Different By Design

The Different by Design – Exploring Innovation for Rural Prosperity conference explored the unique potential and many possibilities that exists in rural places. The conference themes included: workforces of tomorrow, our changing environment, creating connections, and communities of opportunity.

The 2017 Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation conference was co-hosted with Selkirk College's Applied Research and Innovation Centre.

The conference took place in Nelson, British Columbia from September 20-23, 2017.

Conference Details
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Nelson, BC

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Keynote Speakers
29th Annual CRRF Conference
Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & Economic Development

Heather Hall, University of Waterloo
Terry Van Horn, Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation
Tjaart Van den Berg, Land Info Technologies Inc.

29th Annual CRRF Conference
Brian Fry

Born and raised in the Kootenays, Brian is a technology entrepreneur with a passion for using innovative approaches to understand and solve complex challenges.

29th Annual CRRF Conference
Christopher Horsethief

Christopher Horsethief is a research professor and consultant focusing on the group dynamics of collectively traumatized communities.