March 2015

Presenter Name(s): 
Dr. Bakhtiar Moazzami

Rural, remote and small towns in Newfoundland and Labrador are facing serious challenges, including youth migration, and aging and declining populations. These challenges will only increase over the coming decade, affecting the well-being of these communities, and the province as a whole. 

Join Essential Skills Ontario, our partners and economist Dr. Bakhtiar Moazzami on Wednesday, March 4th from 1:00-2:00PM ET (2:30 NL) for our webinar, Fewer & Older: The Coming Population and Demographic Challenges in Rural Newfoundland & Labrador. Drawing on findings from the 2001 and 2011 Census and the 2011 National Household Survey, Dr. Moazzami will discuss: 

• The overall demographic changes that have occurred in Newfoundland and Labrador 
• Population declines and the socio-economic challenges in rural areas in Newfoundland and Labrador 
• Future population trends in rural communities during 2015-2025 and implications for the province 

There will be time for questions at the end of the webinar. 

This webinar is the second in a series related to the Strengthening Rural Canada initiative, a multi-year project funded by the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program, as well as in part by the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-18: Education, Immigration and Communities. The project is providing a comprehensive understanding of the relationship of human capital on both population and economic growth in rural, small town and remote communities in Canada. 

Webinar Title: 
Fewer & Older: The Coming Population and Demographic Challenges in Rural Newfoundland & Labrador
Dr. Moazzami is a Professor of Economics and econometrics at Lakehead University. He has written extensively on economic development opportunities and challenges in Northern Ontario. He has written many reports on forestry and mining industries in Ontario and Canada. He is also an expert on Aboriginal economic development and written extensively on Aboriginal social and economic development issues. 
Dr. Moazzami is also known for his expertise in economic damage assessment and negotiation. He has provided advice to various First Nations from Northwestern Ontario to the Northwest Territories. He negotiated the Musslewhite Agreement which is the first successful revenue-sharing agreement in Canada. He has conducted many economic and environmental damage assessments including the loss of use, livelihood, resources and land, as well as flooding and trappers’ compensation issues. He has also conducted economic impact assessments, feasibility studies, business plans and strategic planning. He has served as an expert witness and has successfully testified in Ontario courts. 
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Webinar Date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 1:00pm