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Dr. Ken Coates is the Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan.  Raised in Yukon, Ken has a long-standing interest in northern, rural and Indigenous issues and has been working on a series of projects relating to regional economic development, technological change and the future of rural and small-town societies.  He has published extensively on historical and contemporary aspects of regional development, focusing largely on the territorial and provincial Norths in Canada, although his research has taken him to Japan, New Zealand, Australia and throughout the Circumpolar World.    He is currently working on a project on "inverting innovation," which seeks to encourage the mobilization of science and technology to address the concerns and opportunities of small town and rural Canada.