Meet Our Instructors


Our instructors are accomplished CED practitioners. They share your passion for change and community development and are dedicated to your success.

Michael Shuman

COURSE:
Locanomics: Principles and Practice for Community Prosperity

 "Michael H. Shuman is one of the world's leading experts on community economics and the advantage of small-scale businesses in an era of globalization."

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Anne Docherty

COURSE:
Making Change Happen

"Anne Docherty is one of Canada's most skilled and dedicated popular educators."

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Sean Markey

COURSE:
Sustainability of People, the Planet and Places

"Sean's research concerns issues of local and regional economic development, rural and small-town development, and community sustainability."

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Carol Anne Hilton

COURSE:
Indigenomics

"Carol Anne works to incorporate an Aboriginal worldview while bringing First Nations, industry and government together."

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Brian Smith

COURSE:
Social Innovation, Enterpreneurship & Enterprise

"Scratch beneath the surface of many of Vancouver's most transformative social enterprise and you'll find out Brian Smith was involved."

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Nicole Chaland

COURSE:
Design Lab for Local Economic Development Projects

"Nicole is able to take complex economic concepts and make them easily understandable with real life examples that make sense for people working in community development contexts."

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Jeremy Murphy

COURSE:
Social Innovation Challenge

"Jeremy harnesses the creativity of crowds to achieve empowerment, two-way dialogue, democratic processes and participatory action."

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Elvy Del Bianco

COURSE:
Co-operative Economics


"As Vancity Credit Union’s Program Manager for Co-operative Partnerships, Elvy works internally on disseminating knowledge of the co-operative business model to increase Vancity’s capacity to support co-ops, and externally on building partnerships and developing projects with community organizations, trade unions, governments, and others to help realize a stronger co-operative economy." 

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The SFU Program gave me a deeper understanding of the role of Economic Development in Sustainable Community Development. I now know that you cannot have one without the other.

Kelly Starling
Director of Economic Development, Brazeau County

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