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2006 National Conference on CED and the Social Economy
Leaf, Tree, Forest: Rooting Development in Community
Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC
March 15-18, 2006

Register now for Canada’s premier annual community economic development (CED) event.

Four days of learning and celebration!

Join 600 CED and social economy practitioners, academics, government partners, technical assistance providers and citizens in vibrant downtown Vancouver.

  • More than 50 workshops will explore current issues in CED and social economy
  • 5 workshop streams (Community Sustainability, Community-Based Enterprises, CED and Youth, Aboriginal CED, and Building Bridges Across Sectors) will present innovative models and practical experience
  • Social events provide opportunities to develop new partnerships and contacts
  • Collaborative action planning for moving forward together
  • Interesting Site visits to showcase the Lower Mainland’s CED sector
  • Inspiring speakers and plenaries
  • Marketplace and Showcase of Community Initiatives and Social Enterprises
The 2006 national conference is organized by the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) in partnership with the BC-Yukon CED Network and Building Opportunities with Business.

Register Early!

Register for the conference before February 13, 2006 and receive our early bird rate (more details in registration document).

Download the Conference Registration Brochure (PDF) and make your workshop selections, then you'll be ready to complete the on-line registration process by following the link below. If you can't register on-line, you can print up the document, fill it out by hand and mail or fax your registration form to the address indicated.

On-line registration:


A limited number of travel and accommodations subsidies are available on a first come, first served basis for those who would otherwise not be able to attend. Consult the registration document for more information. Travel and accommodation information is also available in the registration document. Be sure to make your travel and accommodations arrangements early to avoid disappointment!

One-stop booking arrangements for all of your travel needs, including flight and hotel reservations, are available free of charge through Envoy Travel Cooperative at www.envoycoop.com - or by phone at (877) 336-3733

Accommodations for the Conference hotel, the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, can be booked on-line at: www.starwoodmeeting.com

If you have any questions, contact:

Jaie Skalin

Tel: (250) 386-9980, ext. 109

We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!


2005 National CED Conference Proceedings
Building an Inclusive Movement
May 4-7, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

The 2005 National Conference on CED and the Social Economy drew 489 participants from every corner of the country for dozens of workshops, plenary sessions, keynote addresses, site visits and fabulous social evenings! Hosted by Algoma University College and organized in partnership with the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition and the Community Economic Development Technical Assistance Program, the 2005 National Conference welcomed a wide diversity of participants and made an important contribution towards Building an Inclusive Movement. You can see all the details in the conference proceedings (PDF).

For more information on the conference, the full conference program (PDF) - is also available.

CEDTAP National Forum

Thanks to our guest speakers and warm participation of the conference attendees, CEDTAP National Forum on May 5 was a great success. Technical assistance providers and CED practitioners talked about the impact of CED initiatives on the communities from their observations and experiences.

Mel Woolley, President of Calgary based Land Strategies, was the Keynote Speaker of our National Forum. He provides project consulting services primarily focusing upon tourism, recreation and community development. His presentation is about his role as a technical assistance provider for the BC Similkameen Valley's Mascot Mine Interpretive Centre, a CED eco-tourism success story. Click here (PDF) - to view Mel's presentation.

David LePage (Fast Track to Employment, BC), Ambrose Raftis (Deepwater Regional Development Corporation, ON) provided examples from their CED projects. Lucie Chagnon (Coopérative de travail Interface, QC) and Allan Day (Allany Day & Associates, ON) shared their views about community impacts in their role as TA Providers. Ted Jackson, Chair of Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, presented "Community Impacts: How can citizens, CEDOs and funders reach agreement on what results matter most?".

Conference Sponsors

Thank you to the generous sponsors of the 2005 National Conference.

2005 National Conference Presentations

Over 60 workshop and plenary presentations were offered at the 2005 National Conference. We have copies of some of the presentations and have permission to distribute them.

To view the presentations, go to the 2005 Conference Presentations webpage.


2004 National CED Conference Proceedings
Communities Creating the World We Want
Trois-Rivières, Québec, May 19-22

The 2004 National CED Conference ”Communities Creating the World We Want” is now completed.

A daily newsletter was produced that provides an overview of each day's conference activities. You can download the newsletter by clicking on the links below.

Wednesday, May 19 Newsletter (1M)
Thursday, May 20 Newsletter (140K)
Friday, May 21 Newsletter (300K)

The files above are in PDF, so you will need Acrobat Reader to open them. You can download Acrobat Reader for free by clicking here.

Conference Proceedings will be posted here as soon as they are ready!


2002 National CED Conference Proceedings

The proceedings of the 2002 National CED Conference, "Strengthening Community-Led Innovation," are now available. From September 22-27, 2002, 400 participants gathered in Winnipeg for a memorable week of networking, learning, sharing and building the CED movement.
Download Proceedings in PDF format.

CEDTAP Annual Forum/CCEDNET Conference, September 23-27, 2002, Winnipeg

CCEDNET's National Conference, hosted by SEED Winnipeg, partnered with CEDTAP's Annual Forum and dovetailed with events organized by Winnipeg's Neighbourhoods Alive, the Manitoba Community Futures annual conference and the Provincial Community Development Corporations' annual meeting. It was attended by over 400 CED practitioners, technical assistance providers, academics, government representatives and citizens interested in learning, sharing, and building CED.

Four days of learning and skills development sessions, structured networking, discussion forums and site visits made this the biggest CED event in Canada in 2002. Conference Summary in .pdf format


2000 Proceedings: Sharing our Expertise for Future Challenges

The goal of CEDTAP's Forum 2000 was to create an opportunity to strengthen networks, forge collaborative relationships, and share a diversity of experiences among CED organizations. The Forum, held in Moncton, New Brunswick, was hosted by CEDTAP and Mount Allison University's Rural and Small Town Program.

October 15, 2000

The CEDTAP Forum was opened by three panelists: Lynne Toupin, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA); Mary Bishop, Senior Associate of Canning & Pitt and Associates; and Greg MacLeod, Director of the Tompkins Institute. Panelists addressed topics including the co-operative movement and the role of municipalities as a potential development lever for CED. The maturity of the CED movement was also questioned, given its struggle to be recognized as a serious economic alternative. A summary of the presentations and the discussion is available.

October 16, 2000

The second day of the Forum was devoted to workshops focusing on four main theme areas: information technology (specifically, Collaborative Learning Networks, information technology in rural areas, and information and communication technology and CED); evaluation (specifically, a session on various approaches to evaluating CED initiatives and a session on results-based management); financing; and co-operatives.

In some cases, overheads constitute the summary of the workshop, while for others, more detailed notes are provided. Each summary concludes with the challenges and opportunities facing the specific theme area, which were identified by workshop participants and presented in a plenary session at the end of the day. A lunchtime panel presentation was also given on CED in the Atlantic.

October 17, 2000
The final day of the Forum began with a presentation on the evaluation of the first phase of CEDTAP. This followed with a presentation and discussion of CEDTAP II. Participants gave their feedback in plenary and through small group discussions. The Forum concluded with a keynote address delivered by His Excellency John Ralston Saul, who spoke on issues including globalization, the redistribution of wealth in society, and political activism.

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