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. Helen has served in the role of Program Manager for CEDI since its inception in 2013. She is honoured to work with so many inspiring elected officials and staff from the CEDI communities, and beyond, across the country who are leading the way on First Nation – municipal collaboration. Helen lives in Chelsea, Quebec with her two boys and partner and is an active community volunteer, hiker, canoer and cross-country skier.