Wendy Keats, Executive Director
Wendy Keats has been involved in co-op and community economic development nearly 35 years (although she swears she was only 4 years old when she started). She was a founding member of the CECNB in 2007 and was so excited by the possibilities for building strong economies in NB through co-op and social enterprise development that she gave up her private consulting practice to become CECNB’s first Executive Director. Wendy has worked with hundreds of community groups in organizational development, strategic planning, governance, management, performance measurement, and a wide range of other areas related to the development of successful business and social impact ventures. She is also a certified mediator and served as a senior faculty member of UPEI’s Centre for Conflict Studies for more than a decade. Wendy sits on numerous boards and committees related to community economic development and has a special passion for renewable energy. She lives completely off-the-grid in the deep woods of Salisbury, tending her gardens and relaxing on the river whenever the hectic world of community economic development allows it.
Eric Tusz-King, Co-op Development Advisor
Eric is co-op developer that brings many years of experience to assist various types of new and existing co-ops. He is a founding member and past manager of EnerGreen Builders Co-operative, a worker-owned home construction co-op that builds passive solar homes and renovates existing homes for improved energy efficiency. Eric is also chair of the Board of Open Sky Co-operative, an organic farm where adults who face barriers due to social, developmental or mental health challenges can improve their well-being and independence, through residential and day programs. Along with this direct co-op experience he brings 28 years of work on community development, and social and environmental justice with the United Church of Canada. His formal education includes 2 masters degrees, one of which is in adult education in community development. He is vice-president and Atlantic director on the Board of Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation.
Christina received her Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree in Economics from the University of Moncton in 2011 and continues to follow Master-level courses at the University of Ottawa. She has worked in several different economic development agencies in New Brunswick’s three urban centres and their surrounding rural areas including Enterprise Kent, the NB Association of Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs) and the Saint John Community Loan Fund. Fluently bilingual, Christina has held various facilitation and teaching positions with a focus on both business and social enterprise development. An active member of the community, she currently serves on the board Slow Food Canada and Slow Food Cocagne Acadie.
Julia Feltham, CED Consultant and Social Enterprise Developer
Born on the southern shores of Nova Scotia and raised by Newfoundlanders, Julia now proudly resides in Sackville as a self-proclaimed Newfie Scotian. Living in the “Cultural Crossroads” of the Maritimes, her goal is to build our region into an exemplary place for Social Enterprise, Collaborative Leadership and Rural Innovation. Julia has spent much of her life working in Startups, social enterprises & innovative community organizations, making collaboration and adaptation her strongest suits. She cut her teeth while in university, running an NGO that worked closely with government, then was wholly transformed into a “pragmatic optimist” by her work with The Hub in Halifax. She’s worked with countless organizations and was honored to be named one of the 21 young leaders of Nova Scotia in 2012 by 21inc. As a Social Entrepreneur, singing cellist and new mom, Julia is constantly connecting networks and people to build better communities for the future. She is a trained “Art of Hosting” practitioner and one of her favourite activities is helping boards & organizations evolve through collaborative leadership. She has vast experience with board governance & retreats, community engagement & consultations, social enterprise, social media, graphic facilitation and much more.