Millions of dollars each year are poured into our federal trade initiatives around the world and to a lesser degree our provinces follow suit, at least most of them do. And, while its fine to say that we should be relying on the services of the International Trade Ministry and our Foreign Trade Services and Consul offices, will it be sufficient to get us what we want (or as much as we want) – namely, more trade opportunities in more markets for our own local businesses and more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) coming into our respective communities?

The final leg of our cross-Canada rail tour brought us from the interior of British Columbia to the beautiful west coast. Passing through the town of Hope BC, the site of one of Canada's infamous World War Two internment camps for Japanese Canadians, then continuing to wind through the endless Rockies, it became clear that much of British Columbia is still pristine wilderness, connected only by rail, the Trans-Canada Highway, and the province's vast river system.

In March of this year, PSD published an article entitled, "The Top 7 Most Intelligent Communities: How 3 Canadian Cities Made the List." This article was extremely well received. We have noted your enthusiasm for the subject, and have decided to build on this article by partnering with the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), as well as the cities of Kingston and Stratford, to deliver an engaging and informative webinar entitled, "Small Communities, Intelligent Communities."

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Much has been written about forms and styles of leadership. So much so that leadership theory has become its own multi-disciplinary field in academic research. One important contribution to the normative theory of leadership is Oran R. Young's seminal work, Political Leadership and Regime Formation: On the Development of Institutions in International Society. Though Young's theory of leadership focuses on regime formation in the international context, his typology and assessment of leadership styles have a much wider application. In a time of political leadership renewal across Canada, Young's leadership theory suggests that any great leader should be able to successfully combine different leadership styles.

Rural places get a bad rap. Usually considered an inconvenient distance from the real action, they have so much to offer: natural beauty, the peace of wide-open spaces, the built-in opportunities to exercise the body and restore the mind. They often have rich cultural legacies in which people take great pride.

In February 2013, the City of London Canada launched one of its largest ever funded campaigns to welcome over 40,000 international visitors to the World's Figure Skating Championship. Unprecedented in its execution, the campaign brought together nine partners to co-finance its activities. 'Canada's London' undoubtedly achieved its goals of enhancing and broadcasting the image of London with over 39 million impressions of their billboards and over 60,000 visitors to the campaign website and blog – with 1,200 crowd sourced photos – in less than a month.