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Time for new GTA-wide agency and financing plan

With billions of dollars needed for new transit and a growing economic interdependence between the cities of the Greater Toronto Area, the time may be More...

From red flags to green (Part 2): how to see into the invisible economy

Last month, I had the chance to speak at the annual conference of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in Houston, Texas, with a focus More...

Can your life work actually be your play?

I often think about my late stepfather Joe and how for years he prodded and encouraged me to pursue my community building work under my More...

An adult conversation on regional transfers

A friend and his wife, both from Western Canada, talk about the time they were relaxing in the Upper Hot Springs in glorious Banff. They More...

Closing the rural broadband gap

Increased access to broadband is transforming the way communities and economies operate.  It has opened up new avenues of social interaction; interactive, on-demand entertainment options; More...

Art is to culture as baseball is to sport: the ‘Arts Plus Swindle’

Deborah Mills, a leading researcher and analyst of cultural planning in Australia, wrote a wonderfully rich and revealing article in 2002 entitled Cultural Planning – More...

Collaboration

This past week I tuned into the Country Music Awards – who would have thought that watching the CMA’s would have brought my thinking to More...

Canada’s cultural tourism industry: The numbers shouldn’t surprise us

In my last post, I talked about place-based cultural tourism – an approach to destination planning I’ve developed to maximize a community’s ability to attract More...

Hockey Input = Outcomes: Lessons for entrepreneurism?

In Canada we produce great hockey players. In fact Canadians comprise 50% of all NHL players and Canadian national hockey teams have won 29 Gold, More...

Save the Group of Seven House

In the northern region of Hastings County, you will find the small Village of Maynooth. Nestled a hop skip and a jump away from Algonquin More...

The future of the Canadian dairy industry’s supply chain management is up for discussion

The Conference Board of Canada released a briefing report in the summer that provides a good historical review of Canada’s dairy industry.  This industry’s supply More...

Ethics in economic development

One of the topics I have a lot of passion for is ensuring a high standard of ethical behavior in business. In 2009, I became More...