Our Advantage

We're a bank for entrepreneurs. Our entire mission is based on making business owners successful. When compared to banks, studies show that our clients businesses grow faster and last longer. That's because we partner with you. We're not trying to get money out the door. We help you plan your business, coach you along the way, provide flexible financing options and, most importantly, share the risk. Three years down the road when you still have questions we're here for you. In the last five years, we helped 50 local businesses get established and grow. See Results to view our clients.

Our Roots

Community Futures is part of a national economic development program that has supported small business and community economic development since 1986. There are 269 Community Futures offices in rural communities across the country - 34 in BC. Our Community Futures office is a non-profit development corporation guided by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by local committee members and a staff of business professionals. We work with community partners to grow entrepreneurship and economic development in the North Coast. See a list of our Projects.


Our Vision

Partnering with North Coast entrepreneurs to achieve success.

Our Mission

To actively contribute to building a diversified and sustainable economy for the Pacific Northwest through entrepreneurial development and participation in regional economic planning.

Our Service Area

We provide professional services to communities of Prince Rupert, Port Edward, Metlakatla and Lax K'walaams, Gitxaala, Dodge Cove, Oona River and Hartley Bay.


Our Staff

John Farrell General Manager

John has worked the last 25 years in community development on the North Coast and Haida Gwaii. He is a small business owner and a past-president of the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce. He serves on a number of local and provincial boards including the Prince Rupert Port Authority, the Port Edward Harbour Authority, and chairs the parent support group of Annunciation School. John holds a bachelors degree in political studies and a management certificate from the Sauder School of Business.

Marlene Lindquist Office Manager

Marlene has more than 16 years' experience handling the day to day operations of non-profit organizations. She serves on the board of North Coast Community Services Society as Board President and has recently started a book-keeping company.

Eli Kelly Business Development Officer

Eli received his bachelor in Commerce from University of Northern British Columbia. He also spent a year in Japan where he studied language and international business. He joined Community Futures in 2015 and in May 2016 aced the CU Source Business Lending course.


Our Board

Wendy Prystay

Chair, Governance Committee
Education

Mike Shaw

Director, Governance Committee
Lawyer

Mary Denton

Director, Marketing Committee
Media

Sharon Stromdahl

Director, Loans Review Committee
Banking

Barb Lippke

Director
Entrepreneur

Dave McKeever

Director
Education

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