The Centre for Local Prosperity is pleased to announce the second regional conference in the Local Prosperity conference series

A Regional Conference on New Economics for Rural Canada

Local Prosperity 2016

November 3-6, Miramichi, New Brunswick

Trust - Connect - Collaborate


Local Prosperity is intended for those across the Atlantic Canada region who are in a position to make a difference in their community – those who have the enthusiasm, time and energy to learn and pull others into vibrant new projects for developing their regional, community and neighborhood economies.

Important News: The Economic Developers Association of Canada will accredit conference attendees for 2 points towards EDAC’s Ec.D. Designation.


The Centre for Local Prosperity is looking for volunteers for this year's Local Prosperity conference. If you would like to help make a difference in your community and the region, and are interested in helping organize this event, please let us know. Use the contact form here, and we will respond quickly.

Conference Organizer

The Local Prosperity conferences are organized by the Centre for Local Prosperity, a non-profit organization located in Port Royal, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia. Additional future activities, events and studies are being planned and will be announced as they are confirmed.

Keynote Speakers

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David Orr

Keynote Speaker

David Orr is “Counselor to the President” at Oberlin College, Ohio, and is widely recognized as the the founder and Chair of the Board of the Oberlin Project (The Oberlin Project). He is the author of eight books, including Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse (Oxford, 2009) and co-editor of three others. His eighth book, Dangerous Years: Climate Change and the Long Emergency will be published by Yale University Press in 2016. He has authored over 220 articles, reviews, book chapters, and professional publications. In the past twenty-five years he has served as a board member or adviser to ten foundations and on the Boards of many organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Aldo Leopold Foundation...
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Michael H. Shuman

Michael Shuman

Keynote Speaker
Michael Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and one of the world's leading experts on community economics and local investment. Shuman has authored or coauthored eight books. His latest book Local Dollars, Local Sense: How To Move Your Money From Wall Street to Main Street & Achieve Real Prosperity highlights a broad range of local tools for funding enterprise. He’s a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). He is also an adjunct instructor in community economic development for Simon Fraser University in Vancouver... Read more

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Local Prosperity 2015 Conference Recap

Local Prosperity 2015 Recap

The Local Prosperity Conference of April 2015 was two events combined into one. A one-day Up!Skilling Festival was open to the public and provided a chance to learn a range of ‘do-it-yourself’ skills, crafts and trades taught by experienced teachers. The main conference Local Prosperity: New Economics for Rural Canada was a two and one-half day experience in vision, practice, and action. We explored the possible, learn from others, and prepare to return home and implement new community building tools.

This conference focused on how individuals, businesses, and communities can design and then implement a practical blueprint for a prosperous future and a healthy economy ... Read more