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Rural Talks to Rural Conference

  • 28 Sep 2016
  • 30 Sep 2016
  • Blyth, Huron County, ON

From September 28th – 30th 2016 the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity will host the first Rural Talks to Rural Conference.  Ruralists are invited to Huron County to network, share knowledge and meet other innovators from across Canada.   From farmers to artists and healthcare providers to community builders we’ll inspire 
collaborative and creative thinking to discuss solutions to rural issues and challenges. 

The Conference will focus on four different categories including Arts & Culture, Food & Farm, Community Revival/Development, and Sustaining & Growing Our Population. Each of the goals or issues will have panels, conversations, and presentations.  For example, Arts & Culture will feature a panel on Why we need our Stories Told and from Fibre to Fabulous - fashion from the ground up. Under Food & Farm there will be a panel on creating jobs through processing local food and farm products as well as raising capital for your business venture. Community Revival/Development will have presentations on Rural Health & Wellbeing as well as The Creative Economy - reimagining rural assets and measuring return on investment. And, one of the Sustaining & Growing Our Population presentations will be on Youth Entrepreneurship while 
another explores immigration - Are we prepared for New Canadians?  Are we welcoming?  Are we friendly? 

To get the ideas flowing many events have been organized for the conference. These include The Pitch, The Catch (an opportunity for entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to potential investors), Kitchen Table Conversations (an informal setting to encourage dialogue and connections), tasting events, a pig roast and a Gala Dinner where delegates will enjoy the bounty of the County, and many more great opportunities for creativity and engagement. 

Early-bird pricing on the conference is $350 for all three days sessions, meals, hospitality, and entertainment: $200 for one full day (Sept. 28th or 29th), or $45 for dinner, keynote, and evening entertainment (either date - Sept. 28th or 29th).   Students are encouraged to participate too - $225 for full 3-day conference. 

For more information or to register please visit

Rural Talks to Rural 2016 is presented by the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity and generously supported by the County of Huron, the Township of North Huron, Huron Business Development Corporation, The Rural Voice, Rural Ontario Institute, Huron Food Action Network and the University of Guelph. 

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