The Harris Centre Response to "€Growing the Economy of Newfoundland and Labrador",€ a Report from Regional Workshops and a Provincial Symposium, September 22nd to October 5th, 2004

Lay Summary 

In 2004, the Harris Centre hosted four regional workshops and a provincial symposium on growing the Newfoundland and Labrador economy. The objectives of the workshops and the symposium were to:

Outline the current state of the Newfoundland and Labrador economy;

Identify new directions to grow the economy and to build on or confirm existing directions;

Initiate or mobilize partnership initiatives to advance development;
Highlight the role of Memorial University in innovation and economic growth.

A steering committee composed of representatives of The Harris Centre, business, labour, Regional Economic Development Boards (REDBs) and all three orders of government, was established to develop and organize the workshops and the symposium.

A cross-section of stakeholders from various industries/sectors were invited to participate in the regional workshops and the provincial symposium. Participants were given the opportunity to interact, debate options and establish consensus on priorities, with each session limited to approximately forty participants. In total, over 150 individuals from throughout the province participated. Participants were split into break-out groups and asked to address the following questions:

1. List five priorities for action in growing the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador.
2. Who should lead the advancement of each priority for action?
3. What should be the role of Memorial University in advancing each priority for action?

Two areas for priority action were raised in all four regional workshops and in the provincial symposium: Governance-related priorities and actions related to Human Resource Development.


The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development
Channel-Port aux Basques
Grand Falls-Windsor
Corner Brook
Salmonier Line
Newfoundland and Labrador
Economic Conditions
Rural Development
Industry Sectors 
Provincial and Territorial Public Administration
Start date 
1 Jan 2004