Helen Patterson is the Program Manager for the First Nations-Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI). She has a B.A in Economics (McGill University), a M.Sc in Agricultural Economics (University of Wales) and an M.A in Organizational Development (Concordia University).
Helen has over 20 years in strategic planning, project management and organizational development in Canada and internationally working with municipalities, local governments, national and international organizations. Most recently (2009 – 2012) Helen worked in post-conflict Sri Lanka as Project Director for a $10 million vocational training and leadership program for marginalized youth focused on engaging private sector in training for employment. Prior to CEDI, her work with First Nations has included working with Carcross Tagish First Nation and the Yukon Council of First Nations on capacity building in needs assessment, planning and evaluation as well as with Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre and Minwaashin Lodge in the Ottawa area. Helen lives in Chelsea, Quebec with her two boys and partner and is an active community volunteer, hiker and cross-country skier.