Every year CCEDNet members are invited to submit nominations for CCEDNet's Board of Directors. This year, there were four vacancies to be filled.
Four eligible nominations were received by the deadline, leading our Elections Officer to declare the following candidates elected by acclamation:
The results will be ratified at CCEDNet's Annual General Meeting of the members on May 29.
Congratulations to these amazing CED leaders from across Canada, who join CCEDNet's dedicated Board of Directors.
Diana 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.
Wendy Keats is a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick. Prior to this, she spent 18 years as a CED consultant and trainer working with nearly 200 community groups in organizational development, strategic planning, governance, and many other development areas. Wendy is a certified mediator and served for 10 years as a senior faculty member of UPEI’s Centre for Conflict Resolution Studies. She has sat on numerous boards and committees related to CED and has a special passion for youth engagement and renewable energy, having lived completely off-the-grid for nearly a decade.
Carol Madsen has been involved in Community Economic and International Development for 3 decades. She is an associate with the Centre for Sustainable Community Development and teaches CED and social enterprise courses at Simon Fraser University since 2002. For 10 years she worked with Tradeworks Training Society in the heart of the inner city downtown of Vancouver, working on employment and social development strategies with marginalized residents. She has organized the Alternative Investment Strategy conference for the Montreal Community Loan Association and served as Director of Bridging the Divides, a 3-year CED research project in Trail and North Island, BC. In her twenties Carol had the opportunity to work with Canada World Youth in several small communities across the country and in Bolivia, Togo, Brazil, and Indonesia. Carol speaks several languages including French and holds a Masters in Business in CED.
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.