As each year, CCEDNet members were invited to submit nominations for CCEDNet’s Board of directors. This year, there were two seats to be filled.
Two eligible nominations were received by the deadline. Our Elections Officer has declared elected by acclamation:
Art Lew is the General Manager for Haida Gwaii Community Futures (HGCF) that he started operations 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 enterprise. The board reflects the population distribution of the islands with 50% of it members being nominated by the Haida communities.
Art has been an active member of CCEDNet since its early years and is currently a board member. He is a member of the International Committee. HGCF is in partnership with Canadian Crossroads International and a Bolivian microfinance organization that supports exchanges between Canada and Bolivia.
Art holds University degrees in Business and in 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 15 years.
Yvon was the founding president of the Corporation de développement économique communautaire (CDÉC) de Québec in 1994. He has been involved in international networking related to the social solidarity economy and local development since 2003. He has participated in the World Social Forums of 2005, 2009 and 2013, as well as the United States Social Forum in 2007 and 2010. He participated in the RIPESS (Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy) conferences in Dakar in 2005 and Luxemburg in 2009, as well as other events in Asia in 2007, 2009 and 2011.
He has been co-editor of an international newsletter on sustainable local development since 2003, which is published in six languages. He was member of CCEDNet’s international sub-committee from 2004 to 2007, and since 2007, Chair of the International Committee.
He was member of the governance committee that revised CCEDNet’s by-laws in 2007 and served as Elections Officer from 2006 to 2012. He wrote CCEDNet’s virtual election procedure in 2008.
A retired college teacher and union activist, he was an individual member of CCEDNet between 2003 and 2010, and represents the CDÉC de Québec since 2011.