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Call for Abstracts

Creating Inclusive Economies:
Building Bridges Between Public-Private-Civil Society Sectors


The Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC) and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation are pleased to announce a call for submissions for the Creating Inclusive Economies: Building Bridges Between Public-Private-Civil Society Sectors conference.

The conference is scheduled to take place on May 25-27th, 2022, and is an opportunity for participants to engage with a range of interactive workshops and field trips, as well as keynote presentations. We are now soliciting proposals for poster presentations to share stories, lessons learned, case studies, and research findings with conference guests.

Rural development and rural economic development are diverse, complex, and evolving processes. Before and during this pandemic, communities were and are 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 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. We encourage submissions related to a broad range of topics associated with rural development, rural economic development, collaborative economic development, innovative economic development, and public-private-civil society collaboration.


These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborative economic development

  • Rural/urban interdependencies

  • Workforce and demographics

  • Environment or climate change

  • Sustainability

  • Exploitation of resources

  • Governance

  • Indigenous peoples and nations

  • Tourism

  • Knowledge mobilization, sharing, or management

  • Language and culture

  • Social policy

  • Cooperatives and social enterprise

  • Economic development and innovation

  • Partnerships

  • Health and well-being

  • Diversity, inclusion, and equity

  • Self-determination and community empowerment

  • Policy analysis, development, or implementation

  • Mobilities

Submissions should include a poster abstract of no more than 200 words submitted in French or English. (Please highlight your intended language of delivery.) Submissions should include a title and a list of contributors with their affiliations and contact information.

Submissions should be made through the online submission form by March 24, 2022. Responses will be provided shortly thereafter.

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