Recent Work

Growing Local Prosperity: A Public Forum - Woodstock, NB 2015

Heming believes that small towns and rural communities in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are perfectly positioned to cultivate a new economy, one that thrives by creating local businesses that meet local needs.

And he should know; he has been helping rural communities grow their local prosperity potential for 40 years. In business, research, writing, teaching, and consulting, Heming has been working at the intersection of economics and ecology with leaders in the field.

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Local Prosperity Talks 2015

Gregory Heming, Municipal Councillor, District 5, Annapolis County, NS. delivered a talk and hosted a discussion on alternative options for rural economies. Mr. Heming spoke about the reality of creating a new economic narrative, one that is happening in many communities throughout the Maritimes and across Canada.

"...business-as-usual is not quite good enough. [Local economies] have begun to embrace not only ecological economics but are also exploring the long-term effect of what some economists are calling 'restorative economies'; essentially restoring land and people to a new beginning and a more equal and prosperous longer-term. future."

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Gregory Heming – Talk in the Village of Gagetown 2015

Gregory is back by popular demand after his presentation for the National Farmers’ Union (NB) in the village last year.

Maritime Canada’s business communities, local families, and local municipal governments are under tremendous stress at the opening of the 21st century. At the core of this is the systemic problem inherent in our current economic model. The myth of unlimited growth, the false hope of globalization, and our reliance on nonrenewable resources threaten local farms, local food production, local governance, and the health and future of rural families.

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Spectator News article on Gregory as chairman Annapolis County Economic Development Committee and Municipal Councillor 2014

The Municipality of the County of Annapolis is embarking on a different kind of development plan it hopes will address some of the economic challenges facing the rural area. County council has approved an initiative that sets out a list of economic and development goals. Now it wants input from local residents. The county chose not to join a regional enterprise network made up of other municipalities in the Annapolis Valley.

“We decided that we would draft our own economic development strategy,” Gregory Heming, chairman of the county’s economic development committee, said Monday.

The committee has been working to ensure the economic strategy reflects a diversity of views on job creation and long-term prosperity.

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CCPA-NS Roundtable Discussion & Annual Meeting 2014

Since the early 1960’s there have been numerous major reports, commissions, and strategies both private and public aimed at steering the Nova Scotia economy. The Report of the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy released in February 2014, often referred to as the Ivany Report, is another in this long list. It charts a path for Nova Scotians and strongly suggests that choosing another is not an option. There are, however, many economists, labour and business leaders, academics, elected officials, and others who have expressed reservations about the report; all believe that exploring a wide range of alternatives is in fact crucial if Nova Scotians are to realize a more prosperous, just and healthy future.

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Georgetown Conference 2014

Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia - August 26, 2014. It is widely known that small rural communities in Atlantic Canada are struggling to get by. A group of individuals in Nova Scotia have banded together to organize a regional conference to address the issues with fresh ideas. The conference entitled “Local Prosperity: New Economics for Rural Canada” (localprosperity.ca), ran successfully from April 9-12, 2015, in Annapolis County.

Gregory Heming, an Annapolis County municipal councilor and President of the Centre for Local Prosperity, says, “Finding solutions to the increasing economic, social and ecological disintegration of small rural communities may seem difficult, but practical and achievable solutions are possible. There are many examples from which we can draw inspiration.”

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Yukon News 2004-2007

While living and working in the Yukon on projects, Gregory worked as an award winning journalist and wrote over 300 columns for the Yukon News. Much of his work can be accessed in the archives of the Yukon News website by searching his name.

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Speech to House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Economy in Ottawa

Let us Not Give our Hearts Away: 
Internal Disaffection, External Exploitation and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act
Delivered before House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development
Parliament Hill - Ottawa December 4, 2006 Gregory Heming, PhD.

I would first of all like to thank you Mr. Chairman and the Clerk for inviting me this afternoon to address the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development. By way of introduction I would like to say that by profession I am a human ecologist. I study the many ways humans interact with systems - natural,
environmental, political, economic, social and cultural.

Read more: Speech to House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Economy in Ottawa