May 2015

Presenter Name(s): 
Dr. Bakhtiar Moazzami

Rural, remote and small towns across British Columbia are facing a dilemma. With aging populations and youth migrating to larger urban cities, amongst other issues, these communities are struggling to stay afloat, which affects the province as a whole. 

Join Essential Skills Ontario, our partners, and economist Dr. Bakhtiar Moazzami on Wednesday, May 6th 1:00-2:00PM ET(10:00 AM PT) for our webinar, Fewer & Older: The Population and Demographic Dilemma in Rural British Columbia. This webinar is the fourth in a series of research reports 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. 

Using his findings from both the 2001 and 2011 Census and the 2011 National Household Survey, Dr. Moazzami will discuss: 
• The overall demographic changes that have occurred in British Columbia 
• Population declines and the socio-economic challenges in rural areas in British Columbia 
• Future population trends in rural British Columbia during 2011-2025 and what this could mean for the province 

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

Webinar Title: 
Fewer & Older: The Population and Demographic Dilemma in Rural British Columbia
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, May 6, 2015 - 1:00pm