Cape Breton University Creative Community Business Conference

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10 July, 2013 to 12 July, 2013

Innovation, Change & Sustainability

July 10-12, 2013
Sydney, Nova Scotia

The Community Economic Development Institute of the Shannon School of Business is dedicated to advancing community capacity in innovation and sustainability, and we are pleased to organize a multidisciplinary conference on Creative Community Business. 

Community-owned and community-based ventures are a strong part of the Canadian economy for over a century and recent innovative practices have made the community business sector a hot topic in national vistas.  The conference brings together practitioners, researchers, and community organizations, from home and afar, to discuss current practices, challenges, and emerging trends in community business.

The conference includes presentations from more than 20 thought leaders, with Kevin Lynch PC OC, former Clerk of the Privy Council as the keynote speaker. Distinguished plenary speakers include Drs Jan and Cornelia Flora (Iowa), on rural community economic development, and Dr. Tony Charles (SMU, Nova Scotia) on management of coastal resources. Presenters include Mike Toye, Brendan Reimer, Stewart Perry, Rankin MacSween, Rupert Downing, Greg MacLeod and more.

Academics and practitioners form home and abroad will be making many exciting presentations.  The conference includes the following themes:
• Creativity and Innovation
• Civil society and community development
• Co-operatives, social firms, and sustainable business models
• Place-based business in a competitive world
• Eco-business and sustainability
• Sustainable Aboriginal economies
• Entrepreneurial Financing
• International initiatives in community business

Special Meeting on CED in Atlantic Canada

A pre-conference networking and planning session will be held on July 10, from 1-4:30pm.  The afternoon will include presentations by Executive Director Mike Toye and Regional Director Brendan Reimer, examining CCEDNet-Manitoba’s success and possible strategies to advance CED in Atlantic Canada.  For more info, email Philippe Ménard-Côté.


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. Sydney is easily accessible, serviced with Air Canada and Westjet direct flights from Toronto in the summer and Air Canada flights from Halifax year around.

Cape Breton is known for its natural beauty, pace of life, history, and friendly people. Cape Breton Island has been chosen as one of the Best Trips for 2013 by National Geographic  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.

This July, our famous Fortress of Louisbourg is celebrating its 300th anniversary and the Fortress is staging a few special events. The Fortress will recreate the bustling, multicultural, harbourside market that was a daily part of life in 18th century Louisbourg.

Conference  Registration

$ 190 + HST $28.50     = $218.50  Before  May 15, 2013
$ 225 + HST $33.75     = $258.75  After May 15, 2013
$  80 +  HST $12.00     = $  92.00 Student
$  40 +  HST $  6.00     = $  46.00 Spouse/Companion (to attend opening reception and Surf & Turf dinner only).

The registration fee covers access to all conference sessions, opening reception, our famous Surf & Turf extravaganza (Cape Breton lobster and beef) by the harbour, lunches, and nutrition breaks.  Interesting speakers and Cape Breton hospitality & music included too. 

Conference registration is now open and you can register for the conference online or offline.  For conference information and registration:  

>> Conference Website

Event Contact: 
Jennifer Currie
Shannon School of Business
Cape Breton University
Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 6L2
(902) 563-1161
CED Institute of the Shannon School of Business
Sydney  Nova Scotia