Preserving Local Economies: Business and Social Succession in Rural Communities
In this session, Flourish Community Development Co-operative Cofounder, Laurie Cook, will share new research on how to preserve local economies and address various challenges related to business succession in rural communities due to aging populations and the impact of Covid 19. She will also look at the opportunities that can result from using Social Succession as a strategy to address this issue, and what economic developers can do to help business owners in their communities.
About the Speaker
Laurie Cook is a community developer, educator, researcher and activist specializing in innovation, inclusive community economic development, social enterprise, co-operatives and youth. She has also recently been involved in three projects related to business and social succession funded in large part by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Canadian CED Network and the Community Sector Council of Newfoundland and Labrador. She has her own company, Chutzpah Consulting, and she is part of a new community development consultants co-operative called Flourish. Laurie also has a Masters in Adult Education and Community Development from St. Francis Xavier University, and she is doing a PhD in Educational Studies at Acadia University. Laurie is a former President of the Canadian CED Network, a current Policy Council member, a current board member for the Canadian Association for the Study of Co-operatives (CASC), the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE) and a spokesperson for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll) internationally.