Ottawa, September 27 2017 –  At the national conference for Francophone economic development, RDÉE Canada (Réseau de développement économique et d’employabilité), in partnership with the Canadian Foundation for Cross-cultural Dialogue, brought together the Network’s friends and founders on September 25 to celebrate the accomplishments of the RDÉE network during its 20 years of providing services and promoting economic development in Francophone and Acadian communities (FACs) across the country.

Drawing inspiration from the central theme of Les Rendez-Vous de la Francophonie, overseen by the Canadian foundation for cross-cultural dialogue, the economic development conference focused on diversity, duality and dynamism.

The plenary sessions and three conference panels were an opportunity for more than 140 participants to discuss key issues such as the economic integration of immigrants, youth priorities, and the appeal of Francophone and bilingual tourism.

Francophone entrepreneurship, linguistic duality, youth transition into the workforce, the economic integration of immigrants, and attracting tourists are all drivers of economic development. Canada’s economic prosperity depends on the vitality and knowledge of a Network such as ours that is committed to the success of such initiatives,” said Jean-Guy Bigeau, Chief Executive Officer of RDÉE Canada. 

“After two decades of existence, this is a good time for RDÉE Canada to celebrate its accomplishments, take stock, and look to the future by strengthening dialogue and partnerships with the Canadian Francophonie and society as a whole,” said Guy Matte, Executive Director of the Dialogue Foundation.

The representatives of RDÉE Canada and its partners relayed key messages identified at the national conference to MPs and senators at a parliamentary evening held on September 26, 2017. Conference proceedings will be compiled by RDÉE Canada and published in the near future.

For the past 20 years, RDÉE Canada has promoted the economic development of Francophone and Acadian communities by supporting the collective actions of its members and by providing national leadership based on cooperation and partnerships.

The Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue promotes and supports dialogue and bridge-building between Francophone and Acadian communities and all parts of Canadian society.

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Émilie Delattre
Communications Manager
RDÉE Canada

Catherine Carle
Communications Officer
Dialogue Foundation