ACSRC Monthly News
May 2017

Nechako River, B.C
Canadian Institute of Health Research Awards $2 Million for National Rural Research Project!
The ACSRC is proud to be a principal researcher of the ECHO Network (Environment, Community, Health Observatory).  This national research project lead by UNBC's Dr. Margot Parkes addresses health, environment and community impact of resource development, with specific emphasis on rural, remote and Indigenous communities.  Dr. Lars Hallstrom, director of the ACSRC,   will work with a regional team that includes key partner           the Battle River Watershed Alliance, based out of                   Camrose,   Alberta. A project overview can be found here.

Education and Training Opportunities

Registration Now Open!
The Rural Alberta Innovation and Learning Commons returns with the strong support of ATCO Gas. Be sure to register for this three day educational commons (Sept 29 to Oct 1).  This years RAIL Commons is hosted at Olds College.  

Grant Writing Workshop 
Grant-writing is an increasingly important skill in the municipal, not-for-profit, and even corporate world.
For small organizations and communities, however,
grant writing can present a real challenge in terms of 
   time, completion, budgeting and submission.   Join Dr.   
    Lars Hallström, the recipient of over 80 research,
    knowledge mobilization, infrastructure and collaborative
    grants, for this activity-based workshop for people with
    varied experiences in the grant-writing process

Books and Other Resources

Alberta's Living Laboratory Wetlands Project

  This three-year, interdisciplinary research project aims to inform both the economics and science of wetland restoration, using the Nose Creek Watershed in Rocky View County, Alberta, as an on-the-ground living laboratory.  Attached is the Annual update for the project.

Latest News on OPEC Production Cuts

  What is the latest news on OPEC production cuts?  With prices lower over the past week and crude inventories not showing signs of consistent withdrawals, both Saudi Arabia and Russia have come out saying that they could extend their production cuts into 2018.  Other OPEC ministers have stated that they are discussing possibly deepening their cuts.  The next OPEC meeting is scheduled for  May 25 .

Attached is the UAlberta's Alberta School of Business Energy and the Environment weekly energy report.  This week's featured topics include an update on oil sands growth expectations, the narrowing of Canada's trade deficit thanks to energy (and lentils), Canada as hydropower leader and what the results of BC's election could mean for energy..
cvelasqu(@) to sign up their updates.

Employment Opportunities
The ACSRC is Hiring!
The ACSRC is looking for a keen research assistant for their newest project with the ECHO Network.  Please click     below for more information.

The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development
Water Governance Programme Coordinator with OECD
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development are looking for an experienced programme    
coordinator to lead the activities of the OECD Water   
Governance Programme. 

Events and Conferences
Alberta Rural Organic Waste to Resources Network Connects 2017 Conference
The Alberta Rural Organic Waste to Resources Network was formed  to share information with rural communities about short rotation woody biomass plantations irrigated with wastewater as a means for communities to produce bio-energy and  treat/dispose of wastewater in an economical  manner.
 AROWRN will be hosting a conference in June in  Camrose summarizing research and rural  communities' experiences with these systems.

BREI Business Retention & Expansion International 2017 Annual Conference
The 2017 conference agenda features a slate of professional speakers discussing industry trends, BRE tactics and strategies, lessons learned from practitioners, and a multi-disciplinary approach to solving BRE challenges.  The conference includes multiple keynote presentations and three professional tracks: professional growth stream, BRE essentials stream, and community building stream.
Calendar of Events
For upcoming events, conferences and workshops visit the events calendar on the ACSRC website.  This calendar holds events offered by the ACSRC and other organizations with a common goal of sustainable rural communities.
Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities