Mike Balkwill

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Mike Balkwill is a long time and very busy organizer/trainer/group facilitator (you name it and he has probably done it) who has worked mostlyin Ontario but recently has been involved in projects across Canada. Mike has also taught community practice at York and McMaster universities.

In the 1970's and 80's Mike was the first person to do community organization in housing cooperatives in English Canada and has continued to bring innovation to the field of community development in social housing. In 2001/2002 he designed and facilitated with the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, the largest participatory budgeting project in Canada.

At this point Mike is heavily involved in social action organizing with environmental and social justice projects, including a recent successful campaign to stop the development of an incinerator for low-level radioactive waste in Brampton, Ontario. Mike is the owner and Grand Pooh Bah of CommonAct Press.


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