News Release

REF NO.: 65

SUBJECT: Harris Centre celebrates 10 years of relevance, integrity and independence; hosts NL Forum 2014 for 10th anniversary

DATE: November 3, 2014

Changing people, shifting place, thriving culture, booming economy, growing democracy – Memorial’s Harris Centre will mark its 10th anniversary at a two-day conference, NL Forum 2014.

The province’s thought-leaders and decision-makers will discuss what significant issues the province has faced during the past decade and what is on the horizon for the next decade during the event.

Founded from the merger of the Public Policy Research Centre and the Centre of Regional Development Studies, the Harris Centre has spent the past decade connecting Memorial University with the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Always seeking to maintain integrity, independence and relevance, the Harris Centre has strived to provide the mechanisms for Memorial’s faculty, students and staff together with communities and organizations, to grapple with some of the most puzzling problems confronting Newfoundlanders and Labradorians,” said Dr. Rob Greenwood, executive director, Harris Centre.

In the lead-up to the conference, the Harris Centre asked a team of researchers to review a decade’s worth of centre programming and projects to assess their contributions to regional development and public policy knowledge in Newfoundland and Labrador. The series of five themed reports (demographic and labour market development, environment and natural resource development, governance and public policy, regional and rural development, and social and cultural development) have been released in preparation for NL Forum 2014 and will form the basis for discussion at the conference.

 “This year, as we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we are taking time to look back at all those connections the Harris Centre has worked to foster between Memorial and the province and the difference that it’s made,” said Dr. Greenwood.  “From there we can look ahead to see what’s on the horizon for Newfoundland and Labrador and how the centre can continue connecting, collaborating and making things happen.”

With a broad-based group of panellists representing industry, academia and relevant organizations, the schedule for NL Forum 2014 will initiate discussions with public, academic, government, industry and non-governmental organization stakeholders. Spread over six sessions, the conference will feature a specific session devoted to each of the topical research reports, along with a final plenary session.

NL Forum 2014 takes place Nov. 4-5 at the Holiday Inn in St. John’s. For more information, please visit www.mun.ca/harriscentre/nlforum.

The full conference schedule is in the attached backgrounder.

The event is open to media.

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