26 Feb


Conference Theme
Conference Agenda (preliminary)
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Who should attend?
Keynote Speakers and Presenters
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R2R24 Partners and Sponsors


This year’s conference theme: THE RURAL ASSEMBLY: EXPLORING OUR DIFFERENCES TOGETHER focusing on participatory leadership, and collective action through different models, formats, and creative expressions such as storytelling, and art.

The preliminary conference agenda is posted! Click here to view.

Conference information and session times are subject to change. Check back regularly for updates. Print version of the agenda will be available closer to the conference date.


Early Bird pricing is available until June 30, 2024.

Group (10 or more from one organization) and student rates are available.

Virtual tickets are available for those who cannot attend in person. Virtual delegates have access to keynote addresses, presenters, conference highlights and closing remarks.

Use the QR code or click here to purchase your tickets.


Anyone passionate about our rural communities. A gathering of artists, scientists, farmers, students, researchers, local knowledge keepers, entrepreneurs, economic developers, environmentalists, community development officers, and rural organizations.

Read more about the theme, and what to expect>


Learn more about R2R24’s incredible line-up of keynote speakers and presenters>

We are also excited to share that globally known Art of Hosting facilitators and illustrators will facilitate the conference workshops. More to come on this soon!


  • THE ASSEMBLY – a theatrical presentation produced by Porte Parole on the Blyth stage. Porte Parole is a theatre company that creates and produces original documentary plays about Canadian contemporary life to inspire diverse audiences to think critically together about current social issues.
  • PATHWAYS TO PRACTICE – an eagerly anticipated session of R2R to connect with the brightest minds and people working in rural Canada.
  • The R2R24 ART GALLERY showcases incredible local artists and art forms that tell stories and inspire dialogue.
  • Delegates have a chance to win 1 of 3 prints by artist Kelly Rebar including the conference photo! Each purchased conference ticket will be entered into the draw.
  • R2R MARKET featuring local artists, businesses, and a pop-up bookstore.
  • Podcaster, Shauna Rae of Clearing a New PathTM to report on and share the stories of R2R24!
  • Delight in the county’s finest food and beverages. Local chefs, bakers, wineries, and breweries are showcased.
  • Daily lunchtime mini-yoga (standing or chair) is offered in the Art Gallery by a certified yoga and meditation instructor. You’ll be refreshed and ready to go for the afternoon!


We are excited to announce four of our partners/sponsors for R2R24. More to be posted soon!

Lead Partner

General Sponsor
General Sponsor
General Sponsor

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for R2R24, contact Peter Smith at peter@ruralcreativity.org.