ECONOUS2016 National CED Conference Final ReportFrom May 18 to May 20, 2016, 223 people, representing over 140 organizations and government departments attended ECONOUS2016 in Montréal. Building on the long history of successful national community economic development conferences organized by the Canadian CED Network and partners across the country between 2001 and 2009, ECONOUS2016 was co-organized and co-hosted by CCEDNet and CEDEC.

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  • Planning
  • Who Attended?
  • Partners & Sponsors
  • Evaluation
  • Workshop Sessions
  • Networking and Marketing Opportunities
  • Communications


Calgary will be the host city for the next National CED Conference, EconoUs2017, September 13-15, 2017. Thrive, Calgary’s CED Network, will be co-hosting the next conference with the support of Momentum, Calgary Economic Development, REAP Business Association, the Institute for Community Prosperity at Mount Royal University and the Calgary Economic Partnership. Watch CCEDNet newsletters for more information.

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ECONOUS2016 brought together a diverse range of representatives from the community, business, education, charitable, and government sectors to discuss new ideas, resources and strategies to strengthen community economic development (CED) and small business growth across Canada.

Why People Attended:

ECONOUS2016 Connect To connect with hundreds of people across Canada who shared a passion for building strong, inclusive community economies.
ECONOUS2016 Learn To learn from others about strategies that are working to generate positive local economic, social and environmental impacts in communities across Canada and elsewhere.
ECONOUS2016 Share To share what their priorities were, from addressing workforce development needs to revitalizing their community and more.
ECONOUS2016 Empower To leave empowered to make a difference in their community and in their workplace through the relationships they’ve developed with other participants and the new knowledge they have gained.

MAY 17-18, 2016

Those that arrived early in Montreal were able to attend the Economic Action Forum! They joined leaders in Canada’s business community and discussed big ideas for small and medium businesses.

ECONOUS2016 built on the long history of successful national CED conferences organized by CCEDNet and partners across the country between 2001 and 2010.
opportunities on the latest innovations in community enterprise, workforce development, and local economies that are creating sustainable prosperity for all.

In particular, ECONOUS2016:

  • Created new and strengthened existing relationships among community leaders who share similar challenges, concerns, goals and values;
  • Promoted new ideas, resources and strategies to strengthen CED efforts
  • Contributed to skills development, capacity building, networking and information sharing among CED practitioners and stakeholders;
  • Attracted new people to the movement and reinforced the commitment of existing members to the approaches and values promoted by CED
  • Provided opportunities for learning and dialogue on the diversity of approaches and models led by urban, rural, aboriginal, linguistic and cultural minorities, and northern communities to meet their needs;
  • Advanced a pan-Canadian policy agenda to strengthen communities by support to and investment in CED;

This provided an opportunity for people to connect, learn, and celebrate together. More than 3200 people have attended this event over the past 13 years in 7 conferences. In 2016, we brought together more than 230 attendees from across the country including CED and social economy practitioners, representatives from community, business, government, charitable and education sectors and academics. There was a wide range of workshops, optional site visits, networking opportunities, and social activities. All plenary sessions and keynote addresses had simultaneous translation into French and English, as well selected workshops in each time slot. Additional workshops were offered in both official languages.

We are ecstatic for all those who joined us in beautiful Montréal!

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Cross-Cutting Themes and Session Format In 2016, there were three conference streams...

Workforce Development, Community Enterprise, and Community Building.

Streams that were filled through the Call for Proposals:

  • Workforce Development: To ensure that Quebec and Canada has the necessary talent and capacity in place to thrive and prosper, now more then ever strategic partnerships are being forged between communities, government, educational institutions and service providers to address workforce development issues and opportunities. Connecting local people to employment opportunities and providing required supports for labour market success is key to inclusive development. What innovative practices can help meet Canada’s labour market needs and connect job seekers to employment while ensuring they have the skills required to get and keep their jobs? Topics of interest include workforce development planning, labour mobility, seasonal workers, mature workers, skills mismatch, workplace and essential skills and linguistic minority communities and disadvantaged groups.
  • Community Enterprise: Locally-rooted businesses are essential to a thriving community economy. What kind of business development support, finance capital, and demand strategies can help businesses to flourish? What are the challenges faced by collective and blended-value enterprises (such as co-ops and social enterprises), and how can these be solved?
  • Community Building: The starting and end point of CED is the well-being of people in a place. The dynamic process of community engagement, capacity building, learning and renewal is constantly evolving. The role of governments in supporting community efforts is also shifting. From the tried-and-true basics to the latest thinking, what strategies and approaches are creating vibrant and prosperous communities today?

Within those three streams, sessions addressed the following cross-cutting themes: Finance, Policy, Youth, Diversity & Inclusion, Arts & Culture, Technology, Climate Justice and the Environment, Rural and Remote Realities, Evaluating Impact, and Complexity and Systems Thinking for Communities.


Minister Jean-Yves Duclos
Government of Canada
Ministry of Families, Children and Social Development

Rankin MacSween
New Dawn Enterprises
President & CEO

Minister Jean-Yves Duclos was Director of the Department of Economics and a tenured professor at l’Université Laval. As a well-published author, conference speaker, and renowned economics expert, he was often asked to comment on current events in Quebec and Canada.

In addition to his professorial duties, Minister Duclos held the Industrial Alliance Research Chair on the Economics of Demographic Change, served as Vice-President of the Canadian Economics Association, and was a member of the Institut sur le vieillissement et la participation sociale des aînés. He was also Vice-President and Fellow of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en analyse des organisations, Senior Fellow of the Fondation pour les études et les recherches sur le développement international and Fellow-in-Residence at the C.D. Howe Institute. Lastly, Minister Duclos is co-founder of the Poverty and Economic Policy Research Network (Partnership for Economic Policy, PEP).

Minister Duclos earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (First-Class Honours) from the University of Alberta, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has been rewarded for relentless hard work with prestigious grants, the Société canadienne de science économique’s prix Marcel Dagenais, and the Harry Johnson Award for best paper published in the Canadian Journal of Economics. In 2014, Minister Duclos was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the highest accolade bestowed on Canadian researchers.

Rankin MacSween has worked with New Dawn Enterprises Ltd. since 1977. In 1993 he became President and CEO of the New Dawn family of companies and today serves on the New Dawn Board as a Director and ex-officio member of all standing committees.

In 1973, Rankin received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from St. Francis Xavier University. He later received his Master of Arts in Criminology at the University of Ottawa, a Masters of Arts in Counseling and Education from the Merrill Palmer Institute in Detroit, Michigan, a Doctorate of Education Degree from the University of Toronto, and an honorary degree from Cape Breton University.

He is a founding member of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network. He has also served as a board member of the Church Council on Justice and Corrections, the Vanier Institute of the Family, and the Island Community Justice Society. He is a past chair of the Cape Breton Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association and in 2008 was inducted into the Cape Breton Business Hall of Fame.

Carol Anne Hilton
Transformation International

Angel Gurría
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Carol Anne Hilton, MBA is the CEO of Transformation International an award winning Social and Economic development company. Carol Anne is a recognized leading First Nation’s business entrepreneur with a Masters Degree in Business Management (MBA) from the University of Hertfordshire, England. Carol Anne is from the Nuu chah nulth Nation on Vancouver Island.

Carol Anne works to incorporate an Aboriginal worldview while bringing First Nations, industry and government together to design new approaches for sustainable, inclusive development. Carol Anne brings project management experience across industries in resource management, governance, and regional development.

Carol Anne is currently authoring ‘Indigenomics – a Global Power Shift’ and has been an instructor at Camosun Business School Leadership Program as well as at Simon Fraser University’s Community Economic Development Program, the University of Winnipeg’s Masters in Community Planning Program and most recently with the Banff Center Indigenous Business Program.

Transformation has been recognized with a BC Aboriginal Outstanding Business Achievement Award, a Creating Wealth Award from the National Indigenous Council of Elders and Business of the Year Award from the Nuu chah nulth Economic Development Corporation. In November 2015, Carol Anne was also recently nominated for work in multi-culturalism by the BC Government.

Carol Anne was recently appointed as an advisor on the Federal Economic Growth Council. Carol Anne currently serves as Director on the Vancouver Island Investment Fund, the World Fisheries Trust, the Victoria Community Micro Lending Society, and is a Director on Community Social Planning Council as well as a past Director of the founding board for the First Nations Health Authority and served for 9 years on Council of Hesquiaht First Nation.

More information can be found at


Born on May 8th, 1950, in Tampico, Mexico, Angel Gurría came to the OECD following a distinguished career in public service, including two ministerial posts.

As Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from December 1994 to January 1998, he made dialogue and consensus-building one of the hallmarks of his approach to global issues. From January 1998 to December 2000, he was Mexico’s Minister of Finance and Public Credit. For the first time in a generation, he steered Mexico’s economy through a change of Administration without a recurrence of the financial crises that had previously dogged such changes.

As OECD Secretary-General, since June 2006, he has reinforced the OECD’s role as a ‘hub” for global dialogue and debate on economic policy issues while pursuing internal modernisation and reform. Under his leadership, the OECD has expanded its membership to include Chile, Estonia, Israel and Slovenia and opened accession talks with Russia. It has also strengthened its links with other major emerging economies, including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa, with a view to possible membership. The OECD is now an active participant in both the G-8 and the G-20 Summit processes. Mr. Gurría has also reinforced the impact of OECD work in several domains, and has steered the launching of high profile initiatives, including several strategies in the domain of Innovation, Green Growth, Gender, Development and Skills. He also launched the “New Approaches to Economic Challenges”, an OECD reflection process on the lessons from the crisis with the aim to upgrade OECD’s analytical frameworks and develop a comprehensive agenda for sustainable and inclusive growth.

Mr. Gurría has participated in various international not-for-profit bodies, including the Population Council, based in New York, and the Center for Global Development based in Washington. He chaired the International Task Force on Financing Water for All and continues to be deeply involved in water issues, being a member of the United Nations Secretary General Advisory Board (UNSGAB) and of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water Security. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of Governors of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, based in Canada, the Advisory Board for the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF), co-hosted by Korea and Denmark, and was recently appointed as a member of the Royal Academy of Economic and Financial Sciences of Spain.

A regular contributor to some of the world’s leading newspapers and journals, Mr. Gurría has received several awards and decorations from more than 25 countries, including the titles of Grand officier de la Légion d’honneur and Chevalier dans l’ordre du Mérite agricole, awarded by the French Government. He has received Honorary Degrees from the Universities of Leeds, Haifa and Bratislava. Most recently, he was distinguished by the President of Korea with the Gwangwha Medal for Diplomatic Service, and also received a recognition to his longstanding contribution to the development of public administration in Mexico, the Medalla al Mérito Administrativo Internacional “Gustavo Martínez Cabañas”, awarded by the Instituto Nacional de Administración Pública (INAP). In 2007, Mr. Gurría was the first recipient of the Globalist of the Year Award of the Canadian International Council to honour his efforts as a global citizen to promote trans-nationalism, inclusiveness and a global consciousness.

Mr. Gurría holds a B.A. degree in Economics from UNAM (Mexico), and a M.A. degree in Economics from Leeds University (United Kingdom). He speaks Spanish, French, English, Portuguese, Italian and some German.

Mr. Gurría is married to Dr. Lulu Quintana, a distinguished ophthalmologist, and they have three adult children.

Plenary Speakers

Opening Plenary – 21st Century Community Economies

Community economic development emerged from the US civil rights movement as a social innovation to reduce poverty. A half-century later, how are new community practices adapting to globalization, the digital economy, the climate crisis, inequality, and more? This panel of leading speakers shared what they see as the most dynamic emerging strategies for community economies.

Henry Mintzberg
McGill University
John Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies (Strategy and Organization)

Nancy Neamtan
Chantier de l’économie sociale
Strategic Advisor

Henry Mintzberg has been an academic most of his working life. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal (1961), he worked in Operational Research at the Canadian National Railways, and then received a masters and doctorate from the MIT Sloan School of Management in Boston. In 1968, he returned to McGill, where he joined what is now called the Desautels Faculty of Management. He currently holds the Cleghorn Professorship of Management Studies, having been half-time since the mid 1980s, and has been a visiting professor at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, London Business School in the U.K., Insead in France, and H.E.C. in Montreal.

Henry devotes himself largely to writing and research, over the years especially about managerial work, strategy formation, and forms of organizing. In 2004, he published Managers not MBAs, in 2007 Tracking Strategies, in 2013 Simply Managing, and in 2015 Rebalancing Society, the implications of which are now his central focus. He is also completing a monograph entitled Managing the Myths of Health Care.

Henry has worked for much of the past two decades, in collaboration with colleagues from Canada, England, France, India, Japan, and now China and Brazil, on developing new approaches to management education and development. The International Masters in Practicing Management has been running since 1996 and the International Masters for Health Leadership since 2006. Both are rather novel ways to help managers learn from their own experience. He teaches in these programs and otherwise supervises doctoral students, restricting his public speeches mostly to conveying a particular message or visiting a place he wishes to see. In 2007, he and three others developed, which brings all these efforts to natural fruition, by enabling small groups of practicing managers to develop themselves and their organizations in their own workplace. A GROOC (MOOC for groups) called Social Learning for Social Impact will appear on edX in September 2015.

Nancy Neamtan, cofounder and CEO of the Chantier de l’économie sociale for almost 20 years, is now a strategic adviser for this independent non-profit organisation that has brought together social economy from across Quebec since 1996. She has played a leadership role in several dossiers that have advanced the cause of the Quebec social economy. President of the Board of RISQ for 10 years, president of the Board of the Chantier de l’économie sociale Trust since 2006, she is recognized as an international expert and has advised the International Labour Organisation and the OCDE Forum on Social Innovation.

Appointed Officer of the Ordre du Quebec in 2012, the Université du Quebec in Outaouais granted her an honorary doctorate in 2013. In 2015, Concordia University awarded her with an honorary doctorate for her long standing work in favor of social justice and economic democracy.[/

Jonathan Rosenthal
New Economy Coalition
Executive Director

Laure Waridel
Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Sustainable Development Operationalization (CIRODD)

The New Economy Coalition (NEC) welcomed Jonathan Rosenthal as the organization’s new Executive Director in 2015. Jonathan has spent the last 35 years as a leader in the fair trade movement, working to transform destructive aspects of business into a positive force for people and the planet. He co-founded and led Equal Exchange, a pioneering worker-owned fair trade company (and NEC member), as well as Oké USA, the first fair trade banana company in the United States.

Jonathan’s impressive career in fair trade has been guided by attempts to bring anti-oppression analysis into the movement’s discourse and practice. As he noted at NEC’s Annual Meeting in May of 2015, “The fair trade movement is still skating on the surface, and a key part of what’s holding us back is that we haven’t gone deeper in grappling with basic issues around power and identity. We are struggling to acknowledge our colonial legacy and the role it plays in our movement.”

For Jonathan, NEC offers an opportunity to work at a systems level, with a diverse network of over 100 organizations that are imagining and building a new economy that meets human needs, enhances the quality of life, and allows us to live in harmony with the rest of nature.


A revolutionary with a smile, Laure Waridel fell into citizen engagement as a young child. Over the last 25 years, she has worn both the work boots of major ecological solidarity endeavours and the velvet gloves of sustainable­‐development work. As a woman with a big heart and a rigorous approach, she recently undertook doctoral studies on the emergence of an ecologically‐ and socially-­minded economy at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, for which she won a prestigious Trudeau Scholarship.

In 1997, at the age of 24, Laure published her first essay: Coffee with a Cause. In it, she presented the results of research she had conducted in a coffee co‐operative in Mexico at the conclusion of her studies at McGill University. The work catapulted her onto the media spotlight, which gave her a strong platform to launch the idea of fair trade in Québec, then mostly unknown in North America. She did the same with the results of her master’s studies, which looked at the development of sustainable trade, using coffee as the example. “She transforms words into tools for social and environmental change, reaching people through both their minds and their hearts,” a journalist once wrote about her.

She also used her media presence to promote Équiterre, an organization she co‐founded in 1993 and for which she presented over 250 lectures, mostly in Québec, but also in Ontario, British Columbia, the United States, Europe, Mexico, Senegal and Colombia. She has given countless interviews, and has been a leading media commentator, both on radio with Radio-­Canada and in print (Voir, Sélection du Reader’s Digest, UdeS, LeJournalde Montréal, Le Journal de Québec and more). Her books, Acheter c’est voter and L’envers de l’assiette, quickly became best­‐sellers in Québec and references in the development of fair trade and responsible consumption.

Since she knows that society changes through individual and collective choices, Laure helped create an organization that not only exposes environmental, social and economic problems, but also proposes solutions that inspire people to get on board, regardless of their place in society. Today, Équiterre is one of the most heavily consulted citizen groups in Québec. A quick search on Google Scholar shows that Laure’s works on fair trade, agriculture and food, responsible consumption and sustainable development–while mostly produced outside formal academic institutions–have nourished scientific debate in a number of scholarly disciplines. When she published them, very little scientific literature existed on some of her topics. As a result, her writing and her work quickly became references.

This is why the media regularly describe Laure as a visionary and a leader. In 2002, Maclean’s magazine named her one of the “25 young Canadians who are already changing our world,” and Sélection du Reader’s Digest awarded her the title of “hero of the year” for 2008. Her leadership has been the topic of a case study at HEC Montréal and the subject of articles in three textbooks. In 2007, Le Journal de Québec and Le Journal de Montréal ranked her among the 25 most politically influential people in Québec, even though she has never been active in politics. In 2010, a survey revealed that she is among the 25 most trusted people in Québec.

For many years, Laure has been collecting distinctions, including an honorary doctorate from Université du Québec à Rimouski, the Insigne du mérite (insignia of merit) from Université de Montréal, the Order of Canada, and the title Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Pléiade from the International Organisation of La Francophonie. She is also a member of the prestigious Cercle des Phénix de l’environnement and is a Fellow of the Montréal Centre for International Studies at Université de Montréal (CÉRIUM).

But for Laure, her two greatest accomplishments are her children, Colin and Alphée.

Denise Gareau
Employment and Social Development Canada


Denise Gareau is Director Horizontal Initiatives, Planning and the Enabling Fund for Official Language Minority Communities (OLMC) within the Skills and Employment Division at Employment and Social Development Canada. She is responsible for horizontal labour market program policy and planning initiatives.  She also represents Canada at the the OECD Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED) Programme.  In addition, Ms. Gareau is the Director responsible for the Enabling Fund for OLMCs supporting the work of 14 community-based organizations active in the area of economic and human resource development in OLMCs.

Prior to this, Ms Gareau worked in other parts of ESDC including as Deputy Director International Relations Division and Senior Policy Analyst in the Learning Policy Directorate.

Ms Gareau received a B.A. History and Canadian Studies from the University of Ottawa and an MSc History from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.  Ms Gareau is also the proud mother of two busy teenage girls.

Morning Plenary – Looking Forward: What’s Next for CED?

What’s next for community economic development in Canada?  Along with two pioneers of CED and three passionate newcomers to the field, participants reflected on what they heard and what strategic opportunities lie before us, in our communities and nationally.

Nadia Kidwai Canadian CED Network – Manitoba Events and Engagement Coordinator

Marie-Cecile Nottaway
Wawatay Catering “Made with Love”

Nadia was born and raised in Cardiff, Wales and graduated from Oxford University with a B.A. and M.A. in Politics and History. Since arriving in Winnipeg in 2004, she has worked across various sectors, each intersecting with her passion for issues related to diversity, multiculturalism, community development and capacity building, particularly within the newcomer community. Her experience spans grassroots community development, research with the Government of Manitoba, journalism with CBC Manitoba and the Winnipeg Free Press, and co-founding the Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute (CMLI). She also serves on a number of boards including the Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council, the United Way of Winnipeg, the Institute for International Women’s Rights, and the Legal Help Centre.

In addition to her work with CCEDNet, Nadia also works part-time as the co-ordinator for Next Up Winnipeg, a national leadership program for young people committed to social change and environmental justice. She is the mother of 2 young boys and therefore well versed in Star Wars, Minecraft, Real Madrid and other equally important cultural phenomena.


Marie-Cecile Nottaway (Cezin) is an Algonquin woman, born in Rapid Lake, raised in the Parc de la Verendrye, QC. She is chef and owner of Wawatay Catering. She is a mother of two beautiful children, daughter of residential school survivors. She comes from a long line of strong Anishnabe First Nation women, who all have contributed to the proud hard worker she is today. These women have also taught her the traditional cooking skills that she now incorporates into Wawatay Catering. Cezin is a graduate of the culinary Management program from Algonquin College.

One of Cezin’s visions is to improve the health of First Nation people, through the revitalization of true Anishinabe cuisine which would lead to people making healthier food choices leading to a healthier life style.

Cezin quit her full-time employment in 2011 and with the support of family and friends, and the help of her spouse’s credit card, she built her business from ground up. In just a few short years, Cezin has been featured as a culinary artist for Michäelle Jean Foundation “Art Saves Lives Campaign” in 2012, she received 2013 Ottawa Entrepreneurship Rising Star Award, published recipes for the Origine Nord Ouest – Tout L’monde À Table – 2nd Edition. Recently she has been named top 3 of the Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montreal’s ARISTA award for the category of Jeune travailleur autonome du Québec.

Cezin also worked closely with the Pikwadin Project; a program for adults with barriers, and currently employs a former student since 2013. She is also a spokesperson amongst teens to empower them through her experiences of failure and success. She also founded the Paper Bag project during the Truth and Reconciliation event in June 2015; she traveled to 4 Algonquin communities in a time sensitive manner to bring awareness of Residential school amongst First Nation students and Non-First Nation students, as well to show the survivors that we are here for them to help with the healing process.

Laurent Levesque
Unité de travail pour l’implantation de logement étudiant (UTILE)
General Coordinator and Co-Founder

Marguerite Mendell
Concordia University
Professor and Graduate Program Director, School of Community and Public Affairs


Laurent Levesque is a grassroots practitioner involved in social economy youth projects in Montreal. As a General coordinator and cofounder of Unité de travail pour l’implantation de logement étudiant (UTILE), he has been working in the development of new finance, governance and optimized property models to build affordable housing since 2012. In order to build the first student housing co-op in Montreal, UTILE recently created a Revolving Community Investment Fund (Fonds CLÉ), dedicated to student housing, the first of its kind in Quebec.

Laurent chairs the Youth Committee of the Chantier d’économie sociale du Québec. As emerging leader of Quebec’s collective entrepreneurship, he contributed in organizing and was a panelist with Transform Montreal, a conference on democratizing the economy, gathering closed to 400 participants in March.

He graduated in urban planning specialized in urban economic development management from the Université du Québec à Montréal. He is pursuing a Masters in management, specializing in social innovation at HEC Montréal.

Marguerite (Margie) Mendell, who earned her PhD in Economics from McGill University (1983), has been teaching at the SCPA since 1986. Her current research and teaching are on the social economy, alternative investment strategies, comparative community economic development, economic democracy, and the work of Karl Polanyi whose influence continues to grow today. Margie is participating in a growing international dialogue on innovative economic initiatives to reduce poverty and develop new collective forms of wealth creation through her participation at scholarly conferences and international meetings of the OECD and the ILO and civil society gatherings. She also participates in consultations in Canada (federal, provincial, municipal) and abroad (most recently at the European Union) on issues related to social and community based finance and the social and solidarity economy. Her work, published in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and most recently in Korean, has generated international interest. Dr. Mendell is also the co-founder of the Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy established at Concordia University in 1988.

Margie is a member of the Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales dans économie sociale, les entreprises et les syndicats (CRISES – UQAM); member of the Advisory Council of the B.C.-Alberta Research Alliance on the Social Economy (BALTA) and member of the Scientific Advisory Group on Social Economy and Social Innovation of the Trento Center for Local Development. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD-Paris), among others.

She is also a member of the Advisory Committee of Les politiques publiques municipales of the Ville de Montréal, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Chantier de l’économie social.  As well, Margie is a member of the Editorial Committee of the journal Economie et Solidarité, and member of the Advisory Board of Studies in Political Economy, among others. She is a frequent contributor to television, radio and written media on public policy issues in Canada, Québec, and internationally.

Michael Lewis
Canadian Centre for Community Renewal
Executive Director

Ryan Gibson
Saint Mary’s University
Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.


Mike Lewis is the Executive Director of the Centre for Community Renewal. He is well known in Canada and internationally as a practitioner, author, educator, and leader in the field of CED and the social economy. His experience cuts across the full range of functions connected to community renewal and development. He has built and advised a wide range of businesses, organizations, and governments all over Canada and internationally as well. An innovator, activist, and thinker with a penchant for linking practice with policy and the micro and macro, Mike’s leadership in CCCR and elsewhere continues to help us connect the dots and stay ahead of the curve.

Since 1977, Mike Lewis has founded and managed a number of organizations that have succeeded each other, all of which have been integrally involved in community economic development, community resource management, development finance, and the social economy. He is a well‐known author, having authored or co‐authored 12 books and a large number of reports and chapters, as well as over 60 magazine and journal articles. He the past editor of Making Waves: Canada’s CED Magazine, and the current editor of the eJournal i4: Community Resilience and Transition in an age of climate change and peak oil. Selections of his writing have been translated into German, French, Spanish, and Japanese.


Ryan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. Ryan is the Chair of CCEDNet’s Membership Committee and has served on the executive committee. Ryan’s interests are focused on rural and northern communities and regions, specifically focused on governance, collaboration, cooperatives, philanthropy, and rural revitalization. Ryan was, until recently, President of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation.


Conference Schedule

Wednesday, May 18

2:30pm to 5:00pm

Registrations and Visits with CED Exhibitors and Shoulder Events

5:00pm to 7:00pm

Opening Reception, Community Building Activities, Keynote and Visits with CED Exhibitors

Thursday, May 19

   7:30am to 8:30am

Coffee, Tea, Fruit, Pastries and Visits with CED Exhibitors


   8:45am to 10:00am

Opening Plenary: 21st Century Community Economic
Community economic development emerged from the US civil rights movement as a social innovation to reduce poverty.  A half-century later, how are new community practices adapting to globalization, the digital economy, the climate crisis, inequality, and more?  This panel of leading speakers shared what they see as the most dynamic emerging strategies for community economies.

This plenary panel began with a special message from Angel Gurría, the Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

  • Henry Mintzberg, John Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies, McGill University
  • Nancy Neamtan, Chantier de l’économie sociale
  • Laure Waridel, Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Sustainable Development Operationalization
  • Jonathan Rosenthal, New Economy Coalition
  • Moderator: Denise Gareau, Employment and Social Development Canada
Film Screening: Friday May 20th, (200 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest)
Synopsis: “As mankind is threatened by the collapse of the ecosystems, Cyril, Mélanie, Alexandre, Laurent, Raphäel and Antoine, all in their thirties, explore the world in search of solutions that can save their children, and with them, future generations. Using the most successful experiments in every area (agriculture, energy, habitat, economy, education, democracy…) they try to put back together the puzzle which may tell a new story of the future.”

Evening Social Events

Bier Markt (1221 Boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest)

10:30am - 6:00pm Networking and Workshop Blocks, (see below)
10:30am to 11:30am

Networking Break and Visits with CED Exhibitors   

11:30am to 12:00pm

Workshop Block A

   12:00pm to 1:15pm


   1:15pm to 1:45pm

Networking Break and Visits with CED Exhibitors

   1:45pm to 3:00pm

Workshop Block B

   3:00pm to 3:30pm

Networking Break and Visits with CED Exhibitors

   3:30pm to 4:45pm

Workshop Block C

   4:45pm to 5:00pm

Closing remarks and reminders (within workshop sessions)


Friday,  May 20

7:30am to 8:30 am

Coffee, Tea, Fruit, Pastries and Visits with CED Exhibitors

  8:30am to 8:45am

Thursday Recap

8:45am to 10:00am Morning Plenary -Looking Forward: What's Next for CED?
What’s next for community economic development in Canada?  Along with three pioneers of CED and two passionate newcomers to the field, participants reflected on what they’ve heard and what strategic opportunities lie before us, in our communities and nationally.

  • Mike Lewis, Canadian Centre for Community Renewal
  • Margie Mendell, Concordia University
  • Nadia Kidwai, Canadian CED Network – Manitoba
  • Marie-Cecile Nottaway, Wawatay Catering
  • Laurent Levesque, UTILE
  • Moderator: Ryan Gibson, St. Mary’s University and Board Chair, Canadian CED Network
10:30am - 2:30pm Networking and Workshop Blocks (see below)

  10:00am to 10:30am

Networking Break and Visits with CED Exhibitors

   10:30am to 11:45am

Workshop Block D

   11:45am to 12:15pm

Networking Break and Visits with CED Exhibitors

   12:15am to 2:30pm

Lunch and Closing

Related Shoulder Events

The Economic Action Forum

The Economic Action Forum
May 17-18
Hôtel Bonaventure

Leaders in Canada’s business community came to discuss big ideas for small and medium-sized businesses.

Hosted by the Economic Action Network, this intimate event provided attendees with the tools they need to navigate emerging topics facing small and medium-sized enterprises, such as:

  • greening businesses,
  • supporting skills development,
  • promoting travel and tourism,
  • enabling entrepreneurship and more.
Canada-Wide Social Enterprise Sector Survey Release

Canada-Wide Social Enterprise Sector Survey Release
May 18, 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Hôtel Bonaventure (room Fontaine H)

In 2014 and 2015, the Social Enterprise Sector Survey collected impact data from non-profit social enterprises in all provinces and territories of Canada (except Quebec, where the Comité sectoriel de main d’oeuvre économie sociale et action communautaire conducted a sector survey). In this session, lead researchers Peter Elson of Mount Royal University and Peter Hall of Simon Fraser University presented the compiled research results for the first time, offering a unique evidence base for the economic and social impact of social enterprises in Canada. The research launch was followed by an engaging roundtable of cross-Canada social enterprise stakeholders who discussed the value of the research and its role shaping policy and future development directions for social enterprise in Canada.


  • Peter Elson, Mount Royal University
  • Peter Hall, Simon Fraser University
  • David LePage, Social Enterprise Council of Canada
  • Paul Chamberlain, Canadian CED Network
  • David Upton, Common Good Solutions
  • Sarah Leeson-Klym, Canadian CED Network
  • Caroline Désilets, Employment and Social Development Canada
  • John Rietschlin, Employment and Social Development Canada

ECONOUS2016 Partner

Many thanks to our Sponsors!


ECONOUS2016 was supported by Social Enterprise Manitoba through the Manitoba Social Enterprise Strategy

ECONOUS2016 was supported by the Enabling Fund for Official Language Minority Communities of the Government of Canada


ECONOUS2016 delegates were able to take advantage of discounted train travel and a few won vouchers of $250 thanks to VIA Rail Canada.


ECONOUS2016 was supported by l’Empreinte cooperative, one of Quebec’s most outstanding fine crafts cooperatives located at 88 St-Paul Street East in Old Montreal

ECONOUS2016 was supported by Canadian Heritage