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Dr. Jen Budney PhD Research Associate at Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives

Research Area(s)

  • Co-operatives
  • not-for-profits
  • institutions
  • governance

Jen brings a unique depth of experience, knowledge, and boundless energy to the role. She holds a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Saskatchewan campus of JSGS where she has taught courses on the social economy, micro-economics, and ethical leadership. Jen has sometimes referred to herself as a “reformed curator”, having extensive experience in the arts sector -- she has held creative, editorial, and leadership positions at museums, magazines, and funding agencies across Canada and abroad. She could just as easily describe herself as a freelance journalist, having worked in Italy for a variety of magazines and news agencies, including Associated Press, and in New York for Writing for Non-Profits. She is a multi-linguist (she speaks French, Italian, and passable Spanish) and is a tireless volunteer, working currently as chair of the board at Spadina Early Learning and Childcare Co-operative, Saskatoon’s oldest licensed childcare facility, with four locations serving the core neighbourhoods.