Communities of Tomorrow

Communities of Tomorrow

October 17, 2005 12:09 ET

Communities of Tomorrow: 'Building Our Communities' Conference to Explore Best Practices

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 17, 2005) - How do we ensure communities designed 100 years ago for the needs of the Wheat Boom make a successful transition to a new era characterized by infrastructure challenges, regionalization issues and depopulation?

This tall order is at the heart of Communities of Tomorrow's (CT) mandate. CT is a Saskatchewan-based centre of excellence in research and development around new technologies, planning and management tools that communities can access, according to Executive Director Anne Parker.

"There is a recognition, increasingly, that what we are all after is sustainability. Let's face it, how long will our communities last if we just keep applying band-aid solutions and prescribing the same old remedies regardless of long-term consequences? Communities of Tomorrow is there to help identify and support innovations that show promise-to help steer communities, towns and mid-sized cities away from what otherwise might be a crash course."

This being Saskatchewan's Centennial year, Parker felt there would be no better way to engage decision-makers in the province and across Canada than by hosting a national conference on community sustainability.

"We carefully explored and sought out best practices in areas like the role of culture in sustaining our communities; immigration; infrastructure renewal; regionalization; access to affordable housing; urban naturalization; community engagement; placemaking; design; planning; and the creation of energy efficient recreational facilities.

"We then invited known international, national, regional and local leaders and innovators to come share their secrets with conference participants in a few days in Regina. On October 23 to 25, all these folks will be brought together as part of a groundbreaking, one-of-kind gathering of doers, with a view to sharing solutions for sustainability."

What can we do now to use our resources more efficiently? How can we attract new residents to our communities and then support them so they want to stay? How should our infrastructure solutions be adapting to new fiscal and environment realities? These questions and others are begging for answers.

"The Building Our Communities conference is viewed as a necessary first step to creating a network of well-equipped community members who are committed to seeking out the common threads in the processes that lead to better, wiser utilization of community assets; in engaging the disenfranchised members of our communities; and in creating a vibrant economic, social and cultural environment that is more conducive not only to survival, but also to prosperity."

The conference is being organized in partnership with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a Saskatchewan Centennial initiative.

To find out more about the conference, visit: or call Communities of Tomorrow at (306) 522-6691.

Contact Information

  • Communities of Tomorrow Inc.
    Anne Parker
    Executive Director
    (306) 522-6698