Community Development Institute - UNBC

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CDI hosts the 2014 International Symposium in Aging Resource Communities: Population Dynamics, Community Development and the Voluntary Sector in Tumbler Ridge, August 23-28.
To learn more about the Symposium, click here.

Join us for the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Annual Conference!
September 25-27, 2014, Prince George, BC

The Community Development Institute at UNBC will host the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation’s annual conference September 25-27, 2014 in Prince George.

The conference theme, New Realities, New Relationships, will explore the changing relationships across industry, local and senior levels of government, and community organizations as new development opportunities and challenges emerge.

The conference will bring together rural and resource sector leaders, including planners, community and economic development practitioners, government policy-makers, researchers, and students, to discuss issues at the heart of rural and resource sector development.

To review the conference program, and for more information, click here.

To register, click here.

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

"Research having an impact,
People making a difference"