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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 an active change maker at a variety of levels.  She is the new President for CCEDNet nationally, and regionally she is active with many organizations looking to develop a stronger innovation ecosystem in the Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada.  She is a cofounder of a new organization called 42 Canada to support grassroots change makers across the country.  She also has her own consulting firm, Chutzpah Consulting, which specializes in learning and innovation.

Laurie has also been very active locally in her home community of Musquodoboit Harbour cofounding a cooperative transportation service, redeveloping an old school as a Community Hub, cofounding a peer support group called Eastern Shore Mental Health and cofounding a cooperative community newspaper.  She has also worked with the city of Halifax as a Community Developer, and with United Way Halifax around increasing and strengthening 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. Before getting involved in community development, Laurie worked as a journalist and in film and television.

Marianne Jurzyniec, Vice-President

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.


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.


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 2013 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 on 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.


Krista Bissiallon 

Krista is Anishinaabe kwe from Bawaating (Sault Ste. Marie) with ancestral roots in Mississaugi First Nation. Her current role is as Researcher with NORDIK Institute, a not-for-profit community based research organization located within Algoma University. Krista offers a diverse skill set and base of  knowledge from her years of work with Youth Social Infrastructure as Algoma Regional Lead, a provincial network of young people and adult allies working within institutions and grassroots to amplify the conditions for youth-led organizing in Ontario. Krista also supported the development and implementation of Northern Lights Collaborative, a five year project which is currently working with youth and institutions across Northern Ontario to center youth storytelling, reduce social isolation and increase organizational accountability to youth voices. As well, Krista has acted as Project Lead of the Edgewalker Project, a year-long project funded by the Laidlaw Foundation, investigating the relationship between youth and the philanthropic sector in Ontario. Most recently, Krista has co-founded the Young Leader’s Circle (YLC) with other leaders from across Ontario. The YLC is a provincial youth-led project, currently prototyping a model for shared leadership and community development.  Krista’s work is rooted in her passion for economic and social justice, social economies and elevating the voices of all innovators. 


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.


Jean-François Parent

Jean-François Parent

Jean-François is originally from Eastern Ontario. He was educated at the University of Ottawa and graduated in 2009 with an Honours degree in History with a Minor in Geography, and in 2014 with a Master’s in Geography. Specializing in the study of Francophone minority communities, his thesis focused on the adaptation and integration processes of intra-provincial Francophone migrants settling in urban communities.

Jean-François has worked for several years in the field of culture and heritage, notably for the Vanier Museopark. He acquired experience in project management, action research and a thorough knowledge of the Franco-Ontarian community. In 2016, Jean-François discovered the fascinating world of the social and cooperative economy, working out of the Toronto office of the Conseil de la coopération de l'Ontario. He now operates from the Ottawa office.

As a result of developing his expertise in community economic development in particular, but also in applied research and social innovation as well as in the development of collective enterprises, Jean-François supports numerous local initiatives and collective projects. His determination to improve the quality of life and economic situation of Francophone communities is what prompted him to join the Board of Directors of the Canadian CED Network.


Gail Henderson 

Dr Gail Henderson is an assistant professor with Queen's University Faculty of Law. Her research interests include corporate law, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, securities regulation and the regulation of financial institutions.

Professor Henderson graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School as Gold Medalist in 2005, and served as law clerk to The Honourable Louise Charron of the Supreme Court of Canada. Prior to pursuing graduate studies at the University of Toronto, she practiced commercial litigation and environmental and municipal law at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto. Her doctoral research focused on the role of corporate governance in encouraging greater corporate environmental responsibility. Professor Henderson has received funding for her research from the Ireland Canada University Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research and the Canadian Centre for Ethics & Corporate Policy.


Hazel Corcoran 

Executive Director of the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF), Hazel Corcoran has been involved in all aspects of worker co-operative support including capitalization (with the CWCF’s Tenacity Works Investment Fund), technical assistance, research and writing. 

Trained as a lawyer at Dalhousie University, and fluent in English, French, and (partly) Spanish, Hazel has served the co-operative movement in many capacities, including as Director of le Conseil canadien de la coopération (1994-2005), and coordinator of the CoopZone Developers’ Network (2009 until January, 2018). She co-founded the Western Canada Labour-Worker Co-operative Council, a network of labour and worker co-op activists dedicated to improve conditions for workers.  She is also a co-founder of the Big Idea Rainbow Foundation, whose goal is to spread co-operativism through popular culture.  She was a Director of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada from 2013-2016, Vice President in the last two years.  She was elected to the Board of The Co-operators in April 2016.  At the local level in Calgary, she has served in various ways, including (in the past) on the boards of First Calgary Credit Union, Calgary Co-op, la Garderie Pommes de reinette Daycare, Prairie Sky Cohousing, Calgary Unitarians, le Conseil albertain de la coopération which merged into le Conseil de développement économique de l’Alberta.  She is a Steering Committee member of CICOPA-Américas, and has a Masters in Linguistics from UC Berkeley.  Last but not least, she enjoys spending time with her husband Greg O’Neill (a co-op developer and financial analyst who lives half-time in Dartmouth, NS) as well as her young adult children/ stepchildren, and her stepgrandson.


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.