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 2021 conference Creating Inclusive Economies: Building Bridges Between Public-Private-Civil Society Sectors, scheduled to take place virtually September 30th to October 2nd, 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


Submissions should be no more than 200 words and submitted in French or English (please submit in the intended language of delivery). Submissions should include a title as well as a list of presenters with their affiliations and contact information. Each submission should clearly indicate the format of the presentation requested (i.e., poster or oral presentation, panel, or capacity building session). We are interested in receiving a variety of submissions pertaining to community organizations, economic activity, policy innovations, and academic research.


The formats for submissions are as follows:

  • Poster presentation

  • 20-minute oral presentation

  • 60-minute panel session


Participants wishing to submit a panel session should include the names of all panelists/participants in their submission. Panels will not be granted to groups of less than three participants identified at the time of submission.


Note: At least one presenter per submission will need to be registered by the registration deadline in order to be included in the program.


Submissions should be made through the online submission form by May 17th, 2021. Responses will be provided shortly thereafter.