Board of Directors
Janice Iverson loves helping people and teams bring new ideas to life. Her career in both business and social sectors has mostly focused on advancing social and environmental responsibility, collaborative approaches, and innovation. She spent 10 years within the credit union movement as an Assistant Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, and most recently held the position of Director of Social Innovation at United Way. Janice began her career as a journalist, embracing the curiosity, creativity and late nights that came with the territory. When the opportunity arose to join the Public Relations team at a large grocery co-op, she jumped at the chance for a more manageable schedule. From there, she had many opportunities to develop and launch innovative programs and services that delivered financial and social returns. Underpinning all her efforts is a core believe that businesses can make money and achieve social good.
Janice is a past recipient of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 Award; an alumnus of Leadership Calgary, and holds professional accreditation (ABC) through the International Association of Business Communicators.
In her capacity as the Executive Director, Janice has embraced our community through her representation of Community Futures by actively involving herself in exciting initiatives such as Gibson’s Public Market Community Campaign, and Volunteering with the Festival of the Written Arts.
Making her new home on the Sunshine Coast, Janice, Craig and their dog Daisy reside in Davis Bay and enjoy the many trails at their doorstep for daily walks, spend summer weekends boating, and enjoy being much closer to their son Adam who resides in Nanaimo.
Wendy recently joined the ranks of the retired having capitalized on her own succession plan.
Wendy grew up on Vancouver Island and returned in 1991 with her partner to start a transportation business hauling bulk fuels. They grew their business from a staff of three to a thriving business with 26 employees. When developing her own succession plan Wendy found she needed to travel to the mainland for professional advice and is very pleased to be a part of Venture Connect and the opportunity to provide expertise here on the Island. Owning a business is a lifestyle as much as a living and how to value the goodwill that you’ve built over the years is best done by an arms length professional that can bring objectivity and an understanding of current markets into consideration.
Bob brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Community Futures Cowichan Board table. He has a BA, MA and PhD, and has published several reports and documents concerning social and economic issues facing rural Canadians. Bob served for 10 years as the Director of Brandon University's Rural Development Institute, and served for Rural and Northern Development Program for many years as a professor in Departments of Native Studies, Psychology and Rural Development. He serves on numerous community organizations like the Provincial Community Futures Association, the Canadian Rural Restructuring Foundation and as a fellow of the International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Consortium. He also served as a National Selection Committee Member for the Canadian government's Broadband.
Since Bob and his wife moved to BC from Manitoba, they have had the pleasure of boating around the Gulf of Vancouver Island and enjoying his retirement to its fullest.
Angela Smith joined the Community Futures Mt. Waddington Board in July 2015. She was the Board Secretary before becoming Chair in 2017. Angela also sits on CFMW’s Loans Review Committee and the Self-Employment Program Committee. Angela’s experience and knowledge of Vancouver Island North is highly valued and useful within our organizational governance and planning. She owns and operates a small business which offers online and print marketing services to small businesses. Angela is currently working on her Bachelor of Professional Communication at Royal Roads University.
Cathy Robertson’s career experience spans many aspects of business. Since 2008 Cathy has been the General Manager of a division of Community Futures. In this role she oversees a range of community-based economic development projects and the small business lending program in addition to the day-to-day management of the organization.
Cathy has also been an associate in Cowichan Valley marketing firm and managed a wide variety of marketing programs for a number of diverse clients. For nearly 5 years Cathy was the Operations and Marketing Manager for both Cherry Point Vineyards and the Quw'utsun Cultural and Conference Centre, each owned by the Cowichan Tribes.
David Mitchell has lead the most rural and isolated Community Futures office on Vancouver Island since 2009. David developed his leadership and management skills during an extensive career with the British Columbia provincial government. After leaving government in 2003 David was a consultant prior to joining the Vancouver Island Health Authority in Victoria and then Campbell River.
Vickie Morris moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2014 after years of yearning to be here. Now retired, her career focused on community development, urban planning, and social purpose real estate in and for the City of Vancouver.
She was a founding member of the Social Purpose Real Estate collaborative and co-chair of the Sponsorship Committee for the sold-out 2015 Building Opportunities Conference. She has been honoured for her support of non-profit groups’ real estate needs with awards of appreciation from MOSAIC, Immigrant Services Society of BC, and the Association of Neighbourhood Houses.
Jolynn Green combines her Masters in Leadership and Training with hands-on experience assisting hundreds of small business from start up to expansion in addition to consulting with board and management groups. Jolynn joined a Community Futures team in 1994 where she worked for ten years; 6 years as Executive Director. Jolynn then became an executive team member of a five star golf /casino resort in the capacity of Human Resource Manager. Jolynn’s is a graduate of the Masters of Arts – Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University of Victoria, BC. Jolynn became an Executive Director of a division of Community Futures in July 2010. She also operates a local inn.
Lori Camire has managed a division of Community Futures since September 1997. Previously she held supervisory and management positions with the Federal Government for close to 20 years. Lori has been a director with Community Futures British Columbia and held the position of Island Coastal Community Futures Manager Representative for 5 years.
Lori has also been involved with family business operations, and has dealt with the planning and executing of a succession plan.
Lori was the project manager for the Pilot Project known as Exit Opportunities and is now General Manager of Venture Connect Inc.