Alberta Rural Development Network

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Alberta Rural Development Network
Area served
Rural Alberta
ServicesRural development, research, rural homelessness, rural sustainable affordable housing
Key people
Dee Ann Benard, Executive Director
WebsiteAlberta Rural Development Network

The Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) is a not-for-profit partnership of nine public colleges & universities.[1] Its mission is "to create a model of rural community development through collaboration in research and learning".[2]


As stated on their website, "The Alberta Rural Development Network will use the combined expertise of Alberta's post-secondary institutions to support rural development in Alberta and help rural communities grow through learning."[2]

ARDN focuses on four core principles to create rural connections:

  1. Research
  2. Education
  3. Collaboration
  4. Networking

According to the Minister of Advanced Education and Technology, ARDN has so far been successful: "The Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) has played a key role in helping communities across rural Alberta to flourish and thrive by strengthening links between Campus Alberta institutions, industry and community-based organizations."[3]


ARDN began operations in 2009 with a grant from the Rural Alberta Development Fund (RADF)[4] and in-kind commitments from its post-secondary members.

Since its inception, ARDN has worked with several of Alberta's colleges, universities and organizations on projects, including Lakeland College and Portage College on a Regional Innovation Network in East Central Alberta,[5] Mount Royal University on a Business Retention & Expansion Symposium,[6] the Alberta Academy of Art and Design on the Company of Albertans,[7] Pastor Tim Wray on the Young Adult Photovoice Project,[8] and Lethbridge College on Social in the South.[9]

More recently, ARDN administered the Homelessness Partnering Strategy's Rural and Remote Homelessness funding stream for Alberta.[10] So far, this has resulted in the funding of seven rural homelessness projects, including projects in Drayton Valley,[11] Chestermere,[12] Fort Macleod[13] and Cochrane.[14]



ARDN publishes a newsletter. The RTAB is published at least once a month.


  1. ^ Staff. "Community Outreach" Archived 2013-05-29 at the Wayback Machine. Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b Staff. "Mandate". Alberta Rural Development Network. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
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  5. ^ Staff. "Lakeland and Portage partner to build East Central Alberta Regional Innovation Network". Lakeland College - Applied Research & Innovation. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  6. ^ Staff. "Keeping rural business strong". Mount Royal University. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  7. ^ Staff. "The Company of Albertans" Archived 2013-08-09 at the Wayback Machine. ACAD. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  8. ^ Wray, Tim. "What Matters in Small Towns?" Archived 2013-05-16 at the Wayback Machine. Farm On. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  9. ^ Staff. "Social in the South 2012: Social Media Strategies for Business" Archived 2013-05-30 at the Wayback Machine. Lethbridge College. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  10. ^ Higgins, Michael. "Alberta's Rural Homeless". Alberta Primetime. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  11. ^ Whalen, Courtney. "Drayton Valley receives homelessness partnership money" Drayton Valley Western Review. Retrieved 9 July 2013
  12. ^ Chorney, Allison. "Chestermere receives $57,000 to help prevent homelessness in community" Archived 2016-07-10 at the Wayback Machine Rocky View Weekly. Retrieved 9 July 2013
  13. ^ Staff. "Fort Macleod get funding for housing support program" Macleod Gazette. Retrieved 9 July 2013
  14. ^ Edey, Noel. "Support for homeless youth" Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine Cochrane Times. Retrieved 9 July 2013

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