Our Communities face unique challenges defined by our demographics, resource base, and a changing economy and climate in Alberta. Leveraging a diversity of partnerships, innovative solutions, and inspiriting courage to address these challenges is the pathway forward.
It helps to have a variety of perspectives addressing the same problem: peer-based learning and systems thinking are critical to identifying and walking the path to sustainable solutions.
"What is our vision for the future of rural communities in Alberta given the realities of a changing climate and the need to diversify our economy and resource base?"
P2S Olds: Flourishing Rural Economy Conference 2015
P2S Olds was hosted by Olds College, Mountain View County, the Olds Institute and included over 35 Volunteers and local contributors. The three day event was hosted in the beautiful Pomeroy Inn and Suites and included local food, wines, and music in a celebration of rural prosperity.
Co-Chairs: Judy Dahl, Mayor of the Town of Olds & Bruce Beattie, Reeve of Mountain View County
Round Table Panelists
- Morris Flewwelling - Former Mayor of the City of Red Deer
- Al Kemmere - President of AAMDC
- Nathan Cooper - MLA Olds Didsbury Three Hill
- Bob Hawkesworth – Former MLA and Director of MCCAC
- Rachel de Vos (Bocock) – Director of Policy and Advocacy AUMA
- Dee Ann Benard – Executive Director of ARDN
- Matt Cornall – President, Economic Developers of Alberta
- Sustainable Infrastructure for Rural Sustainability
- Solutions for Water, Waste, and Energy
- Transportation for the Economy of the Future, including Mobility and Product Transport
- Technology as Necessary Infrastructure, including Broadband
- Housing and the Changing Demographics of Rural Communities
- Advancing Agriculture through Innovation
- Role of Agriculture in Rural Resilience
- Rural Entrepreneurship & Agri--business Innovation
- Local Food, Health and Wellness
- Bob Willard - Author and Thought Leader: The Sustainability Advantage
- Chris Turner - Author and Thought Leader of the New Economy
- Adriane MacDonald - Sustainable Communities Research Project - University of Waterloo
- Tenille - Singer, Songwriter, Inspirational Speaker
- Brenda Herchmer - Founder, Campus for Communities
Download the Conference Program HERE!