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Friday, April 27, 2018

Sources Of Knowledge Forum

Tobermory | by Travis Jackson  

Topics include energy & transportation, economic development & climate change.

The 10th Annual Sources of Knowledge Forum in Tobermory is slated for May 4th-6th.

This year's theme is the "Future of the Saugeen (Bruce) Peninsula."

Friday afternoon's free public session features an alternative transportation and energy exhibition with rooftop solar companies, information on net zero homes and a chance to see and ride electric vehicles.

The formal Sources of Knowledge Forum begins Friday evening with wine and cheese and the Stephen Scharper Film Festival.

Chippewas of Nawash Chief Greg Nadjiwon will be the first speaker on Saturday, followed by presentations on community energy and transportation options; community economic development models; and climate change scenarios for our area.

Saturday evening's keynote dinner features well-known Environment Canada meteorologist, David Phillips.

Brian McHattie, program chair, said he is particularly excited to learn about a tourism project from western Quebec, including a presentation from Helen Patterson and colleagues from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). One of four panel speakers, Patterson will present the FCM's "Stronger Together" toolkit, designed to link Indigenous and municipal community economic development partners.

"With our new Northern Bruce Peninsula sustainable tourism strategy, we have an exciting opportunity to work with the Saugeen Ojibway Nation on joint tourism projects, and can learn much on how to be successful from our national leaders from FCM," McHattie said.

Registration for the forum is open now at $100 per person (including the Saturday evening dinner). The first 10 students registering are free for the forum talks, plus $35 for the dinner.

To register, visit www.sourcesofknowledge.ca.


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