Eden Yesh is the Regional Manager of Community Economic Development at Kootenay Employment Services Society and has been with the organization for 10 years. For the past six years, Eden led the research, development and incorporation of three Community Investment Co-ops in the Kootenay-Boundary region that bridge the gap between local investors and local businesses in need of financing and support. Eden is Chair of the British Columbia Community Impact Investment Coalition, Director at the BC Co-operative Association, and holds a central role for policy development in the local investment sector both provincially and federally. He is an alumnus of Simon Fraser University Community Economic Development and a business owner in the clean energy sector.
Most recently, in partnership with Canadian Community Economic Development Network, Eden is leading the Western Canadian Community Investment Organization learning group to better understand the opportunities and obstacles facing locally-owned and controlled investment groups.
He also established a partnership between Kootenay Employment Services Society and Community Energy Association to launch the Kootenay Clean Energy Transition initiative. This 2-year pilot project aims to expedite market transformation of greenhouse gas reducing technologies across the 44 communities of the Kootenay-Boundary region. Most importantly he is a proud husband and a father to two toddlers.