Community Development Institute - UNBC

Spring 2015 Speaker Series Announced!

The CDI is proud to announce Lori Ackerman, Mayor of the City of Fort St. John as the Spring 2015 Speaker.

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The CDI 2014 Annual Report has been posted.

Read the latest edition of Community Connections, CDI's Community Newsletter.

Housing Needs in Prince George: An Opportunity for Community Growth and Revitalization

The CDI recently presented to Prince George City Council the results of an 18-month Housing Need and Demand Study, and accompanying Housing Strategy Framework developed for the City. The results of this work revealed a number of opportunities for innovation and revitalization to meet the City’s housing needs.

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The Community Development Institute at UNBC announces publication of eBook focused on sustainable development in northern regions.

The CDI is proud to announce the publication of a new eBook, co-edited by Greg Halseth, Co-Director of the CDI, entitled, Sustainable Development in the Circumpolar North. Focusing on the development of a sustainable future for rural and northern regions, the book touches on the themes of governance, community, economic, and social development, as well as development in Indigenous communities and regions. At its core, the publication confronts critical issues and ways to facilitate positive change for communities that are experiencing economic and social transformation.

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The CDI recently hosted the Fall 2014 Community Speaker Series featuring James Gorman, President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries.

Mr. Gorman presented two free public lectures, in Williams Lake and Prince George, discussing the state of the BC forest industry, with particular focus on the Interior. His presentation examined the relevance of the industry to British Columbia's economy, and discussed some of the important changes being experienced in the industry today. Mr. Gorman spoke on 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.

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.

Current CDI Projects

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.

To realize this vision, the Community Development Institute will:
  • 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 CDI realizes that for long-term community and economic transformation to be successful, all stakeholders involved must be actively engaged in planning the way forward. The CDI will continue to be inclusive of all stakeholders with the goal of broadening understanding and creating common plans for the future.

The Community Development Institute at UNBC

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