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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.


Katie Daman

Katie Daman is a settler from Niverville, Manitoba who has been living in Winnipeg, Manitoba for the past ten years. Both Winnipeg and Niverville are considered places of home for her and located on Treaty 1 Territory. Katie’s educational background is in Business Administration, with a particular interest in supporting economic development initiatives that benefit the whole community -- also known as community economic development. 

Currently, Katie works for Community Futures Manitoba as the Project Coordinator for the Churchill Region Economic Development (CRED) Grant Fund, a grant fund available for economic development projects in northern Manitoba. Community Futures Manitoba is a non-profit, grassroots-driven program created to strengthen rural and northern economies by encouraging entrepreneurship and assisting in community economic development.

Katie is also the co-founder and co-chair the Farm Fresh Food Hub Community Service Co-op and South Osborne Farmers’ Market. She has served on numerous other boards and committees including CCEDNet (current), Pollock’s Hardware Co-operative (past Treasurer), Transition Winnipeg and WestEnd Commons.


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.


Ryan Gibson

Ryan GibsonRyan is the Libro Professor of Regional Economic Development in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. Ryan’s interests are focused on rural and northern communities and regions, specifically focused on rural development, collaboration, cooperatives, philanthropy, and rural revitalization. Ryan is the past president of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation.


Victor Beausoleil

At the age of 25 Victor Beausoleil Co-Founded Redemption Reintegration Services one of the largest youth-led, youth justice agencies in Canada. As the founding Executive Director, Victor managed a $3.5 million dollar budget and
through research and advocacy built RRS into a leader in youth justice. In 2013 Victor Beausoleil received his first public service appointment by the Premiere of Ontario Kathleen Wynne as a member of the PCYO (Premiere’s Council on Youth Opportunities). Victor has worked diligently in the broader equity seeking communities across Canada for the past fifteen years. As a lecturer Victor Beausoleil has travelled extensively throughout Canada, the United States and Africa for speaking engagements for community organizations, institutions and philanthropic foundations. Victor Beausoleil has been a board member of the Atkinson Charitable Foundation, The Harriet Tubman Community Organization,
as well as a member of the grant review committee's of the Laidlaw Foundation, the Toronto Community Housing Social Investment Fund and Victor is currently on the board of the Toronto Community Benefits Network. The Toronto Star,
Toronto Sun, National Post, Share Newspaper and The Caribbean Camera, have all highlighted Victor Beausoleil’s work in communities across Canada. Victor Beausoleil is currently the President + CEO of Intuit Consulting and the founder of SETSI – The Social Economy Through Social Inclusion Coalition. Victor has written eleven books and currently resides in Toronto with his wife and four children.


Raissa Marks

Raissa Marks grew up in rural Albert County, New Brunswick, and graduated from Petitcodiac Regional High School.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environment from McGill University in Montreal, and a Master of Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto, where she specialized in education for sustainability, citizen engagement, and community building. Having returned to New Brunswick in 2006, Raissa is now Executive Director of the New Brunswick Environmental Network, a communications network that links together over 110 non-profit environmental groups in the province.  Skilled in facilitation and consensus-building, Raissa helps people from all different sectors work together to achieve common goals. Raissa is passionate about New Brunswick, her fellow New Brunswickers, and their common potential for community-based economic development that is environmentally sustainable. Raissa now lives in Riverview with her husband and their two young daughters.


Barb Davies

Barb is a facilitator, educator and practitioner of social impact. In her role at Mount Royal University with the Institute for Community Prosperity and Trico Changemakers Studio, Barb develops transformational learning experiences that build bridges between campus and community and uses developmental evaluation to foster a vibrant changemaking ecosystem on campus. Previously, Barb worked for Momentum, a changemaking organization in Calgary that uses systems-based approaches to address poverty reduction. Her work focused on strengthening supports for social entrepreneurship both locally and provincially. In addition, she developed learning initiatives to empower individuals to use economic tools to address social issues, including hosting an award-winning national conference. Barb is a co-founder of Local Investing YYC, an impact investment cooperative that provides capital to Calgary-based businesses generating social and environmental returns. She has also served on the board of Green Calgary and participated on advisory committees with Health Canada on regulatory approaches within the natural health sector. As the previous owner of a leading natural health retailer in Calgary, Barb built bridges in the community growing awareness for local producers and growers and served on the board of the Business Revitalization Zone. Barb uses a values-based approach to advance sustainable solutions that prioritize people and place.