Community Futures Network of Alberta

We get rural small businesses like no one else.

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

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. 

MEET THE TEAM

Phyllis Maki

Executive Director
403.851.9995 ext. 2

Phyllis 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.

Phyllis has extensive connections to our many partner organizations and a strong passion for the Community Futures program.

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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.

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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.

Kelsey has been awarded the Silver Anvil for excellence in Public Relations, and owns her own communications consultancy. She leads the CFNA Marketing and Communications program.

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Judy McMillan-Evans

Project Contractor (CROP Program, CFNA Training Program)
403.851.9995 ext. 4

Judy holds a Masters degree in Education, with 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. She leads the CROP program, as well as the CFNA Training Program.

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MEET THE BOARD

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

2020-2021 CFNA Board of Directors

  • Chair, John Husch (Volunteer South Region: Chair, CF Crowsnest Pass)
  • Vice-Chair, Vanessa Simonin (Volunteer North West Region: Secretary/Treasurer, CF Capital Region)
  • Treasurer, Wayne Schultz (Volunteer, South Region: Director/Acting IRC Chair, CF Highwood)
  • Director, Warren Toews (Volunteer North West Region: Chair, CF Grande Prairie)
  • Director, Volunteer North East Region: vacant
  • Director, Debra McQuinn (Volunteer North East Region: Chair, CF St. Paul/Smoky Lake)
  • Director, Russell Crook (Volunteer South Region: Chair, CF Central Alberta)
  • 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, Chantale Sangster (Manager South Region:  CF Wild Rose)

Governance

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.

Recruitment, Election and Appointment of Board of Directors

All Directors will be residents of Alberta, as follows:

  • Five (5) of whom shall be from the South Region being three (3) South directors presented by the South Region Shareholders to the Shareholders for adoption; and two (2) South management staff from the CFDCs of the South Region presented by the South Region Shareholders to the Shareholders for adoption);
  • Three (3) of whom shall be from the Northwest Region being two (2) Northwest directors presented by the Northwest Region Shareholders for adoption; and one (1) Northwest management staff from CFDCs of the Northwest Region presented by the Northwest Region Shareholders to the Shareholders for adoption);
  • Three (3)  of whom shall be from the Northeast Region being two (2) Northeast directors presented by the Northeast Region Shareholders for adoption; and one (1) northeast management staff from CFDCs of the Northeast Region presented by the Northeast the Shareholders for adoption

With 27 locations across rural Alberta, we’ve got you covered.

All of the Community Futures offices in rural Alberta provide support, guidance, and loans for small businesses and startups.

Contact Us

Community Futures Network of Alberta
Box 753 – Cochrane, AB T4C 1A9
T: 403-851-9995
Toll free: 1-877-482-3672

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About Community Futures

Guidance, support, and financial help for small businesses. Community Futures has been helping rural Alberta entrepreneurs for over 30 years with guidance, business loans, training, and free resources.
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