Read the latest edition of Community Connections, CDI's Community Newsletter.
Fall Speaker Series Announced!
The CDI is proud to announce the Fall 2014 Community Speaker Series will feature James Gorman, President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries.
Mr. Gorman will present two free public lectures. He will discuss the state of the BC forest industry, with particular focus on the Interior. He will examine the relevance of the industry to British Columbia's economy, and discuss some of the important changes being experienced in the industry today. His talk will address work being done to overcome timber supply challenges, industry actions to grow new markets for BC’s forest products, new technologies being developed, challenges faced, and what can be done to improve the competitiveness of the industry. Finally, Mr. Gorman will touch on what forest dependent communities should expect in the coming years.
Free Speaker Series events will be held in two locations:
- November 12, 2014: Cariboo Recreation Complex, Williams Lake, 7-8.30pm
- November 13, 2014: Prince George Public Library (Bob Harkins Branch), Prince George, 7-8.30pm
Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) Annual Conference a Huge Success!
The Community Development Institute is proud to report that New Realities, New Relationships, the CRRF Annual Conference co-hosted by the CDI, was a great success. More than 170 rural and industry leaders, community and economic development practitioners, government policy-makers, researchers, and students gathered in Prince George at the end of September to discuss issues at the heart of rural and resource sector development in BC and Canada.
District of Fort St. James Community Economic Development Strategy
The CDI is very pleased to be working with the District of Fort St. James to develop a community economic development strategy. This strategy will identify opportunities for diversifying the economy and building community capacity. The goal of this project will be to enhance responsiveness, adaptiveness, and innovation, creating a more resilient community and sustainable economy. This project was the topic of a presentation by Marleen Morris at the Beyond Engagement Conference at the University of Victoria May 20-22, 2014.
Career Training Available in Northern BC
In December 2013, the CDI examined the availability of career-oriented training programs, including skilled trades programs, at four educational institutions in northern British Columbia. These institutions were:
· The College of New Caledonia,
· Northern Lights College,
· Northwest Community College, and
· The University of Northern British Columbia.
This report shows the length, location, and prerequisites of the training programs offered, as well as the certification received upon completion.
The Community Development Institute at UNBC is dedicated to understanding and realizing the potential of BC’s non-metropolitan communities in a changing global economy, preparing students and practitioners for leadership roles in community and economic development, and creating a body of knowledge, information, and research that will enhance our understanding and our ability to deal with the impacts of ongoing transformation.
In keeping with the vision of the University of Northern British Columbia, the Community Development Institute is committed to working with all communities – Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal – to help them further their aspirations in community and regional development.
- Work with industry, communities, business, and government to identify and assess opportunities, develop strategies, and facilitate partnerships for long-term community and economic benefit in a changing global economy.
- Provide academic and professional development programs and courses to develop expertise and leadership capacity in community and economic development.
- Provide research, information, and policy advice that enhance our understanding and ability to deal with the impacts of ongoing transformation.
- Support multi-sectoral dialogue and planning to prepare industry, communities, and government for future opportunities and challenges.
The Community Development Institute at UNBC
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People making a difference"