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CEDEC and CRRF are excited to welcome you to Creating Inclusive Economies: Building Bridges Between Public, Private and Civil Society Sectors, Canada’s definitive rural development event where public, private, and civil society sectors share best practices and discover new opportunities.


Webinar - Rural Connectivity: Fixing Spectrum Policy to Bridge the Divide

Join Presenting Conference Sponsor TELUS® on May 5th for an interactive webinar to learn about the opportunities and challenges of connecting rural communities.

Dr. John Gannon, Sr. Regulatory Advisor for TELUS®, will explore the challenges of connecting rural communities, the role of wireless spectrum in bridging the divide, and some policy challenges and opportunities to get remote, rural and indigenous communities connected.


Co-operative Conversion: Helping to Safeguard Jobs & Local Businesses

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. Join Daniel Brunette, Director, Strategic Alliances and Initiatives at Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, for this virtual presentation, May 26, 2022.


Rural Regions & Knowledge-Based Economies

Join Dr. Charles Conteh, Brock University, on May 27th for his virtual presentation “Canada’s Rural Regions in the Quest for Inclusive Knowledge-Based Economies: Triumphs, Prospects and Challenges”.


The State of Rural Canada 2021 Report

At our fall conference, CRRF launched their report State of Rural Canada (SORC): Opportunities, Recovery, and Resiliency in Changing Times.

This time, we visit the chapter on Ontario . The authors point out that because there is no consensus on the definition of “rural” Ontario, it makes it difficult to pinpoint specific issues for rural people and communities. The changes, challenges, trends, and case studies explored attempt to capture the fullness of this complexity and highlights some critical issues and ideas that may support leaders in creating resilient, inclusive rural futures in the face of change, challenges, and uncertainty.

Stay tuned to upcoming newsletters as we journey across the country and explore how each province is addressing key issues shaping their rural realities and how they are finding resilience and opportunities among change.


CEDEC and CRRF are pleased to welcome TELUS® as the presenting sponsor for the 2022 conference “Creating Inclusive Economies: Building Bridges Between Public, Private and Civil Society Sectors”. Stay tuned for exclusive learning opportunities from TELUS® for conference participants!


The 2022 spring conference “Creating Inclusive Economies: Building Bridges Between Public, Private and Civil Society Sectors” is funded in part by the Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes Canadian Relations Support Program (CRSP).


CEDEC and CRRF are pleased to co-host the 2022 conference in partnership with the Université du Québec à Rimouski.

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CEDEC is funded by the Enabling Fund for Official Language Minority Communities and by the Government of Canada.