Our Team

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

Executive Assistant

As the Executive Assistant, 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

Project Manager

Vanessa brings over ten years of senior operations, project management and finance experience to the Project Manager 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.

Brooke Burke

Program Services Coordinator

Brooke comes to us after 8 years at the Community Futures Revelstoke office where she was Executive Assistant / CED Project Coordinator. Prior to that she has worked in administrative roles with BC Hydro, Vancouver Board of Trade and the tourism industry. with over 20 years of experience.

In her spare time Brooke enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and listening to music…especially the 80’s!

Eli Kelly

EDP Business Advisor

Eli served as the Business Development Officer of Community Futures Pacific Northwest (CFPNW) in Prince Rupert from 2015 to 2022. He assisted multiple new and existing businesses with business planning and financial lending. CFPNW's loan portfolio grew to new heights in terms of loan dollars, loan clients, sectors, and underserved demographics. He takes this experience and intuition to the EDP program to help more small business dreams reach fulfillment..

Eli was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, with his ancestral roots planted in nearby Lax Kw'alaams. He has also spent time living and studying in Japan where he continues to make regular trips.  

Now, he lives in Kelowna with his family, where he spends his downtime chipping at his backlog of films and video games.

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.

Dawn McCooey

EDP Business Advisor 

Dawn McCooey is a seasoned entrepreneur who enjoys supporting others to reach their entrepreneurial goals.

She has over 20 years experience in her own consulting business. At its peak she employed 32 staff in 3 offices, and from this experience Dawn has developed a keen understanding of the joys and the challenges of small business.

Dawn completed a Master of Arts degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University, and is the author of the book: Keeping Good Employees on Board - an Amazon bestseller. She was voted Best Boss in Victoria and is happiest when she sees others succeed. 

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.

Brandi Butts

IDEA Business Coach 

As an entrepreneur with a disability herself, Brandi is business coach that coaches from a place of lived experience and advocates for persons with diverse abilities.  Learning to navigate through her own “diverseability” was a key component of building her business. Brandi also realized through this process, that her passion for teaching and helping others develop a successful business was becoming an integral part of her core values – diversity, family, and compassion.

Brandi has been a business coach for CFBC Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program, CFBC Shuswap Tsuts’weye Women’s Entrepreneur & Innovation Network and The Consulting Hive. She has also created and facilitated multiple business skills workshops including a series of new business start-up modules for entrepreneurs and an Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Peer Mentorship program. Brandi earned a certificate from the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion and became a certified accessible employer through the President’s Group. Brandi completed her Business Coach Level 1 and Level 2 training through Community Futures and holds a digital marketing certificate through Alacrity Academy. Most recently, Brandi became a certified facilitator for Take the Stage Leadership Communication Program through WeBC.  Always continuing to expand her knowledge and experience, Brandi is currently enrolled in The Success Principles Train the Trainer program.

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.

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.


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

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