Ibon Zugasti

IBON ZUGASTI GOROSTIDI – SUMMARY CV/BIO Ibon Zugasti is International Project Manager at LKS Cooperative , the Management Consulting Division of MONDRAGON Corporation, Board Member of the Millennium Project Global Futures Think Tank, Member of the Board of Foresight Europe Network , Deputy Director of the Foresight Iberoamerican Network and Associate Fellow of the World […]

Nina Elomaa

Nina Elomaa is passionate about sustainability and believes in positive development in the role businesses has in tackling the sustainability challenges facing the globe in collaboration with different actors along the value chain. She has wide experience in different fields of business, such as energy, sourcing, food industry, retail, FMCG and sustainability. 

Gerardo Almaguer

Gerardo Almaguer is President and CEO of Desjardins International Development (DID) since January 2019. Trained as an engineer, Mr. Almaguer also holds a master’s degree in management. He has more than 25 years of international experience and a long track record with DID, which he joined 18 years ago. For almost four years, he headed […]

Andrea Harris

Andrea reports to the Chief External Relations Officer and lead the coordination and oversight of the programs and strategies that advance Vancity’s goals of creating a clean and fair world, focusing particularly on climate action, climate justice, community investment, financial resilience, and Indigenous banking, all through the lens of anti-racism and Reconciliation. Through this role, Andrea […]

David Thomas

David Thomas is a solution management professional, specialising in social economy, local food systems, and open source technology. For over a decade, his work has centred around social and community development, academic research, and climate policy. As Executive Director of Open Food Network Canada, David works with communities across Canada to support the growth of […]

Laurent Charlin

Laurent Charlin is an associate professor at HEC Montréal and a core member of Mila Quebec’s AI institute. He holds a Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) AI Chair on the topic of personalization and develops machine learning methods including for recommendation systems. He is also the academic co-director of the technical stream of the Next […]

Karina Lehoux


An experienced, bilingual and versatile facilitator, Karina Lehoux is recognized as a trusted accomplice thanks to her professionalism, her authenticity and her sincere interest in optimizing communication and thus helping to achieve her clients’ business objectives. Karina Lehoux is also the founder (2012) and president of the firm Eklosion – Professional Animation, which was born […]

Julie LaPalme

Julie LaPalme

Julie is Secretary-General for Cooperative Housing International. Since 2014 Julie has been raising awareness, facilitating peer to peer exchanges, and sharing good practices at a global level about cooperative and other forms of community-led housing. For the past thirty years Julie has worked in cooperative housing in organizational development, government relations, property management, communication, and […]

Louis Cousin

Louis Cousin is a consultant and researcher in cooperative data infrastructures with over a decade of experience in the cooperative movement. He has held various positions as an entrepreneur, cooperative association staff member, and researcher. Currently, Louis serves as the Chief Operations Officer at Startin’blox cooperative and is a Ph.D. student at Laval University in Canada […]

Mary Nirlungayuk

Mary grew up in the remote community of Kugaaruk ( Koo- gaa- rook), Nunavut in the Central Arctic, which has a population of 1100 people. In 1982, Mary joined the Co-operative System in the Arctic as the Office Manager of Koomiut Co-op in Kugaaruk, Nunavut. Then moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba to work at Arctic Co-operatives […]


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