Harris Centre Regional Workshop – Port Aux Basques

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.

This workshop had two goals: promote Memorial University as a resource for regional policy and development throughout the province; and stimulate discussion to generate future opportunities for collaboration in the areas of research, teaching and outreach within the region, between Memorial University and community stakeholders.

The Harris Centre Memorial Presents/Regional Workshop was held April 24-25, 2012. The planning partners were Long Range Regional Economic Development Board (Zone 9), Marine and Mountain Zone Corporation (Zone 10).

On the evening of April 24, 2012, the Harris Centre hosted a ‘Memorial Presents’ public policy forum titled: “Why the Divorce? The Merits and Shortcomings of a Fleet Separation Policy.” Dr. Tom Cooper, assistant professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial University, and Earle McCurdy, President of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union examined the merits and shortcomings of a fleet separation policy and explored the positives and negatives of vertical integration as a strategy for both harvesters and processors.

The presentations were followed by an audience question and answer session and a reception. The event was attended by 51 people at St. Christopher’s Hotel, Port Aux Basques.

Fifty people attended the ‘Regional Workshop’ held April 25, 2012, from 8:00am to 4:00pm at St. Christopher’s Hotel in Port aux Basques. Attendees included representatives from Memorial University, community-based and non-profit organizations, educational institutions, municipalities and local service districts, business owners and staff, media, and provincial and federal government departments. Presentations on Memorial services and departments were given by Mike Clair, Associate Director of Public Policy with the Harris Centre; David Peddle: Associate Vice-President (Grenfell Campus) Academic; and Bojan Fürst, Manager of Knowledge Mobilization with the Harris Centre. The group also learned more about Zones 9 and 10 through a presentation by Lynn MacArthur, with the Marine and Mountain Zone Corporation, and Debra Coughlin, with the Long Range Regional Economic Development Board.

Participants broke into four themed groups: (1) Natural Resources; (2) Transportation and Infrastructure; (3) Tourism, Culture and Heritage; and (4) Community Wellbeing. These themes were determined by the planning committee in consultation with regional partners prior to the workshop.

The Rural Secretariat (a division of the Executive Council of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador) held a special lunchtime session. This 2-hour unique deliberative dialogue session focused workshop participants on the topic of volunteerism, with an emphasis on the Stephenville-Port aux Basques region. The Rural Secretariat has partnered with the Voluntary and Non-Profit Secretariat to provide an overview of volunteerism in the province, followed by interactive discussion on this topic. Through small table discussions, the Rural Secretariat led this fun, engaging and participatory process while providing opportunities for instant feedback using Turning Point Technology.

During the afternoon breakout sessions, the participants informed Memorial faculty, students and staff, as well as the other participants, about development priorities in their region. Thirty follow-up opportunities were identified at the workshop. These will be developed into one-page opportunities through further discussion and collaboration with the region.

A report on this workshop is available at:

The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development
Faculty of Business Administration
Memorial University
RBC Blue Water Project
Channel-Port aux Basques
Newfoundland and Labrador
Business development
Community Development
Natural Resources
Industry Sectors 
Fishing, Hunting and Trapping
Provincial and Territorial Public Administration
Local, Municipal and Regional Public Administration
Support Activities for Transportation
Truck Transportation
Start date 
1 Jan 2012