Brad Pommen

Brad Pommen and Smrt1 Technologies — an Example of a Rural Success Story

Over the last five years Canada has been a high-tech job creation machine. Year after year, the Toronto area alone has generated more technology jobs than San Francisco, Seattle or any other U.S. city. Vancouver has seen a similar economic boom. Both cities, with top universities and hospitals, a high quality of life and an enormous Continue reading


Rural Challenges, National Opportunity

This report from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities provides a useful rural Canadian overview in this report, including recent rural-centric Statistics Canada data, and topics ranging from rural housing to broadband; from connecting to global markets to climate change.        


Rankin MacSween of Cape Breton’s New Dawn Enterprises, on Community Development

Rankin MacSween, who gave an amazingly inspirational keynote speech at our 2015 conference, one that people still talk about, followed that up with an equally inspiring address at this year’s Keeping It Rural conference. For over three decades, Rankin has led Canada’s oldest – and most successful – community development corporation, New Dawn Enterprises, on Cape Continue reading


For Sale: One Deserted Village Left Behind In Rush To New Zealand’s Cities

Rural de-population is a global issue, as evidenced in this article from New Zealand by reporter Eleanor Ainge Roy.  An entire village which has been deserted for three decades is up for sale in New Zealand. Lake Waitaki village was built in the 1930s as workers accommodation for dam labourers but has lain largely empty since Continue reading