Regional Workshops offer the opportunity for Memorial University faculty, staff and students to meet with regional stakeholders, in order to discuss topics of mutual interest. The purpose of a Regional Workshop is to explore ways of creating sustainable social and economic regions, and to identify possible future opportunities for research, teaching and outreach.
The Harris Centre Memorial Presents/ Regional Workshop in Corner Brook, NL was held January 26-27, 2011. Planning partners included the Humber Economic Development Board (Zone 8), the City of Corner Brook, Grenfell Campus, the Model Forest of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Rural Secretariat.
On the evening of January 26, the Harris Centre hosted a Memorial Presents public policy forum titled Whose Pine Clad Hills: Forest rights and access in NL. The keynote speaker was Dr. Rainer Baehre, professor of history and socio-cultural studies at Grenfell Campus. The panelists for the event were Dr. Sean Cadigan, of the Department of History at Memorial University in St. Johns, Dr. Erin Kelly of the Environmental Policy Unit at Grenfell Campus and Sean Dolter of the Model Forest of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Sixty-four participants attended the Regional Workshop. The sessions were divided thematically into: Transportation and Infrastructure; Culture, Heritage and Tourism; Healthy Communities; and Agriculture and Food Security. Thirty-two follow-up opportunities were identified at the workshop. Both the Culture, Heritage and Tourism group and the Agriculture and Food Security group agreed that they should continue their discussion and plans.
A report on this workshop is available at: