Program & Registration

The Creating Inclusive Economies conference is the definitive event in Canada to learn how public, private, and civil society sectors can collaborate and innovate to enhance the economic and social well-being of rural individuals and businesses.

Day 1: September 28, 2021: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT

Day 2: September 29, 2021: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT

 

 

Program is subject to change.

Visit our Program page often for speaker and presentation updates.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Recovery, Resilience and Rural Economy

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Tuesday

10:00 a.m.

Kathleen Kevany, President, Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) and Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University 

Where to from here? Resetting the Rural Agenda in the 44th Parliament

Tuesday

10:15 a.m.

Presenting Conference Sponsor – TELUS: Connectivity's Role as the Engine for Rural Prosperity

Tuesday

10:40 a.m.

Shazia Sobani, Vice President of Customer Network Implementation, will speak about TELUS’ role in reducing the digital divide by accelerating fast and high-quality broadband connectivity to boost economic and social outcomes for people and communities.

State of Rural Canada Report Launch

Tuesday

11:00 a.m.

“Opportunities, Recovery and Resiliency in Changing Times” 

Panel Discussion and Q&A

Tuesday

11:10 a.m.

State of Rural Canada

Break

Tuesday

12:00 p.m.

Break

Keynote: Trade Impacts on Rural Manitoba

Tuesday

1:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Mariette Mulaire, President and CEO of the World Trade Centre Winnipeg.

 

Q&A session will follow the keynote presentation

Breakout Sessions

Tuesday

1:50 p.m.

For a full description of all Day 1 Breakout Sessions, click here

Concurrent Panel Sessions:

Tuesday

3:05 p.m.

  • Opportunities for Tangible Economic Benefits Through Rural Migration and Employment

  • Getting to Work: Exploring Labour Market Dynamics in Rapidly Changing Rural Communities

  • Walking Through Lightly: Leadership in Non-profits in the 21st Century

  • Advancing Rural Policy Through Horizontal Relationships: Key Insights from a Pan-Canadian Initiative

For a full description of all concurrent panel sessions, please download the document here.

Closing Remarks

Tuesday

4:00 p.m.

Social

Tuesday

4:15 p.m.

New Researchers Forum


A forum for emerging scholars and graduate students with a focus on the challenges new rural researchers are encountering at the beginning of their careers.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Community Economic Development, Trade Impact, and Inclusion

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Wednesday

10:00 a.m.

John Buck, President and CEO, CEDEC 

Keynote: Les Halles d’innovation - An Example of Regional Development Collaboration

Wednesday

10:15 a.m.

Keynote speaker: Rémi Massé, Director General, Les Halles d'innovation et de Formation avancée.

 

Q&A session will follow the keynote presentation.

Signature Panel: Creating Inclusive Economies - Building Bridges Between Public, Private, and Civil Society Sectors

Wednesday

11:05 a.m.

Panelists:

Q&A session will follow the panel discussion.

Break

Wednesday

12:00 p.m.

Break

Presentation

Wednesday

1:00 p.m.

Shayna Jones, Black and Rural Project.

Keynote: Curating Rurality – Transforming a Region Through Arts and Culture, Les Jardins de Métis and the Tourism Economy of the Gaspésie 

Wednesday

1:40 p.m.

Keynote speaker: Alexander Reford, Director, Les Jardins de Métis (Reford Gardens)

Q&A session will follow the keynote presentation.

Breakout Sessions

Wednesday

2:40 p.m.

For a full description of all Day 2 Breakout Sessions, click here

Closing Remarks

Wednesday

3:55 p.m.

John Buck, CEDEC, and Kathleen Kevany, CRRF

CRRF Annual General Meeting

Wednesday

4:30 p.m.

Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) Annual General Meeting

Social

Wednesday

5:15 p.m.

To be announced