Connecting Local Producers to Reliable Advisors to help connect community
Sustainability, Economic Localization, Social Enterprise
Andy has worked for three decades to create thriving local economies and communities. He has worked with 100s of community organisations — large and small, rural and urban ‒ throughout North America and abroad. As a volunteer, he currently serves as a member of the Sustainable Economy Commission of Nova Scotia and vice-chair of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada, and served as a founding director of the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia and chair of the Centre for Local Prosperity. In addition to his role at his own firm (socialenterprisesolutions.ca), Andy provides consulting and training for the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick (cecnb.ca) and the Centre for Local Prosperity (centreforlocalprosperity.ca). He lives on his homestead farm in beautiful Kempt Shore, Nova Scotia.
Small Business Start-up, Financial Forecasting, Business Plan Creation, Marketing Strategy, Strategic Planning
Joel Stoddart is a Business Counsellor, Consultant, and Trainer with the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre, where he helps entrepreneurs at all stages pursue their personal and business goals. Prior to that, he spent four years as Business Manager at Careforce Home Health Services, a company that helps seniors and vulnerable populations live safely and comfortably at home. He is a graduate of Acadia University’s Business program (’03) and was the co-founder of 100 Men Who Give a Damn! Annapolis Valley (an organization that donated more than $160,000 to local charities since 2016). He was born and raised in the small fishing Town of Clark’s Harbour, NS, but now resides in Kentville with his wife, son, and daughter.
Sales, Business Etiquette, Mentorship, Facilitating Specific Workshops
Amin Tran is an Entrepreneur and former Retail Executive specializing in restructuring operations. Mr Tran has a successful track record of turning around individual business units, regions and nationwide operations in various retail segments: grocery, soft-lines home goods, health & beauty, automotive tires, glass and construction.
During his tenure in the corporate world Mr Tran held senior level postings and/or consulted for Wal-Mart, IKEA, Hudson’s Bay, Pet-Cetera, Linens N Things, Loblaw, TJX, Best Buy, Canadian Tire and many others.
Food Safety Program Development and Consulting, Project Management
Treasa has been a professional within the Canadian AgriFood industry for over two decades but has grown up around agriculture her whole life. Treasa started her career in agriculture as the Horticulture Specialist for Northern Nova Scotia. During this time and in the many years since, she developed skills and training in HACCP based food safety programs both on-farm and at the processor level (FSEP, PCP, SQF and PCQI), group facilitation, adult education, project management and sales.
Treasa has extensive expertise at the post-harvest and processor level. She has worked on almost all levels of the value chain from primary production to the development of marketing strategies for processed products including the development of new product lines and packaging. She has managed a consistently growing portfolio of clients spanning across the country and abroad. Her work experience has taken her beyond North America to the EU as well as China.