On October 17 and 18, 2011, the Harris Centre hosted a visit by eight economic development practitioners from Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Coastal Norway and Sweden, who were in the province to explore demographic changes, and how these are impacting Northern Atlantic jurisdictions.
The delegation participated in a day-long workshop in the McCann Centre in the Education Building with 21 local people representing the Federal and Provincial governments, Memorial University, the Business Coalition and the Federation of Labour. The presentations delivered at this event can be viewed below.
The following day, the Nordic delegates visited the Vale hydrometallurgical plant in Long Harbour, the Argentia Management Authority and the Town of Placentia.
NORA-NordRegio Workshop Program
Addressing the Impacts of Demographic Trends: Policy and Program Responses in Newfoundland and Labrador (Baxter Rose, Debuty Minister, Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment)
Economic and Demographic overview Newfoundland and Labrador (Rose Aucoin, Manager, Economic Information Services, Department of Finance)
West Norden Overview (Dr. Klaus Georg Hansen, Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow, Nordic Centre for Spatial Development)
Faroe Islands: Demographic Changes (Eyðun Christiansen, General Secretary, Kommunusamskipan Føroya)
Ikerasak and Akunnaaq Greenland - The West Norden Foresight 2030 Project: The settlements' visions for the future (Paarnannguaq Andersen, Student, Ilisimatusarfik, University of Greenland)
Municipality of Bjugn, Norway (Tor Langvold, Executive Manager)
Eastern Iceland after the BOOM: In search of the "X-factor" (Sverrir Albertsson, General Manager, Starfsgreinafelag)
The Strategic Partnership: Business, Labour and Government Working Together (Derek J. Staubitzer; Director, Strategic Partnerships; Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development)
Demographics and Labour Market: Economic Zone 18 - Avalon Gateway Region (Michael Mooney, Executive Director, Avalon Gateway Regional Economic Development Inc.)
Addressing Demographic Change in the Atlantic Rim (Rural Secretariat Report)