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Monday, January 27 • 10:10 - 11:25
209: PANEL: Disruptors: Activating Growth Potential in Rural Communities

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Canada’s rural communities today are dealing with harsh economic realities, but they also offer untapped potential for growth. They are fertile ground for social enterprises based on local disruptors and the unmet needs of the population. A wealth of natural and human resources can support businesses in food production, tourism. and all forms of personal services. The key is to create an ecosystem of entrepreneurship that enables the ideas, talent and funds to start and develop firms relating to a community's unique environment.

Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Madelaine Currelly

Madelaine Currelly

CEO, Community Training and Development Centre
Madelaine Currellyhas been the CEO of the Community Training and Development Centre (CTDC) for  20 years. The CTDC works with all levels of government and partners with local agencies to provide community innovation and improvement. The CTDC has undertaken research projects, including... Read More →
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Dan Borowec

Director, Economic Development-Planning-Strategic Initiatives Northumberland County
Dan Borowec brings a broad background of public service in both post-secondary education and community economic development. His support for rural renewal has resulted in numerous initiatives from the creation of the Eastern Ontario Development Program, Prosper Northumberland, Newcomer... Read More →
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Robin Jones

The Village of Westport, Mayor
Robin Jones was acclaimed as the Mayor of Westport in the October 2018 serving her second term as mayor. Robin is a Board member on ROMA and AMO and brings her experience of living in rural Ontario most of her professional life.
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Zita Cobb

Founder & CEO | Fondatrice et directrice générale, Fogo Island Inn and Shorefast Foundation | Fogo Island Inn et Shorefast Foundation
Growing up on Fogo Island in Newfoundland and Labrador, Zita Cobb developed a deep belief in the inherent value of place and a profound respect for the human ways of knowing that emerge from respectful relationships with nature, culture and community. After completing high school... Read More →


Monday January 27, 2020 10:10 - 11:25 EST
Room | Salle 209