Factor 5 Group is developing a comprehensive certification program for Community Economic Development (CED). In doing so, we will examine a range of certification models such as the Green Building Council’s LEED program, and the Economic Developers Association of Canada’s Ec.D professional designation. This process will include comprehensive engagement of CED practitioners and stakeholders from all across Canada. The purpose of the certification program would be to:


1) Establish standards of practice in the field of Economic Development based on CED principles

2) Provide tools to assist practitioners in developing economic development projects, programs and policies that achieve CED

3) Recognize projects, programs and policies through which communities, governments and practitioners achieve excellence in CED

Factor 5’s philosophy is that community economic development (CED) is optimized and sustainable when five factors converge: economy, environment, culture, society and politics.


Economy -- Catalyze local ownership, supply/value chains and entrepreneurship

Environment -- Ensure environmental and ecological sustainability

• Culture – Celebrate and embrace diversity, foster inclusion and collaboration

Society -- Facilitate community--based planning, organizing and ground--up solutions

• Politics -- Strengthen democratic institutions, transparency and citizen participation

Project Steering Committee

Erin has made a career out of applying traditional business and economic tools in non traditional ways to address challenges within communities.  Helping non profits become more business like and learn how to earn their own revenue, helping businesses consider their social and environmental impacts, and helping vulnerable neighbourhoods develop their own localized economic development strategies. 


Erin is the business manager for Momentum, Calgary, a CED organization that partners with people living on low incomes to increase prosperity, and develop  local economies with opportunities for all.


Erin leads her team with two strategies; partnering with individuals living on low incomes, capitalizing on their skills and interests to create  meaningful  jobs through self employment, and engaging marginalized communities to support their local economic development strategies.

Erin Melnychuck

Nicole Chaland has worked as a community economic development researcher, instructor, animator, author and speaker. Her interest and expertise include affordable housing, community economies, women-centered CED and co-operatives.  She is a founding member and director of Roofs and Roots Housing Co-op, which converts private rental buildings to co-operatively-owned green buildings.  She is an associate member of Sustainability Solutions – a worker co-operative that nurtures and embodies a holistic understanding of sustainability. 


Since 2002, Nicole has worked with CCEDNet spearheading the first national survey of CED organizations, CCEDNet’s highly successful CreateAction internship program, the formation of CCEDNet’s Immigrant Community Action Network, and a bursary program for mid-career CED professionals.


Nicole is the Program Director for SFU’s Certificate Program for CED Professionals where she teaches CED Approaches to Affordable Housing.

Nicole Chaland

Economist, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and a Fellow at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), Cutting Edge Capital, and Post-Carbon Institute.  


Michael has prepared numerous studies on the opportunities for food localization and analyzed case studies of 24 local food businesses worldwide. Michael has performed “leakage analyses”, and has designed simple leakage calculation tools for the BALLE website.  He is also now completing a study documenting income tax and public spending inequities facing small business in 15 states.


Shuman received an A.B. with distinction in economics and international relations from Stanford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. Both the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia Bar.

Michael teaches “LocaNomics: Principles and Practice for Community Prosperity” in the Certificate Program for CED at Simon Fraser University. 

Michael Shuman

Sxwpilemaat Siyam, Also known as Chief Leanne Joe of the Squamish Nation North Vancouver B.C., received her title from her father Chief Philip Joe (Sxwpilem Siyamis). She is one of 16 hereditary chiefs and the first female hereditary chief in her family.  She is also a descendant of the Kwakwaka’wakw speaking people of the Comox Valley and carries the family name of Q-Gwee-Sea-Louq. Leanne is a passionate and resilient community leader, committed to economic and social balance and sustainability with a focus on recognizing and nurturing traditional cultures; languages, history and values. 


Leanne is a seasoned and talented business development officer and community economic development professional. Leanne has experience as a Strategic initiatives coordinator for the Lower Nicola Indian Band.


 Leanne has also workef as the community engagement specialist for the Interior Salish Employment & Training Society, a Community Programs Developer for the Conayt Friendship Society in Merrit B.C., The Governance officer for the Upper Nicola Band managing policy analysis, economic development and the development of governance structures for the band administration. 

Chief Leanne Joe

Bob Miller is a highly respected champion of collaborative and regional economic development in Alberta. 

As Regional Economic Prosperity Lead for the Calgary Regional Partnership and Manager of the Calgary Region Economic Development Alliance (REDA) Bob has provided energetic leadership in:


• establishing the Calgary Region Inland Port and Foreign Trade Zone. 

• promoting trade corridor development through the Port of Prince Rupert and, most recently,

• leading a Regional Broadband and Digital Connectivity Assessment to support economic growth and diversification in the Calgary Region. 


Key collaborations involve local municipalities, other Regions in Southern Alberta, Provincial departments and a host of other partners. 


With degrees in Urban Economics and in Regional Planning, Bob brings energy and “big picture” strategy to collaborations in the Region and Southern Alberta.  

Bob Miller

Gina is a Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation Citizen of the Wolf Clan from Dawson, Yukon; She presently resides in Whitehorse, Yukon. 


Gina has over 30 years of experience working in the field of justice, as a Royal Mounted Police officer for the Department of Justice Canada, an Aboriginal Offender Reintegration Officer for the Correctional Service of Canada, and a Justice Service Coordinator  for the Kwanlin Dun First Nation.  


Gina is an active board member for Yukon Law Society, Yukon Legal Services Society, Youth of Today’s Society, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Education Department and is on the board of directors for Chief Isaac Incorporated of Dawson, Yukon. 


Gina is a recent graduate of the Community Economic Development certificate program at Simon Fraser University, and is currently working on her Masters in Community Economic Development through Cape Breton University.

Gina Nagano

Perry Calce is Coordinator of Academic Programs and Curriculum Development at Concordia University’s School of Community and Public Affairs (SCPA). Perry’s responsibilities at the SCPA include the recruitment and admission of students to the Undergraduate program in Community, Public Affairs and Policy Studies and the Major and Minor in First Peoples Studies as well as the Graduate Program in Community Economic Development. He is also the academic advisor for these four Undergraduate and Graduate Programs and responsible for all aspects of the School’s undergraduate internship program. 


Perry has extensive board experience and has a wide range of current volunteer leadership roles with community organizations including Park Extension Youth Organization, CSSS De la Montagne, La Corporation de Développement Économique Communautaire Centre-Nord, and CDEC Côte-des-Neiges / Notre-Dame-de-Grâce; SOLIDE fund.  


He completed a B.A in history and a Graduate Diploma in Institutional Administration. In 2013, he was awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his community engagement.

Perry Calce

Holly Sorgen is an economic development leader in Alberta. She has been the Executive Director for Community Futures Grande Prairie since  2005. She has been involved in the development and facilitation of many Economic Development projects including feasibility studies, non-profit strategic planning, new technology advancement & development and community capacity building. 


Holly is the instructor for a variety of Economic Developers of Alberta Training Programs, including “Establishing the Foundation” and “Business Retention and Expansion”.


Holly owns and operates EmPowerUp!, a business strategy and facilitation company. Through this company Holly delivers training related to Economic Development, Career and Employment, and Business and Entrepreneurship. Holly is the Local ‘Mastermind’ Coordinator for the Get.It.Together team in Grande Prairie. Get.it.together is a program that helps businesses become more profitable, sustainable and successful. 

Holly Sorgen

Wes is the City of Vancouver’s Community Economic Development Planner and has worked in the field since 2009, first with the 3P organization Building Opportunities with Business, and then as the incorporating Executive Director of Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association, Canada’s first Social Innovation BIA. Wes is completing his Master’s in Urban Studies. His thesis examines retail gentrification in Mixed-use development in Vancouver’s neighborhood serving retail corridors.  

Wes has served on numerous boards of non-profits focusing on economic and sustainable community development and government advisory committees including Conversations for Responsible Economic Development (CREDBC), LOCO BC (Past Chair), the Vancouver Urban Farming Society, The BC Partners for Social Impact, and the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City Small Business Advisory Committee. Wes also serves as the Green Party of Canada’s Critic for Urban Affairs and Housing, and was a Candidate in the 2015 Federal Election in the Riding of Vancouver East.

Wes Regan

Matt is an award winning filmmaker, communications specialist, and veteran of the Canadian non-profit sector. Since 2007, Matt has developed over 150 videos including The Metis in Canada, Learning About Treaties in Canada, The History of Treaties in Canada and Truth & Reconciliation which recieved the 2016 Rising Star Award at the Canada International Film Festival. 


Matt also received the 2011 & 2013 Award of Excellence in Filmmaking from the Canada International Film Festival for his films Great River and Native Young. The films explore a variety of social issues impacting First Nations communities across Canada. 


Matt is a dynamic public speaker and effective community leader who has assisted numerous organizations, municipalities and businesses with developing effective communication strategies. Matt has been an active member of Workforce Planning Ontario. He recently joined the Human Ingenuity Research Group at Western University. Matt is passionate about filmmaking, economic development, workforce development and exploring his Métis heritage. 

Matt Lemay

George Karaphillis serves as the Dean, Shannon School of Business and Director of the MBA in Community Economic Development (CED) program, at Cape Breton University (CBU). He is also an Associate Professor at CBU and has taught finance, IT strategy, investments, and small business management.


George has participated in educational and research partnerships, collaborating on applied research projects that have a focus on economic development and involve students and community partners. He has led economic impact studies, including the impact of Cape Breton hiking trails, and the impact of the Co-Operative sector in Nova Scotia and Canada. He completed a research project on financing of the social economy in Atlantic Canada, and studies on the challenges of the Social Enterprise sector in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.  


As Director of CBU’s CED Institute, George has organized community learning sessions and conferences that attracted community, government, and academic participants.  He has served on boards of local organizations, including BCA Investment Co-Operative, Laurentian Energy Corporation, and Business Alliance for Local Living Economies-Nova Scotia (BALLE NS).

George Karaphillis