"Creative Community Business" Conference

The Community Economic Development Institute of the Shannon School of Business is dedicated to advancing community capacity in innovation and sustainability They 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 cost is being kept 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.

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

You are invited to submit a proposal for a presentation, panel, or roundtable discussion. General proposals which may not fit the categories listed above are also accepted. There will be no formal conference proceedings published.

Please submit your proposal by April 15. The proposal should include:

  • Working title
  • The theme it fits in
  • 100-word abstract of the presentation, and a
  • 50-word bio.

Please email the Institute and attach your proposal as a Word file; you will receive a reply with a receipt confirmation.


The conference will be held on Cape Breton University’s campus. Located on Canada’s east coast, CBU (www.cbu.ca) 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. The folks at Travel + Leisure magazine World’s Best Awards 2009, pretty much summed it up for 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 Traveller magazine. Home to the world renowned Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island’s breathtaking scenery leaves an imprint on all visitors.

This July, the famous Fortress of Louisbourg is celebrating its 300th anniversary and the Fortress is staging a unique event: CultureFête. In July 2013, a cultural fair will spill into the streets of Louisbourg. This festive fair will recreate the bustling, multicultural, harbourside market that was a
daily part of life in 18th century Louisbourg.

Conference Schedule

Wednesday 10 July

Plenary Session

10:30 -12:00

Concurrent Sessions

1:00 pm Registration
pm Lunch – Closing Remarks

1:30-4:00 Bonus session: CED101

7:00-9:00 Reception

Conference Registration

$ 190 + HST $28.50

$ 225 + HST $33.75

$ 80 + HST $12.00

$ 40 + HST $ 6.00
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.

= $218.50 Before May 15, 2013

= $258.75 After May 15, 2013

= $ 92.00 Student

= $ 46.00 Spouse/Companion (to attend opening reception and Surf & Turf

Conference Committee

George Karaphillis

Catherine Leviten-Reid

Doug Lionais

For further information contact:

Jennifer Currie

Shannon School of Business

Cape Breton University

Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 6L2

(902) 563-1161