In October, the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies hosted a workshop titled Partnering for Successful Economic Development: Lessons Learned and Best Practices. The two-day event featured a keynote presentation by Margaret Froh on Rama First Nation and the St. Eugene Resort, four panel discussions of local initiatives with national and international respondents, and six break-out sessions that focussed on specific issues related to the establishment of partnerships. Participants from across Canada and the United States learned about Aboriginal economic development in Cape Breton and participants from Cape Breton had the opportunity to network with and learn from practitioners and researchers from throughout North America. Since then, a summary document from the break-out sessions has been prepared and circulated, and a video of highlights from the event has been compiled. So what's next?
I'm in the process of hiring a student research assistant who will help to create gist transcriptions of the presentations and panel discussions. Once these are available, a summary document of the entire event will be prepared and circulated to participants for feedback. After a round of editing, we'll then share it via the Purdy Crawford Chair website.
So stay tuned!