In-person Conference Program


**EVENT TIMES ARE INDICATED IN EASTERN DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME.

**Day 1 and 2 take place at Hotel Rimouski.

 

Day 3 takes place at the:

Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR)

300 allée des Ursulines

Enter the main entrance or by the Atrium

(near the parking lot)

**COVID Protocols for In-person guests

If you have questions or wish to be invited to the in-person event in Rimouski, please send an email to: inclusiveeconomies@cedec.ca. Places are limited.  
 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Registration

Wednesday

3:00 p.m.

Registration

Mezzanine – Hotel Rimouski

Networking Reception – A Taste of Rimouski

Wednesday

4:00 p.m. -

5:00 p.m

Mezzanine – Hotel Rimouski

Welcome

Wednesday

5:00 p.m. -

5:30 p.m.

With Guy Caron, Mayor of Rimouski; John Buck, President & CEO, CEDEC; and Patrick Brouder, President, Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation.

 

Langevin Ouellet Room

Networking Reception – A Taste of Rimouski (cont.)

Wednesday

5:30 p.m. -

6:30 p.m.

Mezzanine – Hotel Rimouski

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Registration

Thursday

8:00 a.m.

Mezzanine – Hotel Rimouski

Presentations of Academic Posters

Thursday

8:30 a.m. -

10:00 a.m.

Mezzanine – Hotel Rimouski

Welcome and Fireside Chat – A View of Rural Development and Canada's Economy (In-person/Virtual)

Thursday

10:00 a.m. -

10:45 a.m.

With Stéphane Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Rural Economic Development, and member of Parliament, Argenteuil-La Petite-Nation; Dr. Heather Hall, University of Waterloo.

 

An exploration of the opportunities and issues in rural Canadian communities from the perspective of the Government of Canada and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation.

Langevin Ouellet Room

Concurrent Workshops

Thursday

10:45 a.m. -

11:30 a.m.

  • Workshop 1 (EN) – People, Places and Culture: Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage as a Tool for Community Development.

    • With Terra Barrett from the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador and Kristin Catherwood from Heritage Saskatchewan.
       

    • Monseigneur Leonard Room

  • Workshop 2 (EN) – Maximize your Impact: Creating a Community Buy-in Strategy.

    • With Sophie Nagle, Director of Advancement and Communications, Phelps Helps, and Katie Lowry, Programs Director, Phelps Helps
       

    • Saint Laurent Room
       

  • Workshop 3 Virtual and In-person – Powering Prosperity: The Impacts of Connectivity on Rural Communities and What It Will Take to Get It Done – With Presenting Conference Sponsor TELUS®

    • Moderator: Caroline Arbour. Panelists: Nathalie Dionne, acting VP Home Solutions & Customer Excellence, TELUS Quebec; Kara Westerlund, Regional Municipalities of Alberta Vice President and Councillor in Brazeau County, AB; Randy Jones, CEDEC and former Mayor of Gros-Mécatina; Alfred Loon, President, Eeyou Communications Network.

      Connectivity is more than wires and Netflix. It’s a foundational enabler that delivers education, digital healthcare, economic opportunity, modern sustainable agriculture, social connection and community. While Canadians in urban centres take these things for granted, the journey to full remote, rural, and indigenous connectivity continues. This panel will feature rural community leaders who will share the impact that connectivity has had on their communities, the challenges they’ve faced and the lessons they learned.

       

    • Langevin Ouellet Room

Concurrent Workshops

Thursday

11:30 a.m. -

12:15 p.m.

  • Workshop 4 (EN) – CEDEC Collaborative Ventures

    • This workshop will present CEDEC’s Collaborative Economic Development approach and the public, private, and civil society (PPCS) stakeholders from communities who are working together. Featured communities will highlight two ventures: one in which PPCS partners are collaborating to employ qualified Black talent in available jobs in Greater Montreal; the other where PPCS partners are collaborating to increase tourist traffic and spend in the shared interprovincial tourism space between the Côte-Nord, the Lower North Shore, and Labrador and Newfoundland.
       

    • Monseigneur Leonard Room

  • Workshop 5 (FR) – Pratiques de concertation en milieu rural au Bas-Saint-Laurent (Consultation Practices in Rural Areas of the Bas-Saint-Laurent)
    • With UQAR (Moderators: Yann Fournis, GRIDEQ-UQAR and Maria Anastasaki, OVSS. Panelists: Marc Fraser, TREM-BSL; Mylène Blanchette, TCBBSL; Mylène Vézina, Municipalité de St-Valérien; Sophie Lajoie, MRC de La Mitis; Philippe Guilbert, Municipalité de Trois-Pistoles)

      Since the abolition of the Conférence régionale des élus (CRÉ) in 2015, regional governance has evolved in the Bas-Saint-Laurent. Consultation and coordination between various actors (political, economic, community), which was one of the missions of the Conférence, tends to be organized at other levels, local and supralocal. At the same time, municipalities are now required to redefine their development by integrating issues such as the ecological transition and social development, which require dialogue between different stakeholders. How is this new demand for local consultation and coordination being achieved in the rural municipalities of Bas-Saint-Laurent? What are the obstacles and facilitators? To answer these questions, the workshop aims to encourage exchanges between different actors involved in formal or informal consultation initiatives in the region, but who do not usually have the opportunity to meet.

       

    • Saint Laurent Room

  • Workshop 6 – Virtual and In-person – Co-operative Conversion: Helping to Safeguard Jobs & Local Businesses

    • With Daniel Brunette, Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada.

      Business Conversions to Co-operatives (BCCs) take place when private, public, or non-profit entities transition for a variety of possible reasons, including succession planning, into a co-operative corporation. This can prevent the closure of locally based businesses and the elimination of economic drivers, including many in small and rural communities.

       

    • Langevin Ouellet Room
       

Lunch Break

Thursday

12:30 p.m.

Hotel Rimouski Restaurant

Field Trips – Bridging History with the Future to Enrich Communities

Thursday

1:30 p.m. -

5:00 p.m.

  • Route 1: A Historic and Artistic Horticultural Journey

  • Route 2: A Historic and Scientific Maritime Journey

Cocktails & Networking

Thursday

6:00 p.m.

Langevin Ouellet Room

Taste of Rimouski Banquet Dinner

Thursday

6:30 p.m. -

8:30 p.m.

Langevin Ouellet Room

Friday, May 27, 2022

Bus transport to UQAR

Friday

8:30 a.m.

**Continental breakfast served at UQAR

Presentations of Academic Posters & Networking

Friday

8:45 a.m. -

10:00 a.m.

Atrium - UQAR

Welcome and Take-Aways from Day 1 (In-person/Virtual)

Friday

10:00 a.m. -

10:15 a.m.

Welcome - Dominique Marquis, Vice-Rector, Training and Research, UQAR

 

Amphitheatre Ernest Simard

Presentation – Canada’s Rural Regions in the Quest for Inclusive Knowledge-Based Economies: Triumphs, Prospects and Challenges (In-person/Virtual)

Friday

10:30 a.m. -

11:00 a.m.

With Dr. Charles Conteh, Niagara Community Observatory, Brock University

Amphitheatre Ernest Simard

Panel – Building Bridges Between Public-Private-Civil Society Sectors to Optimize Rural Economic Development (In-person/Virtual)

Friday

11:00 a.m. -

12:00 p.m.

Moderator: Kelly Vodden, Professor (Research), Environmental Policy Institute. Panelists: Dr. Heather Hall, University of Waterloo, author of COVID-19 and Rural Economic Development in Canada: Impacts, Responses and Recovery; Matthew Mendelsohn, Visiting Professor, Toronto Metropolitan University, Senior Advisor, BCG Global Public Sector Practice; and John Buck, President $ CEO, CEDEC.

Amphitheatre Ernest Simard

Closing Remarks (In-person/Virtual)

Friday

12:00 p.m. -

12:15 p.m.

Amphitheatre Ernest Simard

Lunch – A Taste of Rimouski

Friday

12:30 p.m.

“To-go” format

  • Remember to reserve your hotel accommodations at Hotel Rimouski by calling (418) 725-5000. Mention the code “CEDEC” to obtain the discounted rate reserved for conference guests. This rate applies only until April 29th. (This special rate covers May 24th, 25th and 26th, 2022, only.)