Canada” Makena Ambassa, PEI Mikunduri Foundation, Mermaid, PE and Teresa Mellish, Farmers Helping Farmers, New Perth, PE
  5. “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

  1. “A Signature Event”, Rino Perron, President, Festival Western, Saint-Quentin, NB
  2. “Welcoming Communities”, Laurie Sawatzky, Exec. Director, Regional Connections, Winkler, MN
  3. “Challenges in the Fishery”, Francis Morrissey, CEO, Royal Star Foods, Tignish, PE
  4. “First Nations Partnerships for Development”, Chief Simeon Tshakapesh, Natuashish, Labrador
  5. “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; and Melissa Jackson, New Glasgow NS.

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