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Laurie is an innovation, learning and leadership specialist. She has a Masters in Adult Education specializing in Community Development from St. Francis Xavier University, and is currently working on a PhD in Educational Studies at Acadia University focused on social movement learning and inclusive community-based economic development. Laurie is a former President of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet), a current CCEDNet Policy Council member, a spokesperson for the international Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll), a board member for the Canadian Association for the Study of Co-operatives (CASC), and a board member for the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE). Laurie has her own company Chutzpah Consulting, and she is a co-founder of Flourish Community Development Co-operative. Laurie is also part of a BIPOC-led research initiative to create culturally appropriate learning resources to increase capacity of people in marginalized and racialized communities to solve problems using the co-op model. 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, Urban Development, Women