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Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation 
18 June 2012


Successful 2012 Rural Research Workshop

From May 24-25 community practitioners, researchers, students, and government policy makers gathered in Ottawa for the 2012 Rural Research Workshop. The Workshop critically explored the three-way interrelationships between policy, research, and practice. The discussions of the Workshop explored questions such as how do these three relate to each other?, what lessons have we learned from these experiences, how can we improve the connectivity between these three? and how can a positive interrelationship be created to enhance creativity and effectiveness of rural community investments? 

The workshop was a great success. The concurrent sessions exhibited a rich variety of the research being conducted across rural Canada. Copies of presentations, posters, and abstracts from the 2012 Workshop are available on the CRRF website. Keynote addresses and concurrent presentations are available at, while posters are available at

CRRF would like to thank all the organizers and individuals who contributed to the 2012 workshop. Workshop co-hosts and partners included: Alberta Rural Development Network, Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities, Canadian Co-operative Association, Canadian Rural Health Research Society, Canadian Rural Research Network, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development (Selkirk College), Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat, Rural Development Network,  and Rural Ontario Institute. 

Mark Your Calendars for the Creating Rural Connections Conference - 11-13 October 2012

This is a must-attend conference held in partnership with Olds College, Alberta Rural Development Network, and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation. 

Regions. What are they? Do they matter? How do they affect rural communities in Alberta and across Canada? With the theme “Regional Realities and Approaches” guiding the Creating Rural Connections 2012 Conference and Tradeshow, these and other questions will be explored through keynote speakers, presentations and posters, workshops and discussions, and panel sessions. Held from October 11 to 13, 2012 at Olds College in Olds, Alberta, the Alberta Rural Development Network is hosting this national conference in partnership with the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation and Olds College.

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Still Time to Purchase Your CRRF 2012 Membership!

Being a member of this Canada-wide and international collaborative network brings with it a variety of benefits. CRRF offers both a one-year membership ($30) and a five-year membership ($100).  Become a member of CRRF today by clicking here.

Upcoming Events
Governing for Sustainable Rural Futures (June 21 - July 6 in Québec)
Creating Rural Connections Conference (October 11-13, 2012 in Olds, Alberta)

E-Zine Call for Articles

CRRF generates approximately three E-Zines per year to showcase recent rural and regional development initiatives. Contributions for upcoming issues of the E-Zine are welcomed. Please contact Kate Hall ( if you would like to contribute. 

The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) is a charitable institution committed to bettering the lives of rural Canadians. For more information about CRRF please visit You have received this communication as a past participant to a CRRF sponsored event.

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