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Upcoming Events
NL's Vital Signs 2017
Report Launch & Community Conversation
The Harris Centre and the Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador are pleased to invite you to the launch of the 2017 edition of NL's Vital Signs, a report on the quality of life in Newfoundland and Labrador.

After the presentation of the report, panel discussion and Q&A, there will be a "Community Conversation" round-table discussion to help determine priorities areas for the 2018 report.

Click here to register.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Hampton Inn & Suites,
411 Stavanger Dr., St. John's
Attention Undergrads
The David Curran Award for Undergraduate Students is now accepting applications.

This scholarship was established by the Harris Centre, Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Economic Development Association, and Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador in recognition of David Curran, a passionate advocate and tireless champion of rural Newfoundland. The award recognizes one Memorial University undergraduate student who embodies that same spirit of community development innovation.

Click here to read more or apply.
Deadline: October 20, 2017
Waste Not, Want Not
Harris Centre-MMSB Waste Management Fund now open
Think your project could address NL's solid waste management challenges? We have funding to help you!

Open to all faculty, students and staff at Memorial, the Harris Centre - MMSB Waste Management Applied Research Fund provides up to $15,000 per project/per year to investigate waste management issues in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Click here to read more or apply
Deadline November 10, 2017 4pm NST
Thriving Communities
Sustainable Northern Coastal Communities initiative
The face of rural Newfoundland and Labrador is changing quickly — the population is aging and declining, creating challenges for industry and economic growth. But for many people in rural regions, accepting decline is not an option. For them, it’s just another reason to pull communities together and to work collaboratively.

That is the thinking behind a new Harris Centre-led initiative focused on community-university collaboration.
Click here to read the full article.
National Kudos
Harris Centre receives national recognition for leadership
We're were so honoured and thankful to receive national recognition for leadership in economic development by the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) recently.

The President’s Award, recognizing the contributions of our own Dr. Rob Greenwood and the centre to the association and the Economic Development Profession, was presented by outgoing president, David Emerson, at EDAC’s annual conference held in Niagara Falls, Ont., last month.

Click here to read the full article.
Latest Videos
Synergy Session: What Can We Learn From Israel's Approach to Innovation?

Drawing on the Conference Board’s Innovation Study Tour in November 2016 and the recently published report, this session with Paul Preston (Director of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy) explored how innovation performance in Canada and Israel compared on key indicators, what factors explain some of the differences, and what key lessons Canada should (and should not) draw from Israel’s experience.

Synergy Session: How Memorial Actually Transfers Knowledge to the NL Economy

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? Watch Dr. Peter Warrian of the University of Toronto speak about his recent studies of two MUN research institutions,  C-CORE  and the  Marine Institute .

Rural Routes Podcasts
Back to the Farm
Season 2: Episode 1
A Canadian farmer is on average 55 years old. Not these farmers. Rural Routes hosts Rebecca Cohoe and Bojan Fürst bring you the stories of four young women who run farms in Prince Edward Island, Southwestern Ontario, and near Bologna, Italy. Mary-Ellen Godfrey, Lisa Paganelli, Lindsay Menich, and Katrina McQuail share their experiences of going back to the farm and finding ways to operate their farm businesses in their own way.

Julie Bull on research ethics in Indigenous communities
Season 2: Episode 2
In this episode we dive deep into an issue Indigenous communities and researchers around the world are working together to solve. How do we conduct research so that it benefits communities, respects researches’ freedom of inquiry, and all of that in ways that everybody can agree on? Our guide through the tangly issues of research ethics in Indigenous and rural and remote communities is Julie Bull. She was one of the researchers developing new research guidelines with and for NunatuKavut communities in southern and central Labrador.

Food Waste discussion with Matteo Vittuari
Season 2: Episode 3
A third of the food we produce on this planet ends up as food waste. In this episode of Rural Routes we talked to Dr. Matteo Vittuari from University of Bologna about the complex problems and issues surrounding food waste. We touched on every aspect of food waste from production to the family dinner table. We also introduced a new segment on Rural Routes that gives a chance to our listeners to share some of their favourite rural spots with the rest of us.

New Reports 
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