Community Futures
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Facilitators

This page gives an overview of qualified facilitators, ordered by last name. Information includes a bio and photo (in most cases), contact information, experience and which modules they are qualified to present.

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Our experienced facilitators will deliver your Community Futures Leadership Institute board session with professionalism. All facilitators have an extensive background in Community Economic Development and other topics related to the Community Futures Leadership Institute modules.

Find out more about our Board Development Facilitators across the country.

  • Sylvia Alexander

    Alexander

    32 Empire Ave.
    Stephenvilve, NL
    A2N 1X5
    Tel: 709-643-3156
    Email: sylvia.alexander@cbdc.ca

    Ms Alexander has extensive experience, some 25 plus years, as a Business Administration Instructor and training facilitator with College of the North Atlantic in NL. She has delivered marketing, small business management, professionalism, and governance seminars and workshops to various groups and individuals both in the private and public sector.

    In addition, she has developed and implemented curriculum for programs and training with College of the North Atlantic. She has years of experience writing and delivering modules for adult education.

    She is presently serving as a director with the CBDC Long Range located in Stephenville, NF. Her involvement with the CBDC movement also extends to the Atlantic Association where she served as President on the Executive and now as Past-President. During her time as President, she was instrumental in spearheading several initiatives, including a new funding model for CBDCs in Atlantic Canada.

    Ms Alexander is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland (Business) and as well holds a post-graduate diploma in Adult Education.

    Available sessons facilitated by Sylvia Alexander: Module 2 - Operations: Board and Staff; Module 3 - Legal Responsibilities; Module 5 - Board Development and Evaluation; Module 7 - Management, Recruitment, Performance, Planning & Evaluation; Module 8 - Board Leadership; Module 11 - Organizational Assessment; Module 12 - So You Want To Be a CF Chair; Module 13 - Strategic Loan Fund Manual;


    Jon Close

    Close

    4213 - 101 Sunset Drive
    Cochrane, Alberta
    T4C 0B4


    Tel: 1 587 834 6060
    Email: jon@upcloseteam.com

    Jon Close speaker, facilitator, trainer is a Principal of the UpCloseTeam, a personal, team and organizational leadership development company . He has over 30 years’ experience working with not-for-profit boards across the country. For over 18 years, he has been pleased to have been an active, certified Community Futures Leadership Institute board development facilitator. He is a certified partner and facilitator with the Ken Blanchard Institute and the John Maxwell Team.

    Jon’s experience with Community Futures spans 28 years. As a leader, he was the founding Executive Director of a successful Community Futures organization and a provincial CF association. He is also one of the co-founders of the Community Futures Pan-West Network and the Community Futures Network of Canada.

    Available sessons facilitated by Jon Close: Module 1 - Community Economic Development and Role of Planning; Module 2 - Operations: Board and Staff; Module 3 - Legal Responsibilities; Module 4 - Financial Management of a CF; Module 5 - Board Development and Evaluation; Module 6 - Community Futures Lending; Module 7 - Management, Recruitment, Performance, Planning & Evaluation; Module 8 - Board Leadership; Module 9 - Cultural Awareness; Module 10 - Social Economy; Module 11 - Organizational Assessment; Module 12 - So You Want To Be a CF Chair; Module 13 - Strategic Loan Fund Manual;


    Jason Denbow

    Denbow

    Jason Denbow
    Suite 559, 167 Lombard Ave.
    Winnipeg, MB
    R3B 0V3
    Tel: 204-943-2905
    Email: jdenbow@cfmanitoba.ca

    Jason Denbow is the Executive Director of both Community Futures Manitoba and Community Futures Saskatchewan, the associations representing the 16 Community Futures organizations in Manitoba and the 13 Community Futures organizations in Saskatchewan.

    Jason has served as a facilitator for the Community Futures Leadership Institute since 2004; delivering board governance and leadership training sessions to volunteer boards in eight provinces and territories across Canada; and has facilitated both strategic and operational planning sessions for communities, non-profits, and CF organizations in all four western provinces.

    Available sessons facilitated by Jason Denbow: Module 1 - Community Economic Development and Role of Planning; Module 2 - Operations: Board and Staff; Module 3 - Legal Responsibilities; Module 4 - Financial Management of a CF; Module 5 - Board Development and Evaluation; Module 6 - Community Futures Lending; Module 7 - Management, Recruitment, Performance, Planning & Evaluation; Module 8 - Board Leadership; Module 9 - Cultural Awareness; Module 10 - Social Economy; Module 11 - Organizational Assessment; Module 12 - So You Want To Be a CF Chair; Module 13 - Strategic Loan Fund Manual;


    Troy Dungate

    Dungate

    1209 4th Avenue
    Prince George, BC
    Tel: 250 563 7747
    Email: dungatet1@cnc.bc.ca

    Troy was born and raised in Prince George, BC. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria's Bachelor of Commerce program and the University of Saskatchewan's Bachelor of Law program. Troy has previously managed offices focusing in business development in Prince George, Langley, Victoria and Vancouver for TD Waterhouse. He now practices law with his family at their Prince George based law firm and is also a Business Law Instructor at the College of New Caledonia.

    Troy has served as a director of Community Futures Fraser Fort George since 2009 and has been the chair of the board since 2011.

    Available sessons facilitated by Troy Dungate: Module 1 - Community Economic Development and Role of Planning; Module 2 - Operations: Board and Staff; Module 3 - Legal Responsibilities; Module 4 - Financial Management of a CF; Module 5 - Board Development and Evaluation; Module 6 - Community Futures Lending; Module 8 - Board Leadership; Module 11 - Organizational Assessment; Module 12 - So You Want To Be a CF Chair; Module 13 - Strategic Loan Fund Manual;


    Steve Lupky

    Lupky

    19 Cherokee Bay
    Winnipeg, MB
    R2J 2C4
    Tel: 204-791-5965
    Email: slupky@mymts.net

    Steve Lupky has extensive leadership and board experience over the past 25 years. He has been involved in leadership roles with numerous local, regional and provincial boards and organizations including the Association of Manitoba Municipalities, Community Futures East Interlake, and Community Futures Manitoba. Steve also had the privilege of serving 18 years as an elected Councillor and Deputy Mayor for the Town of Arborg, Manitoba. In addition to currently volunteering on the board of Community Futures East Interlake, he serves as Vice President, Education with the Canadian Institute of Management Manitoba Chapter and a director with Inclusion Winnipeg, chairing the Governance Committee.

    Along with his Professional Manager designations, Steve holds a diploma in Human Resource Management from the University of Winnipeg, and a Certificate in Management from the University of Manitoba.

    Available sessons facilitated by Steve Lupky: Module 2 - Operations: Board and Staff; Module 3 - Legal Responsibilities; Module 5 - Board Development and Evaluation; Module 7 - Management, Recruitment, Performance, Planning & Evaluation; Module 8 - Board Leadership; Module 11 - Organizational Assessment; Module 12 - So You Want To Be a CF Chair;


    Judy McMillan-Evans, M.Ed.

    McMillan-Evans, M.Ed.

    Judy McMillan-Evans, M.Ed.
    Certified Adult Educator
    and Certified Facilitator
    723 - 5th Ave SW
    High River, AB
    T1V 1B9
    Tel: 403-652-9664
    Email: bjevans@telus.net

    Non-profit organizations and rural communities have always been a passion of Judy's, thus immersing her in the world of rural community economic development. She has been a member of the Community Futures family since 1995 and a community volunteer for her entire adult life. This extensive experience has provided an excellent training ground for non-profit board development. 



    Judy currently instructs, not only for the CFBD and CFPD programs, but for Mount Royal University and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in their business departments. Having well over 20 years experience training and facilitating groups, Judy believes that adults must have fun to learn. You will, no doubt, enjoy her style and learn at the same time.

    Available sessons facilitated by Judy McMillan-Evans, M.Ed.: Module 1 - Community Economic Development and Role of Planning; Module 2 - Operations: Board and Staff; Module 3 - Legal Responsibilities; Module 5 - Board Development and Evaluation; Module 8 - Board Leadership; Module 9 - Cultural Awareness; Module 10 - Social Economy; Module 11 - Organizational Assessment; Module 12 - So You Want To Be a CF Chair;


    Colleen Miller

    Miller

    Paris, ON
    N3L 4E1
    Tel: 519-753-9826
    Email: colleen@colleenemiller.com

    For over 20 years, Colleen E. Miller has been empowering Canadian professionals to learn and achieve through upbeat, client-specific learning and coaching opportunities designed to enhance their personal and professional effectiveness.

    Leadership and Human Resources Learning and Development are the foundation on which Colleen's experience has been established. As a dynamic, energetic speaker, facilitator and coach Colleen's passion for learning and her infectious energy engages teams with transformative results. Her results-based sessions support others in the development of leadership and communication skills, team building, conflict resolution, performance management and business growth - through strategic planning and business plan development.

    With a solid educational background in Adult Education, HR Training and Development and Communications combined with over 20 years in Senior Management, Colleen provides customized curriculum design and development for her sessions. These programs use fun and humour to empower team members with valuable lessons they'll remember and use in the workplace.

    Colleen's community involvement and Board experience is extensive. She is a Past Chair of Enterprise Brant CFDC and continues to be actively involved as a volunteer. And is currently Past President of the Chamber of Commerce Brantford Brant, President of the Grand Valley Educational Society and a Director on the Board of Governors of Nipissing University.


    Available sessons facilitated by Colleen Miller: Module 1 - Community Economic Development and Role of Planning; Module 2 - Operations: Board and Staff; Module 5 - Board Development and Evaluation; Module 7 - Management, Recruitment, Performance, Planning & Evaluation; Module 8 - Board Leadership; Module 9 - Cultural Awareness; Module 12 - So You Want To Be a CF Chair;


    Terri Parent

    Parent

    Terri Parent
    250 Churchill Drive
    Saskatoon, SK
    S7K 3Y7
    Tel: 306-242-8783 or 306-227-8415
    Email: parentt@shaw.ca

    Terri Parent is an experienced workshop and training facilitator recognized for her ability to translate theoretical business concepts into practical, easy-to-implement techniques.

    She has received formal training in Adult Education and has both developed and facilitated training workshops on a wide variety of topics, including a Certified Small Business Counseling course for the Acadia University’s Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management series to mention a few.

    Terri is an entrepreneur, operating her own business that offers business training solutions. She is an APEC International Certified Small Business Counselor with both hands-on and theoretical expertise in all aspects of entrepreneurship and small business management.

    Available sessons facilitated by Terri Parent: Module 2 - Operations: Board and Staff; Module 3 - Legal Responsibilities; Module 4 - Financial Management of a CF; Module 5 - Board Development and Evaluation; Module 6 - Community Futures Lending; Module 7 - Management, Recruitment, Performance, Planning & Evaluation; Module 8 - Board Leadership; Module 11 - Organizational Assessment; Module 12 - So You Want To Be a CF Chair; Module 13 - Strategic Loan Fund Manual;


    Shannan Schimmelmann

    Schimmelmann

    629 Peridot Place
    Kelowna, BC
    ViW 5E7
    Tel: 250-870-1414
    Email: shannan@s3consulting.ca

    Shannan has been involved with the Community Futures network since 2001 in various capacities. She is currently Director, Operations and Strategy for Kent-Macpherson, a Central Okanagan firm recognized as one of Western Canada's leading authorities in real estate valuation, consulting and advisory services.

    Her expertise is focused on strategic planning, business and community economic development, communications, stakeholder engagement, market and socio-economic research. She has experience working with clients across Western and Northern Canada, and her strengths have been successfully demonstrated in several sectors:

    - Public sector clients include Territorial government departments and agencies, and Aboriginal governments

    - Private sector clients including large mining, oil and gas and industrial construction companies

    - Aboriginal community organizations and small business

    - Not-for-profit sector organizations in the areas of youth leadership, empowerment, and recreational program delivery.


    She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration - Executive Management, and a Public Relations and Communications Management Graduate Certificate from Royal Roads University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Athabasca University.


    Available sessons facilitated by Shannan Schimmelmann: Module 1 - Community Economic Development and Role of Planning; Module 4 - Financial Management of a CF; Module 5 - Board Development and Evaluation; Module 7 - Management, Recruitment, Performance, Planning & Evaluation; Module 8 - Board Leadership; Module 9 - Cultural Awareness;


    Shaunna Scott

    Scott

    54 Loggie Street
    PO Box 40
    Mulgrave, NS
    B0E 2G0
    Tel: 902-747-2232
    Email: shaunna.scott@cbdc.ca

    With over 20 years’ experience within the CBDC network, Shaunna is currently employed as the Senior Program Coordinator with the Atlantic Association of CBDCs. Shaunna has been with the Atlantic Association of CBDCs since April 2003, and prior to that was employed as an Executive Director and Community Development Officer with the Guysborough County CBDC beginning in 1993.

    Her main focus currently is on the delivery and management of programs delivered by the Atlantic Association of CBDCs, including the most recent project, Board of Governance training. Prior to the Atlantic Association, Shaunna was involved in many projects throughout rural Guysborough County, and was instrumental in developing and coordinating a small business training program called Business Basics throughout Guysborough County. Financing for small and medium sized businesses, development of training programs, and offering support to community economic development initiatives were her main focus in Guysborough.

    Shaunna is a graduate of St. Mary’s University, Bachelor of Commerce, holds a certificate in Adult Education from St. F. X. University and is currently working on a Diploma in Adult Education and resides in Pirate Harbor, Nova Scotia with her husband and two children.

    Available sessons facilitated by Shaunna Scott: Module 2 - Operations: Board and Staff; Module 3 - Legal Responsibilities; Module 4 - Financial Management of a CF; Module 6 - Community Futures Lending; Module 7 - Management, Recruitment, Performance, Planning & Evaluation; Module 8 - Board Leadership; Module 10 - Social Economy; Module 11 - Organizational Assessment; Module 13 - Strategic Loan Fund Manual;


    Paul Gregory Wiest

    Wiest

    Suite B
    515 Vernon St.
    Nelson, BC
    V1L 4E9
    Tel: 250-354-1213
    Email: paul@cornerstoneconsulting.ca

    Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Finance and a Diploma in Urban Land Economics from the University of British Columbia. After receiving his degree Paul worked for the corporate banking sector in Vancouver. For the past 26 years, he has worked in the field of business finance, senior management, corporate leadership, and economic development. Paul has an extensive work history with Community Futures as a Business Analysis, General Manager and most recently as the interim Executive Director for Community Futures British Columbia. Over his career, Paul has facilitated strategic planning processes for organizations such as Community Futures, Credit Unions, Chambers of Commerce, and private sector organizations. He has also provided executive and regional director services to provincial and national organizations. Paul has authored reports and studies that encompass workforce development, feasibility assessments, immigration strategies, economic development tactics, and business competitiveness.

    Paul is a recipient of the Don McMillan Award for outstanding contribution to community development and has been a guest speaker at various events, and national and international conferences.

    Available sessons facilitated by Paul Gregory Wiest: Module 1 - Community Economic Development and Role of Planning; Module 2 - Operations: Board and Staff; Module 3 - Legal Responsibilities; Module 4 - Financial Management of a CF; Module 5 - Board Development and Evaluation; Module 6 - Community Futures Lending; Module 7 - Management, Recruitment, Performance, Planning & Evaluation; Module 8 - Board Leadership; Module 9 - Cultural Awareness; Module 12 - So You Want To Be a CF Chair; Module 13 - Strategic Loan Fund Manual;


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