Cape Breton University to Host Community Business Conference

Cape Breton University (CBU) has a long history of programming and expertise in the area of community economic development, a proven and growing approach to economic prosperity being taken by many communities around the globe. From July 10-12, the Community Economic Development Institute of the Shannon School of Business is hosting the Creative Community Business Conference on the CBU campus. This conference brings together practitioners, researchers, and community organizations to discuss current practices, challenges and emerging trends in community business.

“I think the number and calibre of thought leaders focused on community business who have registered for and are presenting at the conference speaks volumes to the relevancy and importance of this two-day conference. Hosting this bi-annual conference demonstrates that we are committed to the community business sector and that we’ve established ourselves as a leader in this field,” says George Karaphillis, Director, Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development.  “At Cape Breton University we are committed to sustainability on multiple levels, and I am pleased that this year’s conference theme links to this important and emerging aspect of business practice.”

The conference has attracted more than 180 registrants from Canada and afar. Over the course of the two days, participants will have opportunities to attend more than 30 presentations and engage in conversations with academics and industry professionals on topics such as creativity and innovation, sustainable Aboriginal economies and Co-operatives, social firms, and sustainable business models. The Honourable Kevin G. Lynch, Vice-chair BMO Group, will deliver the keynote address that promises to be insightful. Additionally, plenary presentations will be given by Dr. Jan Flora, Iowa State University, on Rural Economic Development and Dr. Anthony Charles, Saint Mary’s University, on Sustainable Resource Management.

New this year, and in conjunction with CBU’s Creative Community Business Conference, the annual meeting of the Community Economic Development Investment Funds Association and the regional meeting of the Canadian CED Network will also take place at CBU. During the Canadian CED Network session, attendees will hear about the changing landscape for community economic development in Atlantic Canada and examine strategies and opportunities to create a more enabling environment.

In addition, CBU is delivering a pre-conference workshop, CED 101, open to the community, free of charge. CED 101 is being held in the afternoon of July 10. Those interested can register at


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