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, economic development and community livelihoods.
Directors of community organizations, social entrepreneurs, researchers, public policy makers,and people interested in community-based development, innovation, and entrepreneurship attend this popular biennial 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 have had excellent feedback on our previous four biennial conferences, with more than 200 people attending every time: people commented on the high impact speakers, informative sessions, great food, and live music. The 2019 conference will be another memorable event, with insightful keynote speakers, and sessions and presentations by more than 30 thought leaders.
The conference includes the following themes:
- Community-based development
- Social Enterprises and Innovation
- Co-operatives and sustainable business models
- Place-based business
- Indigenous Enterprise
- Entrepreneurship Ecosystems