We are excited to announce three more panelists for our upcoming fall conference. All three will be on the same panel lead by Jane Bisbee of the Social Enterprise Fund. We look forward to hearing about the ups and downs of running a social enterprise in the session True Confessions in Social Entrepreneurship. For more information on the break out sessions, click here.
As the founder of Live Local, Jessie Radies has a vision for Alberta as a diverse, vibrant and sustainable region. Live Local is dedicated to educating consumers on the benefit of shopping, eating and living locally and to giving local business owners strength in numbers.
Growing up on a farm has instilled in Jessie a fierce passion for community. Jessie believes strong, sustainable communities are the direct result of citizen participation and has worked to educate Albertans on the importance of the local economy, its relation to their community, and the power they hold to change it.
Jessie believes we should consider our role as citizens a priority, and participate in the democratic process. This small shift from ‘consumers’ to ‘citizens’ would radically affect our economic outlook and sustainability.
A self-proclaimed Foodie, Jessie, with chef husband Darcy, own The Blue Pear restaurant in Edmonton. Jessie has held a variety of roles within the food chain including working in the restaurant industry for 25 years, some of which for multinational fast food companies.
Michele Cherot is the Business Manager for the Greater Trail Community Skills Centre and has been involved in non-profit management for over 18 years. She completed her M.B.A. in 2003, specializing in social enterprise development. Michele is also a Technical Assistant for the Enterprising Non-Profit program in the Columbia Basin Trust region of British Columbia as well as a business and social enterprise consultant. Michele’s career goals are to support the enhancement of business skill development in non-profit organizations; a practice which strengthens the internal capacity of the individual non-profits as well as the communities they serve.
Linda Huffman is currently the Executive Director of Arts Habitat Association of Edmonton. For over thirty years Linda has combined careers as an actress and arts administrator. Previous administrative experience includes Executive Producer of the Edmonton Cultural Capital Program, General Manager of the River City Shakespeare Festival, Theatre and Dance Officer with the Manitoba Arts Council and Associate Artistic Director of the Globe Theatre in Regina. Linda has performed at theatres across Canada.