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Rural Economic Development & Opportunities for Diversification

Lesser Slave Lake Innovation Forum

The Lesser Slave Lake Rural Innovation Forum, hosted by Community Futures Lesser Slave Lake, the Slave Lake Region, MD of Opportunity was coordinated by Sustainability Resources Ltd. as part of a Rural Prosperity Initiative. This forum was intended to bring together a diverse cross-section of industry leaders, government agencies, and innovators to share resources, ideas and identify opportunities for economic development through innovation.


The event was attended by 85 people with representation of over 25 municipalities from across Alberta with a high concentration in the Slave Lake region. Participants were encouraged to self identify themselves as resources to innovation and share their interests in advancing economic development opportunities through a Round Robin introduction session.

Presentations were delivered by Alberta Innovates, Slave Lake Pulp, Christie’s Greenhouse, Alberta Wood Waste Recycling Association, IRAP-NRC, and Alberta Agriculture. These presentations were curated to showcase innovation and industry leadership, as well as to set the stage for small group opportunity identification in a workshop coordinated by Sustainability Resources. The workshop exercises were intended to focus group discussion on the elements required for advancing opportunities.

The following opportunities emerged as some priority areas (among others) to pursue through collaboration:

  • Biomass to Energy / Heat
  • Off-Grid, Firesmart Housing
  • On Line Education – Renewable Energy
  • Solar Farm / Biomass Energy Generation
  • Biomass Inventory & Mapping
  • Zero Landfill
  • Communications for Economic Development in SL Region
  • Retaining Youth in Rural Communities

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This event was hosted in collaboration with the Slave Lake Region, the MD of Opportunity, and Community Futures of Lesser Slave Lake with support of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

View the Proceedings Report Here. 

Slave Lake Region  Community Futures Alberta MD Of Opportunity  Alberta Agriculture and Forestry    Sustainability Resources       

Rural Prosperity Initiative

Accelerating Rural Economies

  • Identify, evaluate and implement projects that can reduce GHG
  • Reduce waste & improve and retain the supply of clean water
  • Accelerate economic development, attract investment
  • Identify opportunities and challenges of climate change
  • Create energy independence through clean energy generation

Rural Innovation Forums

Showcase solutions for Rural Prosperity - network with solution providers! 

Lethbridge Rural Innovation Forum

Lesser Slave Lake Rural Innovation Forum

Drayton Valley Rural Innovation Forum

Okotoks Rural Innovation Forum

Wheatland Region Rural Innovation Forum

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Rural Prosperity Initiative Partners