The Board of the Canadian CED Network (CCEDNet) is pleased to announce that Jean-François Parent has been named Director for a term ending at the 2020 Annual General Meeting.
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.
Board membership is open to all CCEDNet members, with at-large Director positions elected each year. If you are interested in joining the Board, contact us or watch for the annual call for Board nominations, which is usually sent to members in February.