John Restakis is executive director of Community Evolution Foundation and former executive director of the British Columbia Co-operative Association in Vancouver, a position he held for sixteen years. His professional background includes community organizing, adult and popular education, and co-op development. He is adjunct professor at the Centre for Sustainable Community Development, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia and is research associate for Co-operatives UK. He does consulting work on international co-op and community economic development projects, researches and teaches on co-operative economies and the social economy, and lectures widely on the subject of globalization, regional development, and alternative economics. He is the author of Humanizing the Economy – Co-operatives in the Age of Capital (2010).