Category Archives: Entreprenuers

Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Annual Conference – Day #1: The Grand Tour

Today was the first day of the 28th Annual Rural Policy Conference of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF). This conference is being held on October 12-15, 2016 at the Holiday Inn in Guelph. Registration is still open. The program includes rural-related field trips, two days of conference sessions (plenary talks, breakout sessions and workshops)… Read More


Government Funding to Promote the Consumption of Locally Grown Food

Today’s guest blog post comes from Mentor Works, a business support enterprise specializing in accessing government funding. Author Jeff Shepherd describes business expansion grants that may be of interest to your business. Research by REAPontario and others indicates that many immigrant entrepreneurs work long hours, have little time to explore potential business supports, and often… Read More


Focus on 2016’s smallest Top 7 Intelligent Community: Whanganui, New Zealand

In the previous blog article, I wrote about my recent visit to the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) Summit in Columbus, Ohio. Annually, the ICF Summit brings together Mayors and officials from local and regional government, business and technology leaders from around the world to explore how Intelligent Communities enable growth and empower citizens. Some of… Read More


The Higher ED Blog: Who are commercial counterurbanites, and what brought them to your community?

About REAPontario’s guest authors for this week……. Michelle Madden is the editor of Higher ED. She is also the Outreach Manager for the Economic Development Program and a graduate of the LED master’s program.  She has authored a number of the articles in this series on behalf of the students, and has published several of her own… Read More


Series: Self-Employment in Ontario’s Agriculture and Food-related Sectors, 2001 to 2014. Part 3: Self-Employment in Food Manufacturing, including Bakeries

This series of five blog posts is focused on self-employment in agriculture and food-related sectors in Ontario from 2001 to 2014. The data has been collected from OMAFRA’s Analyst (EMSI) database. The blog posts are excerpts from longer reports written by Ray Bollman and available from REAPontario upon request. Part 3: Self-Employment in Food Manufacturing,… Read More


Series: Self-Employment in Ontario’s Agriculture and Food-related Sectors, 2001 to 2014. Part 2: Self-Employment in Farm Support Services and Food Manufacturing

This series of five blog posts is focused on self-employment in agriculture and food-related sectors in Ontario from 2001 to 2014. The data has been collected from OMAFRA’s Analyst (EMSI) database. The blog posts are excerpts from longer reports written by Ray Bollman and available from REAPontario upon request. Part 2: Self-Employment in Farm Support… Read More


Series: Self-Employment in Ontario’s Agriculture & Food-related Sectors, 2001 to 2014. Part 1: Self-Employment Overview

This series of five blog posts is focused on self-employment in agriculture and food-related sectors in Ontario from 2001 to 2014. The data has been collected from OMAFRA’s Analyst (EMSI) database. The blog posts are excerpts from longer reports written by Ray Bollman and available from REAPontario upon request. Part 1: Self-Employment Overview Key Findings… Read More


Water Buffalo: An Emerging Market in Ontario, Part 2

  Esmira Latifova, likely the province’s most knowledgeable person on Ontario’s water buffalo industry, participated in the recent REAPontario workshop in which she described a number of challenges and opportunities. Challenges include: Can marketing co-operatively build this new industry? How can we narrow significant gaps between consumers, producers and processors? Is it time to make… Read More


Multiculturalism in Canada – Part I

Surprised! Issues of national identity and vision sometimes attract more attention than the economy During this lengthy federal election period, pundits have been surprised to see issues of national identity and vision sometimes attracting more attention than the economy. These potentially abstract notions have been concretized in specific issues, including Canada’s reception of refugees and… Read More


Rural Research Day 2015: What can we learn about collaboration and regional economic development?

This is the fourth article by guest blogger Brittany Bruce Brittany’s series is based on her Masters’ thesis research on collaboration and economic development in two regions.  Her articles can be found here. Today’s post focuses on OMAFRA’s Rural Research 2015 which focused on Evaluating Regional Economic Development Initiatives.  Brittany’s thesis was part of the several presentations.… Read More