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.

  • Deb Arnott

    Arnott

    Deb Arnott
    4141 Mickey Frontage Rd.
    Cache Creek B.C.
    V0K 1H1
    Tel: 250-457-7132
    Email: arnottd@telus.net

    Debra has been a Community Futures General Manager for 30 years, including the Chair of the Disaster Recovery Committee with CFBC. She has been very involved the past 7 years with natural disasters in the region that she serviced. She has worked with communities and businesses, advocating and collaborating with her peers to develop programs. She recently worked with the community of Lytton assisting businesses as they are transitioning. On a personal front, Debra was also affected in the 2017 wildfire, when she was evacuated for the months of July and August and inevitably closed their logging business that she partnered with her husband that summer.

    Available sessons facilitated by Deb Arnott: Module 14 - Is Your Community Futures Prepared for Natural and Economic Disaster?;


    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; Module 2 - Operations: Board and Staff; Module 3 - Legal Responsibilities of Boards; Module 4 - Financial Management of a Non-Profit; Module 5 - Board Development and Performance; Module 6 - Community Futures Lending; Module 7 - Management, Recruitment, Performance, Evaluation & Development; Module 8 - Board Leadership; Module 9 - Cultural Awareness; Module 10 - Social Economy & Social Enterprise; Module 11 - Role of Planning; Module 12 - The Role of the Chair; Module 13 - Strategic Loan Fund Management; Module 14 - Is Your Community Futures Prepared for Natural and Economic Disaster?; Module 15 - Volunteer Attraction, Retention and Succession;


    Troy Dungate

    Dungate

    1209 4th Avenue
    Prince George, BC
    Tel: 250 563 7747
    Email: tdungate@hotmail.com

    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; Module 2 - Operations: Board and Staff; Module 3 - Legal Responsibilities of Boards; Module 4 - Financial Management of a Non-Profit; Module 5 - Board Development and Performance; Module 6 - Community Futures Lending; Module 7 - Management, Recruitment, Performance, Evaluation & Development; Module 8 - Board Leadership; Module 9 - Cultural Awareness; Module 10 - Social Economy & Social Enterprise; Module 11 - Role of Planning; Module 12 - The Role of the Chair; Module 13 - Strategic Loan Fund Management; Module 14 - Is Your Community Futures Prepared for Natural and Economic Disaster?; Module 15 - Volunteer Attraction, Retention and Succession;


    Steve Lupky, C.I.M, C. Mgr.

    Lupky, C.I.M, C. Mgr.

    Steve Lupky,
    107-70 Des Hivernants Blvd North
    Winnipeg, MB R3X 0T4

    Tel: 204-791-5965
    Email: sjlupky@gmail.com

    Steve Lupky has over 25 years of extensive leadership and board experience. He has been involved with and led numerous local, regional and provincial boards and organizations. Steve had the privilege of serving 18 years as an elected Councillor and Deputy Mayor for the Town of Arborg, Manitoba. Keenly interested in community development, Steve was the founding President of both the Arborg Bifrost Community Development Corporation and the Arborg Seniors Housing Corporation. Steve has been involved with Community Futures since 2004 and currently serves on the boards of Community Futures East Interlake and Community Futures Manitoba. Steve is also a director on the National Board of the Canadian Institute of Management; Chartered Managers Canada, and is an Acting Chair with the Manitoba Municipal Board.

    Steve is employed with Manitoba Public Insurance as Director, Physical Damage. Along with his Chartered Manager designation, Steve holds a BA (economics) degree from the University of Manitoba, an Advanced Certificate in Management. Leadership & Strategy from the Asper School of Business, a Human Resource Management Diploma from the University of Winnipeg, and Certificates in Management, and Rehabilitation Case Management from the University of Manitoba.


    Available sessons facilitated by Steve Lupky, C.I.M, C. Mgr.: Module 1 - Community Economic Development; Module 2 - Operations: Board and Staff; Module 3 - Legal Responsibilities of Boards; Module 4 - Financial Management of a Non-Profit; Module 6 - Community Futures Lending; Module 8 - Board Leadership; Module 9 - Cultural Awareness; Module 12 - The Role of the Chair; Module 14 - Is Your Community Futures Prepared for Natural and Economic Disaster?; Module 15 - Volunteer Attraction, Retention and Succession;


    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: judy@mcmillan-evans.ca

    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; Module 2 - Operations: Board and Staff; Module 3 - Legal Responsibilities of Boards; Module 4 - Financial Management of a Non-Profit; Module 5 - Board Development and Performance; Module 6 - Community Futures Lending; Module 9 - Cultural Awareness; Module 10 - Social Economy & Social Enterprise; Module 11 - Role of Planning; Module 12 - The Role of the Chair; Module 14 - Is Your Community Futures Prepared for Natural and Economic Disaster?;


    Colleen Miller

    Miller

    16 Bradbury Crescent
    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; Module 2 - Operations: Board and Staff; Module 3 - Legal Responsibilities of Boards; Module 8 - Board Leadership; Module 9 - Cultural Awareness; Module 10 - Social Economy & Social Enterprise; Module 11 - Role of Planning; Module 12 - The Role of the Chair; Module 14 - Is Your Community Futures Prepared for Natural and Economic Disaster?; Module 15 - Volunteer Attraction, Retention and Succession;


    Gail Moorhouse

    Moorhouse

    Gail Moorhouse
    801 Derby Drive
    Ennismore ON
    K01 1T0
    Tel: 705-917-4245
    Email: gailamoorhouse@gmail.com

    Gail Moorhouse has been in the Community Futures Community for close to 8 years serving first on the Board of Directors and 5 years as the Executive Director of Community Futures Peterborough. Gail was also the elected staff representative for the Ontario Association of CDFCs. In June of 2022, Gail received her Professional Directors certification and has a passion for building boards and governance.

    Gail is results driven and has a strong background in finance and technology. She has served on more than a dozen not 4 profit boards including the Women's Business Network and the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce. Gail has numerous awards and recognition for performance in the business community and wants her legacy to be "she got it done".

    Available sessons facilitated by Gail Moorhouse: Module 2 - Operations: Board and Staff; Module 5 - Board Development and Performance; Module 7 - Management, Recruitment, Performance, Evaluation & Development; Module 8 - Board Leadership; Module 11 - Role of Planning; Module 14 - Is Your Community Futures Prepared for Natural and Economic Disaster?; Module 15 - Volunteer Attraction, Retention and Succession;


    Verna O'Neill

    O

    85 Knighton Road
    Kimberley, BC V1A 0B4
    Tel: 306-861-1666
    Email: verna@vlobusiness.ca

    Over the past 25 years Verna O'Neill has worked in the Community Futures (CF) world, most recently for nine years as General Manager of CF Sunrise in southeast Saskatchewan. Now living in Kimberley, British Columbia with her family, Verna is continuing to follow her passion for small business development and the CF program, founding her own company VLO Business Solutions. She is eager to assist small business and the non-profit sector, sharing her knowledge, skills and innovative perspectives.

    Verna has a long history of facilitation experience, working with small business groups, non-profits and the post-secondary system.
    Participants rave about their experience with her as the facilitator:

    "Verna was the facilitator of the program and was so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and incredibly helpful with all my stumbling blocks. Thank you so much." - Dalelynn - Kenosee Lake, SK

    "Verna as a facilitator is skilled at allowing and encouraging discussion but always steering the participants back to the business at hand. An awesome experience." - Kathy - Weyburn, SK

    Verna has a Bachelor of Commerce degree (finance major) from the University of Saskatchewan and a Certificate in Adult Continuing Education from the University of Manitoba.


    Available sessons facilitated by Verna O'Neill: Module 1 - Community Economic Development; Module 2 - Operations: Board and Staff; Module 4 - Financial Management of a Non-Profit; Module 6 - Community Futures Lending; Module 7 - Management, Recruitment, Performance, Evaluation & Development; Module 11 - Role of Planning; Module 15 - Volunteer Attraction, Retention and Succession;


    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 1 - Community Economic Development; Module 2 - Operations: Board and Staff; Module 3 - Legal Responsibilities of Boards; Module 4 - Financial Management of a Non-Profit; Module 5 - Board Development and Performance; Module 6 - Community Futures Lending; Module 7 - Management, Recruitment, Performance, Evaluation & Development; Module 8 - Board Leadership; Module 9 - Cultural Awareness; Module 10 - Social Economy & Social Enterprise; Module 11 - Role of Planning; Module 12 - The Role of the Chair; Module 13 - Strategic Loan Fund Management; Module 14 - Is Your Community Futures Prepared for Natural and Economic Disaster?; Module 15 - Volunteer Attraction, Retention and Succession;


    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 3 - Legal Responsibilities of Boards; Module 4 - Financial Management of a Non-Profit; Module 5 - Board Development and Performance; Module 7 - Management, Recruitment, Performance, Evaluation & Development; Module 8 - Board Leadership; Module 9 - Cultural Awareness; Module 13 - Strategic Loan Fund Management; Module 14 - Is Your Community Futures Prepared for Natural and Economic Disaster?; Module 15 - Volunteer Attraction, Retention and Succession;


    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; Module 2 - Operations: Board and Staff; Module 3 - Legal Responsibilities of Boards; Module 4 - Financial Management of a Non-Profit; Module 5 - Board Development and Performance; Module 6 - Community Futures Lending; Module 7 - Management, Recruitment, Performance, Evaluation & Development; Module 8 - Board Leadership; Module 9 - Cultural Awareness; Module 10 - Social Economy & Social Enterprise; Module 11 - Role of Planning; Module 12 - The Role of the Chair; Module 13 - Strategic Loan Fund Management; Module 14 - Is Your Community Futures Prepared for Natural and Economic Disaster?; Module 15 - Volunteer Attraction, Retention and Succession;


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