The Commission of Inquiry Respecting the Muskrat Falls Project would like to provide the opportunity for citizens to share their thoughts about the project and/or the Inquiry. The Inquiry has enlisted the assistance of Memorial University’s Harris Centre to manage the public consultation process on their behalf.
Join us as we hear stories of growth and innovation, as Felicity shares details of Irish Government small firm initiatives, business innovation models and embedding design thinking in rural enterprise.
Join us as we take a closer look at the challenges and opportunities facing women in the maritime sector. As a major industry in our province traditionally dominated by men, what are the challenges still facing women in the industry? How can we overcome them? What else needs to be done to better recognize, increase, and improve the opportunities?
New research fund now open! Application deadline: May 31
Medications are meant to improve our health, but over time some medications may cause more harm than good. Learn how pharmacists at the School of Pharmacy’s Medical Therapy Services Centre are reducing pill consumption and improving clients' health and well-being.
What is the best approach to rural development given the complex challenges that face rural NL? How has the thinking around regional and rural development changed over the last 20 years? How is it the same? Join us for a Memorial Present public forum to unpack and discuss.
Increasing immigration is often touted as a key to addressing our population challenges, but the retention of newcomers is seen as a big challenge for rural areas. Join us for a presentation and discussion with journalist Kelly Toughill on her report and the conversations she had with people choosing to make rural Newfoundland and Labrador home.
Join Memorial University’s Harris Centre and Centre for Social Enterprise to hear about the community-based fishing enterprises on the Labrador coast, the challenges they have faced over the last 40 years, and discuss what other communities and enterprises can learn from their experiences.
Join us for a discussion on impacts of long distance commuting on families, communities and workplaces in Canada . A team of Memorial University researchers will share the final findings of a national seven-year-long research project focusing on different areas of the country and the province including Clarenville region and the Isthmus of Avalon.
Is regionalization a natural response to Newfoundland and Labrador’s demographic challenges? Join us for a session exploring how regionalizations might work in this province with Population Project report author Pat Curran.
We want your input! Come help us plan the year ahead. Hear about our new programs and upcoming projects, and share your ideas for priorities, collaborations and programs.
Join the Harris Centre for a Memorial Presents on How Work-Related travel is Changing Our World.
Join the Harris Centre for a Memorial Presents on Social Enterprise for Community Economic Development.
Join the Harris Centre with Ray Bollman, rural development researcher, for a discussion on rural youth outmigration.
We are now accepting Expressions of Interest for our exciting Thriving Regions Applied Research Fund to support research that impacts the sustainability of the Southwest Coast of Newfoundland.
Aging populations, economic uncertainty and an increasing shift from rural to urban – in the five years since the first provincial Vital Signs report many of the core issues facing the province have not changed. But how are we adapting, collaborating and innovating to find solutions? This is the focus of the 2018 edition of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Vital Signs report.
STRATEGIC DOING is a collaboration toolset to create and manage energetic and adaptive action groups focused on a common strategic goal.
This 2.5 day workshop will enable you to take a fresh approach to complex regional issues, increase traction on strategic goals, and form dynamic collaborations that constantly produce results.
The Harris Centre is pleased to announce the release of four new reports from the Population Project. Newfoundland and Labrador is facing an unprecedented population challenge. Without intervention, this trend will have a drastic impact on the economy, governance, and overall quality of life for the people living in the province. Planning for this change and developing strategies to adjust and adapt to the change is paramount. These and other Population Project reports offer recommendations to help address this challenge.
Come join the Harris Centre and Grenfell Campus in Port aux Basques on October 18th to help shape Memorial University's research projects on the Southwest Coast.
Come learn about available funding opportunities for agencies, businesses, institutions and governments in Newfoundland and Labrador through the European Union’s Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) Programme.
Join the Harris Centre and the Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador for the 2018 edition of Newfoundland and Labrador's Vital Signs report.
Opportunities for Newfoundland and Labrador in China
Canada has an opportunity to move forward with China as never before, from increased trade and investment to tackling global issues like climate change. Come and hear Canada’s Ambassador to China, The Honourable John McCallum, discuss why China’s rapid economic rise and increasing global influence matter for Newfoundland and Labrador.
Please join us to provide your input on Memorial University research projects moving forward in the Baie Verte Peninsula region.
The Harris Centre's Population Project team will be traveling to Happy Valley-Goose Bay for a series of presentations and discussions related to the project's research.
Want to hear more about the Harris Centre's 5 year plan? Join us on Thursday, April 26 at 9:30am in the Komatik Boardroom at 169 Hamilton River Road
Join the Harris Centre as we showcase Memorial University projects at the Rocket Room on April 4th!
The Harris Centre will be in Carbonear April 17 with the CBDC Trinity Conception to host a public forum on the future of the economy in the Trinity Conception region.
The Harris Centre's new Thriving Regions Partnership Process is heading to Baie Verte! Join our first workshop on March 28-29, 2018.
New research reports from the Harris Centre's Population Project examine municipal-level service delivery and the attraction and retention of professionals in Labrador.
Join us in Corner Brook on March 9th to hear about the Harris Centre's new 5-year strategic plan and learn more about exciting new programs and opportunities.
$45,000 has been awarded to Memorial researchers to complete community-engaged projects on the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula.
This session will shine a spotlight on the industries that have potential to drive the future economy of NL. Join us to learn more about what’s happening in the information and communications technology, oil and gas, mining, fishery and aquaculture, and tourism and hospitality sectors, contribute your thoughts on what else might drive the province’s economy in the future.
Join us for a session to look at labour market prospects for the Innu residents of Labrador given the current economic and social context, and specifically discuss the potential for entrepreneurship and employment, the education and training requirements of these two approaches, and the policies that can encourage or discourage labour market participation by Innu people.
Live Webcast! Memorial Presents: On The Move - the family and community impacts of mobility for work
Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Innovation Hall (IIC-2001), Bruneau Centre for Innovation, St. John's Campus Memorial University
Interested in how our aging population and immigration will impact diversity, service delivery, labour market and the economy in NL? Tune into the live webcast of the Population Symposium on December 6 - watch the keynotes and panel discussion.
Watching online? view the handout here.
Extended mobility for work is widespread in Newfoundland and Labrador and in many other parts of Canada.This Memorial Presents will provide an overview of findings on different patterns of extended mobility for work and their impacts on source and host communities as well as on mobile workers and their families.
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, November 7, 2017
Deadline Extended to November 17, 2017, 4PM NST!
The Harris Centre – MMSB Waste Management Applied Research Fund is open for applications!
Deadline for submissions EXTENDED: November 3, 2017
This scholarship was established by the Harris Centre, Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Economic Development Association, and Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador in recognition of David Curran, a passionate advocate and tireless champion of rural Newfoundland. The award recognizes one Memorial University undergraduate student who embodies that same spirit of community development innovation.
Friday, September 15, 2017, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Business Boardroom (BN4000), Faculty of Business Building, Memorial University
This session with Paul Preston will explore how innovation performance in Canada and Israel compare on key indicators, what factors explain some of the differences, and what key lessons Canada should (and should not) draw from Israel’s experience.
The Harris Centre 2016-2017 Annual Report: Creating Connections to Build Resilience, is now available online.
We'll show you where we've been, and where we're going.
Memorial University has been recognized by a national body of research administrators.
Memorial is part of a network of of 12 Canadian universities awarded with the Directors’ Award for Inter-Institutional Collaboration from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA).
The Harris Centre and the Small Island Cultures Research Initiative hosted the 13th annual International Small Island Cultures conference at Memorial University, June 15-19. Island Narratives.
Microscopes are common tools in science and education, providing a visual bridge between the world we see with our eyes, and microscopic worlds we cannot otherwise detect. On Sunday, June 25 from 2-4 p.m. join members of CLEAR laboratory at the Sobeys Merrymeeting Community Room to learn the basics and build your own microscope!
Yaffle, Memorial's online connecting tool, has come a long way and we want you to help us celebrate (and have some cake)! Join us on Tuesday, June 20, 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Frank and Eileen Gronich Lecture Theatre (1M102) for a quick look at the redeveloped site, followed by a reception in the Medical Education Centre Atrium (1M100).
Come have a slice of cake (or two) with us and say hello! Everyone is welcome.
New research from the Harris Centre’s Population Project examines the labour market situation in Labrador through the lens of the federal Temporary Foreign Worker program (TFWP).
The Harris Centre is hosting the 13th International Small Island Cultures conference from June 16-19, 2017 at Memorial University St. John's campus. Presenters have already been selected but any members of the university community or public can register to attend the conference as a delegate.
Synergy Session on Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Due to the weather forecast for March 31, MUNbuttoned: PhDs On the Go has been rescheduled for Friday, April 7, 7-9 p.m. at the Rocket Room in St. John's. Learn more at www.munbuttoned.ca.
Monday March 27, 2017 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
McCann Centre (ED 2030B)
The participation of women in STEM occupations (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) remains low, despite several decades of attention from policy makers, industry, and educational institutions. This session with Dana Feltham will highlight some of the reasons why this lack of participation has persisted. We will also discuss the efficacy of current policies and regulations with the goal of identifying new research directions to improve participation outcomes.
Do you have a research project relating to drinking water issues in Newfoundland and Labrador? Are you interested in incorporating community needs in research projects to make a difference in the lives of people in NL?
Synergy Session: Most Roads Lead to Rome, But Some Roads Lead to Lab City: Spatially Differentiated Paths to Economic Growth
12:00-1:30pm, Thursday, March 16, 2017
Genesis Boardroom, Suite 3002, Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, St. John’s Campus
David Freshwater discusses economic growth in non-metropolitan areas. Empirical evidence shows that regions of widely varying size and function can all exhibit economic growth. Seven different growth drivers can be readily identified, some of which are most applicable to urban agglomerations while others are more appropriate in rural regions.
Join us Monday, February 6, from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm in the McCann Centre (ED2030B) for an open discussion on the proposed Semester In! program. Semester In! is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that uses methods of dialogue and experiential learning to address community-based and public policy issues, in a fully immersive and holistic environment. We are looking forward to discussing the logistics and opportunities associated with this program with all students!
Lunch will be provided at this session.
The 13th International Small Island Cultures conference will be held in St. John’s from June 16–19, 2017 at Memorial University of Newfoundland. The conference theme is “Stories, Ballads and Island Narratives.”
Islands are storied places. We want to hear the stories. We want to hear the ballads. We want to learn about island narratives. And we want to tell you a few stories of our own.
What is the role of emotional knowledge in event design and strategic planning? Harris Centre staff Taylor Stocks will deliver a workshop on embodied emotional knowledge in event design. Without acknowledging this key piece, strategic planning initiatives can fall apart before they begin. This workshop will explore how to integrate the emotional with the rational aspects of facilitation and meetings focused on strategy. Lunch is included.
This workshop is made possible by funding provided by Engage Memorial.
Details announced for Harris Centre Regional Workshop to be held in Southwestern Newfoundland Wednesday, October 26th; registration open now.
The Memorial Presents Panel- Toward Thriving Rural Regions: Stories from Southwestern Newfoundland, will take place the evening before, 7-9pm, Tuesday, October 25, CNA, Bay St. George Campus.
Attention undergrads! Are you passionate about community development? Are you studying in a field related to public policy or regional development? Then check this out!
Newfoundland and Labrador's Vital Signs report is a province-wide check-up on key quality of life indicators that will provide communities with critical information to help set priorities, and identify opportunities for action.
The Harris Centre is undertaking a feasibility study and implementation strategy for a proposed interdisciplinary undergraduate program, a Semester in Dialogue. Twenty students from multiple disciplines will spend one semester studying a community issue in place of their regular classes. The Harris Centre has partnered with Dr. Andrea Rose, Dr. Max Liboiron, and Dr. Janna Rosales to answer key questions about the program.
To learn more about the Semester in Dialogue visit: http://www.mun.ca/harriscentre/semesterindialogue.php
To register for the first public consultation and info session, click here.
10:30am to 12pm, August 18, 2016
McCann Centre, Memorial University Campus, St. John's.
Join live now: https://bluejeans.com/368019701
Memorial University’s Harris Centre is pleased to invite you to a consultation session by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency with the objective of informing the development of a new provincial strategy on climate change.
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the planet and is expected to bring weather that is warmer and stormier to our province, with more intense periods of precipitation. This will present risks such as damage to infrastructure and property, changes to ecosystems, and risks to public health and safety, as well as opportunities for growth and development in the green economy as the global demand for low-carbon solutions increases.
Harris Centre releases 20-year projections for Labrador and Northern Peninsula as part of provincial Population Project
The rapidly aging population in Newfoundland and Labrador is not a new story, but a project commissioned by Memorial University’s Harris Centre aims to clarify how our changing demographics will affect this province, along with offering independent, evidence-based recommendations on how to prepare for the future.
3-5pm, Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Since 2000 Telos, the Brabant Center for sustainable development of Tilburg University the Netherlands, has been involved in supporting and measuring sustainable development at both the local and regional levels. At the same time, it has been developing innovative practices, first in the province of North Brabant (the region in which Telos is based) and later throughout the Netherlands. The Telos approach has become the national standard for measuring the sustainable development of all 393 municipalities and regions in the Netherlands. The key elements in this approach are that the idea that sustainable development is about balanced development, that it needs a strong strategic vision, that sustainable development is explicitly normative and about the long term, and that stakeholder involvement is essential. Sustainable development requires the adoption of a common language by not only environmental organizations, but also by employers, farmers organization, and all stakeholders.
Synergy Session: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Diversification During Times of Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities for Newfoundland and Labrador
Business Boardroom, BN4000, St. John's Campus, Memorial University
12-1:30 pm, Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Innovation and entrepreneurship are key to creating resilient, sustainable economies. This is particularly true of economies like St. John’s which are dependent on the resource industry with its boom and bust cycles. Some regions like Stavanger, Houston, and Aberdeen have been able to diversify their economies away from complete dependence on the oil and gas industry to other sectors such as health care, life science, and digital technology. Drawing on research conducted on technology entrepreneurs in St. John’s and Aberdeen over the past year, this talk will explore the challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs in St. John’s looking to enter global markets and develop innovative new products.
Join in person or via webinar. Registration is free but required.
"Memorial Presents" History Repeating: How do we make sure Newfoundland and Labrador doesn't end up in crisis again?
Newfoundland and Labrador is going through a period of dramatic change. How did we end up in this situation? What role did our institutions (governments, agencies, civil society, etc) play in leading us here? Join the Harris Centre in a dynamic discussion focusing on the current state of the province and our governance system.
Monday, June 13th, 2016, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Bonavista Campus, College of the North Atlantic
7-9pm, Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
The Bonavista Peninsula is becoming a well-known cultural destination with picturesque outports, dramatic scenery, a rich cultural heritage, and a vibrant arts scene. Visitors from all over the world marvel at what the place has to offer. Relationships between business, non-profit organizations, and communities have allowed for collaborative development around cultural heritage. What else needs to be done to make the region an even more attractive place for visitors and residents alike? How can we better profile our artists and tradition bearers so that visitors can get an enhanced appreciation of our way of life? How can we preserve our built and natural landscapes so that they contribute to the sense of place? How can the arts community leverage resources to attract investment in the region? What is the role of governments, businesses, artists, and citizens in making the Bonavista Peninsula a showcase for Newfoundland culture? Join panelists Jennifer Dyer, Marilyn Coles-Hayley, John Norman, and Marieke Gow to discuss these questions and more.
This event is run in conjunction with our Regional Workshop, taking place in Port Rexton on Wednesday, June 8. To attend the workshop, register here.
Canada and the European Union signed the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in the fall of 2014. The agreement is Canada’s most ambitious trade initiative, broader in scope and deeper in ambition than the historic North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). However, the agreement has raised some questions about the overall impact on the Province. Join us for an information and discussion session led by Canada’s and Newfoundland and Labrador’s lead negotiators for the agreement.
Watch live at 12pm: https://bluejeans.com/540112887
Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) provide a legal means for society to involuntarily commit into treatment individuals with severe mental illnesses who are judged to be a risk to themselves or to society. CTOs aim to seek a balance between the rights of the affected individual and the rights of those people who may be affected by his/her actions. CTOs are included in many mental health acts in Canada and in other countries; in this province, CTOs were included in the Mental Health Care and Treatment Act of 2006. The legislation provides a legal means of enforcing treatment, and specifically medication compliance.
NEW DATE FOR EVENT: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2016.
Registration has now closed. To get on the waitlist, please email Jennifer McVeigh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent research shows that infants and children facing chronic adversity are likely to experience a broad range of difficulties and impairments in life. Join the discussion on how early interventions can break the cycle of tragedy and what we can do as a society to address the ramifications of adverse experiences in the early years of someone's life.
Join us for a public forum exploring the history of residential schools and the experience of Aboriginal people who attended them in Newfoundland and Labrador. How many schools were there and where were they located? How many students attended? What was the impact of their stay in these institutions? Why were they excluded from the Settlement Agreement? What can we, as a society, learn from this experience? And what can we do today to correct any abuses that may have occurred and to create a more just society?
After several years of “have” status and high spending – both of these driven by huge increases in revenues – the government of Newfoundland and Labrador is facing an abrupt change in its financial position. Join us for a presentation and discussion with Memorial's Dr. Jim Feehan as he examines how the provincial government has come to be in this position and introduces a framework for addressing the fiscal challenges, a framework that includes a new tax.
Join us for a rountable on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and international trade, led by David Lametti, Member of Parliament for LaSalle-Émard-Verdun and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade.
One third of the province’s population lives in the Northeast Avalon. Approximately 175,000 people work, study, shop, play and live in the region. How can the region be further improved to make it one of the best places in Canada to live?
Do you have big ideas for the Northeast Avalon? We're planning a Regional Workshop to bring community leaders and Memorial researchers, students and staff together to share ideas, collaborate and build solutions.
Universities are complex institutions that play a critical role in society. Their primary mission is to educate highly-qualified personnel and, while doing so, they generate new knowledge and new forms of artistic creation. Some of this activity contributes to innovation and to the nation’s economic competitiveness. Some contributes to a deeper understanding of the world around us, and helps shape the future of society.
Pesticides – insecticides, herbicides and fungicides – have played a role in expanding agricultural production for seventy years. Although there are benefits to the use of pesticides, there are also drawbacks, such as toxicity to humans and other animals. What is the situation regarding pesticides in Newfoundland and Labrador? Are new policies needed to establish a better balance between the use of pesticides and their negative impacts on populations and crops?
Friday, February 12th
McCann Centre, Room ED2030B (located inside the Education Library)
Education Building, Memorial University, St. John's
Nudging, Not Forcing: Understanding Behavioural Economics and Nudging to Influence Collective Action
The challenge today for policy makers and senior executives is to make people’s lives easier by getting rid of unnecessary complexity. For example, how can we best encourage (i.e. nudge) people to save more for retirement, eat healthier, work smarter, volunteer more? Some governments and other institutions are addressing these and other problems by using simple, low-cost and choice-preserving approaches called “nudges” that draw on the field of behavioural economics.
This is a half-day session hosted by PolicyNL and the Harris Centre
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
McCann Centre , Education Building (ED-2030B)
Memorial University, St. John's
Increasing complexity requires ever more capable policymakers. Moreover, where once policymakers were trained in the law, economics, or as experts in specific disciplines, increasingly policymaking is fundamentally interdisciplinary, requiring rethinking of the education and mindset of policymakers.David E. Goldberg, (ThreeJoy Associates and Big Beacon) will discuss.
Wednesday, January 20th
Engineering Lounge (EN 4000), Engineering and Applied Science Building, Memorial University, St. John's
Synergy Session: "The Ottawa-Newfoundland Relationship: Lessons from History" with Dr. Raymond Blake
Thursday, November 26, 2015 from 12:00-1:30pm NST
That Newfoundland and Labrador is a Liberal province was never in doubt but it was demonstrated in spades in the recent federal election. In the 21 elections since it joined Canada in 1949, the province has sent 108 Liberals to Ottawa compared to 42 Conservatives and 4 New Democrats. One would think that given the Canadian political tradition where the governing party has a tendency to reward loyal voters in the tradition of the spoils go to the victors, Newfoundland would have benefited enormously from regularly sending Liberal MPs to sit on the government side in Ottawa. Has this been the case?
Memorial Presents: Working with Aboriginal Groups, First Nations, local communities and diverse interest groups toward conservation in and around protected areas
Protected areas have increased in number across the world providing economic, social, cultural and ecological benefits to those who live in and near these special places. While establishment of these areas has been often a top down approach in the past, there is a growing recognition that involving all groups in a meaningful dialogue and gaining consensus is a much better way to ensure success.
Monday, November 16, 7:00-9:00PM AST
Hotel North 2, Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Synergy Session: "Exploring business models for water quality monitoring labs for private wells in Newfoundland and Labrador"
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 from 12:00-1:30pm NST
Little is known about complex socio-economic and cultural dynamics of water insecurities in Aboriginal communities in NL. This Synergy Session, presented by Dr. Atanu Sarkar, Arifur Rahman, and Kalen Thomson (Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University) will examine the vulnerability of the Aboriginal communities in Black Tickle (Labrador) and explores potential business models to establish a lab to serve communities in a sustainable manner.
Tuesday, November 10th, 7:00-9:00pm NST
Join us for a public forum to look ahead at the future of the Northeast Avalon.
What should we aspire to 20 years from now when thinking about the region’s physical and built environment, the socio-demographic make-up of the population, the economy and labor force, and the overall quality of life?
Are you living in Central Labrador 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 Central Labrador? Does your research, teaching and/or public engagement relate to the workshop theme of community resilience or the social, economic and cultural impacts of major economic development projects?
If so, consider attending the Harris Centre's Regional Workshop on November 17, 2015 at Hotel North 2 in Happy Valley-Goose Bay
ST. JOHN’S, October 16, 2015 – The NL Centre for Applied Health Research at Memorial University today announced that it will bring audiences their first opportunity to hear from all major provincial party healthcare leaders in a public forum and debate on Tuesday, October 27 from 7:30pm to 10:00pm NST at the Bruneau Centre for Innovation and Research. WWW.NLCAHR.MUN.CA/HEALTH2015.PHP
Canada's innovation performance has been weak for decades, earning "D" grades year-after-year on The Conference Board of Canada's How Canada Performs Report Card on Innovation. But at the provincial level, a very different story emerges. While some provinces lag international peers on innovation, others are performing at or near the global frontier of innovation excellence.Which provinces are ranked among the best innovation regions in the world, and which are struggling to keep up?
With the depopulation of rural regions due to the cod moratorium, many outports are struggling to remain sustainable. Tourism and culture will provide an economic alternative to the fishery for some communities. What role can design and architecture have as catalysts for social and economic regeneration?
What makes for a successful career in the senior ranks of government and academia? What is the appropriate mix of skills, attitudes, aptitudes and values that may lead to a senior position?
Wednesday, October 7:00-9:00pm NST
Memorial United Church, Grand Falls-Windsor
Symptoms of mental health issues often begin in adolescence, but it is alarming that many of these youth fail to receive treatment. As a result, mental illness continues to burden youth and their families. Prevention, early identification, and interventions for youth mental health will help these youth receive the best start in life. Join Dr. Lisa Bishop (MUN School of Pharmacy), Dr. Stephen Darcy (MUN Faculty of Medicine) and our panel community leaders to discuss the issue of youth mental health in the province as well as exisiting and emerging initiatives in the Exploits Valley region.
Help us create ideas for teaching, research and engagement about mental health, innovation and entrepreneurship in the creative arts, and youth engagement.
Upcoming Synergy Session: "Marine Research with Impact: Partnering with the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network"
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 12:00-1:30pm NDT
Neil Gall, Executive Director of the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) and Dr. Adam Sobel, Director and Chief Scientist of the Columbia Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate. It will focus on MEOPAR's role in Canada as a federally funded Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) dealing with marine hazards from sea to sea to sea.
A tall glass of water. Refreshing? Absolutely. Safe? Well that is something Dr. Tahir Husain, associate dean (research) with Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, is working on.
Heading to the corner store for summertime sugary snacks is as much a part of childhood in rural Newfoundland and Labrador as collecting beach rocks and buckets of capelin. In fact, in many parts of the province, the local corner store is the only accessible food retailer in the area. That means the stores’ locations and types of food they carry can have a big impact on the overall health of a community.
Monday, June 15, 2015 from 12:30-2:00pm NDT
Elizabeth Beale (outgoing CEO of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council) will discuss the challenge of productivity in Newfoundland and Labrador. With the province's competitive position tied tightly to the rise and fall of energy prices, Beale offers her views on industrial diversification opportunities, innovation challenges, the embrace of technology and leveraging the creative economy.
Tuesday, June 9th, 7:30-9:30pm NST
With both a provincial and federal election on the horizon, there’s never been a better time to contemplate the big questions facing our province and examine where we are headed and what that will mean for future generations. Join us and our panel of leaders and thinkers as we discuss the future of economy, society, culture, environment and democracy in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Thursday June 11, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM NDT
Over 59,000 Newfoundlanders and Labradorians self-identify as a person with a disability. Annette Powell (Independent Living Resource Centre) will discuss how applying a disability lens to public policy would positively impact our province's finances as well as the quality of life for many of its citizens.
Register Today! Transportation in Life, Work and Play: The Movement of People To, From and Within Atlantic Canada
This day-and-a-half conference will look at how we can adapt and enhance the transportation systems within Atlantic Canada to improve the experience of people who travel to, from and within the region. Click here to register
Help us create ideas for teaching, research and engagement about climate change, energy development and collaborative networking.
The Harris Centre and Municipalities NL have teamed up with “Docudance” producer, Louise Moyes, to host a panel exploring the role of the arts in rural development. WATCH LIVE
Mark your calendars – the Atlantic Provinces Transportation Forum 2015 is set for May 19 and 20 in St. John’s.
Have your say on Harris Centre priorities for the coming year!
Who says you can't get engaged on the first date?
Join this Memorial Presents: What are the Enviromental Risks of Fracking on Landscapes and Watersheds? on February 10th .
Register now for a day-long workshop to explore the complexity of fracking on the West Coast.
Join this Memorial Presents Public Forum on February 4th.
Join us on February 5th to discuss regional development issues in the Irish Loop.
With the landscape awash in ponds, rivers and lakes, it is hard to imagine that Newfoundland and Labrador faces significant barriers to safe, sustainable drinking water access, but those are the findings of a research report released by Memorial University’s Harris Centre today.
Building Home: Ending Youth Homelessness in NL
Yaffle, Memorial's online connecting tool, is being spotlighted by Durspace during Open Access Week October 20-27, 2014.
Join us for a two-day conference of leaders and decision-makers from the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors to discuss issues the province has faced over the past ten years and what's on the horizon for the next ten.
New report suggests need for new approach to public policy and governance in Newfoundland and Labrador
There is a need for rethinking how public policy and governance happens in this province, suggests a new report by Dr. Russell Williams, associate professor of political science, and Lucy MacDonald, Master of Arts candidate in political science, at Memorial University.
If Newfoundland and Labrador was made up of 100 people, there would be 49 males and 51 females, their average age would be 44 years, their life expectancy – 78.9 years, and 40 of them would live on the Northeast Avalon, 5 would live in Labrador. There would be 57 people between the ages of 25 and 64, and 15 people younger than 15 years old.
Rural and Regional Development work in Newfoundland and Labrador needs to be more solution-oriented, according to the third report for NLFORUM2014 by Dr. Ivan Emke, associate professor, Social and Cultural Studies and Facilitator for Internationalization, Grenfell Campus, and Ms. Anita Best, CURRA Community Coordinator. Dr. Emke and Ms. Best suggest that regional and rural development needs to move from identifying problems to creating real solutions for communities, and Memorial University is uniquely positioned to help that work.
Culture and heritage are fundamental in promoting regional development and public policy across Newfoundland and Labrador, according to the second report for NLFORUM2014 by Dr. Jennifer Dyer, associate professor Communications Studies, Director of the Graduate Program in Humanities, and the Interdisciplinary PhD program at Memorial.
From baby booms to aging boomers, a new report by Dr. Lisa Kaida and Chris William Martin, of Memorial's Faculty of Arts (Sociology), about the demographics in this province tells the story of the rapidly changing faces of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Join the Harris Centre as we host four informal, yet informative, days showcasing Memorial University applied research projects. October 1 – 4, 2014. Visit www.munbuttoned.ca for more information.
The lobster fishery on the Great Northern Peninsula is a lucrative one, but bait is getting more and more expensive. The latest Yaffle Your Next Project opportunity is looking for a researcher to ask: can shrimp waste or invasive species be used as more affordable sources of bait?
The C-NLOPB has engaged the Harris Centre to failitate the public review of Husky Energy's White Rose Development Plan Amendment application. Public information sessions are being held in Plancentia and St. John's.
Memorial University research suggests new approach to planning and economic development in Atlantic Canada
Research from the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development at Memorial University of Newfoundland suggests that a change in the traditional approach to regional planning and development may enhance economic success for communities and regions across Atlantic Canada.
Growing Healthy Ideas: the impact of school gardens on health, food security, and rural sustainability
Growing your own food was, for much of this province’s history, a means of survival. Just 50 years ago, the yields from backyard vegetable gardens were a staple at ‘Sunday Dinner’ tables around the province, but a generation later much of that tradition has been lost and most of the food we place on our tables has been shipped long distances and grown in large-scale commercial farming operations. In the last few years however, there has been somewhat of a gardening revival taking place. Growing your own food is fast becoming the ‘hip’ thing to do.
"Moving Forward: Building Resilient Fisheries and Coastal Communities in NL"
With Dr. Barbara Neis, Craig Pollett, and Earle McCurdy.
April 16, 2014, 7:30 pm, Bruneau Centre, Memorial University
Attend our Nunatsiavut Regional Workshop on May 1st in Nain, where we'll discuss community wellbeing, sustainable economic development, and infrastructure advancement.
Join us in St. Anthony at our Regional Workshop for the Northern Peninsula on May 22, 2014. Themes include: assessing and advancing local infrastructure, promoting regional collaboration, and fostering business development and entrepreneurship.
Everyone drinks water. YOU research it.
The Harris Centre invites you to apply to the Harris Centre RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund. The fund is open to all Memorial faculty, staff and students interested in drinking water issues in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Attention Undergrads! The Harris Centre is now accepting applications for the David Curran Award for Memorial University Undergraduate Students. The award will recognize one Memorial University undergraduate student who embodies the same spirit of community development innovation as the award's namesake, Dave Curran.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, this workshop has been postponed to the Spring.
The -30 C degree temperatures and snow-covered landscape of Labrador West might be a vastly different image of home for many of the newcomers in Labrador West, but, for the growing population of temporary foreign workers in the booming mining region, that is the new reality. At a Harris Centre Regional Workshop last March, however, local participants expressed concerns that newcomers are not being integrated as well as they could be into the local community.
An Engineering Perspective
Thursday, 7:00 pm. January 30, 2014, Greenwood Inn, Corner Brook
Doing Good & Doing Well: How communities can benefit from social enterprise
Filmed October 22, 2013 in Harbour Breton
The 2013-14 Harris Centre Strategic Partnership - Harris Centre Research Fund is now accepting applications. Apply here before November 29th, 2013.
Also, the 2013-14 Harris Centre MMSB Waste Management Applied Research Fund is now accepting applications. Apply here before November 29th, 2013.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the opening of the
Strategic Partnership – Harris Centre Student Research Fund has been delayed.
The Harris Centre is bringing Memorial faculty, students and staff to the Coast of Bays region to discuss community and regional sustainability, tourism development and ocean and coastal issues.
Memorial University public forum to explore how to build safer schools
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Innovation Hall, Bruneau Centre for Innovation, Memorial University
A report released by Memorial University’s Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development (the Harris Centre) takes an in-depth look at communities across the province and identifies successful approaches and challenges to regional governance. The report examines regional collaboration as an important strategy for rural communities facing social, economic and ecological change.
Since its launch in 2009, Yaffle has provided Memorial University with a public engagement tool unlike any other; however, a new redevelopment project is aiming to take Yaffle from unique to ubiquitous.
Around the world universities are establishing satellite campuses as part of new or renewed districts, as repurposed landmarks, or within central business districts. Join Professor Mike Hefferan, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) and professor of Property and Development at the University of Sunshine Coast as he provides Australian lessons learned.
Folklorists Dr. Philip Hiscock and Dale Jarvis have teamed up for a perfect summer research project.
They will be tapping into traditional knowledge around wells, springs and natural water sources within the St. John’s area with help from the Harris Centre’s RBC Drinking Water Research and Outreach Fund.
Synergy Session, June 18, 12:00pm: "Moving Downtown: How universities can re-use landmark properties"
Around the world universities are establishing satellite campuses as part of new or renewed districts, as repurposed landmarks, or within central business districts. Join Professor Mike Hefferan, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) and professor of Property and Development at the University of Sunshine Coast as he provides Australian lessons learned.
Join the Harris Centre in Placentia on June 6, 2013 to discuss development issues in the Placentia Area, Cape Shore and St. Mary's Bay North. Themes include addressing labour shortages, fostering industrial development and cooperation, and dealing with the social impacts of development. It will be held at the Placentia Bay Cultural Arts Centre from 10:00am-5:00pm, and will include a lunchtime Memorial Presents public forum from 12:30-2:30pm on the opportunities and challenges facing the Southwest Avalon. Lunch will be provided and registration is free.
Notice: The Water Fund information session scheduled for Monday, April 15 is cancelled. If you would like to learn more about this funding opportunity, please contact us to schedule a meeting or to receive more details.
Everyone drinks water. YOU research it.
The Harris Centre RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund is now open! The fund is open to all Memorial faculty, staff and students interested in drinking water issues in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Interested in drinking water issues in Newfoundland and Labrador? Join us for an information session on the Harris Centre RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund. April 8, 2013; from 2-3pm.
The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development wants your input on our 2013-14 priorities! Join us today at 1:00 PM NST for a live webcast of our presentation and discussion of our ongoing activities.
Resilient communities are better able to cope with the growing pains of boom times and adapt to changes during bust times. How resilient are Labrador City and Wabush compared to other mining towns? And what can be done now and into the future to ensure that when the mining slows the communities continue to thrive?
Join our expert panel to discuss community resilience in Labrador West:
The Harris Centre at Memorial University is preparing for a trip to Labrador City. They’re bringing Memorial students, staff and faculty to meet with local people to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the regiona. The ultimate goal is to create partnerships that lead to further research and work on the ideas generated at the session.
Due to inclement weather, the Harris Centre Memorial Presents session, “Are We Ready for an Oil Spill in Newfoundland and Labrador's Offshore?”, scheduled for 7:30 this evening at the Sheraton Hotel, Newfoundland, has been cancelled.
There are currently no further details regarding rescheduling available: please follow the Harris Centre on Facebook or Twitter for future developments.
The Harris Centre
230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9
Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7
Tel: (709) 864-8000