Full conference details coming soon!

Dalhousie University (LaunchDal) is pleased to invite you to the annual conference of the Canadian Council for SMEs and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE), from May 3 to 5, 2018 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.



  • Paper or workshop proposal submissions due: February 20, 2018
  • Early bird conference registration ends: March 2, 2018
  • Full paper or final abstract due: April 3, 2018

Tracks are dependent on paper themes, and may include:

  • Globalization and Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy
  • Building, Launching and Growing Ventures
  • Supporting Small and Medium Sized Business
  • Microfinance and Sustainable Funding
  • Immigrant Entrepreneurship

Paper Development Workshops:

“Collaborating to Build Vibrant Entrepreneurial Networks”
May 3-5, 2018
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
“Collaborer pour créer des réseaux entrepreneuriaux dynamiques”
3 au 5 Mai, 2018
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

February 20th, 2018

Deadline for submission of proposals for academic papers, professional workshop sessions, and panel discussions, in French or English, to the following address: [email protected]. Each submission should be in two pages, Times New Roman 12pt in Microsoft Word format: the first page will include a title, names, status and contact details of author(s); the second page will present contents and 5 keywords, according to the following categories:
Submission Format    Requirements
Academic Papers Abstract Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, method and expected findings of study
Professional workshop sessions Summary Summaries should describe the format and content of the workshop and be not more than 500 words in length.
Panels Summary Summaries (not more than 500 words) should describe the theme and its interests; identify the panel speakers and their sub-topic areas.

April 3rd, 2018

Deadline for submission of full paper or final version of abstract in English or French, to the following address: [email protected] The text should be submitted in Microsoft Word format and should not be more than 20 pages including the cover page, diagrams, tables and references. The format will be single-spaced, Times New Roman 12pts (attribute normal for text, bold for titles and subtitles), margin top, bottom, right and left 2.5 cm (1 inch), headings numbered as 1., 1.1.,1.1.1, etc. All references should be at the end of the document. In the text, the authors' names should be referenced in brackets followed by the year of publication, for example: (Tremblay, 2009).

Conference Languages

English and French

Best Papers Awards

Selected papers will be awarded as the best papers of the conference. Publication Outlet Accepted papers or abstracts will be published in the electronic conference proceedings. Selected papers will be considered for publication in the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship or in an edited book.

Conference Committee

  • Dr. Mary Kilfoil, Director, Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship (Launch Dal), Dalhousie University
  • Dr. Albert James, Assistant Professor, Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University
  • Dr. Bill Foster, Assistant Professor, Strategic Management; Director, International Student Success Program (ISSP), Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University
  • Sarah MacLellan, Program Coordinator, Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship (Launch Dal), Dalhousie University
  • Ding Fan, Executive Assistant and Office Manager, Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship (Launch Dal), Dalhousie University

Conference Committee

  • Dr. Mary Kilfoil, Director, Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship (Launch Dal), Dalhousie University
  • Dr. Albert James, Assistant Professor, Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University
  • Dr. Bill Foster, Assistant Professor, Strategic Management; Director, International Student Success Program (ISSP), Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University
  • Sarah MacLellan, Program Coordinator, Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship (Launch Dal), Dalhousie University
  • Ding Fan, Executive Assistant and Office Manager, Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship (Launch Dal), Dalhousie University


  • Dr. Ado Abdoulkadre, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Dr. Abdullah Al Mamun, Faculty of Entrepreneurship and Business, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Malaysia
  • Dr. Samim Al-Azad, School of Business, North South University, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Claude Albagli, CEDIMES Institut, France
  • Dr. Luc Audebrand, FSA ULaval, Canada
  • Dr. Jacques Baronet, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
  • Dr. Omar Benia, Faculté des Sciences Economiques et Sciences de Gestion, Université BADJI Mokhtar, Algeria
  • Dr. Gustavo Birollo, FSA ULaval, Canada
  • Dr. Sophie Brière, Chair of Leadership in Education - Women and Organizations, FSA ULaval, Canada
  • Dr. François Brouard, Carleton University, Canada
  • Dr. Michael Carney, Concordia University Research Chair in Strategy and Entrepreneurship, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Canada
  • Dr. Samira Chaker, IHEC Carthage, Tunisia
  • Dr. Elie Chrysostome, School of Business & Economics, State University of New York, USA
  • Dr. Yan Cimon, CIRRELT, FSA ULaval, Canada
  • Dr. Ahmed El Moutaouasset, Université Cadi Ayyad, Morocco
  • Dr. Louis-Jacques Filion, HEC Montréal, Canada
  • Dr. Jian Gao, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, China
  • Dr. Denis Garand, FSA ULaval, Canada
  • Dr. Olivier Germain, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
  • Dr. Mike Henry, CCPME, School of Business and Economics, Thompson Rivers University, Canada
  • Dr. Kalinga Jagoda, Department of Management, University of Guelph, Canada
  • Dr. Mary Kilfoil, CCPME, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Dr. Gary Knight, Helen Jackson Chair of International Management, Willamette University, USA
  • Dr. Jean-François Lalonde, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
  • Dr. Wei Li, School of Business, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Dr. Howard Lin, CCPME, Ryerson University, Canada
  • Dr. Mohamed M'Hamdi, Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah, Morocco
  • Dr. Louicius Michel, School of Business, Burma University, Canada
  • Dr. Muhammad Mohiuddin, School of Business and Economics, Thomson Rivers University, Canada
  • Dr. Jean-Marie Nkongolo-Bakenda, Kenneth Levene School of Business, University of Regina, Canada
  • Dr. Diane Poulin, FSA ULaval, Canada
  • Dr. Francesco Scalera, Università degli studi di Bari, Italy
  • Dr. Étienne St-Jean, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada
  • Dr. Josée St-Pierre, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada
  • Dr. Xinbo Sun, School of Business Administration, Northeastern University, China
  • Dr. Mai Thai, HEC Montréal, Canada
  • Dr. Luis Felipe Torres Gómez, ITESM Campus Queretaro, Mexico
  • Dr. Maripier Tremblay, Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, FSA ULaval, Canada
  • Dr. Sophie Veilleux, FSA ULaval Business Square, FSA ULaval, Canada
  • Dr. Yu Zhang, Tianjin Hi-tech investment management Co. Ltd., Tianjin University, China
  • Dr. Yuli Zhang, Nankai Business School, China

Fees Details

Full inscription*

Early bird (by March 10, 2018) Student: 285$ CAD + taxes Others: 475$ CAD + taxes Regular (after March 10, 2017 to May 3rd, 2018) Student: 370$ CAD + taxes Others: 575$ CAD + taxes *Registration Fees at CCSBE and Gala Fees included

Registration for May 3rd  only

Payment by May 3rd, 2018 All: 300$ CAD + taxes

Registration for May 4th only – 1 day*

Payment by May 4th, 2018 All: 300$ CAD + taxes *Gala lunch  included

Registration and Payment Online

Registration website coming soon! Online registration will be available until May 2nd,  2018 at 11:59PM EST.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests must be sent in writing to: [email protected], before April 1st, 2018. Please note that 30% of the registration fees will be retained as administration fees.  If the cancellation request is received after April 1st, 2018 or if the participant does not attend, the full registration fees will be retained.

Conference location

Dalhousie University Kenneth C. Rowe Management Bldg 6100 University Ave Halifax, NS B3HCanada



The most convenient place for short term parking in Halifax is at our Pay and Display Lot on South Street called LeMarchant Place (#17 on the map). Rates are $2 per hour to a maximum of $20 per day. It is not possible to pay for partial hours. Daily or weekly general parking permits are no longer available. Dalhousie parking meters are located on and around campus. Meters are  in operation from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Meter fees are not required after 4:30 p.m., or on weekends and statutory holidays.

Airport and transportation

The airport is located roughly 30 minutes outside of the downtown core. There are a number of different ways to get from the airport to your hotel including city buses, shuttles and taxis. Ground Transportation Services is located just outside the arrivals area.  


Taxis serve the airport 24/7. It will cost you about 50$ CAN to get to the University from the airport. Credit cards are accepted. Casino Taxi - 902-425-6666  

Public transport

During your stay, we suggest you use the public bus system provided by Halifax Transit.

Conference agenda

Coming soon!

Conference room facilities

Computer, microphones and laser pointers are available in all rooms. It is also possible to use your laptop with the following jacks: VGA, HDMI and miniDP.  


Questions about the Conference prior to the event can be directed to [email protected]

Courtyard Marriot

The Courtyard Marriot is nestled right the heart of downtown Halifax. The eight-story building offers 125 upscale, fully furnished guestrooms. In addition, the hotel features a full-service spa for guests to enjoy. The Courtyard Marriot is close to many of Halifax’s best attractions, including the Public Gardens, The Citadel, and the harbour boardwalk.  

Dining in Halifax

Halifax has many fine establishments to grab a bite! Each year Coast, a local magazine publishes the “Best of Halifax” awards, including a “Food and Drink” section! The winners are chosen by Haligonians themselves! Each category has a gold, silver, and bronze winner. You can also visit the Coast’s Hall of Fame, to see long-time winners. Under the Food And Drink category you will find everything from Best Coffee to Best Vegetarian-Friendly to Best Fine Dining and Best Wine List. You can browse the Best of Halifax, Food and Drink Here: http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/best-restaurant/BestOf?oid=3872435

Halifax Attractions


The Central Library

Halifax’s new Central Library is a must see! The modern architecture and sleek interior is reminiscent of that of New York City’s Guggenheim. This is the new go-to spot for community gathering and learning, and idea generation.  

Old Clock Tower

One of Halifax’s most famous landmarks, the Old Clock Tower, officially began keeping time forthe garrison and residents of Halifax in 1803. You will find it on Citadel Hill, overlooking the beautiful, historic downtown.  

Point Pleasant Park

At the end of the Halifax peninsula is Point Pleasant Park. Go for a stroll on one of the many trails. The park extends to the end of the peninsula where you can look out at the Atlantic Ocean.

The Public Gardens

Minutes from the Dalhousie and Saint Mary’s University campuses, you will find the Public Gardens. They will still be open for the CCSBE and they are a nice break from the city. There is also a café in the garden.  

The Seaport Farmers Market

The Halifax Seaport is a vibrant arts and culture district in the south end of the city and the Farmer’sMarket is world class. With hundreds of vendors, the market is bustling every weekend! You can also visit Pier 21, the landing point for many Canadian and American immigrants.  

Peggy’s Cove and Fisherman’s Cove

Peggy’s Cove is one of the most photographed places on earth! Just a short drive outside the city, you can visit Peggy’s and Fisherman’s cover and see why! Moreover, October will be the perfect time for a fall drive and the rolling hills and scenery will remind you of a beautiful Irish countryside.  

Province House

It’s elegant design is one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in North America. Province House is Canada’s oldest seat of government, The Nova Scotia Legislature has met here every year since 1819!  

The Citadel

Take a break from the city and step back in time to the sound of rifle-fire and the skirl of bagpipes. Therestored Citadel Fort commemorates Halifax’s role as a key naval station in the British Empire.  

Historic Properties

On the opposite end of the beautiful, harbour-side boardwalk is Halifax’s Historic Properties. It’s a beautiful place to take a stroll, do some shopping, or grab a bite to eat.