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.

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

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


CFNA 2019-2020 Annual Report

CFNA 2018-2019 Annual Report

CFNA 2019 Audited Financial Statements

2018 AGM Minutes


CFNA 2018-2019 Operating Plan
CFNA 2018 Audited Financial Statements

2017 AGM Minutes
CFNA 2017-2018 Annual Report



Community Futures Canada
The Community Futures Network of Canada (CFNC) supports Canada's 268 Community Futures offices across the country.  They are guided by a Board of Directors made up of Community Futures representatives from across the country.

CFNC 2017 Annual Report 
CFNC 2018 Annual Report

Phyllis Maki

Executive Director
403.851.9995 ext. 2

Ms. Maki has been involved with the Community Futures Program for just over 30 years. Her last 19 years have been spent working in Alberta as General Manager for CF Lakeland and, in 2015, she added the general management of CF Lloydminster & Region to her plate.  From 1989 – 2000, Phyllis was with the CF Program in British Columbia where she was involved in the start-up of two individual CF offices, and was integral in the establishment of the BC Community Futures Association office. Because of her extensive connections to our many partner organizations and her strong passion for the Community Futures program, Phyllis is the ideal person to lead the CF program in Alberta.

Judy McMillan-Evans

Project Contractor (CROP Program, CFNA Training Program)
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.  Judy leads the CROP program, as well as the CFNA Training Program.

Margi Storey

EDP & Members Services Lead
403.851.9995 ext. 3

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 so she does have first-hand experience with a lot of the issues most Alberta entrepreneurs face in our ever-changing economic climate. Margi leads the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities program in Alberta, the Community Futures Members Services Program and CFNA Administration. 

Kelsey Nixon

Marketing & Communications Lead
403.851.9995 ext. 6

Kelsey is a former journalist and strategic communications expert with experience in Alberta's energy, disability and non-profit sectors. She has developed both 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.  Kelsey leads the CFNA Marketing and Communications program.  


2019-2020 CFNA Board of Directors

Acting Chair, John Husch (Volunteer South Region: Chair, CF Crowsnest Pass)
Treasurer, Vanessa Simonin (Volunteer North West Region: Secretary/Treasurer, CF Capital Region)
Director, Matthew Creighton (Volunteer North East Region:  Chair, CF Wood Buffalo)
Director, Tony Walker (Manager South Region: CF Alberta Southwest)
Director, Nancy Robbins (Manager North West Region: CF West Yellowhead)
Director, Gene Wesley (Manager North East Region: CF Lac La Biche)
Director, Kelly Kierluk (Manager South Region:  CF Central Alberta)
Director, Wayne Schultz (Volunteer, South Region:  Director/Acting IRC Chair, CF Highwood)
Director, Warren Toews (Volunteer, North West Region:  CF Grande Prairie)

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

Current Opportunities

Business Development Advisor, Community Futures Centre West

Business Advisor, Community Futures Yellowhead East