George Brown is a lawyer, urbanist and Integral Associate Coach. He is Principal of Integral North. Prior to this, George spent nine years as President of the Ottawa Community Loan Fund, (OCLF) as well as 9 years as a City and Regional Councillor in Ottawa. As a Councillor, he served as Chair of the City’s Economic Affairs Committee and the Region’s Environmental Services Committee. He has a Master’s of Science Degree in Community Economic Development from New Hampshire College’s Graduate School of Business (now Southern New Hampshire University) and an LL.B. degree from the University of Ottawa Law School. He was called to the Bar in Ontario in September, 2003. George is a Part-Time Professor at the University of Ottawa Law School. He is Chair of United Way Ottawa’s Community Impact Cabinet and a Member of it’s Board of Directors.
The use of CBAs to achieve community wealth for all is growing rapidly in North America and overseas as communities come to realize that the old trickle-down and divide-and-conquer playbooks used by institutions and developers often leave little of long-term community value. Specifically, CBAs:
• Address barriers to realizing social, economic and environmental benefits from development,
• Address the needs of community sectors and voices not normally considered,
• Avoid fragmentation that occurs when community sectors are forced to advocate for their own interests,
• Help the community sector play a meaningful role in development planning and execution and
• Avoid weak governance and enforcement, leading to failure in achieving benefits outcomes.
Learn how this important new tool is being used in Ottawa’s Herongate neighbourhood and beyond!