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Robyn Spencer

Robyn Spencer

Robyn Spencer is a planner and community economic development practitioner with experience in urban and rural communities and with private and non-profit agencies. She has worked extensively with First Nations and Métis communities throughout British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario and has worked internationally on economic development and strategic planning with UN-HABITAT and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). Robyn’s recent applied work includes arts and cultural planning, regional growth and governance strategies, and social enterprise development. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from McGill University and is completing a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) in Community Economic Development at Cape Breton University.

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Articles Posted by Robyn Spencer

Could rural sourcing really work?

Many small towns have looked with envy at cities transforming their economies on the back of the IT sector. With their hot young entrepreneurs and More...

Capturing “cool” in cultural policies

There is a heated debate in Vancouver, over the recent announcement that the site of the Waldorf Hotel has been purchased, with plans for condos. More...

Generating creative buzz in post-industrial economies

How does a town make the shift from a heavy industry economy to a creative destination? Listing your cultural assets in tourism brochures doesn’t cut More...

When millionaires play economic development

How often is funding an issue in advancing economic development strategies in our cities and towns? Always. I can’t think of a single instance where more money More...

The right people for the right economy

In the world of economic development there’s a constant effort to better link people, their skills and job opportunities to ensure workers have access to More...

The allure of discovering and affordable housing to boot

Housing affordability is in the news. Again. Crashes, corrections, to rent or buy; it is constantly cycling through the headlines. And for good reason. Buying More...