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CCEDNet's Directors are elected by our members to 3-year terms.  The Board usually meets monthly.  Minutes of Board meetings are available upon request.

Board Members

Laurie Cook, President

Laurie Cook

Laurie Cook is Director of Custom Learning and Innovation with the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia. She has also worked with the city of Halifax as a Community Developer, and with United Way Halifax around increasing the number of neighbourhood hubs in the city. Laurie has a Masters in Adult Education specializing in community development from St. Francis Xavier University, and a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Dalhousie University. Besides being active professionally in the field for a number of years as a facilitator and community developer, Laurie also lives in Musquodoboit Harbour which is a rural area of the city.

In 2006, as a volunteer, she chaired a community visioning process which led to several community initiatives that she was also involved in co-founding. These included: redevelopment of an old school into a community hub, design of a co-operative rural transportation service, development of a new women’s organization focused on economic empowerment for women, creation of a volunteer peer support group called Eastern Shore Mental Health and development of a cooperative community newspaper. Before getting involved in community development, Laurie worked as a journalist and in film and television.

Diana Jedig, Treasurer

Diana JedigDiana Jedig has been the Executive Director for the Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations (OACFDC) since 1994. Her previous experience as General Manager of the Brant CFDC has been a key strength in ensuring the OACFDC responds to the needs of its members. Diana also volunteers on the board of the Community Futures Network of Canada and is a founding member of The Ontario Rural Council (now the Rural Ontario Institute). Diana has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Masters in Business Administration. She is also a Certified Association Executive through the Canadian Society of Association Executives.

Emmanuel Bertrand-Gauvin​

Emmanuel Bertrand-GauvinEmmanuel Bertrand-Gauvin is the person in charge of the Business Women Services at the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Economic Development Commission (FNQLEDC,

The objective is to mobilize women and interested parties and to accompany them in the implementation of strategies that will make a difference in diversifying economic opportunities.

More generally, his work seeks to optimize the local, regional and national resources to help improve the living conditions of First Nations people.  Consultation, mobilisation and innovation are the key issues.

He has worked for the Makivik Corporation in Nunavik ( Corporation mandates ranges from social economic development to improved conditions of Nunavik Inuit. He also worked several years for a nonprofit Publishing company.

He has a Master’s Degree in Economic Anthropology, specializing in the practices of pension fund managers and more generally on the redistribution of wealth. 

Yvon Poirier, Secretary

Yvon PoirierYvon has a long history of involvement in the labour and social movements in Québec and Canada. He was founding President of the Corporation de développement économique communautaire de Québec in 1994, and member of the organizing committee of the Global Meetings on Community Economic Development in Sherbrooke, Québec in 1998. From November 2003 to July 2013, he co-edited a monthly international e-newsletter on sustainable local development published in four languages. He has been a CCEDNet member since 2003 at first as an individual and since 2012 he represents the CDÉC de Québec. He has been involved in  tnternational representation for CCEDNet since 2004. His most significant international involvement has been in the  Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS). He has participated in many RIPESS conferences in different continents and since October 2o13 is a member of the RIPESS Board of directors. He has also participated in different World Social Forums and he represents RIPESS in the UN Inter-Agency Taskforce om SSE.

Kaye Grant

Kaye GrantBased in Winnipeg, Kaye is the key Consultant with Reconnaissance Management Consulting Group Inc. Kaye is also the Communications Manager for the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF), a national, bilingual grassroots membership organization that supports the growth and development of worker co-operatives. Kaye has worked for over 20 years within the non-profit/social enterprise sector in a number of roles. Kaye’s experience in working with the non-profit sector and local community groups enables her to maintain working relationships within the community. Kaye sits on the Bike Winnipeg Board as Co-chair and the Manitoba Co-op Association Board as the CWCF representative. Kaye has been an active member of CCEDNet in Manitoba for nine years and has regularly presented at The Gathering event in Manitoba. Kaye has a passion towards poverty alleviation and has focused her work with organizations that contribute to this mandate.

Ryan Gibson

Ryan GibsonRyan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. Ryan is the Chair of CCEDNet’s Membership Committee and has served on the executive committee. Ryan’s interests are focused on rural and northern communities and regions, specifically focused on governance, collaboration, cooperatives, philanthropy, and rural revitalization. Ryan was, until recently, President of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation.

Walter Hossli

Walter HossliWalter Hossli has been in leadership positions in the community sector for the past 25 years. He is the Founder and Director Emeritus at Momentum, a Community Economic Development (CED) Organization that partners with people living on low incomes to increase prosperity. As an award-winning organization Momentum has 20 programs, works with 4000 participants per year and is seen as a leader among charities in Calgary. After 15 years in the private sector, Walter studied social work before entering the community sector. He serves in a number of volunteer capacities and has played key roles with several large collaborative or sector initiatives. For example, since 2003 he has been an integral part of Vibrant Communities Calgary (VCC), an organization dedicated to sustainable poverty reduction through the involvement of broad citizen and sector participation.  VCC has succeeded in elevating the City’s role in addressing poverty. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Calgary Foundation since 2010. He wrote “Competition in the Voluntary Sector: the Case of Community Based Trainers in Alberta” published by the Muttart Foundation.

In addition to his leadership work in Canada, Walter regularly volunteers his time and knowledge abroad in Africa and Central America. In 2011, Health Nexus and 3M Canada recognized Walter as a finalist for the 3M Health Leadership Award, acknowledging outstanding community leaders across the country who have enhanced their community through dedicated contribution and inspiring change.

Walter lives in Calgary with his wife Sybille where they raised two children. He is a passionate and award-winning gardener.

Carol Anne Hilton

Carol Anne HiltonCarol Anne Hilton, MBA is the  CEO and Founder of the Indigenomics Institute. Carol Anne is a recognized leading First Nation’s business entrepreneur with a Masters Degree in Business Management (MBA) from the University of Hertfordshire, England. Carol Anne is from the Nuu chah nulth Nation on Vancouver Island.

Carol Anne works to incorporate an Aboriginal worldview while bringing First Nations, industry and government together to design new approaches for sustainable, inclusive development. Carol Anne brings project management experience across industries in resource management, governance, and regional development.

Luc Morin

Luc Morin

An enthusiast of the nonprofit world, Luc Morin has worked for more than 35 years in organizations in Ontario and Canada and in various spheres of development. Mr. Morin is the Executive Director for the Conseil de la coopération de l'Ontario (CCO) and has a background in Business Administration.

Prior to joining the CCO in 2008, Mr. Morin led a number of regional, provincial and federal initiatives in different sectors including arts, culture, education, health, family services, agriculture, special needs, immigration, tourism, community development, and currently the social and cooperative economy. In addition, he has participated in the implementation of a development project in China and the development of several cooperatives and social enterprises.

As project manager and collaborator in the delivery of services across Ontario and the country, over the years Mr. Morin has been an active member on more than 50 boards of directors, not to mention his active participation in several regional, provincial and pan-Canadian committees too numerous to count.

Marianne Jurzyniec

Marianne JurzyniecMarianne Jurzyniec is a Governance Liaison Manager with Affinity Credit Union in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her involvement with the Canadian Community Economic Development Network, Impact! The Co-operators Youth Program for Sustainability Leadership and past community development experience have led her to being a champion of co-operatives, the sharing economy, and citizen engagement. Currently she is pursuing a certificate in Social Economy and Co-operatives led jointly by Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and the Center for the Study of Co-operatives.