Leslie Brown – Director
Full Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax NS (1983-present). Ph.D., University of Minnesota, March, 1983, B.A. (Honours), University of New Brunswick, 1972. Over the past 15 years I have been involved in collaborative research, for the most part funded by SSHRC as part of their community-university partnership program of grants. Projects include: *Social Reporting in Co-operatives and Corporations (2013 – present) funded by Centre of Excellence in Accounting and Reporting for Co-operatives
*Measuring the Co-operative Difference (2010-2015). I am the co-lead for the Atlantic Cluster and also work on various projects within the team. One project involves Developing and implementing a Triple Bottom line Scorecard for use by retail food co-ops in the region; *Social Economy and Sustainability: Innovations in Bridging, Bonding and Capacity Building. (2005 – 2011) SSHRC-funded Social Economy Suite Grant (I was the Principal Investigator and Director of the Network); *Co-operative Membership and Globalization: Creating Social Cohesion Through Market Relations”, (2001-2005) a national team in which I was a principle investigator responsible for the research in Atlantic Canada.
Here are a very few examples of work since 2005: NS Conversation Group on the Social Economy 2010-2011- Worked as part of a committee brought together by Regional Planning and Development, NS Department of Economic and Rural Development, and Tourism. The committee’s report is titled- Social Enterprise in Nova Scotia: Concepts and Recommendations – What Government Needs to Know about Social Enterprise in Nova Scotia (2011). Voluntary Sector “Champion”, Mayoral Advisory Committee for an Economic Strategy for the HRM 2010 – 2011 (resulted from our Building Policy 4 the Social Economy symposium); Member, Advisory committee, Federation of community Organizations, 2009 – 2010 during designing, conducting and analyzing a Member Survey with others in that organization; Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia Working group on “Corporate social responsibility and credit unions in Nova Scotia”, 2006 – 2008; Co-operative Development Initiative Steering Committee, Government of Canada, 2003 – 2005, renewed for 2 year term, 2005-07, Co-Chair as of 2005. This committee is appointed by the Minister of Agriculture (or designate), to provide guidance and strategic direction, and to oversee implementation of the Co-operative Development Initiative Program.