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Community Innovation and Social Enterprise 2017

Cape Breton University, Shannon School of Business

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM - Friday, July 14, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Community Innovation and Social Enterprise 2017

Registration Information

Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Registration $225 + $33.75 HST   more info Jul 15, 2017 CA$258.75 CA$0.00
Spouse/Companion meals ticket $50+$7.50 HST Jul 18, 2017 CA$57.50 CA$0.00
Student / Retiree $95 + $14.25 HST   more info Jul 18, 2017 CA$109.25 CA$0.00
MBA CED student
Admission for CBU MBA CED students
Jul 18, 2017 Free CA$0.00

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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. 


Social entrepreneurs, directors of community organizations, 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 two conferences, with more than 200 people attending in 2015,  and this year’s conference has the richest program to-date.  The conference includes a keynote address from Dr. Roy Suddaby, Professor and Francis G. Winspear Chair at the University of Victoria. Recognized as one of the world’s most influential researchers in organizational and social change, Dr. Suddaby has been elected to the Royal Society of Canada and he is among the Thomson Reuters group of academics who rank in the top one per cent of citations in their field.


We are keeping the conference cost low:  if you register by June 19, 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:

             •    Community-based development

         ·       Social Enterprises and Innovation

         ·       Co-operatives and sustainable business models

         ·       Place-based business

         ·       Indigenous enterprise

         ·       Entrepreneurship Ecosystems


Conference Schedule at a glance:


Wednesday July 12

Thursday July 13

Friday July 14


 9:00 - 10:15 am  Plenary Session

  9:00 -10:15 am  Plenary Session


10:30 -12:00        Concurrent   Sessions

10:30 -12:00         Concurrent Sessions

1:00 pm    Registration

12:00 -  1:30 pm  Lunch – Plenary

12:00 -  1:30 pm  Lunch – Closing

1:30-4:00  Bonus session: CED101

1:45 -   4:30         Concurrent Sessions


7:00-9:00  Opening Reception

7:00  pm              Surf & Turf  event


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A limited number of rooms have been blocked at the host hotels listed below.   Availability is very tight this summer:  when booking hotel rooms please quote "Cape Breton University, MBA, Community Economic Development Conference".  The Host Hotels are:


 Hampton Inn, Sydney, NS



Cambridge Suites Hotel, NS



Holiday Inn Sydney, NS




Also, the CBU Student Residence has a few dormitory rooms available:  call (902) 563-1792 or email at to make your reserrvations.


 For a list of hotels and other accommodations near the conference venue, please visit our conference website    
















































































































































































































































































































































Have questions about Community Innovation and Social Enterprise 2017? Contact Cape Breton University, Shannon School of Business

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Cape Breton University, Student and Heritage Centre
1250 Grand Lake Rd
Sydney, NS B1M 1A2

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM - Friday, July 14, 2017 at 1:30 PM

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