Natural Resource Communities in Transition

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Course Description

Many resource communities are experiencing significant shifts in their historic economic bases. This course explores the roots of these shifts and examines how other communities have moved through these changes from a community economic development perspective. The course will explore the stages a community goes through from notification to revitalization and what action practitioners can take to assist the transition. Examples will be taken primarily form the BC context where numerous communities have been dealing with these adjustments.

Course Objectives

Participants will understand how to deal with:

  • Identifying communities’ economic base and forces of change

  • Assessing expected impacts

  • Establishing an intervention process

  • Gathering background information for potential strategies

  • Preparing strategies that addresses both short and long term issues

  • Preparing action plans that match the social, economic and resource base of the targeted community


October 20th - 21st, 2010

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Aboriginal Business & Community Development Centre
3845 15th Avenue
Prince George, BC V2N 4J4

Phone: (250) 562-6325
Fax: (250) 562-6326

Registration Closes:
October 18th, 2010 11:59 PM

Nicole Chaland, Event Coordinator
Phone: (250) 478-3294


This course can be applied to earning the SFU Certificate for Community Economic Development.

What people are saying about the SFU Certificate Program for Community Economic Development

This training equips professionals and community leaders alike with vital skills and knowledge to effectively integrate social, economic and environmental concerns into pragmatic strategies which are not only more sustainable, but improve the well-being of all citizens.
- Tamara Vrooman, CEO, Vancity Credit Union

The Program’s broad-based, grassroots approach to community economic development is extremely valuable, surprisingly innovative, and completely refreshing. Every economic development professional should take the SFU-CED Program!
- David Kalinchuk, Economic Development Manager, Rocky View, Alberta

The Community Economic Development Certificate Program was an amazing program. I was looking for a program that would give me hands on knowledge in the industry and it delivered just that. It also had the added benefit of networking with colleagues around Northern BC.
- Jenn Dolen, Misty Isles Economic Development Society