Conference Program






10:00am - 6:00pm | Regional Tours
Regional tours are not included in the registration price




Acadian Coastal Tour

Enjoy a day along New Brunswick’s Eastern shore on a journey through the life of a lobster, from hatchery to adulthood. Explore the marine ecosystem with a tour of Shediac’s Homarus Eco Centre, followed by a cruise on Shediac Bay to learn about lobster fishing and the tips and tricks to cooking and eating this delicious crustacean…and of course you’ll get to enjoy a lobster meal fit for a king!  Finally, you’ll learn how lobster traps are made and visit North America’s largest exporter of herring. Before heading back you’ll get to hear the Acadian lilt during a tour of Cap Pele Village and visit the Smokehouse Museum.

Tour price : $149/person, lunch included

Bay of Fundy Coastal Tour

Explore the Fundy Valley by visiting a local greenhouse where you will learn about Foods of the Fundy Valley. Then take a short trip to the Historical Riverside Consolidated School for a tour of this 1902 landmark. At the school you will hear a presentation on community revitalization plans for the area before continuing to an interpretive hike by the Fundy Guild in breathtaking Fundy National Park. Afterwards, replenish your energy in neighbouring Alma at the Buddha Bear Cafe and check out local arts and crafts in Cleveland Place Artisan Shop & Bookstore.

Tour price : $99/person, lunch not included but can be purchased in Alma

Mi’kmaq Basket Making & Heritage Path Tour

Immerse yourself in traditional Mi’kmaq culture as you learn the fine art of basket making in Elsipogtog First Nation. After a traditional greeting, you will head into the woods along the Heritage Path for a smudging ceremony before learning about the trees used for basket making. You will also get to see a teepee made by the very same elders who will be your teachers. After an introduction to the materials and processes, you will make a nest basket under the guidance of the elders. As you work on your basket, you will learn some traditional Mi’kmaq ways and phrases. By the end of the day, you will leave enriched by the teachings of the elders, carrying a basket that you yourself have woven.  (Led by Roads to Sea Guided Tours.)

Tour price : $199/person, lunch included

7:00pm - 9:00pm | Opening Reception

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7:30am - 9:00am | Breakfast & Plenary Session

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09:00am - 09:20am | Networking Break
9:20am - 9:45am | Storytelling Sessions Block A

Review the descriptions for the sessions in Block A

S1. INFORMATION TO COME S2. How an Environmental Non-Profit can Contribute to Local Prosperity S3. Promoting Local Investment in New Brunswick through Community Economic Development Corporations
S4. City and Community: Co-Creating Inclusive Prosperity S5. Increasing Impact and Strengthening Networks though Collaborative Social Enterprise S6. Import Replacement:A Powerful Strategy for Local Economies
S7. How Can We Convince Buyers to Buy Social? S8. Reconnecting Youth to the Gitxsan Territory through Food Sovereignty S9. Women’s Leadership and Aboriginal Entrepreneurship

Storytelling sessions share stories of success or struggle and the key lessons learned.

09:45am - 09:55am | Break
9:55am - 10:20am | Storytelling Sessions Block B

Review the descriptions for the sessions in Block B

S10. What’s on the Menu? Dishing up Local Food in New Brunswick Institutions S11. The Ecosystem Collective: A Chamber of Commerce for Low-Carbon Development S12. The Alberta Investment Tax Credit: Canada’s Newest CEDIF
S13. We Change the Road as We Walk It S14. Achieving Social and Professional Integration through Creative Work S15. Social Enterprise: A Global Immune System Response to the Business Status Quo
S16. Scaling the Impact of Local Business Networks through Social Procurement S17. The ‘Write’ Way to CED: Publishing in Pukatawagan S18. Nova Scotia Social Enterprise Ecosystem

Storytelling sessions share stories of success or struggle and the key lessons learned.

10:20am - 10:30am | Break
10:30am - 10:55am | Storytelling Sessions Block C

Review the descriptions for the sessions in Block C

S19. Carry On Farming: Tools to Help Sustain Rural Communities through Local Food S20. WEAVING TOGETHER THE SOCIAL INNOVATION FIELD S21. GROWING CO-OP INVESTMENT
S22. Empowering Leaders: An Asset-Based Approach to Community Innovation S23. Linking Arms: Collaborative Leadership for a New Economy S24. The Enormous Potential of Business Succession through Cooperatives
S25. Creating Community Impact through Social Procurement S26. REGIONAL ABORIGINAL PARTNERSHIP ON RENEWABLE ENERGY S27. Transformative Change: Altering the Outcomes Downstream

Storytelling sessions share stories of success or struggle and the key lessons learned.

10:55am - 11:05am | Break
11:05am - 11:35am | Plenary Session

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Featuring a dialogue between Dale Prest (Ecosystem Service Specialist, Community Forests International) and Lois Corbett (Executive Director, Conservation Council of New Brunswick) on the connection between environmental sustainability and an economy that works for all.

11:35am - 11:45am | Break
11:45am - 1:00pm | Lunch & Plenary Session

Building a Fair Economy from the Ground Up

City Councillors Matthew Green (Hamilton, ON), Matthew Brown (Preston, UK) and Maeva Vilain (Montreal, P.Q.) are community organizers and elected officials committed to equity in local economic development. They will discuss how they’re approaching current challenges and developing promising strategies to build community wealth — through democratic processes and structures. This plenary discussion will be moderated by Colette Murphy, Executive Director of the Atkinson Foundation. She is the co-founder of the Power Lab, a new leadership learning initiative for people organizing historically disadvantaged and equity-seeking communities to have a powerful voice in Canada’s public infrastructure development process.

1:00pm - 1:10pm | Break
1:10pm - 2:25pm | Skill Building Workshops Block A

Review the descriptions for the workshops in Block A

W1. INFORMATION TO COME W2. INFORMATION TO COME W3. Peer Coaching: A Collaborative Leadership Lab
W4. Growing Community Finance in Canada: Tax Credits, Building the Movement Across Canada W5. Scaling Up Employment Social EnterprisesAcross Canada: Advocating for Social Costs Funding in Your Community W6. An Intentional Collaboration to Grow a Local CED Ecosystem
W7. How do We Talk About an Economy that Works for All? W8. Leveraging Employer Partnerships to Create an Inclusive Labour Market W9. Moving Local Knowledge and Experiences into Public Policy

Skills-building workshops will be interactive sessions that will teach skills that can help create ‘an economy that works for all’.

2:25pm - 2:35pm | Break
2:35pm - 4:00pm | Skill Building Workshops Block B

Review the descriptions for the workshops in Block B





W10. INFORMATION TO COME W11. Revitalizing Communities: Changing the Destiny of Rural Towns W12. To Action! An introduction to Engagement Organizing
W13. Community-Based Social Innovation Labs in Rural, Remote and Northern Communities W14. Building Bridges to Employment through Social Enterprise W15. The Four Tangents Model: A Tool for Developing Innovative Entrepreneurial Projects
W16. INFORMATION TO COME W17. Breaking Down Barriers: A Community Approach towards Changing the Landscape of Employment W18. INFORMATION TO COME

Skills-building workshops will be interactive sessions that will teach skills that can help create ‘an economy that works for all’.

4:00pm - 6:30pm | Local Tours

Acadian Arts and Culture Tour

Immerse yourself in the Acadian arts and cultural scene by taking in a mini concert with local talent before heading out for a walk.  See the beautiful Parc des arts du Sommet and listen to a presentation on Acadian Ingenuity.  Tour the Aberdeen Arts and Cultural Centre and hear about Artists as Social Entrepreneurs.  A guided visit of the Galerie Sans Nom Coop will present Contemporary Art in Acadia.  Finish off with dinner at your choice of local restaurant.

Riverfront Bike Tour

Start your two-wheeled journey on the Moncton side of the picturesque Petitcodiac River to see history in the making and hear the story of the Moncton-Riverview Causeway and the largest river restoration project in Canadian history.  Ride over the causeway to take in the sights from the other side of the river in Riverview and visit the Chocolate River Station.  Here you will hear a brief presentation by Lady Boss Collective on Small Business and Social Enterprise, grab a bite to refuel at Buddha Bear Café and browse the locally produced maple products at Briggs Maple before winding your way back over Moncton.

This tour is sponsored by the Town of Riverview

Urban Arts and Culture Walking Tour

Discover Moncton’s Downtown arts scene in this guided walking tour.  You will be amazed with the newly renovated Capitol Theatre before venturing down the streets of Moncton to see 16 larger-than-life INSPIRE murals.  Then take in some fine art at the Apple Art Gallery where you will be served refreshments.  Finish off with dinner at your choice of local restaurant.

This tour is sponsored by the United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick

6:30pm - 7:30pm | Dinner Break (dinner not provided)
7:30pm - 9:00pm | An Evening of Art and Film

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8:00am - 9:15am | Breakfast & Plenary

The Power of Community

Locality – Tony Armstrong


EconoUs2018 is proud to host Tony Armstrong from Locality, England’s leading membership network supporting community organizations to be strong and successful.  Through many years of severe austerity and a Localism Act that introduced new powers for communities, Locality took a ‘Local by Default’ approach to public services, supporting community ownership of assets, neighbourhood planning and a Localism Commission that has charted a course for communities to take back power. Locality’s experience offers instructive insights into how we might take action to renew the power of community here in Canada.

9:15am - 9:45am | Networking Break
9:45am - 11:00am | Learning to Action Breakout A

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11:00am - 11:30am | Networking Break
11:30am - 12:45pm | Learning to Action Breakout B


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12:45pm - 1:00pm | Networking Break
1:00pm - 2:30pm | Lunch & Closing Plenary

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