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CIE Conversations

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John Buck, President & CEO, CEDEC, on the Power of Rural Collaboration

In the first video of a three-part series, Mr. Buck examines the critical role of public, private, and civil society collaborations to inform rural development policy and drive economic development.

Kyle Rich, CRRF Board Member, on building equitable futures for rural communities

In the second video of a three-part series, Kyle Rich, PhD, Assistant Professor, Brock University, and CRRF Board Member introduces us to the need to explore the diverse issues faced by rural dwellers from coast to coast to coast and how we can build equitable and just futures for rural communities.

Shaimaa Yassin, Senior Director for Analytics and Strategic Integration, CEDEC, Creating Tangible Economic Benefits

In the final video of this three-part series, Dr. Shaimaa Yassin, CEDEC’s Senior Director for Analytics and Strategic Integration, introduces CEDEC’s Collaborative Economic Development Model (CEDM). The CEDM is based on being inclusive of crucial community players (public, private, civil society) and its success relies on the strength of the community and its capacity to innovate.

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Two-day conference focuses on post-pandemic recovery in rural Canada


As communities across Canada continue to contend with the pandemic’s economic consequences, this week’s Creating Inclusive Economies: Building Bridges Between Public, Private and Civil Society Sectors conference, co-hosted by CEDEC and CRRF, is bringing together the country’s public, private and civil society (PPCS) sectors to discuss new and innovative ways to collaborate to enhance rural Canada’s economic and social well-being.


Also during the conference, CRRF launched their fourth bi-annual report titled ‘State of Rural Canada 2021: Opportunities, Recovery, and Resiliency in Changing Times’ that maps the impacts of the pandemic across rural Canada. Download the full report here:

To access the full news release, click here.

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