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At the Creating Inclusive Economies (CIE) conference, you can expect innovative features that make virtual presentations interactive, accessible, and fun! Join in to learn how public, private, and civil society sectors can collaborate and innovate to enhance the economic and social well-being of rural individuals and businesses. 


CIE Welcomes TELUS As Presenting Sponsor


Shazia Sobani

Vice President of Customer Network Implementation



CEDEC and CRRF are pleased to announce TELUS as the presenting sponsor for the 2021 conference “Creating Inclusive Economies: Building Bridges Between Private, Public and Civil Society Sectors”, which will feature panel discussions, keynote presentations, more than 35 research presentations, and a virtual exhibit hall. Shazia Sobani, Vice President of Customer Network Implementation, will speak about TELUS’ role in reducing the digital divide by accelerating fast and high-quality broadband connectivity to boost economic and social outcomes for people and communities.




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Multiple panels with multiple expert guests = exciting viewpoints and rural development insights!


Creating Tangible Economic Benefits


In the final video of the three-part series leading up to the fall 2021 conference Creating Inclusive Economies, Dr. Shaimaa Yassin, CEDEC’s Senior Director for Analytics and Strategic Integration, introduces CEDEC’s Collaborative Economic Development Model (CEDM).


Speaker Spotlight


Alexander Reford, director of Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens, will talk about transforming arts and culture and the tourism economy of the Gaspésie.


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

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