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Andy Horsnell

Nova Scotia
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Thirty years’ experience providing entrepreneurial consulting, training, and coaching to small businesses and social enterprises throughout North America.

Andy has worked for three decades to create thriving local economies and communities. After nine years at Acadia University’s Centre for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Andy shifted his focus from small business to provide strategy and social enterprise development services to community sector organisations. He has since worked with 100s of community organisations — large and small, rural and urban ‒ throughout North America and abroad. As a volunteer, he currently serves as co-chair of the Sustainable Economy Commission of Nova Scotia and vice-chair of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada, and served as a founding director of the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia and chair of the Centre for Local Prosperity. In early 2018, Andy left his full-time role at the firm he co-founded (Common Good Solutions CIC), to work as an independent consultant in the areas of social enterprise and local economic development. In addition to his role at his own firm, Andy provides consulting and training for the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick, the Centre for Local Prosperity, and Common Good Solutions. He lives on his homestead farm in beautiful Kempt Shore, Nova Scotia.

Areas of Expertise

Scaling Impact, Social Enterprise, Social Finance

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Other Clients

Ark Industries (Bridgewater Nova Scotia), Department of Business (Government of Nova Scotia), Canadian Abilities Foundation (Toronto), Canadian Community Economic Development Network (Manitoba Chapter), Centre for Children Committing Offences (Toronto), Choices for Youth (St. John’s), DASC Industries (Dartmouth), The Deanery Project (Lower Ship Harbour Nova Scotia), Directions Council of Nova Scotia (Dartmouth), Farm Centre Association (Charlottetown), Habitat for Humanity (Dartmouth), MetroWorks (Halifax), New Path Children and Family Services (Barrie), Taproot Farms (Port Williams Nova Scotia), Tatamagouche Centre (Tatamagouche Nova Scotia), Blue Door Shelters (formerly Transitional And Supportive Housing Services of York Region), American Red Cross of Greater Columbus (Ohio), Amherst H. Wilder Foundation (Saint Paul Minnesota), Environmental Support Center (Washington D.C.), Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits (Saint Paul Minnesota), People’s Research Organization for Grass-Roots Environmental Scientific Service (Hyderabad India), Volgograd Entrepreneurs' Association (Volgograd Russia)

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