Watch TVO's The Agenda Episode Filmed At Trent University On The Digital Future

As part of The Agenda With Steve Paikin's special Learning 2030 series, the show asks: Are Ontario teachers ready for the digital future? This was the topic of a recent show they filmed in the Great Hall at Trent University in Peterborough. Watch the show...

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"Life Of Pi" Author Yann Martel Talks About Trent, Peterborough & The Writing Process

Yann Martel began writing, on the side, while studying philosophy at Trent University. "I was terrible, at first. I wrote a bunch of really bad plays and short stories. But I loved playing with language, creating a set, inventing characters," he says in this YouTube interview below. "I kept at it and, slowly, I became a writer."  In this interview, he talks about life at Trent, Peterborough, the writing process, the success of his book and the Oscar-winning movie adaptation, and more...


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Watch This Awesome LipDub Video Trent University Students Made

This excellent LipDub to "Wild Thing" is done by environmental and life sciences students, faculty and staff at Trent.


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Canteen of Kawartha Opens Today At Nassau Mills Road In Reggie's Old Location

Canteen of Kawartha has been putting the finishing touches on the new location out at Trent (Nassau Mills Road & Armour Road) and will be open starting Sunday, May 20th.

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

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PtboPics: People Auditioning At Trent University To Be On CBC Show "Dragons' Den"

If you live in Peterborough and surrounding area, today is your chance to pitch your big biz idea to the producers of CBC's hit show Dragons' Den. You have until 6 p.m. to make your way to the Great Hall. The producers are asking some tough questions to determine investment potential! Here's some pics from this morning sent to us by photographer Doug Logan...


[Photos courtesy Doug Logan]

[Related: Dragons' Den Hosting Audtions In Peterborough At Trent University February 16th]

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Dragons' Den Hosting Auditions In Peterborough At Trent University February 16th

If you're interested in trying out for the hit CBC show Dragons' Den, you can audition in Peterborough February 16th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Trent University. Producers are coming to town, and local entrepreneurs can pitch them for the chance to get on a taping of the show in Toronto.

The producers are making more than 40 stops in Canadian cities, and Peterborough is the second stop on their recent cross Canada search to find prospects for future episodes.

The auditions in Peterborough are hosted by Trent University Conference & Hospitality Services at the Great Hall at Trent University (1770 West Bank Drive).

No experience is necessary and participants of all ages are encouraged to audition.

More info can be found here and here.

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The Bring Food Home Conference Runs This Thursday To Saturday In Peterborough

From October 27th to 29th, farmers, processors, health care professionals, educators and government officials will be coming together at Trent University for a unique food conference called Bring Food Home 2011: Preparing the Ground for a Sustainable Food System. Conference attendees will be engaged in collaboration to build a food system in Ontario that is responsive to the needs of all.

On Thursday, Bring Food Home will host the "Let’s Talk About Food" event at Showplace. It will feature scholar and food policy expert, Mark Winne; the Director of Sustain UK, Jeanette Longfield; Indigenous scholar and educator, Dawn Morrison; writer and broadcaster Jon Steinman; and a welcome address by Mayor Daryl Bennett. Tickets can be purchased at the Showplace Box office for $12, or $5 for students and seniors.

Conference organizers have been working closely with Farms at Work, a local non-profit that works to keep farmland active and healthy, to provide conference attendees with a range of educational and engaging experiences. A number of other local programs will be making presentations and participating in the conference proceedings.

Peterborough’s local food scene offers wonderful opportunities for conference participants to visit innovative food projects, including By The Bushel Community Food Co-op, JustFood Boxes and Trent’s Seasoned Spoon Café. A bus tour to McLean Berry Farm and Kawartha Country Wines is being offered. Conference attendees will also enjoy the "Feast of Local Flavours" at The Elmhirst Resort, featuring local beers and food made with ingredients from Peterborough and Kawartha area farms.

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Head Of The Trent Is This Weekend


A sign that Fall is upon us is when it's time for Head of the Trent, which is held this weekend. This annual regatta was started by the founder of the Trent University Rowing Club, Chris Leach, back in 1971 and has been a much anticipated event each year since. Check out the schedule of events or visit their Facebook page.  

[Head of the Trent 2010]

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Growing Peterborough from the "Inside-Out"

Photo: Evan HoltThe commonly accepted view of economic development is to concentrate on convincing businesses to relocate to our community. Of course, unless the business is new, or an existing business expanding to this community, our gain would be another community’s loss. In the greater scheme of things, this does little to grow the economy as a whole.  

I call this traditional view of local economic development "outside-in" development. This approach has, in varying degrees, been successful. However, in some communities, it is clear that another form of economic development is emerging: "inside-out" development.

"Inside-out" development is characterized by innovations initiated by a community’s existing technologies and talented people being pushed out to external, national and international markets.

Communities that are best positioned for "inside-out" development must have some particular qualities: They must have a strong and proven technological base, and a critical mass of expertise that is creative, innovative, and forward-looking. 

Photo: Evan Holt

Fortunately, Peterborough has a strong technological base and a critical mass of expertise both in its business community, and in its public institutions—Trent University, Fleming College, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. The foundations upon which "inside-out" development can be built are in place.

Photo: Evan Holt

There is, however, one critical aspect of "inside-out" development that is missing—organizational innovation.  The nature of the local economy in our time (which is very different than that of the era dominated by GE, Outboard Marine, Westclox, etc.) is that there are many successful organizations busy serving particular niches in the external marketplace. Each one has technologies and expertise that keep it competitive in their field. The focus on their market niche makes it difficult for these organizations to identify new market opportunities. Beyond their own niche, real market opportunities can exist in fields they don’t even consider.

To productively pursue "inside-out" development, we need to consider the economic potential—the community’s economic capacity—through combining the existing technologies and expertise across (rather than just within) organizations. In economic terms, this is achieving economies of scope at the community level. Economies of scope, as opposed to economies of scale, come from using existing inputs (i.e., technologies and expertise) to produce different outputs (i.e., innovative products and services).

The real organizational challenge for "inside-out" development is at the greater community, rather specific organization, level. We need to be able to help existing organizations to better identify opportunities for them to partner with other local organizations to create innovations and enter new, national and international markets.

Those communities that have the foundations necessary to pursue "inside-out" development, and create the community-based institutions necessary to identify and achieve community economies of scope, will be those that will enjoy the rewards of the new era of economic development.

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Tom Phillips Ph. D.]

[Editor's Note: This is Tom's second column for He is Economist & Sustainability Director - Greater Ptbo Innovation Cluster. Click here to read his first column for us on Peterborough's "Creative Class".]

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Stuff to Do in Peterborough This Weekend


Juke Box Mania 2011, Trentwinds International Centre, 6 p.m.


Canadian Canoe Museum hosts "How to Weave a Woodland Pack Basket", 9 a.m. -5 p.m. 

Ducks Unlimited presents Peterborough Chapter's 24th Annual "World's Largest Greenwing Gathering", 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Trent Severn Waterway underneath the Peterborough Liftlocks

Trent University presents Spring Thaw Open House, 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

8th Annual Green Expo, Evinrude Centre, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., $7/Adults, $5/Seniors, Free/Children Under 12

Peterborough Speedway kicks off their 2011 season, gates open at noon, first race at 6 p.m. 

Peterborough Symphony Orchestra presents East Meets West, Showplace Performance Centre, 8 p.m. 


2011 Walk for Kids Help Phone, Jacksons Park, Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Hike for Hospice, Millenium Park, Registration begins at 10 a.m. 

Silver Bean Café NOW OPEN for the season


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