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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


Ryan Gibson, President

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.

Diana Jedig, Past President 

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.


Carol Madsen, Vice-President

Carol MadsenCarol Madsen has been on the Canadian CED Network board since 2005. She has been teaching in Simon Fraser University's Centre for Sustainable Community Development 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 Manager of Pathways Information Centre, a CED project of Tradeworks Training Society located in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, the regional representative for the Canadian CED Technical Assistance Program for British Columbia and the Director of Bridging the Divides, a participatory action research CED project that took place in two rural communities in BC.  She has been involved in CED, social justice and international development work for more than 25 years and it passionate about creating a more equitable Canadian society for all.


Christine Landry, Treasurer

Christine LandryChristine Landry has been with Community Futures Manitoba, the association of Manitoba’s 16 Community Futures organizations (CFs), since 2000.

As Project Coordinator, she works with the 16 CF offices to strengthen their capacity to assist rural, northern an Aboriginal communities in strengthening their business sector and build capacity for CED. Christine has been actively involved with CCEDNet, sitting on the annual CED Gathering planning committee since 2004. She was also a member of the planning committee for the 2009 National CCEDNet Conference in Winnipeg.

Christine works with Community Futures offices each year to plan their annual provincial conference, which is promoted to CED service providers across the province. She also handles the association’s marketing and communications activities. Recently she was pleased to be a member of CCEDNet Manitoba’s Interim Governance Committee to develop a model for improving communication and efficiency in the Network.


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.  Since November 2003, he has co-edited a monthly international e-newsletter on local development that is published in four languages.  From 2004 to 2008, he was a Board member of the Groupe d'économie solidaire du Québec.  He has been a CCEDNet member since 2003, involved in the International Subcommittee from 2003 to 2007, and President of CCEDNet's International Committee since it was created in 2007. 

His most significant international involvement since 2004 has been in the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS).  He has participated in many RIPESS activities in Africa (2005), Europe (2009), and Asia (2007, 2009, 2011).  He took part in the 2005 and 2009 World Social Forums as well as the 2007 and 2009 US Social Forums.  He is co-author with Emily Kawano of Visions Related to Building the Solidarity Economy and Related Alternatives in North America.  He has also been a member of CCEDNet's Governance Committee to update the by-laws and elections procedures that were adopted in 2007, and was Elections Officer from 2008 to 2012.  He represents the CDÉC de Québec in CCEDNet.


Laurie Cook

Laurie CookLaurie Cook is a Convenor with the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia and project lead for the United Way Halifax's Hub Convening Project.  She was also this past year a volunteer Member Liaison for the Atlantic Region of CCEDNet.  Her passion is community development, and 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, design of a co-operative rural transportation service, development of a new women,s organization focused on economic empowerment for women and co-creation of a volunteer peer support group called Eastern Shore Mental Health. 


Élodie Grunerud

Élodie GrunerudÉlodie is Executive Director of the Association des francophones du Nord-Ouest de l'Ontario in Thunder Bay.  She has worked in CED with francophone communities in Ontario and the Northwest Territories for several years and has a keen interest in social enterprise.  Following graduate work in political science (specialization in international political economy) at the Université de Montréal, she did research for a UN agency in Chile on economic development and education and worked on youth inclusion projects with new technologies in Morocco.


Carol Anne Hilton

Carol Anne HiltonCarol Anne Hilton, MBA is the CEO of Transformation International an award winning Social and Economic development company. 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.


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.


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.


Wendy Keats

Wendy KeatsWendy Keats is a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick, a leading CED agency in the province. Prior to this, she spent 18 years as a private CED consultant and trainer working with nearly 200 community groups in organizational development, strategic planning, governance, project management, and many other development areas. Wendy is a certified mediator and served as a senior faculty member of UPEI’s Centre for Conflict Studies for more than a decade.  She provides training and mediation services to all levels of government, business and the community. Wendy sits on numerous boards and committees related to CED and has a special passion for youth engagement and renewable energy.  She lives completely off-the-grid in the woods of Salisbury, tending her gardens and relaxing on the river whenever the hectic world of CED allows it.


Derek Pachal

Derek Pachal has been active with CCEDNet since its inception in 1999 and has contributed locally serving on the CCEDNet-Manitoba Advisory Committee and the Annual Gathering Organizing Committee. As an enterprise development consultant, Derek currently works as a portfolio manager for the Jubilee Fund providing loan guarantees for non-profit organizations, social enterprises and co-ops. Derek has worked in urban, rural, northern and Aboriginal communities and volunteers on several local committees related to CED. Derek has a lifelong passion for social justice and the empowerment of marginalized individuals and communities.