Rural Ontario '99: Pioneering the Future is the theme for the second annual Conference of the Ontario Rural Council. The conference is planned for Nov. 1 and 2, at Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood.
Rural Ontario '99 provides the opportunity for people from across the sectors who share an interest in rural Ontario's future to come together, to meet champions of change from home and abroad, to gain practical knowledge of best practices, network with others and to contribute to the research and action blueprint for a rural Ontario.
Keynote speakers are Bob Jeffery of Can West Group who had led Alberta into a new era of regional economic development where a number of rural communities are leading in product development and global marketing. Gerry Lougheed of Sudbury will discuss the human element and the capacity for change. Chuck Fluharty, Executive director of the Rural Research Institute of America will share his international experiences gained from the think tank on rural development.
The conference will also feature in-depth workshops highlighting the critical issues that face communities throughout rural Ontario. Workshop topics include health care, water quality, community economic development, information technology for rural communities and e-commerce.
Just as our ancestors did a century ago, rural Ontario is poised to pioneer a new millennium through harnessing new technologies, innovative thinking and a passion for the future. Join the Ontario Rural Council for their second conference and start to build enthusiasm for the approaching year 2000. More details on the conference are available from the Website www.torc.on.ca or by contacting 519-787-7764.
The mandate of the Ontario Rural Council is to act as a catalyst for rural dialogue, collaboration and action. The Council is a forum, which brings together those who share a commitment to building strong organizations and communities through a venue, which provides a unique and important opportunity for multi sector cooperation within the rural area.