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.
President and Chief Executive Officer, CEDEC
John Buck is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC). CEDEC has designed a new and innovative approach to economic development that helps communities achieve lasting success by identifying and leveraging their strongest opportunities for growth. Specifically, CEDEC helps create public-private-civil society partnerships to foster economic innovation and creativity, combine resources and expertise, and drive local economic development initiatives.
Mr. Buck has served in his capacity as President and CEO at CEDEC since 2006 and he has been involved with CEDEC since the organization was created in 1999. As a founding member, Mr. Buck served on the Board of Directors and then went on to serve as Treasurer and Secretary, and as Chair of the Board of Directors in 2002-2004. Prior to working at CEDEC, Mr. Buck worked in the field of finance with one of Canada’s leading consulting firms.
Mr. Buck is a Board Director on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED) Forum. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE), and a Director on the Board of Directors of CSAE.
Mr. Buck studied at Bishop’s University, McGill University and Laurier University and holds degrees both in sciences and in business administration. He also holds a Certified Association Executive (CAE) professional designation and certificates in governance from The Institute for Corporate Directors (ICD). Mr. Buck is also a member of the Government Relations Institute of Canada and the Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC).
Dr. Kathleen Kevany
President, Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation
Dr. Kathleen Kevany is an Associate Professor and Director of Rural Research Collaboration with Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture. Dr. Kevany is the President (2020-2021) of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) and Journal Advisory Member for the Canadian Food Studies Journal.
In her book, Plant-based Diets for Succulence and Sustainability (2020), Dr. Kevany and co-authors have produced the first book on systems analysis of plant-rich living. She is a certified counsellor, psychotherapist. Dr. Kevany did her post-doctoral fellowship with United Nations University where she worked on the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.
Dr. Kevany’s research is focused on increasing well-being, for individuals and communities, as well as strategies to foster greater health and happiness through food by co-designing sustainable diets. Dr. Kevany has been asked to lead the Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Diets due for publication in 2022. Formerly, she was the Chief Energy Orchestrator of The Decentralized Intelligence Agency.
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 environments.