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.
On November 30 – December 1, 2005, the Harris Centre held a Memorial Presents/Regional Workshop at the Barbour Premises, New-Wes-Valley, NL. The Regional Workshop is normally preceded by an event entitled Memorial Presents; this is a thoughtful discussion of a topic of importance to the region or zone in which the events are held. The Memorial Presents session on the night of 30 November was on the topic of “Fisheries Policy and Rural Revitalization: An Integrated Approach”. The keynote speaker for this forum was Alastair O’Reilly, managing director of the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation. The panelists for the event were George Feltham, council member with the FFAW; Dave Vardy, former President of the Marine Institute and former Deputy Minister of Fisheries; and Gabe Gregory, vice-president of the Quinlan Group of Companies.
The Regional Workshop was attended by 69 participants. It showcased 14 new opportunities for research, teaching and outreach, grouped under the broad subject headings of tourism, business/manufacturing, and marine industries (fisheries and aquaculture).
A Report from this workshop can be found at: http://www.mun.ca/harriscentre/outreach/regionalworkshops/zone14/