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Laurie Cook is a new PhD student in the Inter-University Educational Studies program hosted by Acadia, Mount Saint Vincent and St. Francis Xavier Universities in Nova Scotia. Her research interests include: how to create change in communities more effectively, how to create more inclusive economies in the time of Covid 19, how to include marginalized and radicalized communities more in community-based economic development, co-operatives and social enterprise, youth engagement in co-op development, and online learning for business succession including co-ops. She is currently working with the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick (CECNB) and she is part of a research initiative with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). Laurie also has her own consulting company, Chutzpah Consulting, where she specializes in supporting community organizations in innovation, learning and leadership development. She is also part of new community consultants co-operative, Leading Edge. She has a strong background in governance and communications. Her Masters is in Adult Education and Community Development from St. FX, and her undergrad is in journalism from the University of King’s College. Until this past June, Laurie was also President of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet). She is also a spokesperson for the international Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll). Laurie lives in Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia with her husband and two grown children. She loves walking local trails, and nearby Martinique Beach.
Areas of Expertise: Communications, Community Capacity Building, Conceptual Frameworks & Approaches, Co-operatives, Disability Groups, Educational Programs, Entrepreneurship & Business Development, Fundraising, Government, Organizational Development, Partnership Building, Planning and Evaluation, Regional & Development, Research & Development, Rural CED, Social Economy & Social Enterprise, Stories and Experiences, Women