CED work involves a blend of academic training, professional experience, and personal commitment.   

Academic Credentials

  • Masters of Business Administration
  • Masters of Community Economic Development 
  • Masters of Environmental Design
  • B.A. in History and Psychology 

Examples of Feasibility Assessment and Business Planning 

  • Assessed the viability a new social enterprise – Ethical AI. Submitted a business case for funding, working as part of a larger consulting team of programmers, high tech investors and market researchers.
  • For the Multicultural Health Brokers, helped determine the feasibility of a bulk purchasing grocery box for low income, racialized Edmontonians. 
  • With Momentum, steered the restructuring of Be Local, a community-impact driven business association. Created a business plan for the new entity. 
  • Created a business case for Project Job Creation, a construction training and renovation social enterprise, for the Edmonton, CDC.
  • Developed a business plan for expanding the Bissell Centre’s casual labour offering into a larger employment enterprise.
  • For End Poverty Edmonton, developed the Business Case for the Community Development Corporation.
  • Helped launch a social enterprise, C Returns, which offers energy saving retrofits to homeowners. The RetroFitters (article about C Returns – St. Albert Today, March 8, 2014).
  • Conducted a feasibility assessment of a multi-purpose arts centre for Innovative Services, City of Edmonton.
  • Developed SAGE’s frozen meals social enterprise business plan.
  • Created a business case for a mixed use, Children’s Resource Centre for the City of Lacombe.
  • Animated a community development group through the creation of two business plans – The Good Food Box, and Live Local.
  • For Homeward Trust, developed a business plan for a used furniture retail enterprise that helps furnished apartments for formerly homeless people.
  • Wrote the business plan for the Social Enterprise Fund.

Examples of Training on Social Enterprise and CED

  • Created and taught the curriculum for BUS 371 – Socially and Environmentally Responsible Business for Kings University.
  • Created and taught Social Enterprise Bootcamp for the Edmonton CDC.
  • Developed and taught an Introduction to CED course, as well as provided ongoing mentoring the City of Edmonton’s Community Development social workers.
  • Delivered a workshop on Due Diligence and the Development Process for CMHC.
  • Wrote a communityled housing needs and assessment process for the City of Lacombe.
  • Wrote the business plan for an Off Reserve First Nations for TSAG.

Examples of Housing and Real Estate

  • Project Managed the re-imagination of McDougall United Church into a sustainable, multiple purpose hub. Work done in partnership with Trinity Centres Foundation.
  • Spearheaded Project 10, the acquisition and redevelopment 10 derelict inner properties for the Edmonton CDC. 
  • With Bissell Centre, explored the transformation of the historically significant Beverly United Church into a CED hub.
  • Renovated an historic, inner city commercial building using casual and refugee labour into a vibrant Indigenous arts collective building for 2072638 Alberta Ltd.
  • Provided early-stage consulting on creative financing options for a housing project co-sponsored by Islamic Family and Community Services and Right at Home Society.
  • Delivered a workshop on Due Diligence and the Housing Development Process for CMHC.
  • Developed multiphase, multi-building pro formas and project development concepts, as well as budget reviews, for Homeward Trust.
  • Wrote a community-led housing needs and assessment process for the City of Lacombe
  • Wrote the business plan for an Off Reserve First Nations project proposal for family, affordable housing
  • Developed and delivered an Employer Assisted Housing pilot project for Alberta Employment and Immigration. 
  • Explored the creation and adoption of good neighbour agreements for social housing projects with E4C.

Examples of CED Evaluation and Research

  • Calculating the true social and economic costs of derelict housing for the Edmonton CDC.
  • Evaluated the Super Clinic model of combined ID, banking, RESP and benefits applications into single, integrated events for Bissell Centre.
  • For the Edmonton John Howard Society, calculated the Social Return on Investment of a wrap-around model of natural supports for chronic offenders.
  • Evaluated Jobs First and the Community Bridge programs for Bissell Centre 
  • Assisted the Early Childhood Development Collaborative with researching and developing a framework for respite care.
  • Developed a provincial analysis of the Pay for Sex Industry in Alberta for COARSE. 
  • Provided outcome-focused evaluation training for various departments within Alberta Agriculture.
  • Developed an evaluation framework for the Community Action Plan on Human Trafficking for ACT.
  • For DECSA, led programmatic reviews of two employment programs that target women involved in street prostitution and/or spousal abuse.
  • Providing a training program on SROI on behalf of the Edmonton SROI Network.
  • Evaluated the 3-year Family Self-Sufficiency Project for the Capital Region Housing Corporation.
  • With the City of Edmonton, evaluated the SNUG program. Intended to assist women seeking to leave a street-involved lifestyle.
  • For E4C, evaluated the Women Moving Forward Program, intended to help women leave shelters in favour of independent living.

Examples of Policy and Practice Change

  • With Buy Social Canada, developed the Social Procurement framework for the Municipality of Wood Buffalo
  • Helped developed the Social Procurement framework for the City of Edmonton with Buy Social Canada.
  • With the United Way of the Capital Region, designed a community-based, large-scale poverty alleviation initiative called Communities United. 1000 Families Initiative became part of this initiative. (For more information: https://www.tamarackcommunity.ca/latest/1000-families-initiative)
  • For the Alberta Provincial Poverty Framework review, conducted Board and member consultations for E4C, and three focus groups with people experiencing poverty for Bissell Centre.
  • Helped establish the business case for a community-owned development company – the Edmonton CDC.
  • Created business case for the creation of a community-owned, social finance company, the Edmonton Social Enterprise Fund. 

Examples of CED-Related Volunteer Experience

  • The Piazza (McCauley Development Cooperative) founding board member
  • A Better Lot (Inner City Housing Development Corporation) founding board member
  • City of Edmonton, derelict housing committee member
  • Central Edmonton Community Land Trust founding member
  • Global Visions Film Festival board member
  • Home Ed (City of Edmonton), board member
  • Inner City Housing Society, board member
  • Local Economy Trading System founding member
  • McCauley Community League planning committee chairperson 
  • Edmonton Community Loan Fund founding board member