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Learn about upcoming events, opportunities, and reports in the September edition of the Regional.
Upcoming Events
Synergy Session: What Can We Learn from Israel’s Approach to Innovation?
Friday, September 15, 2017
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Business Boardroom (BN4000)
Business Building, Memorial University

Israel has been heralded as both a model of innovation success as well as a source of innovation policy insights for other countries.

Drawing on the Conference Board’s Innovation Study Tour in November 2016 and the recently published report titled Lessons Learned from a World Innovation Leader: Understanding Israel’s Innovation Ecosystem, this session will explore how innovation performance in Canada and Israel compare on key indicators, what factors explain some of the differences, and what key lessons Canada should (and should not) draw from Israel’s experience.

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Paul Preston is the Director of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at the Conference Board of Canada, Canada’s largest not-for-profit think tank with almost 250 employees. 
Synergy Session: How Memorial Actually Transfers Knowledge to the NL Economy
Thursday, September 21, 2017
12:00-1:30 p.m.
The McCann Centre (ED2030B) 
Education Building, Memorial University

Many people talk about the contribution that Memorial University makes to the Newfoundland and Labrador economy through knowledge and technology transfer. But how does it actually work? Dr. Peter Warrian of the University of Toronto will speak about his recent studies of two MUN research institutions, C-CORE and the Marine Institute.

Memorial University’s stated goal of contributing to the regional innovation ecosystem is both richer and more complex than we may think.

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Dr. Peter Warrian is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Innovation Policy Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. He is Canada’s leading academic expert on the steel industry.
Synergy Session:  How Do We Teach and Learn Innovation?
Friday, October 6, 2017
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Location: Room TBA, Memorial University

Innovation. The word and concept has become increasingly popular recently – but what is it, really? Where do innovators come from? What does the practice of innovation look like?

In this Synergy Session, Ryan will present his award-winning Master’s research,
Innovation Education. In his work he explored exactly those questions above, unearthing a set of innovation skills and synthesizing an innovation curricula. Finally, he examined how this set of skills is intentionally taught (or not!) in Newfoundland and Labrador’s public education systems, from K-12 through to post-secondary.

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Ryan J. A. Murphy is a PhD candidate in Management (Information Systems) at
Memorial University and Student Leadership Development Coordinator at
Memorial’s Student Experience Office.
By the Numbers: new population projections for the province
The Harris Centre's latest Population Project report, released on Thursday, September 7, emphasizes the need to prepare for the future with a shrinking and aging population.

The report gives projections for all regions within the island portion of the province and provides an update for regions in Labrador (included in the initial report released last year). According to the report, the populations of all the regions on the island, except for the Northeast Avalon Peninsula, expected to shrink between now and 2036. The total population of Newfoundland and Labrador was estimated at 519,880 in 2016. Based on expected birth, death and migration rates, that number could drop to 479,907 by 2036.
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Creating Connections to Build Resilience: 2016-2017 Annual Report 
The Harris Centre's Annual Report for 2016-2017 is now available online.

Read about how our Population Project has inspired mayors on the Northern Peninsula to work together, how Yaffle has helped the Flat Bay Band find research collaborators to develop a social enterprise, and how one researcher is removing arsenic from drinking water using waste products.

We'll show you where we've been, and where we're going. 

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Mobilizing knowledge
Harris Centre part of network recognized with award for inter-institutional collaboration
Memorial's Harris Centre is part of a network of 12 Canadian universities awarded with the Directors’ Award for Inter-Institutional Collaboration from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA).

Research Impact Canada is a knowledge mobilization network that aims to maximize the impact of academic research for the benefit of Canadians, support collaboration for research and learning, and connect research outside of academia.

Read the story here.
New Reports 
Regional Population Projections for NL 2016-2036
The latest report from the Harris Centre's Population Project projects significant decline for Newfoundland and Labrador's population. The report also points to an aging population and a continued shift of the population from rural to urban parts of the province.

This report is part of the Harris Centre's Population Project.

Shrimp Allocation Policies and Regional Development Under Conditions of Environmental Change
This project is part of a larger research program examining the relationship between fisheries policy and regional development in Atlantic Canada’s northern shrimp fisheries. This research, by Paul Foley, Charles Mather, Robyn Morris and Jamie Snook, aimed to identify allocation policies that have enabled Nunatsiavut communities and people to benefit from the shrimp fishery, and to identify those development benefits in a systematic way.

This research was supported by the Harris Centre Applied Research Fund.

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