Michelle Colussi worked with the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal (CCCR) on a variety of community economic development initiatives for 20 years. Originally trained as a teacher, her background includes recreation, youth justice, mental health, theatre and social enterprise development. Michelle has an extensive background in rural development projects working with First Nations, local governments and NGO’s including board development, strategic planning and organizational coaching. She was a key member in the development of the Community Resilience Manual that CCCR developed in 2000 and worked with the Government of Botswana to adapt the tool and train facilitators there. She is a founding member of Transition Victoria (BC) and supported the spread of Transition Towns in Canada through Launch training and chairing the Transition Emerging research Advisory Group. In her Transition Victoria role, Michelle co-founded Building Resilient Neighbourhoods and continues to provide pro bono supports to scaling aspects of that work in BC. Currently Michelle’s practice is focused on facilitation, training and coaching to strengthen community collaboration and impacts, working with Innoweaves Collective Impact program and Scale Collaboratives 21st Century Non-Profits program. She lives in Victoria with her son and husband who is the real connector in the family.