Community Innovation and Social Enterprise Conference


Jul 10, 2019


Cape Breton University

1250 Grand Lake Road, PO BOX 5300


$113.85 - $281.75 ~ 902.563.1447

Community Innovation and Social Enterprise

July 10-12, 2019

Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Community Economic Development Institute of the Shannon School of Business, Cape Breton University, is dedicated to advancing community capacity in economic development. Building on the popularity of our conferences over a decade, where we had over 200 attendees every time, we are organizing another multidisciplinary conference focused on “Community Innovation & Social Enterprise”.

Community-based ventures are a strong part of the Canadian economy for more than a century and recent innovative practices have made the social enterprise sector a hot topic. The conference brings together practitioners, researchers, and community organizations, from home and afar, to discuss current practices, challenges, and innovations in advancing social entrepreneurship and improving community livelihoods.

We have had excellent feedback on our previous three conferences: people commented on the high impact speakers, informative sessions, hot lunches, lobster dinner, and great music. The 2019 conference will be another memorable event, with insightful keynote speakers, a plenary session, and several focused sessions and presentations.

The conference includes the following themes:

  • Community-based development

  • Social Enterprises and Innovation

  • Co-operatives and sustainable business models

  • Place-based business

  • Indigenous Enterprise

  • Entrepreneurship Ecosystems

Please mark your calendar and come to Cape Breton to connect in July. We are keeping the conference cost low: if you register by May 15, 2019, the cost of the conference is only $195+tax, and that includes our famous Surf & Turf dinner (Cape Breton lobster & beef) and live music extravaganza by the Sydney harbour.


Wednesday July 10

Thursday July 11

Friday July 12



Plenary Session


Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Sessions



Lunch – Closing


Concurrent Sessions


Opening Reception

Surf & Turf event



$ 195 + HST $29.25= $224.25 / Before May 15, 2019

$ 245 + HST $36.75= $281.75 / After May 15, 2019

$ 99 + HST $14.85= $113.85 / Student/Retiree

$ 50 + HST $7.50= $57.50 / Companion (to attend opening reception and Surf & Turf dinner only)

The registration fee includes access to all conference sessions, opening reception, the Surf & Turf dinner party (lobster and roast beef), two lunches, and nutrition breaks.


The conference will be held on Cape Breton University’s campus. Located on Canada’s east coast, CBU ( makes its home in Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Sydney is easily accessible, serviced with Air Canada and WestJet direct flights from Toronto and Halifax.

Cape Breton is known for its natural beauty, pace of life, history, and friendly people. The folks at Travel + Leisure magazine World's Best Awards 2009, pretty much summed it up for us naming Cape Breton Island the number one, ‘must-see’ island to visit in North America and number three on its top islands of the world list. It is also named as the #2 Sustainable Tourism Destination by National Geographic Traveler magazine. Home to the Fortress of Louisbourg and the world renowned Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island's breathtaking scenery leaves an imprint on all visitors. In the last few years, Cape Breton has also become known as the hottest island in golf, with Canada’s three best courses: Highland Links, Cabot Links, and Cabot Cliffs. ‘Score Golf’, Canada’s biggest golf publication, described Cabot Links as the best course its editor had ever experienced, anyplace.


  • George Karaphillis, Dean, Shannon School of Business

  • Jasmine Alam, Assistant Professor, Strategy & Entrepreneurship, Shannon School of Business

  • Robert Campbell, Professor, MBA (CED), Shannon School of Business

  • Mary Beth Doucette, Purdy Crawford Chair / Assistant Professor, Aboriginal Business Studies, Shannon School of Business

  • Doug Lionais, Associate Professor, MBA (CED), Shannon School of Business

For further information contact:

Ida Steeves, Assistant to the Dean

Shannon School of Business

Cape Breton University

Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 6L2

902.563.1447 ~ 902.563.1447

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