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Western Newfoundland Regional Workshop

Creating a Sustainable Future for Western Newfoundland

Are you living in Western Newfoundland and interested in your region's development?

Or, are you faculty, staff or a student at Memorial University who would like to strengthen Memorial's presence and network with people in Western Newfoundland?

If so, consider attending the Harris Centre's Regional Workshop on April 21, 2015 at the Bonne Bay Marine Station in Norris Point, from 9:00am-4:00pm (with breakfast starting at 8:00). Click here for the agenda. 

There will also be a Memorial Presents public forum from 7:00-9:00pm the evening before the workshop, titled Weaving Networks for a Collaborative and Sustainable Future in Western Newfoundland. Please find more information here.

The following themes have been developed with a local planning committee. The workshop won't be able to address all of these issues; however, it will be a forum to generate ideas about how Memorial might work with community partners to tackle these issues through research, teaching and/or public engagement.

Climate Change Impacts

  • What climate change impacts are happening or could happen in the future?
  • Who is responsible for what when it comes to addressing and planning for climate change (including communities, governments, businesses, the general public, etc.)?
  • How can Town Planning help communities deal with the impacts of climate change on their local ecosystems and infrastructure?

Energy Development

  • What energy sources do people want to see developed, and how would their development shape the region?
  • What is the feasibility of developing renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar or wave energy?
  • Can the current system accommodate and benefit from new forms, and increased levels of, energy?

Collaborative Networking

  • In what ways do networks already advance socio-economic development in the region, and how can this be furthered?
  • How can people collaborate with each other more often and more effectively, both with others in the region and those outside of it?
  • Can increased partnerships and knowledge sharing help address the changing demographics in the region, as the population is aging and many young people are leaving or commuting for work?

Register Here

See Agenda Here

Please contact Amy Jones at or 864-6115 if you have any questions or would like to register by phone.