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Court Ellingson

Court Ellingson

Court joined Millier Dickinson Blais in 2009 as Senior Consultant with eight years of community and international development experience. Court is currently completing the requirements for a Masters in Local Economic Development from the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining Millier Dickinson Blais, Court worked initially in logistics for both Kraft Foods and Fording Coal Trust before beginning his work in community and international development. Serving as Program Representative for CUSO in Indonesia, Court coordinated programs in partnership with Oxfam (UK), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC), the Silva Forest Foundation, and Vredeseilanden (Belgium) in economics, forestry management, and gender equity throughout Indonesia. Court was also directly engaged in project support to the victims of the Indian Ocean Tsunami (2004) and the Yogyakarta Earthquake (2006). Court is an accomplished facilitator and project manager and is skilled in leading teams to high performance results. He has extensive experience connecting community groups with local government, business, and international agencies. He is familiar with Results Based Management and Logical Framework approaches and has guided communities through processes of Asset Mapping and Appreciative Inquiry. Since joining Millier Dickinson Blais, Court has engaged with projects concerning workforce development, agriculture and agri-food, business incubation, business gap analysis, industry sector convergence, and innovation and creativity in rural economies. He has lived, worked, and studied in Canada, Sweden, and Indonesia. He is fluent in Indonesian and able to communicate in French. Court avidly pursues his interest in agricultural economies in rural communities. Court was born in Victoria, BC, and raised in Valleyview, Alberta. He currently lives in Calgary.

Articles Posted by Court Ellingson

Review: The Boiling Frog Dilemma

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What economic developers can learn from Sid Meier’s Civilization

As one who is engaged in economic development for a living, I think there are lessons strategy games offer to economic development professionals. One game that More...