Welcome to the Rural Ontario Institute
The Rural Ontario Institute develops leaders, initiates dialogue, supports collaboration and promotes action on issues and opportunities facing rural Ontario.
Can rural Ontario learn from rural Germany?
ROI's own Norm Ragetlie and German rural consultant Jens-Martin Gutsche presented a webinar that provided an overview of rural Ontario, based on our recent Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets and a look at some innovative rural planning happening in Germany. Watch the webinar here.
Rural Forum on Community-Based Health Solutions - Mississippi Mills, November 14/13
ROI and Community Health Ontario are hosting a day-long forum on November 14 to explore integrated, community-based solutions to rural healthcare challenges. "The physical and mental health of Canadians declines form the most urgan regions to the most rural and remote regions. At the same time, services are more time-consuming and expensive to deliver in rural areas," says David Kelly, CEO, Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addictions Programs.
Read more here.
Rural Forum #2 - Sudbury, November 28/13
Forum #2 - Healthy Aging in Rural Northern Ontario
ROI and The Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research are hosting a day-long forum on Thursday November 28 to discuss supporting aging seniors living in rural northern Ontario. KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Geriatrics, Mount Sinai Hospital and Provincial Lead on Ontario's Seniors Strategy "Living Longer, Living Well".
More info and registration here
Board Development - New Learning Opportunities
ROI and Strive! are offering two half-day workshops on "Championship Chairing" and "Difficult Conversations in the Boardroom" on Wednesday, November 27 at the EastGen Complex, 5653 Highway 6 North, Guelph.
Click here for more information
Rural Forum #1 - Stratford, October 29/13
Forum #1 - Healthy Aging in Rural Ontario
The Rural Ontario Institute, in partnership with Gateway Rural Health Research Institute is hosting a day-long furm to explore the complex challenges of supporting healthy aging in rural seniors. A series of expert presentations will be followed by a facilitated group discussion. Have a voice in public healthcare policy development.
More info HERE.
2013 Leading Edge Summit - October 16 & 17, 2013 - Register now!
Connected Rural Communities: Tools and techniques for networked leadership
Come to the 2013 Leading Edge Summit and learn how a network approach to leadership can help address the complex challenges we face in our rural communities and agricultural industry. We will learn hands-on tools and techniques for creating, weaving and strengthening networks.
The Leading Edge Summit is the best value going for leadership training: just $250 for the two-day session including meals and accomodation (early bird rate).
Welcoming AALP Class 15!
AALP Class 15 consists of 16 females and 13 males ranging in age from 23 to 59. Seven class members are primary producers of vegetables, field and cash crops, poultry, dairy, hogs, beef and sheep. Another eight of the group are actively involved in primary agriculture, while also working in the agri-business and agri-food sectors, non-government and commodity associations, provincial and federal governments and their agencies.
Read more here
Third set of Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets look at employment issues in rural Ontario
Rural Ontario has different employment challenges than urban areas. Three new Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets feature employment-related information, and another looks at the Aboriginal Identity population in Ontario. Based on Statistics Canada data, these easy-to-read fact sheets highlight the changing dynamics of rural Ontario’s population, communities and economies.
Get Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets here
New study: AALP delivers 25% social return on investment
A recent study reaffirms the tremendous value of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP) to Ontario's society and economy. Based on a survey of AALP graduates, it is estimated that for every $1 invested in AALP, the social return on investment is $1.25.
Read the full report here.
Janet Horner new Chair of Rural Ontario Institute
At the recent ROI Annual General Meeting, Janet Horner was elected as Chair of the Rural Ontario Institute. Joining her on the Executive Committee are: Jim Whaley, Wasaga Beach as vice-chair; Stig Puschel, Sudbury as secretary; Bill Bearss, Brampton as treasurer; and Rob Hannam, Guelph as past-chair.