Meet 0ur Alumni

  • Crowdfunding for CommunityCrowdfunding for Community
    SFU CED grad, Graham Stanley,with his colleagues at Community Futures Stuart Nechako, has developed and launched Invest Local BC, a crowd funding platform specifically designed to build local economies. Find out more about crowd funding CED.

  • SFU CED Grad is Making Local Economy Her BusinessSFU CED Grad is Making Local Economy Her Business
    SFU CED alumna Stephanie Jackman founded REAP, a not-for-profit local business association in Calgary 10 years ago. Read about what she has learned along the way and where she is taking REAP next.

  • CED Alumna Building a Longer Table in QuesnelCED Alumna Building a Longer Table in Quesnel
    Our alumna, Amy Quarry, has launched an online grocery store in Quesnel, B.C. which supports the development of connections between local food producers and consumers.

  • Social Innovation Challenge Winner Rolls out Third WheelSocial Innovation Challenge Winner Rolls out Third Wheel
    Our 2016 alumna, Donna McBride, won $10,000 in our annual Social Innovation Challenge for Third Wheel, a new business offering emergency wheelchair repair services evenings, weekends and holidays.

  • Practicing CED in CalgaryPracticing CED in Calgary
    Philip Lozano , who graduated the SFU Certificate Program for Community Economic Development in 2014, is Momentum Calgary’s Thrive CED coordinator, working to support social change in communities around Calgary.

  • SFU CED Grad Working to Strengthen Local Food SystemsSFU CED Grad Working to Strengthen Local Food Systems
    Laura Howard graduated from the SFU Certificate Program for Community Economic Development in 2014. She has worked with agricultural communities across Canada and around the world, and is committed to work to support the development of thriving local food systems.

  • SFU CED Grad Joins CED Team in Vancouver's DTESSFU CED Grad Joins CED Team in Vancouver's DTES
    Recent SFU CED grad, Alisha Maxfield, has just found the challenge she was looking for as Community Economic Development Coordinator for the DTES Community Economic Development Strategic Action Committee.

  • Open Source FoodOpen Source Food
    SFU CED grad Jennifer Zickerman pitched her co-operative business idea in our annual Social Innovation Challenge, winning $12,000, and now her pitch is becoming a reality.

  • SFU CED Grad leading Mission PossibleSFU CED Grad leading Mission Possible
    We interviewed recent SFU CED graduate, Matthew Smedley, new Executive Director and CEO of Mission Possible in Vancouver's downtown eastside. Read about his work his thoughts on community economic development.

  • SFU CED Grad Learning on the Job in Bella BellaSFU CED Grad Learning on the Job in Bella Bella
    SFU CED alumni Dave Jephcott is in Bella Bella, working as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Heiltsuk Economic Development Corporation overseeing the management of nine commercial enterprises.

  • HSH Field School Hits the RoadHSH Field School Hits the Road
    In May, SFU CED grad Diandra Oliver was awarded $5000 in our annual Social Innovation Challenge. Now she is travelling to Northern BC communities to talk about how to build up their local food economies.

  • Social Enterprise Brings People the Tools They NeedSocial Enterprise Brings People the Tools They Need
    In 2014, SFU CED grad Courtney Hare won our Social Innovation Challenge for an idea that she has made a reality. The Calgary Tool Library is a social enterprise promoting tool sharing as a means to reduce cost, waste, and help people get to know their neighbours.

  • Social Innovation Challenge Winner Builds Successful Senior's Co-opSocial Innovation Challenge Winner Builds Successful Senior's Co-op
    When Lindsay Luhnau graduated from SFU’s Certificate Program for Community Economic Development in 2014, she took home $12,000 from the program’s annual Social Innovation Challenge for her plan for a cooperative which would support seniors to stay in their homes as they age.

  • SFU CED Grad has Found her Inner NinjaSFU CED Grad has Found her Inner Ninja
    SFU CED alumni, Mara St. Onge, has launched a successful social enterprise, Blingja Concepts, and has recently left her job to work on it full time.