(From left to right) Dr. David MacKinnon, Dean Research and Graduate Studies, Acadia University; Dr. Kevin Vessey, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, Saint Mary's University; Kelly Regan, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education; Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, President, Saint Mary's University; and Rachel MacDonald, VP Student Affairs, SMUSA, Saint Mary’s University discuss the future benefits of CLARI at the official funding announcement.

Connecting Rural Communities

By Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2016

Rural communities seeking help solving complex social problems like outmigration and unemployment need to look no further than the Change Lab Action Research Institute (CLARI), soon to be up and running in Saint Mary’s University’s Atrium. The CLARI hub was conceived as a way to drive economic development by connecting rural communities and small business with a network of experts and researchers at Nova Scotia’s post-secondary institutions. 

Thanks to $1.1 million in funding from the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, specialized video links will connect Saint Mary’s with six partner institutions: Cape Breton University, St. Francis Xavier University, Mount Saint Vincent University, Acadia University, Université de Saint-Anne, and NSCC. Completion is slated for the Fall of 2016.

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