We are engaged in three main areas:
- ADVOCACY AND LEADERSHIP – We partner with provincial and national decision makers to work to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Community Futures program in Alberta, and we initiate cost-saving programs and progressive policy ideas to maximize the impact of our members’ rural economic diversification efforts.
- TOOLS AND RESOURCES – We provide a wide range of member services include customized web applications/programs, specialized professional development and training, direct business support and group discounts.
- COLLABORATION AND COMMUNICATION – We actively work to gather and share information between Community Futures offices within and outside the province in the interest of building valuable links and networks that help us serve our clients better. To join the conversation sign up for our blog in the sidebar.
Want to know more about our Network?
- Review our current Annual Report and Audited Financial Statement and our Financial Accountability Chart.
Want to know more about Community Futures?
- Find the nearest Community Futures office
- Learn how we help small businesses grow
- Explore our Rural Economic Diversification initiatives
We abide by the following vision and mission, and reconfirm our goals every year at our Annual General Meeting.
“The Community Futures Network of Alberta provides advocacy, leadership and stewardship for the network of Community Futures organizations in Alberta.”
“Alberta Community Futures Organizations are respected leaders in Rural Economic Development”
GOALS 2017 -2018:
- CFNA is a leader in the use, management, and promotion of technologies, tools, and best practices
- CFNA has modern and well developed Policies and Procedures
- CFNA has effective communications to ensure our programs and services are relevant to stakeholders
- CFNA has strong working relationships with strategic partners
- CFNA has an effective education strategy for boards and staff
Our Board of Directors
The Board of Community Futures Network of Alberta is made up of highly motivated and skilled individuals who are dedicated to the economic growth of the province and who envision "A strong, diversified and entrepreneurial rural Alberta." Board members have access to exceptional professional development tools through Community Futures Pan West's Leadership Institute.
Board composition and election process
The Community Futures Network of Alberta (CFNA) Board is made up of 11 representatives from Community Futures (CF) offices. Board members are elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Terms of new or returning board members commence immediately following the AGM, and terms of outgoing members end at the AGM.
Each of the three (3) Alberta CF regions elects representatives from the Community Futures organizations in their region. The Northeast (NE) and Northwest (NW) CF Regions each elect three (3) representatives to the Board. The South CF Region with a greater number of Community Futures organizations elects a total of five (5).
CFNA Articles of Incorporation stipulate that the NW and NE Community Futures regions each appoint two (2) CF board members and 1 CF Manager each. The South CF elects three (3) CF board members plus two (2) CF Managers as their representatives to the eleven (11) person Board of Directors
Our Board Members:
Chair, Matthew Creighton (Volunteer North East, CF Wood Buffalo)
Vice-Chair, Lloyd Kearl (Volunteer South, CF Alberta Southwest)
Treasurer: Randy Hodgkinson (Manager North West, CF Peace Country)
Secretary: Sean Blewett (Manager South, CF Entre Corp and CF Chinook)
Brock Harrington (Manager South, CF Big Country)
Brad Gara (Manager North East, CF Elk Island and CF East Central Alberta)
Chris Turnmire (Volunteer North West, CF Grande Prairie)
Lynn MacWilliam (Volunteer South, CF Wild Rose)
Maggie Armstrong (Volunteer South, CF Centre West)
Vanessa Simonin (Volunteer North West, CF Capital Region)
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.
Project Contractor (EDP, BizStream, Training)
403.851.9995 ext. 4
Project Coordinator (Elevate, Memeber 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.
Marketing & Communications Coodinator
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.
Suite 3209, 101 Sunset Drive
Cochrane, AB T4C 0B4
1.855.857.1846 or 403.851.9995
Western Canada Business Service Network (WCBSN)
BizStream Small Business Program:
Other Alberta CF partners
- Alberta Rural Development's Food Processing Development Centre and Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator
- Food Processing Development Centre and Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator
- Food Processing Development Centre and Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator
- Alberta Community and Cooperative Association
- Alberta Ag Business Consultants
- AFSC - Agriculture Financial Services Corporation
- BDC - Business Development Bank of Canada
- Futurepreneur Canada
- GoForth Institute
In 1985, Community Futures was launched as part of the Canada Jobs Strategy. Community Futures remains a national program with overall program aim to:
- Support to local rural communities and small and medium-sized enterprises in meeting their economic needs
- Help to rural communities to develop and implement long-term community strategic plans leading to the sustainable development of their local economies
- Provide support for the building of community capacity as a means of helping rural adapt to and manage change
The aim of the Community Futures program in Western Canada is to:
- Support Community Economic Development (CED)
- Diversify the economy
- Support the creation and expansion of small and medium-sized enterprises
- Maintain and create new employment
- Maintain Canada's capacity to deliver business services to rural communities in Western Canada.
In 1995, the responsibility for Community Futures was transferred to Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD). With core funding assistance provided by WD, the Community Futures program is delivered through a network of 90 non-profit Community Futures organizations:
- 34 in B.C.
- 27 in Alberta
- 13 in Saskatchewan
- 16 in Manitoba
These are supported by four provincial associations, including the Community Futures Network of Alberta (CFNA). These associations, and the 90 Community Futures offices they represent, work in partnership through the Community Futures Pan West organization.
The history of the CFNA stretches back to 1994, when the province’s Community Futures organization decided to form a provincial association that would speak with a single voice and create opportunities through a common network. Since then CFNA has evolved into an incorporated not-for-profit that advocates on behalf of its membership and provides a wide range of member programs and services.
For more information, please watch the CFNA Legacy Video below, with former Executive Director, Jon Close.
Each Community Futures office is made up of a number of core staff positions. See chart below for skills requirements for each position.
Community Futures core positions are supported by on-the-job and other forms of training designed to ensure career advancement within the local Community Futures office, or the Community Futures family in Alberta (27 offices) and across the rest of Canada (268 offices from coast-to-coast-to-coast).
|Core Position||Skill Requirements/Job components|
|General Manager or Executive Director||Proven leadership experience as a developmental lender and working with not-for-profit boards.|
|Business Analyst/Business Officer||Expertise conducive to providing lending advice to and coaching/training for start-up and expanding small and medium-sized enterprises within targeted industry clusters.|
|Community Economic Development Officer||Expertise conducive to supporting and promoting entrepreneurial communities especially in the areas of identified industry clusters. CED Officers work in collaboration with Regional Economic Development Alliance or REDA staff and municipal economic development officers.|
|Administrator||Expertise conducive to managing bookkeeping and accounts receivable/payable, providing project management assistance, supporting CF board and management.|
Community Futures is committed to attracting, engaging and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. We encourage interested individuals to apply directly to hralbertacf.com ( )(link sends e-mail). Your privacy is important to us - please rest assured that all applications will remain confidential at all times.
Related careers with Community Futures partner organizations
Community Futures in Alberta are proud partners in Western Economic Diversification's (WD) WCBSN network (Western Canada Business Service Network). The WCBSN is comprised of the 90 Community Futures organizations, the Women Enterprise Initiatives, Canada Business Service Centres and the Francophone Economic Development Organizations serving the 4 western provinces.