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Kekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers

Judith is a Strategic Advisor to First Nations and corporations on First Nations issues. Judith is also an Associate Professor at the Faculties of Business and Law at the University of Victoria. Judith is the past Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation, located in Port Alberni, BC, where she served for 14 years.  As Chief of her First Nation, she focused on capacity building, sustainable development, restoring and rehabilitating Hupacasath territory.  Judith was also the Chief Negotiator for Hupacasath for 16 years.  As Chief Negotiator, Judith pursued a just settlement of the rights and title of the Hupacasath within their territory.  Judith also served on the Task Group of the First Nations Summit for a two year term. The First Nations Summit represents the interest of First Nations working to negotiate treaties throughout the province of British Columbia.  Her educational background includes a business and law degree and a honorary Doctor of Laws from Queen’s University. Judith has an extensive background of practicing law for 18 years in both Alberta and British Columbia, working in international forums, lobbying governments and other agencies for the promotion and protection of First Nations rights and title.  Judith serves as Co-chair on the Island Corridor Foundation, a joint venture between Regional Districts and First Nations that own the Rail line on Vancouver Island.  She also serves on the Public Advisory Panel of the Canadian Electricity Association and is on the Board of the New Relationship Trust and the Industry Council for Aboriginal Business.

Chief Ian Campbell

Ian is a hereditary Chief, elected councilor, cultural ambassador, spokesperson for the Squamish Nation.  Ian is employed as a negotiator in the Intergovernmental Relations department.


Krishna Pendakur

Dr. Pendakur has been with the SFU Department of Economics since November 1994.  He received his BA and MA degrees in Economics from the University of British Columbia and his PH.D. From the University of California at Berkeley.  He has worked in association with RIIM, Vancouver’s Center of Excellence for Immigration Studies at SFU. Dr Pendakur’s major teaching areas are labour economics and public finance.  He does empirical research on the measurement of poverty and economic inequality, the estimation of consumer demand and semi-parametric and non-parametric econometrics.  His research primarily focuses on public policy and programs, and their impact on the lives of poor people in Canada, with the goal of improving the situation. For the past three years, Dr. Pendakur has been Co-Director of the Metropolis British Columbia Center of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Diversity.  This interdisciplinary research center supports, funds and disseminates policy-relevant research on how immigration and ethnic diversity play out in Canadian society.  For more information on Dr. Pendakur, check out his personal homepage.

Art Lew

Art is the General Manager for Haida Gwaii Community Futures (HGCF) that he started in 1998.  HGCF is a leader in building community capacity and supporting efforts to expand economic opportunities that promote community sustainability with particular emphasis on social enterrprise.  HGCF board reflects that population distribution of the islands with 50% of its members being nominated by the Haida communities. Art has been an active member of CCEDNet since its inception and is currently a board member. He has been a member of the international committee for the past 3 years.  This resulted in a partnership between HGCF, Canadian Crossroads International and a Bolivian micro-finance organization that is developing exchanges between Canada and Bolivia.  Art holds university degrees in Business and Community Economic Development.  He has held positions in management consulting, in senior management in a variety of business sectors and as an owner manager of a small business.  His CED experience has spanned the last 14 years.

Carol Madsen

Carol has been a member of the Canadian CED Network board since 2003.  she is the Director of Pathways Information Center and CED, Tradeworks Training Society located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.  She has been teaching in Simon Fraser University’s Center for Sustainable Community Development program for nine years and has taught at Concordia’s School of Community Public Affairs and UBC’s School of Social Work. Previously, she was the regional representative for the Canadian CED Technical Assistance Program for BC.  She has been involved in CED, social justice and international development work for more than 25 years and is passionate about creating a more equitable Canadian society for all.

Chessa Osburn

Chessa was born and raised in Vancouver. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Justice, and a Master’s in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin. She has worked on environmental education with youth in India and on disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of child soldiers in northern Uganda.  Transitioning from international to local community development, in 2009 as a CCEDNet CreateAction participatant, Chessa carried out research on community benefits agreements and researched and developed a plan for a green social enterprise.  She is currently a member of CCEDNet’s Emerging Leaders Committee, and works as a case manager with Tradeworks Training Society in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

Michael McCarthy Flynn

Michael hails from Ireland.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Community Development from the National University of Ireland.  He has worked in the inner city of Dublin, Ireland for nearly a decade on a variety of Community Economic Projects including the settling up of a Community Property Company, negotiating Community Benefit Agreements and supporting community participation in regeneration projects.  He has also worked with people living with HIV/AIDS in Swaziland, helping them set up income generating projects.  He has been living in Vancouver since 2009 and is the organizer with the Living Wage for Families Campaign.

Melanie Conn

Melanie is a long-time feminist and community activist who was born in Toronto, Ontario.  Since the early 70s, Melanie has been working in the women’s movement and in community economic development (CED) in Vancouver.  She was an instructor at the Center for Sustainable Community Development at Simon Fraser University from 97-06.  Up until 2008 she was the Director of SFU’s Certificate Program for CED Professionals.  Melanie is a member of Devco, a co-operative of consultants, where she provides technical and other development assistance for dozens of new co-ops.  She also designs and delivers train-the-trainer programs and other curriculum related to co-operatives.  Melanie is a founding member and director of Common Thread, founding member and director of the Women’s Economic Council and on the board of Genuine Progress Index-Pacific.

Gulalai Habib

Gulalai has been involved for over fifteen years in community development, peace and human rights and woman’s rights efforts in war zones in Middle East/South Asian regions with the United Nations programs as well.  She was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and is one of three founding members of the Afghan Women’s Network.  Since arriving in Canada in 1999, Gulalai has been involved in awareness raising efforts on the impact of war on communities, especially women and children, as well as in community development, CED initiatives and immigrant and refugees settlement.  As a an Economic Developer, she has been involved in development stages of the Malalay Co-operative in Burnaby, BC and is currently Case Manager/Assistant Manager for the Resettlement Assistance Program of Immigrant Services Society of BC.  Gulalai is a board of director of the Women’s Economic Council.

Steve Williams

Steve has a long history of engaging with communities for social change. As part of the global SAP Corporate Social Responsibility team, Steve is responsible for managing the worldwide Technology Donation program that provides free reporting and data visualization tools to over  900 non-profits each year in 15 countries. Most recently, Steve has organized Wiring the Social Economy – a one day conference bringing together those working on Community Economic Development, social enterprise and technology to share experiences and best practices and Vancouver Change Camp – a hybrid conference and unconference bring together citizens, technologists, public sector and not-for-profits to answer two key questions: “How can we help government become more open and responsive? How do we as citizens organize to get better outcomes ourselves?” Behind each of these projects is a commitment to engaging people in discussions around change; a drive to make those conversations as inclusive as possible, to bring together diverse groups to learn and share and a desire to link these discussions to concrete change – social, economic and environmental. Steve also designs and facilitates the David Suzuki Ambassadors’ Green Cafes and has facilitated two events for the Greenest City Action Team.  Steve is a frequent speaker on CSR, sustainability and community engagement at venues such as Net Tuesdays, UBC, SFU, UVIC and profession associations. Steve holds a BC in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, an MBA in Management of Technology from Simon Fraser and is currently completing the Certificate in Community Economic Development from SFU.

David Lepage

David is the Program Manager for Enterprising Non-Profits, enp. Enp, a collaboration of nine funders across British Columbia, provides learning workshops, planning grants, technical assistance support an resources to non-profit organizations for the development and strengthening of social enterprises.  They also participate in leading and creating a broader supportive environment for social enterprise.  David is a frequent presenter and facilitator at conferences and workshops on social enterprise, social value purchasing and related public policy issues. David is a founding and current member of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada; a member of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNET) Policy Council; a member of the Board of Directors of the Social Enterprise Alliance (North America); and a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Social Enterprise World Forum. David has worked in the social economy and non-profit sector for over 30 years, including inner city economic development, social enterprise, community media and consulting throughout North America and internationally.

Wayne Lundeberg

Wayne lives in Nelson and is the Director of Youth Initiatives and Community Initiatives for Columbian Basin Trust (CBT).  In that role he oversees CBT’s varied initiatives and activities for youth and supports community-based development initiatives across the southeastern interior of British Columbia.  Before joining C BT, Wayne was the manager of the International Development Center of Okanagan University College.  In that capacity he worked for 12 years in partnership with West African post secondary institutions training community development workers in Ghana and The Gambia.  Wayne has a rich background in international project management, budgeting, proposal writing, interactive curriculum development, facilitation, cross-cultural communications and conflict management.  He spent five years working in both India and various provinces of Indonesia with development and education initiatives and has traveled extensively in South and Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe, the South Pacific, Australia and South America.

Andrew Jarrett

Andrew has worked in community and social services for over 35 years, including 10 years operating his own organization consulting business.  He has combined his experience in a variety of management positions, his academic training (which includes an MBA) and his community service ethic to facilitate the development of community and social services.  In addition to managing one of the member organization for many years, he has been the Executive Coordinator of the Kootenay Boundary Community Service Co-operative since 2005.  Andrew sits on the Board of the United Community Services Co-operative and was involved in the founding of the Upper Columbia Co-operative Council, a regional co-operative of co-operatives. 

Nicole Chaland

Nicole is a founding member of Roofs and Roots Housing Co-op, which converts private rentals buildings to co-operative ownership and green buildings.  Nicole is proud to be an associate member of Sustainability Solutions – a worker co-operative that nurtures and embodies a holistic understanding of sustainability and works with clients and collaborators to meaningfully integrate social, ecological and economic practices in their organizations and work.  Currently, Nicole provides advisory services on behalf of the BC Co-operative Association and is the Program Director of the SFU Certificate Program for Community Economic Development.

Lindsay Cole

Lindsay has been working on sustainability projects for more than 14 years as a student, teacher, activist, consultant, co-op member, civil servant and parent.  She is currently the Greenest City Planner for the City of Vancouver, where she is responsible for facilitating the staff and public process leading up to the creation of the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.  She holds an MA in Environment and Management and is a LEED Accredited Professional and is a founding member of Sustainability Solutions Group, a workers cooperative consultancy. 

Naomi Devine

Naomi is a climate change and sustainability policy advisor who is overseeing the Whistler2020 community process. She also created Whistler’s Carbon Neutral Operations Plan and the Climate Action Innovation Fund, which directs carbon tax money into commercial and municipal emissions reductions projects. Naomi was appointed to British Columbia’s Climate Action Team, which offers the Government’s Cabinet Committee on Climate Action policy advice on measures to achieve legislated greenhouse gas reductions.  She is a co-found of Common Energy at the University of Victoria, an organization that works to move organizations ‘beyond climate-neutral’ and is a co-author of the report: Building on Progress: A plan to move the University of Victoria Beyond Climate-Neutral. Naomi is currently a Director with the BC Sustainable Energy Association and founding chair of the Victoria Chapter. 

Andre Isakov

Andre completed both his bachelor’s degree in political science and his master’s degree in urban studies at Simon Fraser University. He’s the Community and Economic Development Officer at the Municipality of Harrison Hot Springs, a position which involves developing an economic development plan, community branding strategy, solid wast services, parks and trails master plan, among many other interesting policy areas and initiatives.  He says, “it is truly rewarding being part of the community and knowing that you help build a better community.” He’s also co-authoring a book on local economic development and revitalization, to be published in early 2012 by Rotman-UTP publishing.

Sean Markey

Sean is an Assistant Professor with the Center for Sustainable Community Development at Simon Fraser University, Canada.  Sean’s research concerns issues of local and regional economic development, community sustainability, rural development and sustainable infrastructure.  He has published widely in academic journals and is the principle author of Second Growth: Community Economic Development in Rural British Columbia (UBC Press, 2005) and co-editor of The Next Rural Economies: Constructing Rural Place Global Economies (Cabi Press, 2010). Sean works extensively with local and senior governments, non-profit organizations, Aboriginal communities and the business community to promote and develop sustainable forms of community development. 

Heather O’Hara

Heather, Executive Director of the Potluck Cafe Society since 2006, is a passionate advocate for social enterprise as a successful means to community economic development in the DTES.  Through her work at Potluck, Heather leads a team of 31 staff, which included 15 DTES community staff with multiple barriers to employment.  Heather’s entrepreneurial drive has assured Potluck’s success as a leader in social enterprise.  The Cafe and Catering operation serves hundres of corporate and not-for-profit catering clients and in turn these revenues are invested directly into the social mission of the organization, including the delivery 30,000 free meals annually to local DTES residents. Beyond her work at the Potluck Cafe Society, Heather is committed to giving back to her community.  Her own venture Miss Filly, is a line of t-shirts and products for girls and women who are crazy about horses and also supports initiatives that nurture those connections between women and horses.  She hopes to one day start a Miss Filly Foundation that will enable at risk inner-city girls and women to develop relationships with horses.  Heather’s educational background includes an MBA, a BC in International Relations and Native studies and a degree in Environmental Studies.  She currently lives with her two beagles Spot and Cy in Richmond, BC, in order to be close enough for daily rides with her horse Lucas.

Ross Moster

Ross has a thirty-five year background in small business, food, cooperatives, social and environmental activism, and sustainable, resilient community building.  He is engaged in numerous projects through Village Vancouver (Vancouver’s Transition Town Initiative), which he founded, and is a member of the Car Free Vancouver, Now BC Co-op and IMAPON boards and the Vancouver Food Policy Council.  He is involved with several other initiatives, including SFU’s Local Food Project advisory committee, Vancouver’s Peak Oil Executive, Salon d’Elan Vital (co-founder), the Westside Food Security Collaborative and Langara College’s Summer School on Building Community.  He is particularly passionate about fostering collaboration through creating neighbourhood “villages” and neighbourhood food growing/sharing networks.  Ross served as GM of an organic food co-op for 20 years and on the boards of L.A. Eco-village and different California cooperative organizations for many years. In the 70’s, he published the L.A. People’s Yellow Pages, a social change/social service resource directory.  He lives in Vancouver with his wife Laura Lee and their cat Attila and relishes ties to family and community. 

Brendan Reimer

Brendan is the Prairies and Northern Territories Regional Coordinator for the Canadian CED Network.  Brendan is a member of the National CED Policy Council, the Public Policy Committee of the National Social Economy Research Partnership, and the Co-lead of the Policy Cluster of the University of Saskatchewan-led Social Economy Prairie Research Node.  Brendan is also part of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada and the Manitoba Federation of Non-Profit Organizations.  Brendan has recently authored or participated in the development of research projects including Municipal Supports for the Social Economy, Creating Capital Pools to Support Social Enterprise Development in Manitoba, Social Economy and CED in Quebec and Manitoba, Alternative Municipal Budget (Winnipeg), Building a CED Policy Framework in Manitoba, Building a Supportive Environment for Social Enterprise and Cooperative Development Policy for Manitoba.

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