Partnering for Success: Lessons Learned and Best Practices

The literature surrounding Aboriginal economic development suggests that the establishment of partnerships is a key factor for success. But what are the best practices in establishing and maintaining these partnerships that will ensure a meaningful, productive, and mutually beneficial relationship? This question is the focus of a fall workshop that will be held at Cape Breton University and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

On October 25-26, 2012, the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies will gather together a group of researchers, economic development officers, Aboriginal business leaders, business students, and community members to discuss challenges and lessons learned in the establishment of partnerships. Partnerships of all types will be considered, including those between Aboriginal communities and non-Aboriginal corporations, Aboriginal communities and municipal, provincial, and federal governments, and Aboriginal communities and other Indigenous groups and individuals. Participants will be invited to share their experiences and research with the goal of proposing best practices that could be employed in communities across Canada.

We're in the process of confirming participants now. Stay tuned for a detailed program!

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