Rural Economic Development & Opportunities for Diversification
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
Forum Speakers & Presentations
- Lisa Maria Fox, Sustainability Resources Ltd. Moderator and Co-Host
- Christie Pollack: Christie's Gardens and Greenhouses Ltd. Horticulture, Water and Energy Efficiency
- Toso Bozic, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry: Biomass Available for Bioenergy Projects
- Xiaomei Li, Alberta Innovates Energy and Environment Solutions: Conversion of Tri-Municipal Region Organic Waste-to-BioEnergy
- Jim Donaldson, Alberta Wood Waste Recycling Association: Projects and Opportunities
- Shannon Fehr, Slave Lake Pulp: Green Energy Innovation
- Ronald Matheson, National Research Council and IRAP Concierge Service: Funding Innovation
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.