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First Nations-Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative

Toolkit Peer Review Committee

CEDI Toolkit Peer Review Committee (TPRC) members play an integral role in designing and developing the CEDI Toolkit. Through a facilitated participatory knowledge production process, CEDI aims to leverage the TPRC's collective knowledge and distill it into pragmatic know-how that can be readily applied by Toolkit users.

TPRC members have been selected for their diverse perspectives as subject matter experts or practitioners, and their depth of knowledge and experience relating to First Nations-municipal collaborations and community economic development. The TPRC is facilitated by the CEDI Research and Knowledge Officer, Marena Winstanley, and supported by the CEDI Intern, Crystal Swan. 

Toolkit Peer Review Committe Members

John Ingram


John Ingram is a professional planner whose core areas of expertise include local economic development, community engagement and facilitation, physical planning and strategic planning. With over 16 years of experience, John has worked on community planning initiatives, local economic development strategies, sustainability strategies, land use plans, and community engagement initiatives throughout BC and beyond. His clients have included the Capital, Comox, Cowichan Valley, North Okanagan, Nanaimo, Metro Vancouver, Powell River and Squamish-Lillooet Regional Districts; the Islands Trust; the Gitga'at, Coldwater, N'amgis, Tla'amin, Lower Nicola, Squiala, Hesquiaht, Yale, Doig River, and Musqueam First Nations; the Province of BC's Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and Provincial Health Services Authority; and TransLink.

Andrew Kemp


Andrew Kemp was a consultant with Canada's leading economic development consulting firm, Millier Dickinson Blais, where he created sector- and economy-specific strategies that allowed communities to pursue diverse environmental and economic development goals. Examples of past projects include: comprehensive economic development strategies for the Cities of Waterloo and Cambridge and the Towns of Markham and Bracebridge; a marketing and tourism attraction study for Chatham-Kent and Elgin County; a knowledge-based industries strategy for the District of Squamish; an employment lands and business park strategy for the Town of Brighton; a cluster development and feasibility study for the highly successful Niagara Interactive Media Generator, nGen;  and a feasibility study for the Northern Forest Innovation Centre, City of Dryden. He currently works as a Project Officer for the contracts team at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green Municipal Fund.

Pascal Lavoie


Pascal Lavoie works as Specialist, Knowledge Management at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' International  program, where he leads the development of knowledge resources and processes to increase the organization's value to Canadian and overseas partners. Over the last decade, Pascal has been responsible for developing and implementing capacity building programs for municipal partners from the developing world and transition economies. This includes numerous demonstration projects on community economic development, such as strategic planning exercises, creating mechanisms to improve engagement and support to the private sector and entrepreneurs, developing sustainable tourism, initiatives to attract investments, etc.

Elizabeth Logue


Elizabeth Logue is an Algonquin-Irish descendent of the Kitigan-Zibi Anishnabeg First Nations. She is currently the Director of Inuit Relations with the Northern Governance Branch at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. For the past 10 years she has also been a faculty member at the Banff Centre with the Indigenous Leadership Program in the Strategic Planning stream. Previously with the Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat in the Privy Council Office, she completed work on the Kelowna Accord focusing on comprehensive community planning, indicators of community development and quality of life benchmarks.  She has worked for many years on the social development aspects of sustainable development, with a focus  on comprehensive community planning through the development of the First Nations and Inuit Comprehensive Community Planning Experiences publication, and work with the Atlantic Policy Congress‒Atlantic Chiefs on the Joint Community Planning Committee along with Dalhousie University. She has also worked on the First Nations Fiscal and Statistical Management Act. 

Malcolm MacLean


Malcolm MacLean is a master's student at the University of British Columbia's School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), working on a project to establish a Haida feature film production company and local television networks in Haida Gwaii. The community development project is a partnership between the Council of the Haida Nation, SCARP and Isuma TV - an indigenous media network founded by Inuit filmmakers. After completing a B.A. (Honours) in Environmental Studies and Urban Geography, Malcolm worked on environmental policy and programming with both the City of Calgary and the City of Chilliwack.

Sean Markey


Sean Markey is Associate Dean in the Faculty of Environment, Associate Professor with the School of Resource and Environmental Management, and an Associate with the Centre for Sustainable Community Development at Simon Fraser University. His research largely concerns issues of local and regional economic development, rural and small-town development, community sustainability, and sustainable infrastructure. He works with communities in British Columbia, Canada-wide, and internationally.

Suzanne McCrimmon


Suzanne McCrimmon is the Economic Development Specialist for the Town of Wolfville, NS, and a member of the Economic Development Association of Nova Scotia. Through a new "Think Wolfville" initiative, Suzanne works towards building a diverse economic base for the town by attracting business and real estate development and encouraging expansion of existing businesses. This past year, she was a member of the Kings County, NS, team that worked in Cambodia with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, on a joint initiative to develop and deliver guidelines on creating community economic development. Having worked in community economic development and business development for over a decade, Suzanne has an extensive background in strategic community planning and collaboration.

Larry McDermott


Larry McDermott is Executive Director of Plenty Canada, an Indigenous non-profit organization devoted to environmental protection and sustainable communities. He served for 28 years as an Ontario municipal politician, and was the first National Rural Chair of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). He served for five years as the FCM Board of Directors' appointee to the FCM Sustainable Communities Awards Judges Panel, and was also a member of the Rural Advisory Panel for the Ontario Royal Commission on Land Use Planning Reform as well as an appointee to the Eastern Ontario Smart Growth Panel. A member of Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation, Larry has served on the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Working Group and as a member of the Canadian Indigenous Delegation to the 1992 Earth Summit.  He is a member of the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Judith Sayers


Judith Sayers works as a strategic advisor to First Nations and corporations, helping them to build relationships and negotiate fair and equitable agreements. She is the former National Aboriginal Economic Development Chair and an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Victoria. Judith previously served for many years as Chief Negotiator and elected Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation; focusing on capacity building, sustainable development, and restoring and rehabilitating Hupacasath territory. With an extensive background in law, Judith has worked in international forums, lobbying governments and other agencies for the promotion and protection of First Nations rights and title, and continues to advance First Nations development opportunities.

Peigi Wilson


Peigi Wilson is a Métis lawyer, an environmental advocate and the Program Manager for CEDI's sister program, the First Nations-municipal Community Infrastructure Partnership Program (CIPP) where she works to bring First Nations and municipalities together to develop service agreements on water and waste. During her 20-year career, Peigi has promoted respect for the environment and Indigenous rights as a collective priority while working on a variety of Aboriginal and international environmental issues. In addition to trade and water law, Peigi has worked internationally on issues of climate change, biological diversity, hazardous wastes, respect for traditional knowledge, and intellectual property rights. At the federal level, Peigi has supported the reform of major environmental laws to ease their negative effect on Aboriginal peoples, and the implementation of law that respects Aboriginal peoples' rights and interests.

Wanda Wuttunee


Wanda Wuttunee is Director of Aboriginal Business Education Partners at the I. H. Asper School of Business, as well as a Professor in the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. Her primary research interests are Aboriginal economy, community economic development, participatory research methodologies, governance, social responsibility, and leadership. She emphasizes  the need for economic development to be in sync with Aboriginal communities, and her work brings to the forefront the many different ways in which Aboriginal peoples are contributing to the economy. She has authored two books, written numerous journal articles, and given countless conference presentations on the topic of Aboriginal economic development.


CEDI Supports to Toolkit Peer Review Committee

Marena Winstanley

CEDI Research and Knowledge Officer

Marena Winstanley has expertise in organizational learning and knowledge product development, leads the design and development of the CEDI Toolkit and facilitates the TPRC. Prior to joining the CEDI team, Marena was a Sustainability Consultant at Stratos Inc. where she worked with key corporate and public-sector clients to improve their environmental and social outcomes. Marena has published various papers on social and environmental issues, and holds an M.A. in Public Policy and Administration and a B.A. in Sustainability. 

Crystal Swan

CEDI Intern

Crystal Swan is Cree and Dene from Cold Lake First Nations and provides research and support for the CEDI team, primarily assisting with developing  the CEDI Toolkit. Currently a student at the University of Alberta, she will be entering her final year in the Native Studies B.A. (Honours) program in the fall. She is involved in the Aboriginal community through volunteerism, with a primary interest in Aboriginal youth and women's advocacy, and hopes to pursue a career in First Nations community development.

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