Susan comes to us from Burns Lake, bringing extensive education and experience in a combination of non-profit, public sector and private sector leadership roles. In addition to owning several businesses, Susan also has considerable general management and economic development experience including five years as General Manager for the Wet’suwet’en First Nation in Burns Lake. While working for the Band, Susan held a number of different positions; following this, she worked as the Economic Development Coordinator for the Lakes District Economic Development Association. Prior to coming to Community Futures Fraser-Fort George, Susan co-owned and operated a consulting practice for five years where she enjoyed working on various contracts involving business, community and economic development.
Trish joined Community Futures in February 2016. Trish has accumulated over 30 years experience in finance, payroll and administration in private, public service and not-for-profit sectors. She is a graduate of CNC in Business Management and completed an Associate Certificate in Leadership & Conflict Resolution from JIBC.
Sherri re-joined the Community Futures Fraser-Fort George team in December of 2015. She is a long time resident of Prince George and a graduate of CNC in Business Management, as well as Human Resource Management. Sherri has a strong background in the not-for-profit sector specializing in rural community development, including small business development. Sherri particularly enjoys working with new entrepreneurs and she facilitates our Self-Employment program and the C-Best program to support clients on their business development and implementation journeys.
Jean joined Community Futures April 2016, after retiring from a 38 year Banking Career. With a long term Banking Career, Jean brings extensive accreditation and experience. A large portion of Jean’s career was spent working with Small Business and Agriculture Clients. Jean has a passion for helping people and very much enjoys assisting entrepreneurs in whatever way she can.
After an extended vacation to Australia in the spring of 2016, Mike Jurkovic has returned to us as our Business Analyst. Mike works closely with business operators seeking financing through Community Futures. As a long-time Prince George resident, graduate of UNBC and former President of the UNBC Commerce Students Society, Mike was involved with a variety of business-oriented competitions that were run through UNBC, and holds previous experience working with both our Youth Mean Business and Self-Employment Services programs.
Eunice is the newest member of Community Futures Fraser-Fort George. Originally from the coast, Eunice had moved up to Prince George shortly upon obtaining her Bachelor's Degree from the Emily Carr University. As a Communication Design graduate and former Prince George Free Press Ad Designer / Assistant Production Manager, Eunice brings Administrative, Graphic Design and Media experience to the team. She has worked extensively in animal welfare and rescue, and holds a strong desire in generating growth to help build the northern community.
Charles began his economic development career in 1990. Between 2001 and 2012, he worked directly with entrepreneurs to strategically position their firms, handle rapid growth and enter new markets. For five of those years he helped firms develop export markets, participating on trade missions to the USA, China, Russia, Chile, Peru and the Philippines. He was a commercial lender for 8 years, at GE Capital and Community Futures. He rejoined the Community Futures network in October 2016 to help firms to identify, enter and develop new markets outside of British Columbia through the Export Navigator pilot program. A faculty member at UNBC’s School of Business, he specialises in international business, marketing, entrepreneurship and ethics. Charles holds a Masters degree in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelors degree in Economics from UBC.