While Eric’s departure left big shoes to fill, CoopZone is proud to announce the hiring of Meg Ronson as the new Program Director of the CoopZone Training Program. Like Eric, Meg is also an alumnus of the CoopZone Training Program, and speaks highly of her experience.
Meg Ronson is a business succession researcher, junior co-operative developer, and economic development professional. She specializes in community and stakeholder engagement and small business education. Meg is currently the Business Manager at the University of Waterloo’s Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR), a role she took after the completion of WISIR’s business conversion social innovation lab, Legacy Leadership Lab, for which she was the Project Manager.
Prior to this, Meg has worked briefly at the French-language social economy non-profit Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario’s Windsor office, and has held several positions at economic development technology startup SuccessionMatching. While completing her Masters of Economic Development and Innovation at the University of Waterloo, Meg produced a paper on Ontario’s small business succession challenges and the social purpose conversion opportunity alongside her research supervisor Sean Geobey. Meg also holds a Certificate of Economics at Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Humanities at Carleton University.
Meg will be overseeing the transition of the Training Program to a Course Instructor-centered model. Therefore, we are looking for passionate co-op developers to be Course Instructors, and to assist in the delivery of courses. Meg will be focusing more on the high-level strategy and curriculum development of the Training Program.
Join us in welcoming Meg as the new Program Director!