Harris Centre Regional Workshop – Seal Cove

Lay Summary 

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 Seal Cove, NL was held April 14-15, 2011. Planning partners included the Northeast Avalon Regional Economic Development Board (Zone 19) and the Rural Secretariat.

On the evening of April 14, the Harris Centre hosted a ‘Memorial Presents’ public policy forum titled “Regional Cooperation in the Northeast Avalon: What Does the Future Hold?” The keynote speakers were Dr. Rob Greenwood, Director of the Harris Centre, and Dr. Kelly Vodden, Assistant Professor of Geography at Memorial University. The panelists for the event were Jim Joy, Deputy Mayor of Holyrood, and Kirk Youden, a Councilor in Conception Bay South. The event was held at the Marian Hall in Conception Harbour.

Forty-two participants attended the Regional Workshop. The sessions were divided thematically into: Community Infrastructure; Labour Market and Changing Demographics and Innovation and Technology Development. Thirteen follow-up opportunities were identified at the workshop. These opportunities will be developed with each community champion through discussion and planning. They will be circulated to appropriate faculty and staff at Memorial University, and they will also be available online in Yaffle, Memorial’s online research database.

A report on this workshop is available at:

The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development
Memorial University
RBC Blue Water Project
Seal Cove, Conception Bay South
Conception Bay South
Conception Harbour
Newfoundland and Labrador
Community Development
Labour Market
Regional Development
Industry Sectors 
Local, Municipal and Regional Public Administration
Transportation and Warehousing
Start date 
1 Jan 2011