This workshop had two main goals: 1) promote Memorial University as a resource for regional policy and development throughout the province, and 2) stimulate discussion to generate future opportunities or research questions from the region. To facilitate this, participants aimed to identify opportunities for future collaboration in the areas of research, teaching and outreach within the region, between Memorial University and community stakeholders.
The regional workshop was held on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at the Haven Inn in St. Anthony. Forty people attended the workshop, and attendees included faculty, graduate students and staff from Memorial University, as well as others from the Great Northern Peninsula, including businesses; municipal, provincial and federal government; community-based organizations; educational institutions; etc.
It was planned for the workshop to have three themes:
1) Assessing and advancing local infrastructure
-What is the status of current infrastructure (transportation, communications, drinking water, marine, health, education, recreation, etc.)?
-What knowledge and resources are needed to sustain and advance community and regional infrastructure into the future?
2) Promoting regional collaboration
-How can separate communities work together to plan and share resources for the benefit of the region?
-Can communities further cooperate in the planning and delivery of services?
Are there more ways to build capacity on a regional, rather than community level?
3) Fostering business development and entrepreneurship
-What is the role of business in the region, and how can individuals invest in ventures that will create benefits for themselves as well as others? others?
-What are examples of successful businesses, and what opportunities exist in various sectors?
-How can entrepreneurship be encouraged?
During the morning portion of the workshop, the group was welcomed and introduced to the community by Mayor Ernest Simms of the Town of St. Anthony. This was followed by opening presentations, which introduced several Memorial services and departments. Presenters included Rob Greenwood, Executive Director of the Harris Centre and Public Engagement at Memorial University; Gerald Anderson, Manager of Development and Engagement with the Marine Institute; and Amy Tucker, Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator with the Harris Centre. The group also took in a presentation by Nina Mitchelmore, Regional Partnership Planner for St. Anthony - Port au Choix with the Rural Secretariat, who provided more context about the region's development and priorities. During the remainder of the morning, participants broke into groups based on the workshop" themes. There were very few participants in the "assessing and advancing local infrastructure" theme, so it was combined with the "promoting regional collaboration" theme. 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 13 follow-up opportunities were identified at the workshop.
8:30 -9:00 Breakfast & Workshop Registration
9:00 - 9:10 Welcomes; Rob Greenwood, Harris Centre, Mayor Ernest Simms, Town of St. Anthony
9:10 - 9:20 Outline for the Day Rob Greenwood, Harris Centre
9:20 - 9:35 The Role of Memorial University in Regional Development Gerald Anderson, Marine Institute, Memorial University
9:35 - 9:50 Regional Profile and Priorities Nina Mitchelmore, Rural Secretariat, Office of Public Engagement
9:50 - 10:00 Follow-Up Process for New Opportunities Amy Tucker, Harris Centre
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 11:45 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.
Assessing and advancing local infrastructure & Promoting regional collaboration Facilitator: Sheila Downer, Labrador Solutions & Bojan Furst, Harris Centre; Fostering business development and entrepreneurship Facilitator: Rob Greenwood, Harris Centre
11:45 - 12:15 Lunch
12:15 - 2:00 Parallel Sessions: New Opportunities
Discussion of potential new opportunities for collaboration based on regional priorities. Groups brainstormed new research questions, outreach/engagement activities, teaching opportunities, etc.
Themes: As per morning sessions
1:45 - 2:10 Break
2:00 - 2:30 Report Back/Wrap-Up and Next Steps Facilitator: Rob Greenwood, Harris Centre