The Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC) and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) are pleased to co-host, in partnership with the Université du Québec à Rimouski, the 2021 conference Creating Inclusive Economies: Building Bridges Between Public, Private, Civil Society Sectors (CIE Conference), scheduled to take place virtually September 28 to 29, 2021. (An in-person component is being developed for May 2022 in Rimouski.)


Rural development is a diverse, complex, and evolving process. Before and during this pandemic, communities have been and continue to be engaged in innovative policy development with the goal of enhancing the economic and social well-being of rural citizens. However, issues related to sustainability and the environment, rural-urban interdependencies, access to information, and the instability of both global and local markets are changing the way we think about rural development. As a result, the public, private, and civil society sectors are developing individually and collectively new and innovative ways to collaborate and enhance economic activity in rural communities.

The CIE Conference will explore these themes through panels and presentations led by a variety of stakeholders including community or non-governmental organizations; the private sector; academics; local, regional, provincial, territorial, and/or federal governments; Indigenous governments and/or organizations; and other policymakers.

Conference Co-hosts:



President and Chief Executive Officer, CEDEC

John Buck is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC).


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President, Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation

Dr. Kathleen Kevany is an Associate Professor and Director of Rural Research Collaboration with Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture.

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The Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC) brings together public, private and civil society sectors to enhance economic activity that benefits communities, especially Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs).

CEDEC is funded by the Enabling Fund for Official Language Minority Communities and by the Government of Canada.


The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) was established in 1989 to contribute to the revitalization and sustainability of rural Canada through collaborative research for rural leaders in the community, private sector, and in all levels of government. CRRF works to create credible insights and to improve our understanding of issues and opportunities that are of common interest to rural residents across Canada. Knowledge and better understanding are the fundamental pillars for the welfare of rural communities and environment.

The CIE conference is supported in part by funding from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council.