Fiona Duguid has over 25 years of experience working on cooperatives and community development. Her expertise includes researching, analyzing, and reporting on various matters affecting cooperatives in Canada and globally to advance communities.
Working on funded government, university, national, and global cooperative community projects, Fiona’s work focuses on measuring impact, developing reporting tools, building capacity, and providing communities with recommendations on the support required.
As an expert for the Technical Assistance Partnership (TAP) initiative, Fiona is currently assisting the government of Eswatini’s Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Agriculture to strengthen the agriculture cooperative and the small medium enterprise sectors of the country through the cooperative model.
With a Ph.D. in Adult Education and Community Development from the University of Toronto, Fiona has published over 25 papers on cooperatives, social economy and community economic development. Awareness of the benefits of efficient cooperatives in any industry is critical and an integral part of her work as she continues to explore how people are innovative in this space and the countless benefits it brings to the communities cooperatives serve.
Fiona is the Principal Researcher of Duguid Consulting, an Assistant Professor (term) at Cape Breton University in the Shannon School of Business in the Community Economic Development Master of Business Administration program, and an Adjunct Professor at Saint Mary’s University in Co-operative Management Master. She sits on the boards of the Canadian Association for the Study of Co-operation and the Ontario Co-operative Association Education Committee.