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Our Staff

Our Staff

KAREN GINGRAS

Interim Executive Director

For over 20 years, Karen’s passionate involvement in community economic development has taken her across the province. Her business degree has proven helpful as she coached micro-enterprise during her time as loan program manager with Alberta Women’s Enterprise and as coach in the WEBSS business incubator.

Karen has provided business coaching to immigrant led micro-enterprises at the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers and a diverse group of micro entrepreneurs as executive director at Edmonton Community Loan Fund.

At ECLF, she led the creation of individual development accounts, a matched savings account and financial literacy program, a Laurel Award winning program and the first of its kind in Alberta. Later, through a collaboration with the City of Edmonton and Another Way Consulting, she was involved in the development and delivery of workshops and coaching aimed at helping non-profits determine readiness for social enterprise.

As executive director at Vibrant Communities Edmonton, she led the creation of Make Tax Time Pay, and furthered the financial literacy program through various collaborations. She has since been involved in providing coaching to food processors across the province and after moving to Lac La Biche County to tend to her father, she became the executive of the Lac La Biche Community Futures Development Corporation, supporting small businesses who would not otherwise secure financing through mainstream banking.

Eventually, she led the economic development department and managed planning and development for the municipality. More recently, she was the executive director of a large nonprofit with several social enterprises in southern Alberta. As director of neighbourhood development for the Edmonton Community Development Company, her wide range of experience lends itself directly to the multi-faceted work of community economic development.

 

MICHAEL QUIAMBAO

Community Development | Project Coordinator | Property Manager

Michael knows first-hand the challenges and overwhelming hurdles of bringing ideas into reality. With over 25 years of experience helping organizations and companies build a brand in a positive light, Michael has successfully achieved growth in brand awareness and sales.

With a background in Human Recourses, Sales Management, and Real Estate, the core of his work is people.

His ability to communicate, use promotional strategies, and influence a large audience to strengthen the customer-product-service relationships stems from his enthusiasm to socialize and make connections.

Michael believes in changing for the better and living life with gratitude.

He aims to elevate the city of Edmonton through its businesses, communities, and people.

Please introduce yourself and connect with Michael at mquiambao@edmontncdc.org. He thanks you in advance for your time and is eager to hear from you.

 

CARRY PERRIER

Administrative Assistant

Carry has worked in a myriad of jobs, most of which were in the non-profit and post-secondary fields. She has had a wide range of duties in those jobs, including IT work, editing, publishing, event planning, and project management, among many others.

In 2010 she moved to Canada from the US to marry her wife. After her youngest child graduated from high school in 2018, she started working on a bachelor’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in Native Studies at the University of Alberta.

In her spare time, Carry is a voracious reader, a decent knitter, an amateur violin player, and a fan of board games. She is very excited to be a part of the ECDC team.

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