Community Innovation and Social Enterprise

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8 July, 2015 to 10 July, 2015

Cape Breton University
Shannon School of Business

Community-based ventures are a strong part of the Canadian economy for more than a century and recent innovative practices have made the social enterprise sector a hot topic in national and international vistas.  The conference brings together practitioners, researchers, and community organizations, from home and afar, to discuss current practices, challenges, and innovations in advancing social entrepreneurship and improving community livelihoods.

We are inviting social entrepreneurs, directors, researchers, public policy makers, and anyone interested in community-based development, innovation, and entrepreneurship to this popular conference. As a conference attendee, you will hear from and interact with practitioners and researchers on community innovation, social enterprise, place-based development, and their effect on community health and economic development.

We are keeping the conference cost low: if you register by May 15, the cost of the conference is only $190+tax, and that includes our famous Surf & Turf dinner extravaganza (Cape Breton lobster & beef) by the Sydney harbour.

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The conference includes the following themes:

  • Community-based development
  • Social Enterprises and Innovation
  • Co-operatives and sustainable business models
  • Place-based business
  • Sustainable Aboriginal economies
  • Entrepreneurial Financing

Conference Registration

$ 190 + HST $28.50 = $218.50 Before May 15, 2015
$ 225 + HST $33.75 = $258.75 After May 15, 2015
$ 95 + HST $14.25 = $109.25 Student/Retiree
$ 50 + HST $ 7.50 = $ 57.50 Spouse/Companion (to attend opening reception and Surf & Turf dinner only)

The registration fee includes access to all conference sessions, opening reception, the Surf & Turf dinner party (lobster and roast beef), two lunches, and nutrition breaks.


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 and Halifax.

Cape Breton is known for its natural beauty, pace of life, history, and friendly people. 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.

Conference Committee
George Karaphillis
Catherine Leviten-Reid
Kevin McKague

For further information contact:
Caroline Kenneth-Ogah
Shannon School of Business
Cape Breton University
Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 6L2
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Cape Breton University
Sydney  Nova Scotia