Cathy is the Executive Director of the Dartmouth Adult Services Centre (DASC), where she has spent the last 20 years as Executive Director and the previous 16 years in various executive management positions in the sector. Cathy is the Past President of the DIRECTIONS Council of Nova Scotia and President of the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia. Originally from Inverness Cape Breton and a family of 11; she graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor of Child Studies. Cathy has been described as ‘visionary and a true leader’ by her contemporaries.
cathy deagle-gammon - president
erika shea - Vice president
Erika is the Director of Communications with New Dawn Enterprises and the editor and publisher of The Turnip – a quarterly community paper delivered to all of those who, like her, live in the Northend of Sydney, Cape Breton.
Her work with New Dawn has allowed her to learn about and participate in many different facets of the Cape Breton community – from local investment to arts and culture to immigration and post-secondary education. These experiences have in turn allowed her to meet the many bright and passionate people working to shift the course and shape the future of Cape Breton Island.
Mark is the Executive Director of the Coastal Communities Network. He has worked in the fields of community development, economic policy (Director of Research and Communications for the Ivany Commission), film production, and in fields of wild blueberries. He has a master’s degree in the International Law of Human Rights, with undergraduate work in philosophy and fine arts. Mark has volunteered with more than 30 community organizations. His passions include world music, nature, cheese, and baseball.
mark Austin - Treasurer
Norman received his Ph.D in Developmental Psychology from the University of Western Ontario in 1981. Since moving to Nova Scotia in 1982, Norman worked for the Capital District Health Authority as a Psychologist for 25 years. Initially working with young people with emotional problems, Norman gradually became involved in supporting adults with disabilities to work and to live in the community.
From 1991, Dr. Greenberg created a non-profit organization now called Affirmative Ventures. Utilizing social enterprise as a means for change this organization has operated retail training locations for adults with disabilities and has developed an award winning affordable housing model. During this twenty year involvement in community economic development, Dr. Greenberg has been involved in both National and provincial social enterprise organizations. He continues to serve on the Canadian CED Network Board as Policy chair and is one of the members of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada.
Since retiring from the Mental Health program in 2011, Norman implemented a plan for a Community Cooperative Grocery store in a food desert area in Halifax. While the store opened in 2014 and closed a year later, this social enterprise served as valuable contribution to the community.
Dr. Greenberg continues his work in the community work, supporting troubled youth and personal well being for aging Nova Scotians through his private practice in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. In 2015, he initiated a new non profit organization there which is focusing on creating new attitudes about aging including intergenerational entrepreneurial activities.
Mike is the Executive Director of the DIRECTIONS Council, a province-wide network of agencies providing employment and community inclusion supports for persons having a disability. Prior to this position, he spent 25 years with the Department of Community Services involved in areas related to community development and employment. Mike has also had a broad range of volunteer and non-profit work experience focused on persons having a disability and youth.
Dianne is the President & CEO, Nova Scotia Co-operative Council. Her work in economic development spans 25 years and several countries. Her area of passion and expertise is development finance.
She has served as the CEO of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council for the past 18 years. During this time the Council has grown from a $19,000 organization to one with over $100 million in projects and assets under management and has helped to create over 200 new community enterprises. Dianne co-authored and now manages a $100 million small business financing program in partnership with local credit unions. She served as member of Canada’s G8 Committee on Impact investing and will soon launch Nova Scotia’s first Impact Fund. She is known by her colleagues as a fearless leader who does not shy away from challenges. She sees opportunities where others see obstacles. She has been known to say “ if you don’t believe it can be done, stay out of the way and watch it happen”.
Dr. Kevin McKague is an Associate Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the Shannon School of Business, Cape Breton University, and an internationally experienced academic, author and researcher of market-based and social enterprise-led approaches global poverty alleviation. Kevin has led major research projects for the International Finance Corporation (World Bank), The UNDP’s Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative and the International Development Research Centre. Kevin’s research has spanned 13 African countries as well as Bangladesh, Canada, the US and India. His work has been published in numerous practitioner reports as well as in California Management Review, MIT/Sloan Management Review, Innovations, Stanford Social Innovation Review and the Social Enterprise Journal. Kevin is also the author of Making Markets More Inclusive (Palgrave).
Kevin has an MBA and a PhD from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto focusing on market-based approaches to poverty alleviation and an Honours Bachelor of Arts & Science from McMaster University in Hamilton focusing on international development. Kevin also holds a Senior Research Fellowship at the Centre for Peace, Democracy and Development at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
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