July 12-14, 2017  

Sydney, Nova Scotia Canada

The Community Economic Development Institute of the Shannon School of Business is dedicated to advancing community capacity in economic development, and we are pleased to organize another multidisciplinary conference on Community Innovation and Social Enterprise.

Building on the popularity of our 2015 conference, where we had over 270 attendees from Canada and the world, we are organizing another CED Biennial Conference which is focused on “Community Innovation & Social Enterprise”.

Community-based ventures are a strong part of the Canadian economy for more than a century and recent innovative practices have made the social enterprise sector a hot topic in national and international vistas.  The conference brings together practitioners, researchers, and community organizations, from home and afar, to discuss current practices, challenges, and innovations in advancing social entrepreneurship and improving community livelihoods.

We are inviting social entrepreneurs, directors, researchers, public policy makers, and anyone interested in community-based development, innovation, and entrepreneurship to this popular conference. As a conference attendee, you will hear from and interact with practitioners and researchers on community innovation, social enterprise, place-based development, and their effect on community health and economic development.

Please save the conference dates above and come to connect in July. We are keeping the conference cost low:  if you register by May 15, the cost of the conference is only $190+tax, and that includes our famous Surf & Turf dinner extravaganza (Cape Breton lobster & beef) by the Sydney harbour.

The conference includes the following themes:

  • Community-based development
  • Social Enterprises and Innovation
  • Co-operatives and sustainable business models
  • Place-based business
  • Sustainable Aboriginal economies
  • Entrepreneurial Financing

Conference Schedule:

Wednesday July 12 Thursday July 13 Friday July 14
9:00 am – 10:15 am Plenary Session 9:00 am – 10:15 am Plenary Session
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions 10:30 -12:00 Concurrent Sessions
1:00 pm Registration 12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch – Plenary 12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch – Closing
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Bonus session: CED101 1:45 pm – 4:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Opening Reception 7:00 pm Surf & Turf event

Conference  Registration: this will be open soon!

$ 190 + HST $28.50     = $218.50         Before  May 15, 2017
$ 225 + HST $33.75     = $258.75          After May 15, 2017
$   95 + HST $14.25     = $109.25          Student/Retiree
$   50 + HST $  7.50     = $  57.50          Spouse/Companion (to attend opening reception and Surf & Turf dinner only)

The registration fee includes access to all conference sessions, opening reception, the Surf & Turf dinner party (lobster and roast beef), two lunches, and nutrition breaks.

Please email us at for any additional information .


The conference will be held on Cape Breton University’s campus.  Located on Canada’s east coast, CBU ( makes its home in Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Affordable accommodations are available on and off campus. Sydney is easily accessible, serviced with direct flights from Toronto and Halifax.

Cape Breton is known for its natural beauty, pace of life, history, and friendly people.  The folks at Travel + Leisure magazine World’s Best Awards 2009, pretty much summed it up for us naming Cape Breton Island the number one, ‘must-see’ island to visit in North America and number three on its top islands of the world list. It is also named as the #2 Sustainable Tourism Destination by National Geographic Traveler magazine. Home to the world-renowned Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island’s breathtaking scenery leaves an imprint on all visitors.

In the last few years, Cape Breton has also become known as the hottest island in golf, with Canada’s two best courses: Highland Links and Cabot Links. ‘Score Golf’, Canada’s biggest golf publication, described Cabot Links as the best course its editor had ever experienced, anyplace.

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