Keeping It Rural Conference

Keeping It Rural

June 1-2, 2023, Kelowna - British Columbia

Rural Projects and Success Stories 

Innovative Enterprises in Rural Communities

All the hot topics from healthcare to housing

Sign-up form coming soon

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About the event

Across North America and Western Europe, rural communities share many of the same issues and challenges.  It can be both helpful and inspiring to hear how small rural communities, First Nations, and rural development organizations from outside BC have successfully strengthened their rural communities.

As a result, every two years the BC Rural Centre will strive to organize and host a major international rural development conference that profiles successful and innovative rural development initiatives.

Speakers - IN PROGRESS

We are actively securing the best speakers and panellists for this event. If you would like to speak or know someone you'd love to hear from – drop us a note.

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Speaker One
Short Bio and topic

Meadow and grassland near Clinton.

Speaker Two
Topic brief and bio

Speaker Three
Bio and topic


Panel topic and bio

Panellist two
Bio and panel topic

Panellist Three
Panel info and speaker bio

Speaker four
Bio and speaker topic

Speaker 5
Bio and topic

Speaker 6
Bio and topic

The schedule

The two-day event is packed full of inspiration and ample networking opportunities. The schedule will be released here and will also be send out to our mailing list and those that have registered for the conference.

The venue

We choose a location that will allow people to easily access it from around the province and outside our province as well. This location may not always be rural, as we know capacity challenges in rural communities are real and we do not want to burden a small community with our presence. We select a central location with amenities to create a lasting impression and an excellent conference. Once we have selected the perfect location - we will update this page and all our newsletter subscribers.

What people say about it

The Keeping It Rural Conference was inspiring and informative. It is a refreshing group of rural, remote, and First Nation people from around the globe sharing and collaborating on rural matters.

Northern BC

If you live in a rural community and care about sustaining the quality of life you have come to know and cherish - then you can't miss this event! The connections made and topics covered are of huge value to any rural decision-maker and resident.

West Kootenay

Being at the BC Rural Centre "Keeping it Rural" event in 2019 was an honour. The event was empowering, bringing together so many diverse people who were all sharing on rural development topics that are important and challenging. I will be back...

North Island

The BC Rural Centre hosted an incredible event. The value of attending is still being used today, as we navigate through an ever-changing world. I look forward to being able to see the innovative ideas brought forth at the next event.

South Okanagan

Don't miss out on our next conference

You don't want to miss this! It's been a few years since we've been able to gather and we are excited to see you all.
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Our Previous Partnerships and Sponsors

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BC Community Forest Assoc
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Northern Dev Trust