Don McMillan Memorial Award

Bob Annis

In Bob’s long and distinguished career in community economic development he has been a researcher, professor, speaker and practitioner. His passion for economic development and the health and prosperity of rural communities in Canada has spanned more than 25 years.

  • Research Affiliate - Rural Development Institute Brandon University 
  • Past President of the Board - CRRF Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation 
  • Institute Fellow - CRPS International Comparative Rural Policy Studies 
  • Director - Rural Development Institute Brandon University 
  • PSS committee member - CCEDnet volunteer 

In all his working life volunteering for Community Futures has been a constant for him. Bob’s journey with Community Futures started in Manitoba as a volunteer at a local CF. Bob soon went on to volunteer at the Provincial Associations Board and then up to the Pan West Board from 2004-2009 and has served at the CF Pan Canadian Board.

In 2009, Bob retired and became a resident of beautiful Cobble Hill BC. He quickly became reconnected to Community Futures, and volunteered at the Community Futures Cowichan office. In 2013, he became a director at Community Futures BC and has since become chair and once more represents Community Futures office at the Pan West table.

In all these roles, across many the many organizations,  he has perfected the role of Leadership around a Board or Committee table. He builds consensus, facilitates action and injects a little fun. Bob is a leader by example and a teacher at heart. More than just his academic and volunteer accomplishments, Bob stands out for genuine his character and personality.


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