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 March 28-29, 2006, the Harris Centre held a Memorial Presents/Regional Workshop at the Holiday Inn, Stephenville, 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 28 March was on the topic of “Fisheries Policy and Rural Revitalization: An Integrated Approach”. The keynote speaker for this forum was Eric Dunne, Interim Managing Director of the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (a centre within the Marine Institute). The panelists were Allister Hann, mayor of the Town of Burgeo; Johnny Purchase, an inshore fisherman from the southwest coast of Newfoundland; and Dr. Noel Roy, head of the Department of Economics at Memorial University.
The Regional Workshop was attended by approximately eighty-six participants. It showcased 27 new opportunities for research, teaching and outreach, grouped under the broad subject headings of fisheries/aquaculture, agriculture/agrifoods, tourism, and community education.
A Report from this workshop can be found at: http://www.mun.ca/harriscentre/outreach/regionalworkshops/zone9_10/