We get rural small business like no one else.

The Community Futures Network of Alberta (CFNA) is community driven, non-profit business loan and business development organization made up of 27 Community Futures offices throughout rural Alberta.

From the outside it may seem like we are a lot like other lenders and business development agencies. The truth is we're very different: we understand small business in rural Alberta like nobody else. We live and work in the communities that you do, and know that rural communities thrive when small businesses do. When you succeed, we all succeed.

The mandate of the Community Futures Network of Alberta is to support small business development and rural economic diversification in Alberta. We actively work with community and business leaders to foster rural economic growth, and are partners in building vibrant and sustainable communities. We are funded by the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification Canada and have been supporting rural entrepreneurs for over 30 years.

Each Community Futures office provides flexible and affordable small business loans, business coaching/training services and business management tools for people wanting to start, expand, franchise or sell a rural business. We offer additional supports to priority sectors identified by Western Economic Diversification Canada:

  • Clean technology
  • Value added agriculture
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Digital Industries
  • Clean Resources
  • Health & Biosciences

Most offices also run specialized business programs for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities and Young Entrepreneurs. Find your nearest Community Futures office to learn more.

The Community Futures Network of Alberta is governed by an independent Board of Directors, which ensures the highest standard of governance practices. Meet the .

Each Community Futures office is staffed by local business professionals and guided by a volunteer Board of Directors. Visit the website of your nearest Community Futures office to meet your local team of staff and board members.

Purpose:
The purpose of Community Futures is to help communities develop and implement local solutions to challenges and opportunities in the areas of:

  • Economic stability, growth, and job creation
  • Diversified and competitive local rural economies
  • Economically sustainable communities

Mission:
The Community Futures Network of Alberta provides advocacy, leadership and stewardship for the network of Community Futures organizations in Alberta.

Tony Stolz

Executive Director
403.851.9995 ext. 2

Tony is a Certified Management Consultant and also holds a BA degree from the University of Calgary. He has proven experience with Community Futures (six years with Community Futures East Parkland; first as a Program Manager and then as Executive Director).  Additionally, Tony has owned his own management consulting business for the past 16 years. Tony brings to the role his sound and proven skills in financial management, lending and investment fund management. He is committed to rural Alberta economic development and will continue to strengthen the CFNA, expanding its ability to support the CF network in this province. 


Judy McMillan-Evans

Project Contractor (EDP, BizStream, Training)
403.851.9995 ext. 4
Judy holds a Master’s degree in Education, certificates in both Adult Education and Group facilitation from Mount Royal University. In 2006, Mount Royal University awarded Judy with their Distinguished Faculty/Teaching Award for instructors, based upon her excellent student engagement and program results.  Judy offers passion, experience, knowledge and creativity with a focus on building the capacity of people and organizations.

Margi Storey

Project Coordinator (Elevate, Member Services & Administration)
403.851.9995 ext. 5

Margi's experience is as a Human Resources generalist and Business Administrator in Alberta's energy sector as well as a few of her own business ventures along the way. In the course of her career, she's owned 3 separate businesses (oilfield transportation, home renovations, staffing agency) so she does have first-hand experience with a lot of the issues most Alberta entrepreneurs face in our ever-changing economic climate. Margi oversees the Elevate program in Alberta, part of our Entrepreneurs with Disabilities platform of programs.


Kelsey Nixon

Marketing & Communications Coordinator
403.851.9995 ext. 6

Kelsey is a Journalist and Strategic Communications expert with experience in Oil and Gas, as well as the Disability and Non-Profit sector. She has developed internal and external brands with a focus on culture, brand narratives and organizational change management. She has been awarded the Silver Anvil for excellence in Public Relations, and owns her own communications consultancy.

2017-2018 CFNA Board of Directors

Chair, Matthew Creighton (Volunteer North East Region: Chair, CF Wood Buffalo)
Vice-Chair, Lloyd Kearl (Volunteer South Region: Chair, CF Alberta Southwest)
Treasurer, Randy Hodgkinson (Manager North West Region: CF Peace Country)
Secretary, Sean Blewett (Manager South Region: CF Entre-Corp & CF Chinook)

Director, Brock Harrington (Manager South Region: CF Big Country)
Director, Brad Gara (Manager North East Region: CF Elk Island and CF East Central)
Director, Maggie Armstrong (Volunteer South Region: Vice-Chair, CF Centre West)
Director, Chris Turnmire (Volunteer North West Region: Chair, CF Grande Prairie)
Director, Vanessa Simonin (Volunteer North West Region: Secretary/Treasurer, CF Capital Region)
Director, Lynn MacWilliam (Volunteer South Region: Director, CF Wild Rose)

Community Futures is committed to attracting, engaging and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce.  We encourage interested individuals to apply directly to hratalbertacf.com. Your privacy is important to us - please rest assured that all applications will remain confidential at all times.

Current Positions Available

General Manager -
Community Futures Central Alberta