Karen Gingras

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 a loan program manager with Alberta Women’s Enterprise and as a 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. After moving to Lac La Biche County to tend to her father, she became the Lac La Biche Community Futures Development Corporation executive, supporting small businesses that would not otherwise secure financing through mainstream banking.

 

Eventually, she led the economic development department and managed planning and development for the municipality. She was the executive director of a large non-profit with several social enterprises in southern Alberta. As executive director 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

Project Coordinator | Community Development | 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 through the button above. He thanks you in advance for your time and is eager to hear from you.

Carry Perrier

Administrative Assistant

Carry has worked in many 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.

 

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

Erica Marie

Content Writer

Driven by her curiosity, action, and grit, Erica has a growth mindset and an enthusiasm for innovation. Her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and passion for writing alchemize the elements of creativity, research, and storytelling into writing gold. It creates a perfect blend for her role as a Content Writer with the Edmonton Community Development Company.

 

Erica’s experience in sales management and marketing allows her to empathize with her audience. She believes in the power of information and in bringing awareness to the different policies and initiatives of the city of Edmonton.