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Hi!  I'm Laurie Cook.  I have a broad background in community work, consulting, adult education, facilitation, and supporting and encouraging innovation.

I have a Masters in Adult Education specializing in Community Development, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership.  I've worked in community, the nonprofit sector, business and government.

Some of my passions are:  social enterprise, helping communities to think in an entrepreneurial way, and supporting and encouraging fearless collaboration in all ways.  I love diversity and see it as a strength in all things.  I also think conflict and tension can be tremendous opportunities for great creativity.

I am also President of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet), an advisor for the Atlantic Innovation Ecosystem Project called WeavEast, and orchestrator of Halifax's first Community Innovation Summit.

As an Innovation and Leadership specialist, I take a holistic approach to helping organizations and communities be the best they can be.  I'm always particularly interested in the culture of an organization and what its reason for being is. 


I also want to work with organizations that want to help make the world a better place.

How I Can


Are you an organization looking to excel? 


Do you want to develop a culture of leadership and innovation that will enable you accomplish your goals, and make a difference in the world?


I offer custom support and learning opportunities in...

  • increasing diversity, inclusion, equity and access (IDEA)

  • the development of powerful, enterprising and sustainable organizations and communities

  • collaboration and team building

  • leadership development

We also organize special learning and networking events.  Our first one coming up is:


This first Community Innovation Festival is designed to ask:  What is this buzzword Innovation really all about, and what do we really need to do to cultivate it more?  We will also celebrate various stories of innovation and learning. 

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