Fostering Entrepreneurship in the Creative Economy Conference

Posted on November 18, 2010

What is the secret to competitiveness in the new economy? With jobs in traditional industries like manufacturing in decline, and financing for entrepreneurs increasingly scarce, communities across Eastern Ontario are seeking new ways to grow their local economies. Many communities are now asking how they might tap into some of the wealth found in the burgeoning creative economy.

On November 19th, academic researchers, government policymakers, economic development officers and business specialists will benefit from the latest research on growing the creative economy at a one-day conference at Queen’s University. “Fostering Entrepreneurship in the Creative Economy” presents the findings of 16 academic and business experts who have delved into the workings of the creative economy and entrepreneurs who drive it. Topics range from key success factors in establishing new creative ventures to the competition among venture capitalists for creative entrepreneurial ideas.

“This conference brings together creative entrepreneurs and academics to examine growth opportunities for rural Canada,” says Dr. Yolande Chan, Director of The Monieson Centre, one of the event sponsors. Other conference sponsors are the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Prince Edward/Lennox & Addington Community Futures Development Corporation (PELA CFDC), and the Ontario East Economic Development Commission (OEEDC).

Creative economic activities include art, advertising, design, film, publishing, education, R&D, software, and media. They have the potential to contribute to the vitality of 21st century rural Canadian communities. This innovative and interactive forum will provide academics, representatives from the business community, and economic developers with opportunities to debate ideas, examine theory, present research findings, and exchange experiences.

“The creative economy is filling the gap left by the demise of other more traditional employment,” says Dan Taylor, Prince Edward County Economic Development Officer and OEEDC spokesperson. “This conference will give practitioners tools they can use to revitalize their communities.”

“Fostering Entrepreneurship in the Creative Economy” takes place Friday November 19th, 8:30am – 6:00pm in Robert Sutherland Hall at Queen’s University. For details, please see

For more information, please contact:

Jeff Dixon

Assistant Director, The Monieson Centre

Queen’s School of Business, Queen’s University