10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Explore opportunities that exist through responsible and sustainable use of the natural resources.
Hear from Dr. John Michels who wrote his PhD on changes underway in rural communities using Almaguin as his case study. He returns one year after publishing his book “Permanent Weekend” based on his experience in Almaguin to discuss his observations from his multi year study.
A forum to discuss solutions with current educators and successful business people who are targeting a balance between the environment and the economy.
Facts and figures concerning the changing economic landscape in rural Ontario and the opportunities in incorporating the natural environment.
Lunch will be served, featuring locally sourced ingredients. Refreshments provided by Highlander Brew Co, South River.
Who should attend?
Members of the general public, Métis and First Nations, members of the academic community, business leaders, municipal leaders, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, secondary and post-secondary students are encourage to attend and participate.
Feature Presentation: John Michels
John Michels is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on the changing rural landscape in 21st century North America. As part of his doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Michels conducted fieldwork in the Almaguin Highlands, interviewing hundreds of individuals and attending many local events. In particular, his research focuses on changes and challenges in agriculture, forestry, tourism, cottaging, and economic development initiatives.
In 2017, the results of Michels’s study were published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in his book, Permanent Weekend.