Terri MacDonald

Terri MacDonald

Terri MacDonald -- BC Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development

Terri MacDonald is the BC Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development and also leads the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute at Selkirk College. Terri holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from the University of British Columbia, and M.A. in Policy and Administration from the University of Calgary, and a B.Sc. and B.Ed. from Lakehead University. Dr. MacDonald taught high school science in Ontario and British Columbia.

Growing, shrinking, and aging – Columbia Basin-Boundary regional population update

Growing, Shrinking, and Aging

Demographic information is critical for local planning. This information can help us understand who makes up our population and what their needs are. As Statistics Canada releases more information from the 2016 Census, the RDI will be able to provide new updates, starting with an Update on Population Numbers. This update presents and compares numbers from BC Stats and Statistics Canada, and discusses why and how the two differ.

RDI Products
Wed, 02/22/2017 - 05:04

Community-Based Research Internship Opportunity Announced

Up to $10,000 is available to help a local organization work with a Selkirk College student to undertake community-based research in the West Kootenay and Boundary region. The annual TeckServ Internship, now in its seventh year, provides support for an applied research project designed to offer ongoing benefit to the community.

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 09:53

Asset Based Community Driven Development Workshop

These workshops are designed for community enthusiasts, community builders and civic leaders who want to discover more about Asset Based Community Driven (ABCD) philosophies and methodologies, and their potential and application to their community, town or city. Above all, it is a great opportunity to learn how to excite and mobilise local residents to map, connect and celebrate their local assets and discover what they care about.

Workshop Program

Through exciting stories, exercises and lots of humour, this Workshop will focus on:

Forestry Skills: Thinking Beyond Current Paradigms

Forestry is an important economic sector. For rural communities, forestry, and the related industries, play a significant role in community health and well-being, as well as influencing the health of the surrounding environment. However, achieving a sustained forestry workforce is recognized internationally as a complex challenge – including changes in the skills and size of the workforce. For example, increasing the human capital of the forest sectors is vital to ensuring the development of forest resources and safeguarding ecosystem services.

Eco-Assets for Rural Municipalities

In the first portion of the webinar, the Town of Gibsons will share its experience in developing their Eco-Assets Strategy, including, economic and environmental benefits of including natural assets in asset management plans and policy, the use of principles of asset management, financial planning and ecology to maintain the ecosystems services nature provides, the operational changes required to accommodate the expanded focus on natural assets, and how arts, education and science can be used to improve the community’s understanding of and appreciation for infrastructure.

Lessons on Farmland Preservation Near Growing Urban Regions from Oregon, USA

High quality agricultural land is a valuable non-renewable natural resource; however, many regions struggle to protect this resource when it exists in close proximity to growing urban areas.Oregon, USA is often held up as a model of successful land use planning in the North American context, having established a state-wide system in 1973 that both supports urban areas and protects rural areas. The Willamette Valley makes a particularly interesting case study region, as it contains a great deal of Oregon’s best agricultural soils as well as the majority of Oregon’s population.