The Different by Design – Exploring Innovation for Rural Prosperity conference explored the unique potential and many possibilities that exist in rural places.


The Different by Design conference had four themes:


Workforces of Tomorrow
The economies of tomorrow are unlikely to look like the economies that settled and built rural regions. This raises questions like what job opportunities do we expect in the coming years? How are we addressing changing training, capacity building, and recruitment needs? How do we identify and build necessary skills? We are looking for your innovative approaches to addressing workforce challenges today, as well as what you are doing to prepare for tomorrow.
Our Changing Environment
We know our environments are changing. These changes range from habitat loss to ecosystem degradation to a changing climate. What are we doing to slow, stop, or reverse these changes? How are we adapting to changing conditions? We want to hear about your approaches or solutions and what you have learned.
Creating Connections
In an era of complex problems and limited resources our most valuable assets can be relationships, partnerships, and collaborations with others. We are looking for examples of collaborative initiatives between organizations – including between municipalities, with different levels of government, public-private partnerships, working with First Nations, and more.
Communities of Opportunity
Development is often synonymous with traditional industry or business, but any rural resident knows the creativity and innovation that goes into making a living in rural places. Development opportunities relating to food, energy, recreation, tourism, arts, culture, and much more can be found across rural places. We are looking for the ideas you have tried or would like to try and what you have learned.
*Professional planners were able to attend sessions for Continuous Professional Learning credits


We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada. Tous les présentations clés seront simultanément traduits en français grâce au généreux soutien de Patrimoine canadien. Nous reconnaissons l’appui du gouvernement du Canada.

This conference was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Cette conférence a été financée par le Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada.