Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions for the conference “Creating Inclusive Economies: Building Bridges Between Public-Private-Civil Society Sectors” is now closed. We encourage you check back on this site often for conference updates or to follow us on Twitter: @CEDEC_QC and @CRRF_FCRR


The Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC) and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation are pleased to announce a call for submissions for the 2021 conference Creating Inclusive Economies: Building Bridges Between Public-Private-Civil Society Sectors, scheduled to take place virtually September 30th to October 1st, 2021.

Rural development is a diverse, complex, and evolving process. Before and during this pandemic, communities are engaged in innovative policy development with the goal of enhancing the economic and social wellbeing 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.


Submissions are welcome from a variety of stakeholders including community or non-governmental organizations; the private sector; academics; local, regional, provincial, territorial, or federal governments; Indigenous governments or organizations, and other policymakers. Submissions are invited pertaining to a broad range of topics associated with rural development. These may include, but are not limited to:


  • Rural/urban interdependencies

  • Workforce and demographics

  • Environment or Climate Change

  • Exploitation of resources

  • Indigenous peoples and Nations

  • Knowledge mobilization, sharing, or management

  • Language and culture

  • Social policy

  • Cooperatives and social enterprise

  • Economic development and innovation

  • Health and wellbeing

  • Diversity, inclusion, and equity

  • Self-determination and community empowerment

  • Policy analysis, development, or implementation