Weaving Networks for a Collaborative and Sustainable Future in Western Newfoundland

"Memorial Presents" Public Forum

Monday, April 20, 7:00-9:00pm

Bonne Bay Marine Station, Norris Point

Watch the webcast here! 

Complex problems require complex solutions. More and more collaboration is considered an effective way to solve the challenges we face as a society. Collaborative networks that bring together a variety of experiences, perspectives and expertise hold much promise for tackling a number of societal challenges.

There are a growing number of positive collaborative initiatives happening in Western Newfoundland, which include community, business, academic, government and/or other partners. Many of the people carrying out these initiatives want to ensure that they are networking in the most effective way to help achieve their goals as well as advance their communities and regions.

The presenters will examine collaborative networking with respect to: its importance in regional development, understanding when it is a good idea to start or join an initiative, the resource and capacity considerations that are needed, as well as best practices for planning and carrying out successful arrangements. Importantly, the presenters will discuss the value of collaborative networking both internally within the region, but also externally on provincial, national and international levels.


DR. JOSE LAM is an Assistant Professor at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research interests focus on entrepreneurship, strategic management, small business management, and local economic development. He has published articles and case studies on the role of entrepreneurs, venture creation, family business succession, and innovation networks. Other current research interests include aboriginal entrepreneurship and social enterprises. He holds a Ph.D. from Concordia University.


DR. KELLY VODDEN is an Associate Professor (Research), Environmental Policy Institute, Grenfell Campus. Dr. Vodden has been actively involved in community and regional development research, policy and practice in Canadian rural communities for over 20 years. Her research examines community involvement in natural resource governance, adaptation and the creation of sustainable local economies. Major recent projects led by Dr. Vodden as Principal Investigator include the SSHRC-funded multi-province study Canadian regional development: a critical review of theory, practice and potentials (2010-2014) as well as the study Seeking innovative policy and governance solutions for sustainable drinking water systems in rural and small town Newfoundland and Labrador (2013-2015). Dr. Vodden has a strong commitment to community engaged scholarship and has published and presented widely on her work.

COLLEEN KENNEDY has been involved in the tourism industry in Newfoundland and Labrador for 22 years. She is the Executive Director of the Gros Morne Cooperating Association (GMCA) and is at the helm of the Gros Morne Institute for Sustainable Tourism (GMIST) which aims to advance the quality and success of Atlantic Canadian tourism operators. Colleen is passionate about tourism development and striving for excellence in the industry, while she sits on numerous other local committees with this aim. Recognizing Gros Morne as an icon for tourism in Newfoundland and Labrador, it is her vision to position the region in sustainable tourism and as a premiere destination for travellers who value culture, economic and environmental sustainability. 

Registration is not required for this evening forum, but is required for the Regional Workshop the next day. Click here for more inforamation about the workshop. 



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