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 works with clients to facilitate our business lending program. She is well versed in community and economic development and has supported hundreds of entrepreneurs with creating strong foundations for business start ups, purchases, growth management and succession planning. Sherri is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs and she welcomes clients to come see her for their business lending needs!
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.
Angela LeFebvre is the Business Development Officer at CFDC. She works with up-and-coming entrepreneurs in the SE Program and C-BEST Program to develop their concept into a comprehensive business plan and takes clients into the start-up phase. Angela knows that having a developed plan drastically reduces stress and increases the success of your business. Angela was a client of CFDC and now owns and operates her own business. She also has over 15 years of combined experience working in the provincial and federal government. She is experienced and educated in accounting, adult education, communication, and gap analysis and holds awards on merit, excellence, and leadership. Angela’s multifaceted background will help you develop your business plan. She will teach you how to perform your own gap analysis to understand strength and weaknesses within your business and appropriately strategize. She will empower you through education, coaching, and mentoring to put your best possible self forward.
Eunice joined Community Futures Fraser-Fort George in the spring of 2017, after graduating from the Communication Design program at the Emily Carr University. Originally from the coast, Eunice brings with her, a creative soul with a passion for working alongside the local community. Fueled by a love for helping others and a zest to learn, Eunice has previously been involved with other non-profit organizations in the animal rescue and welfare sector, and today, enjoys fostering community growth, developing brand strategies, and building client relationships. At Community Futures, Eunice is often the first face to greet you when you visit our office. She can often be found lending an ear and providing assistance to new and existing clients, while managing a blanketed amount of administrative and media / web-related activities. Eunice works closely with the CF team so that we can collectively bring services to our clients in an effective way. Through a combination of education and experience in Administration, Graphic Design and Advertising, Eunice has been able to deliver client-oriented services that surpass her administrative and communication role - by bringing a strong and perceptive understanding of what is current, trending and functional. She holds great admiration for entrepreneurs and artisan businesses.
Krystin joined CFDC in February 2018 as the Projects Coordinator. She has many years of experience in community economic development, particularly in rural communities. She has worked with many different sectors including public, private and not-for-profit. At CFDC, Krystin will be responsible for managing the programs that explore new opportunities to build capacity for small businesses in the rural areas. Originally from Burns Lake, Krystin holds two degrees from the University in Northern BC and is always seeking new ideas on how to build resiliency into Northern BC.
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.