Harris Centre Regional Workshop - Western Newfoundland

Lay Summary 

The Regional Workshop was held on Tuesday, April 22, 2015, in Norris Point NL. Eighty three people attended the workshop, including faculty, graduate students and staff from Memorial University, and attendees Western Newfoundland, including municipalities, First Nations, federal and provincial government, community groups, businesses, business and economic development organizations.

Climate Change Impacts
-What climate change impacts are happening or could happen in the future?
-Who is responsible for what when it comes to addressing and planning for climate change (including communities, governments, businesses, the general public, etc.)?
-How can Town Planning help communities deal with the impacts of climate change on their local ecosystems and infrastructure?
Energy Development
What energy sources do people want to see developed, and how would their development shape the region?
-What is the feasibility of developing renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar or wave energy?
-Can the current system accommodate and benefit from new forms, and increased levels of, energy?
Collaborative Networking
-In what ways do networks already advance socio-economic development in the region, and how can this be furthered?
-How can people collaborate with each other more often and more effectively, both with others in the region and those outside of it?
-Can increased partnerships and knowledge sharing help address the changing demographics in the region, as the population is aging and many young people are leaving or commuting for work?

During the morning portion of the workshop, the group was welcomed and introduced to the community by Mayor Joe Reid of the Town of Norris Point and Dr. Robert Scott, Director of the Bonne Bay Marine Station. This was followed by opening presentations, which introduced several Memorial services and departments. Presenters included Rob Greenwood, Executive Director of the Harris Centre; Ken Carter, Director of the Grenfell Office of Engagement; and Bojan Furst, Manager of Knowledge Mobilization with the Harris Centre. The group also took in a presentation by Mark Lamswood, Go Western Newfoundland, who provided a regional profile of the workshop area. During the remainder of the morning, participants broke into groups based on the workshop's themes. Everyone introduced themselves to their group and they got to know more about each other's work and interests.

After lunch, groups returned to their break-out groups to focus on identifying potential new opportunities for Memorial to establish linkages and partnerships for future projects. These opportunities could be related to research, teaching or public engagement. A total of 39 follow-up opportunities were identified at the workshop.

The workshop report can be found here.

8:30 Workshop Registration and Breakfast
9:00 Welcomes; Rob Greenwood, Harris Centre, Joe Reid, Mayor, Norris Point; Robert Scott, Director, Bonne Bay Marine Station
9:10 Outline for the Day Rob Greenwood, Harris Centre
9:20 The Role of Memorial University in Regional Development Ken Carter, Grenfell Office of Engagement
9:35 – 9:50 (15 mins) Western Newfoundland Profile and Priorities Mark Lamswood, Go Western Newfoundland
9:50 Follow-Up Process for New Opportunities Bojan Fürst, Harris Centre
10:15 Parallel Sessions: Current Memorial Activities in the Region. Participants discussed current activities in the region and discuss various Memorial departments/centres in break-out groups.
-Climate Change (Facilitated by Bojan Furst, Harris Centre)
-Energy Development (Facilitated by Mike Clair, Harris Centre)
-Collaborative Networking (Facilitated by Rob Greenwood, Harris Centre)
1:00 Parallel Sessions: New Opportunities. Discussion of potential new opportunities for collaboration based on regional priorities. Groups brainstormed new research questions, engagement activities, teaching opportunities, etc. Themes and facilitation as per morning session.
3:00 Report Back/Wrap-Up and Next Steps Facilitator: Rob Greenwood, Harris Centre

The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development
Grenfell Office of Engagement
Norris Point
Newfoundland and Labrador
Community Development
Economic Development
Local Knowledge
Labour and Employment
Regional Development
Rural Development
Start date 
22 Apr 2015
Partner Organization 
Bonne Bay Marine Station
ity of Corner Brook
Dept. of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
Go Western Newfoundland
Gros Morne Co-operating Association
Jackson's Arm Heritage Society Inc
Office of Public Engagement, Rural Secretariat
Town of Norris Point
Town of Rocky Harbour
Work Force Qalipu