Annie Joyal received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Laurentian University with a specialization in Marketing and Human Resources. She was Project Manager - Jeunes en action, for the Association canadienne-française de l'Ontario - Région Témiskaming during which she helped young co-operators to start the first youth service co-operative for this region. She also worked for one of North America's leading metal foundry producers for 18 years. She was Director of Customer Service for her last 4 years with this company. Annie holds her Francophonie and her place in northern Ontario to heart. Co-operatives and the development of social and collective enterprise also became near and dear to her through learning about the co-operative movement during her university studies. She is proud to be part of the Social Enterprise and Cooperative Development Division of the Cooperation Council of Ontario.