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Holly Atjecoutay

Holly Atjecoutay

Business Link, Aboriginal Business Facilitator

Biography

Assisting the Treaty 7 area of Southern Alberta, Holly supports Aboriginal entrepreneurs in the startup and expansion of their small businesses. She connects them to helpful resources while also providing guidance. Holly also facilitates workshops and builds meaningful relationships in both rural and urban Aboriginal communities. In her spare time, Holly is a wife and a mother to a 4-year-old daughter, and 12 and 14-year-old step sons. She enjoys reading, writing and collecting books. She also authors a blog on Indigenous Woman’s Identity, but adores spending all the time she can with her daughter who loves to skate, dance and swim.
Nicole Chaland

Nicole Chaland

Program Director, SFU CED Certificate Program

Biography

Nicole has been the program director for the Certificate Program for Community Economic Development (CED) since 2008. Under Nicole’s direction the program has awarded over $70,000 in bursaries, over 40% of participants spearhead new enterprises or projects, and 100% of graduates recommend the program to peers. Prior to her role as program director, Nicole worked as a community organizer and researcher for the Canadian CED Network. She also worked at the Centre for Co-operative and Community-Based Economy where she honed her skills and appreciation for participatory action research as a method to develop sustainable, local economies. Nicole is also proud to have co-founded the first housing co-operative to be launched in B.C. in the past two decades. She served as a director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of B.C. Her work with housing affordability (or lack thereof) sparked an interest in locally-controlled investment funds. Nicole is currently supporting the Community Council’s initiative to develop a Community Investment Fund for Greater Victoria – where she lives with her partner, David and dog Molly… in their sustainable red barn.
Louis Grenier

Louis Grenier

Consultant, Co-options Consulting

Biography

Louis Grenier has a passion to support capacity building and a desire to improve our world by supporting organizations working to that end. Over the past 40 years, he has accumulated a variety of experiences in administration, accounting, customer service, management, supervision, teaching and public relations within small, medium and large businesses and organizations. The knowledge Louis has acquired and offers, in the hopes of better serving his community, includes a B.A. in Sociology and an M.Sc. in the Management and Development of Co-operatives. Louis has successfully completed the training component of the APEC Training and Certification Program for Small Business Counsellors in order to provide assistance to those wishing to develop businesses. Louis is on a continuous journey of self-improvement and is in the process of acquiring his professional designation as an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Mediator to help groups and individuals resolve disputes.
Seth Leon

Seth Leon

Manager of Co-operative Services, Alberta Community & Co-operative Association

Biography

Seth Leon is the Manager of Co-operative Services for Alberta Community and Co-operative Association, and was involved in developing the Unleashing Local Capital Program. Seth has a masters of development economics from Dalhousie University and volunteers in his community as a board member for Calgary Can and CommunityWise Resource Centre. Seth is currently participating in the Alt/Now: Economic Inequality program with the Lougheed Leadership Institute.
Rispah Tremblay

Rispah Tremblay

Manager, Settlement and Social Work, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers

Biography

Rispah Tremblay has been actively engaged in the Community Economic Development (CED) sector for the last 15 years. She has a passion for CED and believes in the power of CED in responding to unique community needs. In her current role, Rispah works as a Settlement Program Manager at Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers. She is enthusiastic about the potential role of CED in immigrant settlement and integration in Canada. Rispah draws on her past experience of working with communities to engage them in CED. She has witnessed how timely and appropriate supports can inspire positive social and personal change in individual members of the community. Rispah believes that CED has the power to instil a sense of belonging to newcomers. Newcomers are attracted to communities with the potential for economic and social opportunities. CED can be the catalyst in creating innovative programs that positively contribute to Canada’s economic and social development. In her personal time, Rispah enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with friends and family.
Anna Johnson

Anna Johnson

Institute for Community Prosperity, Community Engagement Coordinator

Biography

Anna is a graduate from Mount Royal University’s BBA program where she focused her studies on social innovation and nonprofit studies. While in university, Anna supported Enactus Mount Royal as VP of Project Development where she was involved in financial literacy and community development projects. Prior to working for the Institute, Anna worked for Creating Value Inc, a social-purpose consultancy that works with organizations that are creating positive social, environmental, and/or cultural change. Living in service to others is Anna’s lifelong commitment – she currently serves on the stewardship committee of Calgary Can, is a friendly-visitor to isolated seniors, and is always eager to collaborate in ways that support the work of fellow changemakers.
Dan Overall

Dan Overall

Executive Director, Trico Charitable Foundation

Biography

Dan Overall is Director of Collaboration and Innovation at the Trico Charitable Foundation. Established in 2008, the Trico Charitable Foundation seeks to close gaps in society by provoking innovation and building capacity in social entrepreneurship. Its work focuses on the Canadian context through four key areas of focus: 1) local capacity building and grants for non-profit social enterprises in Alberta, Canada; 2) a biennial Social EnterPrize which celebrates mature Canadian social enterprises (for profit and not-for profit) and commissions case studies on the recipients; 3) The World of Social Entrepreneurship, an annual Calgary event in partnership with Beakerhead that attracts over 200,000 in person visits and celebrates the coming together of science, engineering and art to solve social problems; and 4) working with the JW McConnell Foundation on RECODE, an effort to nurture social innovation and social entrepreneurship in Canada’s post-secondary institutions.
Sarah Leeson-Klym

Sarah Leeson-Klym

Manitoba Regional Director, The Canadian CED Network

Biography

Sarah Leeson-Klym is the Manitoba Regional Director with the Canadian CED Network. Her previous position as Learning and Engagement Coordinator focused on engaging CCEDNet’s Manitoba members, creating learning programs, coordinating The Manitoba Gathering, and the Enterprising Non-Profits program for social enterprise development. Sarah is active in her neighbourhood as a board member of the Daniel McIntyre St. Matthews Community Association. She is also a dedicated board member of the growing Rainbow Trout Music Festival and a regular volunteer for the LITE Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast. Sarah has a BA (Honours) degree in Social Justice Theory and Practice from the University of Winnipeg in 2012.
Tony Stolz

Tony Stolz

Executive Director, Community Futures Network of Alberta

Biography

Tony is a Certified Management Consultant and also holds a BA degree from the University of Calgary. He has proven experience with Community Futures (six years with Community Futures East Parkland; first as a Program Manager and then as Executive Director). Additionally, Tony has owned his own management consulting business for the past 16 years. Tony brings to the role his sound and proven skills in financial management, lending and investment fund management. He is committed to rural Alberta economic development and will continue to strengthen the Community Futures Network of Alberta, expanding its ability to support the Community Futures network in this province.
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