How should NL use its natural resources to ensure its long-term sustainability? What should be the province’s economic development strategy to ensure its long-term sustainability?


The two questions are related and would need to be undertaken on a province-wide scale. As well, they would involve a dedicated initiative on the part of Memorial University and the Harris Centre.

These are two very large questions that would require the mobilization of many researchers, scholars and thinkers at Memorial University of Newfoundland, as well as many thoughtful, knowledgeable and experienced citizens outside the university. Addressing these questions would require a comprehensive research agenda and extensive knowledge mobilization activities. They would require the commitment, creativity and collegiality of a large number of collaborators, as well as government support, access to information and finances.

The initiative should be led by a “program committee” composed of academics (from the social and natural sciences, the humanities, etc.) and leaders in the fields of government, business, the social sector, First Nations, rural development groups, etc.

The research agenda would be determined collectively, the research would be undertaken in a non-partisan manner, and the recommendations of the research would be validated at forums with leaders and citizens. The media would be mobilized to get the public involved.

Economic Development
Regional Development
Natural Resources
Industry Sectors 
Fishing, Hunting and Trapping
Oil and Gas Extraction
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
Start date 
25 Sep 2015