Sustainable Community Business Conference

Eco-business & Alternative Energy, Sustainable Aboriginal Economies Among Topics

Sustainable community business will be the focus of discussion during a conference being held July 13-15 at the Cape Breton University campus. Organized by the Shannon School of Business in conjunction with the Community Economic Development and Tompkins Institutes of Cape Breton University, the Sustainable Community Business Conference is directly related to CBU’s innovative MBA in Community Economic Development (CED) program and the institution’s core values and strengths. The conference has attracted more than 200 delegates from around the globe to the Island.

“The conference is designed to offer learning, inspiration and critical understanding. The keynote speakers are internationally renowned presenters in the area of sustainable community business and will make inspiring addresses on competing internationally, on regional economic development and on access to finance. In addition to several CBU professors and researchers, the conference includes other captivating presenters from government and NGOs, from Canada, USA, Latin America, UK and Europe,” says George Karaphillis, Director, MBA (CED).

The conference promises dynamic discussion that will stimulate new ideas and understanding as it brings together practitioners, researchers and community organizations to discuss current practices, challenges, and emerging trends in community business, social enterprises, and economic development.

The two-day conference will include presentations that range from Building Community Organizations in Sub-Sahara Africa to The Triple Helix Model at the Base of the Entrepreneurial Innovation. Delegates can expect to attend workshops and presentations with the following themes

• innovation for sustainable business;
• financing issues;
• co-operatives and sustainable business models;
• place-based business in a competitive world;
• eco-business challenges;
• sustainable Aboriginal economies; and
• international initiatives in community business.

For additional information please contact Jennifer Currie at or 563-1161 or visit