Building Vision

The Rural Ontario Institute develops leaders, initiates dialogue, supports collaboration
and promotes action on issues and opportunities facing rural Ontario.


October 20, 2016

OECD provides strong rationale for place-based rural policy to grow rural productivity

The OECD's report, Regional Outlook 2016, is an analysis of the trajectories of rural and urban economies within the 30 plus countries that make up its membership. It specifically looked at the reasons for productivity gaps between regions. This is important reading for our provincial and national policy makers and provides encouragement and evidence for those advocating coherent, long-term investment in effective rural regional development.

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September 27, 2016

Guest blog: Working towards community led solutions using Vital Signs Report

The Centre Wellington Community Foundation (CWCF) published our first ever Vital Signs report in 2015. The report was designed to take the pulse of our community and to help identify key areas where action and attention is needed most. What happens now that we have produced a successful and well-received Vital Signs report? In the post-report process we are using consultations and Vital Conversations to help move the community to action on specific items identified in the report. 

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September 15, 2016

Guest blog: Self Care is Not Just About the Naps

Looking after ourselves does not stop there when it comes to leading nonprofits. We also need to re-energize and refresh ourselves in the work itself. Every day it is our job to inspire and lead our staff to work with people who are hurting, to challenge unfair systems and to help others make a better life for themselves. This requires passion. And passion requires energy. This kind of energy can be refreshed by the 3 things that we have focused upon in our leadership forum TIME OUT – reflecting, learning and connecting.

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October 23 to 26, 2016 / Toronto, ON

AALP Class 16 Seminar 6

Theme: Provincial/State Political Process, Urban Society & Media

January 15 to 17, 2017 / Niagara Falls, ON

AALP Class 16 Seminar 7

Theme: Making Your Case and Modeling Leadership

April 6 to 8, 2017 / London, ON

WM. A Stewart Lecture & Reception

Details to be announced.

April 6 to 8, 2017 / London, ON

AALP Class 16 Seminar 8

Theme: Look Ahead

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