May 2015

Presenter Name(s): 
Dr. Bakhtiar Moazzami

Rural, remote and small towns across Canada are facing serious challenges, such as youth migration, aging populations and lack of immigration. And these challenges are affecting not only individual provinces, but the country as a whole. 

Over the past year, ESO and our partners, Decoda Literacy Solutions, Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador, the Saskatchewan Literacy Network and Réseau pour le développement de l'alphabétisme et des compétences (RESDAC), have been traveling across the country for the Strengthening Rural Canada-Renforcer les communautés rurales du Canada initiative - examining the socio, cultural,economic and organizational attributes of the community and population of 28 rural communities in select provinces across Canada (Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador). 

Join Essential Skills Ontario, our partners and economist Dr. Bakhtiar Moazzami on Tuesday, May 12 from 1:00-1:45PM ET for our final Strengthening Rural Canada webinar, Fewer & Older - Population and Demographic Challenges Across Rural Canada. Using his findings from both the 2001 and 2011 Census and the 2011 National Household Survey, Dr. Moazzami will discuss: 

• Demographic trends in rural and urban Canada 
• Common socio-economic characteristics of rural Canada 
• The implications for rural Canada and the nation as a whole 

There will be time for questions at the end of the webinar. Please note that space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. 

Webinar Title: 
Fewer & Older - Population and Demographic Challenges Across Rural Canada
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: 
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 1:00pm