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15/10/19 The 11th Annual Laurentic Forum is coming to Inishowen 23-24 Oct

Laurentic Forum


The 11th annual Laurentic Forum is being organised and facilitated by the Inishowen Development Partnership in conjunction with the Ulster Canada Initiative working in collaboration with all the regional stakeholders.


The Laurentic Forum - Sustaining Coastal Communities looks at shared best practices in the sustainable development of Coastal Communities in the peripheral North Atlantic Area. This is building on the strong foundation developed over the past 11 years.  While it has primarily focused on the Northwest of Ireland and Newfoundland Canada in the past, we are looking to expand the reach this year to also include Norway.


The Laurentic Forum is a unique opportunity for representatives from Regional Councils, Governments, Governmental Agencies, NGO’s, Private Sector Practitioners, Community Groups and Educational Institutions from these regions to come together and explore best practices through shared learning and to look at possible collaborative projects through various funding  opportunities such as the Atlantic Area, The Northern Periphery and Arctic Fund and LEADER. 


Key Note Speakers at the forum include:


·         Christopher Parker, Program Manager for the Northern Periphery and Arctic Fund

·         Susan Cull, Vice President of Operations, The Shorefast Foundation, Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada

·         Sonja Mills the Town of Port Rexton, NL Canada & Port Rexton Brewery 

·         Garry Martin, Director of Economic Development and Diaspora, Donegal County Council   

·         Robert Verge, Managing Director of the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation  

·         Micheál Ó Duibhir, Udaras na Gaeltachta

·         Seamus Bonar, Arranmore Island Council

·         Tracy Keogh Co-Founder of Grow Remote 

·         Cabot Martin, Chairperson of the Sir William Vaughn Trust, St John’s/ Trepassey, NL, Canada

·         Her Excellency Else Berit Eikeland, Norwegian Ambassador to Ireland

·         Mark de Faoite, Director Enterprise, Property and Sectoral Development, Udaras na Gaeltachta

·         Julianne O’Leary, Partnership program Manager for the Guinness Enterprise Centre  



The full programme will be released next week but you can book your space now.


Special Conference Room Rates at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel €57.50 B&B.



Day One – Inishowen Gateway Hotel:


Wednesday Oct 23rd Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana, Co Donegal 

Themes – Overview of The Northern Periphery and Arctic Fund, Revitalizing Coastal Communities through the Digital Revolution, Sustaining Coastal Communities a Trans-Atlantic Comparison 

(this is a free event and includes a light lunch)


Register here



Day One Conference Dinner – Inishowen Gateway Hotel

Conference Dinner Wednesday Oct 23rd 7:30 pm The Inishowen Gateway Hotel- Fee- €30.00  

This provides a unique networking opportunity with Speakers and Delegates. Entertainment by Tom Byrne, Roisin McGrory, Jolene Henry and Guest. 


Book here



Day 2 Event – Greencastle Fisheries

Thursday Oct 24th, National Fisheries Collage Greencastle, Co Donegal 

Themes – Fisheries Innovation, The Blue Economy 

This is a free event and includes a light lunch.


Register here

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