Free workshop brings local economy solutions to northern B.C. communities

From May 30 – June 3, world-renowned economist Michael Shuman will be touring Northern B.C. to present on building community prosperity

From May 30 – June 3, world-renowned economist and author Michael Shuman will be touring Northern B.C. presenting ‘Local Economy Solutions,’ a workshop about building community prosperity through strengthening the local economy.

The free workshops, co-ordinated by Simon Fraser University’s Certificate Program for Community Economic Development, will be presented in Prince George, Quesnel, Vanderhoof, Hazelton and Smithers.

“Michael Shuman presents a “local living economies” (LLE) approach to economic development that focuses on building up local businesses and inviting community participation,” says Nicole Chaland, program director for SFU’s Certificate Program for Community Economic Development. “As part of the workshop, Michael Shuman guides participants to conduct a leakage analysis on the community, to find out where money leaves the community and to figure out ways to plug those leaks.”

These workshops were made possible through partnerships with local sponsors in each region. Sponsors are the City of Prince George, Integris Credit Union, Innovation Central Society, City of Quesnel, Community Futures North Cariboo, Quesnel Downtown Association, Small Town Love, West Quesnel BIA, Bulkley Credit Union, Town of Smithers, Community Futures Nadina, Doug Donaldson, MLA Stikine, Smithers District Chamber of Commerce, Storytellers’ Foundation, Doug Donaldson, MLA Stikine, Skeena Watershed Conservation Society, Village of Hazelton, Northwest Community College – Hazelton campus, Community Futures Stuart Nechako and Invest Local BC.

About Michael:

Michael Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur. He currently is Director of Community Portals for Mission Markets and a Fellow at three organizations: the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), Cutting Edge Capital, and Post-Carbon Institute. He is one of the North America’s leading experts on community economics and the advantages of small-scale businesses in an era of globalization.

Shuman received an A.B. with distinction in economics and international relations from Stanford University in 1979 and a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1982. Between 1987 and 1990 he was a W.K. Kellogg National Leadership Fellow. He is also a member of both the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia Bar.

June 1, Vanderhoof – Nechako Community Church, 1393 Highway 16 East, 1 – 5 p.m. Register for free at


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