Meet Our Instructors

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

Verna Billy-Minnabarriet

Sustainable Leadership: Making Change Happen

"Verna is recognized as a leader and role model among her peers and has had the opportunity to work with many educators, institutions and Native leaders. Her expertise as an educator and advocate has given her opportunity to represent many Aboriginal organizations at all levels of Government."

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Carol Anne Hilton


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

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Sean Markey

Sustainable People 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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Heather O'Hara

Social Entrepreneurship: Creating Social Value 

"Heather brings over a decade of leadership in community building through social enterprise, social entrepreneurship and social innovation."

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Karen Peachey

Design Lab for Local Economic Development

"Karen is a community planner with two decades of hands-on experience listening to and working collaboratively with clients to develop tailored planning and project development approaches."

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Amy Robinson

Locanomics: Principles for Economic Prosperity

"Amy has over 20 years’ experience working with businesses to embed sustainability into operations. She has worked with organizations ranging from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to big industry, regional governments and the UN."

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Jeremy Stone

Economics of Well-being and Emerging Economic Theories & Practices 

"Jeremy Stone has 15 years of community economic development experience, and has worked on various disaster recoveries including Hurricane Katrina, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the economic recovery of Lower Manhattan after 9/11, and the 2013 Colorado floods."

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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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