Our Board

The Community Futures British Columbia Board of Directors is comprised of a minimum of 7 Directors, with a maximum of three of those being General Manager Representatives. Currently there is a total of 10 directors, and an Indigenous Advisor who holds an officer position. Other officers may be appointed from time to time as determine by the Board.

Each year during the Community Futures Annual General Meeting there is an election for vacant board positions. In order to qualify for the position of director, prospective candidates are required to be the chair, vice chair or other present or past senior officer (including, past chairs and treasurers) of an Active Member or act as General Manager of an Active Member. 

The term of office for Directors with the function of general manager of an Active Member is two years, with a maximum of two terms (total four years). The term of office for all other Directors is three years, with a maximum of two terms (total of six years). The officer holding the position of Community Futures BC Indigenous Advisor is from an Indigenous exclusive Community Futures, and is of Indigenous descent, including First Nations, Métis or Inuit.

Board Nomination Policy and Procedure: Download PDF

Troy Dungate


Chair, Community Futures Fraser Fort George

Troy was born and raised in Prince George. 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.  Troy has been the Chair of Community Futures Fraser Fort George since 2012.

Troy joined the CFBC Board in 2017.

CFs Represented:

  • 16/37
  • Nadina
  • Pacific Northwest
  • Stuart Nechako

Tom Hoffman


Past-Chair, Community Futures Cariboo-Chilcotin

Tom Hoffman graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Alberta and is a Registered Professional Forester in both Alberta and British Columbia. He has worked in the Forest Industry for about 37 years.

He and been with Tolko Industries for the last 18 years and has worked in a variety of areas including Sawmill Superintendent, Regional Woodlands Manager and in his current role as Manager of External and Stakeholder Relations where he is responsible for developing and managing relationships that improve stakeholder relations and profitability in all 3 Provinces (Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia) that Tolko operates in.

Tom is the Vice-Chair for the Northern Development Initiative Trust, Chair of the Community Futures Cariboo-Chilcotin and a member of the Williams Lake Rotary Club.

CFs Represented:

  • Cariboo Chilcotin
  • Fraser Fort George
  • North Cariboo
  • Sun Country
  • Thompson Country

Robert Annis


Previous Chair, Community Futures Cowichan

​Bob Annis is the former Director of Brandon University’s Rural Development Institute (1999-2009) and has served for numerous years as a tenured university professor in Departments of Native Studies, Psychology and Rural Development.  Dr. Annis was awarded both Bachelor and a Master of Arts degrees from Queen’s University in Canada, a Doctor of Psychology degree from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland.

Bob has published numerous reports and academic articles concerning critical demographic, social and community development issues facing rural Canadians. Over many years, Bob has volunteered his time and expertise to numerous organizations.

He served as a National Selection Committee Member for the Canadian Government’s Broadband for Rural and Northern Development Program, as a past President of the Canadian Rural Restructuring Foundation and as a past member of the International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Consortium. Bob currently also serves as Chair of the Board for Community Futures Cowichan. Bob is an active volunteer with Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue.

Bob has been a member of the Board since 2013, and is now on his second term.  

Larry Casper

Indigenous Advisor

Director, Community Futures Central Interior First Nations 

Larry Casper’s background experience is in Natural Resources and Community Economic Development. He has served 15 years in Natural Resources and Stewardship Coordinator roles for the Lillooet Tribal Council and St’at’imc Government Services, and 30 years (since 1988) in Economic Development in numerous capacities, including his current role as Contract Manager with the Tsal’alh Development Corporation.

Larry has been a board member with the BC Hydro Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program since 2005.

Larry has worked as Chief for his home community of Tsal’alh through two 3 year terms from 2008 to 2016, and is completing his fourth term as a member of the Board of Education of School District #74. He received professional level certification as a Certified Aboriginal Economic Developer from the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) in 2009, and was recognized as CANDO EDO of the year runner up in 2015.

Larry is the past chair of the Community Futures Development Corp. of the Central Interior First Nations and has been the ex-officio Indigenous representative on the Community Futures British Columbia Board since 1998. He is equally dedicated to the well-being of Mother Earth and the economic self-reliance of Indigenous people and communities, utilizing his experience towards a balanced approach and perspective in the various boards and committees that he is a member of.

CFs Represented

  • Central Interior First Nations
  • Nuu Chah Nulth
  • Sto:lo
  • Haida Gwaii

Russ Beerling


Chair, Community Futures Peace Liard

Russ Beerling, former business owner of Moose FM, Energetic City.ca, Big Ideas Marketing Company, and a small billboard company, and current partner in ESR Business Solutions Inc. has benefited his position with Community Futures.

He has been involved with Community Futures for several years now, sitting as a Board Member, a Director, Business Advisory Board and Past Chair. Russ has been a big contributor to Community Futures Peace Liard representing business through his connections in the region and with the Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce. 

Russ’s community involvement has been extensive, as his passions for business and tourism has been his driving force. He sits as the Vice-President of the Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce, having held the President’s position in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John. His role as Northern Vice-Chair for United Way has brought Russ even closer to community development. 

With each role he has played in each community he has lived in, it has been exciting and a true pleasure to watch their markets grow and know that he has been able to contribute to that growth. Being a business owner has helped Russ to understand the challenges faced with business today. Giving input to the direction Community Futures who helps grow communities, has been important to ensuring that not only do we see growth in the Peace Liard region, but also throughout rural BC.

Russ joined the CFBC Board in 2017.

CF's Represented:

  • Central Island
  • North Fraser
  • Peace Liard
  • South Fraser

Michael Tindall


Vice-Chair, Community Futures North Okanagan

Mr. Tindall was a broadcast industry executive for almost 40 years, serving on 37 community and industry boards and four public company boards during that time and since.  He is currently Vice-chairperson, Community Futures of the North Okanagan (CFNO), Chair of the Governance Committee, serves on the Loans Committee and the Rural Relief and Recovery Fund committee and is Vice-president of North Okanagan Development Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CFNO.

He began his broadcast career with CBC Vancouver later moving into private broadcasting with Skeena Broadcaster Ltd. in Terrace, B.C.  In 1983, after being recruited on a turnaround contract by the Bermuda Broadcasting Company, he successfully reorganized that company, taking it from a half million-dollar loss to a half million dollar profit before returning to Canada in 1985.

In 1989 Mr. Tindall rejoined Skeena Broadcasters remaining with the company until his retirement. At that time he was responsible for sales and marketing at 38 radio and two television stations in B.C. and Alberta with a workforce of 250 employees.

He has negotiated union contracts, implemented benefit packages, trained employees, liaised with local, provincial and federal governments, served on four community foundations, written policy, managed projects and consulted on marketing and advertising projects for companies and community initiatives.

A sampling of community services includes Chair, Vernon Hospital Foundation; Director, Vernon Women’s Transition House; Steward, Okanagan Partnership Economic Development Board; Vice-president and member Strategic Planning Committee, Okanagan University College Foundation; Director, B.C. Arts Council; President, Vernon Kalamalka Rotary.

Heather O'Coin


Chair, Community Futures North Fraser

Heather works for Aldergrove Financial (a trade name of Gulf and Fraser Fishermen’s Credit Union) and has been with the Credit Union system for the last 18 years helping small businesses achieve their goals. She moved to the Fraser Valley in 2017 and before that spent her life in the South Okanagan.  

She has always enjoyed being involved in the community, and fundraising for local charities.  

Heather is happy to be on the board of Community Futures as it aligns with her passion to help small business and being part of the business community and currently is the Chairperson at Community Futures North Fraser.  

In her spare time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family, camping, hiking, and travelling.

Susan Payne


Chair, Community Futures Alberni - Clayoquot

Susan Payne has been a member of Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot for about 16 years. Starting as a Self-Employment Program client, when she purchased a new sign business after running the Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce for about 6 years. She also ran a small local grocery store.     

Currently, she is the Chair of CFAC and is very passionate about entrepreneurship and helping create successful businesses and leaders within the community. Susan truly understands the importance of the support Community Futures provides to its clients.  

Mike Racz

Director / Managers' Representative

Manager, Haida Gwaii Community Futures 

Michael is an advocate of entrepreneurialism and private small business. Mike offers an extensive financial and business background. He has achieved the designation of Chartered Investment Manager.


Previously, Mike held the position of Financial Advisor at Northern Savings Credit Union and has owned and operated a private quarry business producing aggregate products since 2001. He brings a diversity of knowledge and expertise to the Board in financial management, good governance, business innovation and strategic planning. He is a tireless community champion, he served seven years as an Electoral Area Director in local government, in addition he volunteered on numerous non-profit boards such as Northern Development Initiatives Trust, Northwest Regional Hospital District, Misty Isles Economic Development Society, and HG Museum to name a few.

Mike builds effective partnerships that break down barriers and promote improved practices. He participates on the Indigenous Awareness and Engagement Committee for Community Futures BC and has organized Indigenous Awareness training for members at several events.

Mike is a proud father of three children and a loving partner who enjoys spending his time with family fishing, stand up paddle boarding, hiking, and travelling.

Cathy Robertson

Treasurer / Managers' Representative

Manager, Community Futures Cowichan

Since 2008 Cathy has been the General Manager of Community Futures Cowichan. In this role she oversees a range of Community Economic Development projects and the Small Business lending program in addition to the day-to-day management of the organization.

As Community Futures Cowichan General Manager, she has initiated and led projects in Business Retention and Expansion, Tourism Development, and Downtown Revitalization.

Cathy chaired the Community Futures British Columbia Marketing Committee from 2012 – 2016, and remains a Committee Member. The Cowichan Community Futures is founding member of Venture Connect, of which she is a Board Member. Representing her local Community Futures, she sits on the Municipal Planning Advisory Committee and is a director on the Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to the work done with Community Futures, Cathy’s background in marketing and business operations, and with over 20 years of experience in the tourism and banking sectors, provides her with extensive knowledge and skills to serve the Community Futures network.

Rob Marshall

Director / Managers' Representative

Executive Director, Community Futures Shuswap

Rob has followed a rewarding career in the retail grocery/pharmacy industry for many years, many of those in management and leadership roles before transitioning into his current job as Executive Director at Community Futures Shuswap. He has been actively involved in several businesses and service organizations whose purpose is to improve the vitality and economic health of the community.  

Rob's interests are varied and diverse, but anything that includes hiking, biking, travelling and photography make for a perfect day.

Rob has joined the Board this year, 2019 and on his first term.


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