Our Staff

With the goal of serving the membership and leading the network, Community Futures British Columbia's staff work to advance the priorities of the BC Community Futures network.

Wendy McCulloch

Executive Director

Wendy McCulloch is a highly respected and acclaimed leader in the field of community economic development (CED).  Over the past 35 years, Wendy has played a leadership role in the development and delivery of a broad range of programs and services for small business.

From 2005 to 2020, Wendy served as General Manager for Community Futures Boundary, serving an area comprised of ten communities in the south central region of British Columbia, Canada.  Working with a Volunteer Board of local community leaders and overseeing a staff of fourteen, she spearheaded an impressive array of community partnerships and projects in the areas of tourism, forestry, arts and culture, and agri-food development that helped diversify the region’s economy and create jobs.  Prior to this engagement, she spent 5 years working with Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen as a Project Manager, Economic Development and Events Management.

Prior to her work with Community Futures Wendy was the Senior Manager for Management Services with the Business Development Bank of Canada, where she was responsible for developing and delivering a wide variety of business development programs geared to the needs of the emerging economies in British Columbia’s Okanagan Region.  In this capacity, Wendy established a strong partnership with Okanagan University College (OUC) and later served as the Continuing Education Program Manager for OUC.

Prior to her involvement in community economic development, Wendy owned and operated several small businesses in the retail and service industries.

Wendy is the recipient of a number of awards for her work in the field of CED, including a 2001 Eddy Award for her support to youth, the Kelowna Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, as well as the Don McMillan Award in 2010 for her outstanding contributions to community development.

Catherine Simmons

Committee and Board Liaison

As the Committee and Board Liaison, Catherine provides administrative support to the Board and various committees associated with Community Futures BC. Originally from the UK, Catherine immigrated to Canada in 2002 and has lived in Mission BC since that time.

Her background is 15 years in Biotech project support as a scientist and an administrator. She is interested in amateur photography.

Vanessa Tveitane

EDP Project Coordinator

Vanessa brings over ten years of senior operations, project management and finance experience to the EDP Project Coordinator Role. Originally from Kamloops, Vanessa has lived in Victoria, Ottawa and Brussels.

She has worked at the Tourism Industry Association of Canada as well as the Fisheries Council of Canada. Vanessa enjoys running, cycling and being in the outdoors.

Dugan Selkirk

EDP Business Advisor

Dugan brings 20 years of experience launching and running start ups and consulting to those doing the same.  Dugan is passionate about helping start up founders access capital to help their businesses grow and specifically helping those entrepreneurs with additional challenges to level the playing field and have equal access to opportunities.

Dugan has lived and worked throughout North and South America and the Pacific region.  His diverse cultural and professional background allows him to communicate effectively and build trust and reciprocity with all walks of life.  He can quickly identify good ideas and good teams and give guidance and mentorship along the way. 

Brianna Darby

Member & Client Services Coordinator

Brianna brings over ten years of management experience within the hospitality industry to her position as the Member & Client Services Coordinator. As a local, born and raised in the Fraser Valley, Brianna is very interested in supporting the growth of the local community. She is passionate about the outdoors, dogs, and photography.

Manuel Olguin

EDP Business Advisor 

From 2012 to 2021 Manuel served as the Business Development Officer for Community Futures Nicola Valley. He provided customized business training and counselling services to the Nicola Valley businesses. He was responsible for the planning, marketing, coordination and administration of the Lending Program; and the counselling and monitoring of clients. Manuel is a strong advocate of entrepreneurialism and small business.

Since 2015, Manuel has been volunteering at Junior Achievement Canada delivering numerous classes to elementary and high school students. His main goal is to educate students and inspire them to achieve their highest potential. Originally from Mexico, Manuel has lived in Canada for the past 11 years and thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to be able to work with existing and potential entrepreneurs to help find solutions to their business needs.

Nikki Spracklin

Admin & Marketing Assistant

Nikki joins us remotely from the East Kootenay region. She recently discovered a passion for business and marketing and is very excited to be a part of our team, bringing awareness to all our programs and resources. She looks forward to watching the growth of small businesses within BC. In her spare time Nikki is also working towards a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Kristi MacGillivray

IDEA Business Coach 

Since 1991 Kristi’s been helping new and existing entrepreneurs within the Community Futures network. With a background in entrepreneurship, business planning, coaching and mentorship she empowers clients to improve their small business management experience. Crunching numbers and forecasting financial scenarios are just a few of her favourite things.

Kristi’s excited to join the Community Futures BC team and to work with participants of the Innovation through Diversity Entrepreneurship and Adaptability (IDEA) program, a program assisting aspiring business owners with disabilities.  When she is not hard at work, you will find her in the garden, on a local waterway, or riding the roads of southeastern BC.

Naomi Nicholson

IDEA Business Coach 

Naomi has always been an entrepreneur and participated in the Community Futures self-employment program in 1999. She holds a Bachelor of Tourism Management and is starting her Executive MBA in Indigenous Business and Leadership. She has operated many successful businesses and believes keys to success include continuous learning, navigating businesses ups/downs and being coachable.

Teaching others about business is her passion and she has a wealth of knowledge to share. When Naomi isn’t working you can find her in the garden or with her 3 dogs and husband doing something around the yard.

David Mitchell

IDEA Business Coach 

Until recently David was the General Manager with Community Futures Mt. Waddington (2009 to 2021).  During his time with CFMW the organization built a solid record of community economic development projects and an Investment Loan Fund that enjoys a level of activity like regions of the province with much larger populations. 

During his time with CFMW David also served 3 years on the Board of Community Futures British Columbia. Prior to joining Community Futures David enjoyed a 25-year career with the Provincial Government.  

Over his career with government, David held several positions in various ministries, including Director of Employment Programs for Persons with Disabilities and Director of Intergovernmental Relations for the Ministry of Human Resources.  In this position David negotiated extensively, on a number of key federal-provincial funding programs, with senior federal officials.   David was the driving force behind a new national funding framework for employment programs for persons with disabilities, which was introduced in 2002. David recently moved back to Victoria after spending 15 years on the North Island.

Contact

Community Futures British Columbia
C230-7871 Stave Lake Street
Mission, BC  V2V 0C5
  1-604-289-4222
 

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