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Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation 
8 February 2012


Become a Member of CRRF Today!

Now in its third decade, CRRF is a proven rural resource, dedicated to active collaboration, undertaking, facilitating, and advocating research for the ongoing development of Canada''s rural communities and environments. As an informal volunteer run organization dedicated to the welfare of rural Canada, CRRF provides a host of benefits to an expanding membership. 

Being a member of this Canada wide and international collaborative network brings with it a variety of benefits, which include: 
  • direct access to Canada''s leading researchers, practitioners, policy advisers, professional consultants, community activists, and many others
  • participation in our annual conference, exciting, stimulating and informative three day events
  • access to the New Researcher Forums for tips, coaching, contacts, mentors, and practical information on all aspects of rural development research
  • access to knowledge about rural-relevant information and data for analysis or educational purposes
  • contact with international rural development networks in, for example, the European Union, Australia, Japan, and the United States
  • direct access to a variety of published research (books, papers, reports, surveys, presentations)
  • opportunities to hear leading authorities on rural development from around the world, at our annual conferences, Think Tanks, and collaborative research workshops
  • opportunities to collaborate on a variety of rural research proposals which generate short, medium, and long term projects
  • access to our electronic E-Zine, an informative, current and researcher/practitioner focused quarterly publication
  • opportunities to interact with a variety of organizations active in rural development, such as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Canadian Community Economic Development Network, provincial municipal organizations, the Canada Rural Health Research Society, northern Canada organization, and a variety of rural community development and research centres right across Canada
To register as a member of CRRF visit CRRF offers a one-year membership ($30) and a five year membership ($100). 


2012 Rural Research Workshop 

May 24-25, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario

Continuing the theme of relating policy to research, and vice versa, the second national Rural Research Workshop (RRW) “Policy and Research in Community Investment” will focus on the complex relationships between policy and research as they relate to the practice of rural community investment. This workshop will critically explore the three-way interrelationships between policy, research and development practice. How do they relate to each other? What lessons have we learned from these experiences? How can we improve the connectivity between these three? How can a positive interrelationship be crafted to enhance the creativity and effectiveness of rural community investment? 

Click here for more information on the 2012 Rural Research Workshop. The Rural Research Workshop will be co-hosted by the Canadian Cooperative Association, the Canadian Rural Health Research Society, and CRRF. 

ICRPS 2012 - Governing for Sustainable Rural Futures

The International Comparative Rural Policy Studies annual summer school will be held in Québec in 2012 bringing together an international, multi-disciplinary group of faculty, students, and professionals to study the many facets of rural policy. The goal of the summer school is to provide graduate students, researchers, and rural development experts from around the world an opportunity to exchange insights and knowledge regarding rural and northern policy using a comparative perspective. Individuals interesting in participating in the summer school should visit

CRRF is supporting Concordia University and l’Université du Québec à Rimouski to host the 2012 ICRPS Summer School in Québec.

Seeking Contributions for CRRF E-Zine 

The next volume of the CRRF E-Zine will be generated shortly. The CRRF E-zine showcases recent rural and regional development initiatives, stories, publications, and resources. Suggestions and contributions for inclusion in the next volume are welcomed! Please contact Kate Hall ( with your ideas.  

Call for Poster Submissions
The upcoming Rural Research Workshop is inviting poster submissions. The deadline to submit a poster abstract is February 17, 2012. To submit a poster abstract click here

Mark Your Calendars
From 11-13 October 2012 the Alberta Rural Development Network and CRRF will co-host the Creating Rural Connections Conference. Stayed tuned for more details. 

Subscribe to CRRF E-Zine
Sign up to receive the CRRF E-Zine by email by clicking here.

Upcoming Events
Sustainable Communities Conference (February 8-10 in Ottawa, Ontario)
Rural + Development + Planning Symposium (February 22 in Brandon, Manitoba)
Beyond Surviving: Planning to Thrive (February 22-24 in Brandon, Manitoba)
Policy and Research in Community Investment (May 24-25 in Ottawa, Ontario)
Governing for Sustainable Rural Futures (June 21 - July 6 in Québec)
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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