Marguerite Mendell and Nancy Neamtan: "The Social Economy in Quebec. Constructing a New Paradigm"

Marguerite Mendell (Ph.D., Economics, McGill University) is Associate Professor in the School of Community and Public Affairs and Director of the Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Professor Mendell's research and teaching focuses on the social economy in Quebec, alternative investment strategies, comparative community economic development, comparative public policy, history of economic thought, and economic democracy and governance, among others. She has published widely in these areas.

Nancy Neamtan is President and Executive Director of the Chantier de l'├ęconomie sociale, a non-profit organisation administered by 28 representatives of various networks of social enterprises (cooperatives and non-profits), local development organisations and social movements. The mission of the Chantier de l'├ęconomie sociale, a Quebec-wide organisation, is the promotion and development of the social economy. For the past 20 years, Ms. Neamtan has been involved in a diversity of organizations devoted to community economic development and labour force development and training.