Community Futures Thompson Country is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of local business people who have extensive knowledge and experience of location’s economy and represent our region’s population and main economic sectors. The role of the Board is to establish our organization’s priorities, monitor our business loans, oversee our general performance, and be accountable to key stakeholders, such as local, provincial and federal governments.
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Hal Hicks Board Chair (Kamloops)
Hal has been on the CFTC Loans Committee since 2012 and most recently been elected to the CFTC Board of Directors. A graduate of University of Saskatchewan, Mr. Hicks is an Associate Lawyer with Fulton & Company whose practice involves commercial finance, collections, realization, foreclosures and commercial insolvency. Hal also serves as a director with the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Area Association.
Dr. Laura Lamb Vice Chair (Kamloops)
Dr. Laura joined the CFTC in January of 2014. Laura Lamb is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics school of Business and Economics at the Thompson River University and the subsequent Chairperson for the School of Business and Economics Faculty Council since 2012. She has several published journal writings in the field of economics, as well as, segments within many published books. She is a respected academia, as noted through her numerous presentations, writings, research publications, authorships, and consulting accomplishments. Given her vast experience, she unsurprisingly holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Manitoba.
Robin Reid Secretary (Kamloops)
Robin Reid joined the CFTC in January 2014. Robin is currently a full-time instructor in the Tourism Management Department at Thompson Rivers University. She earned her Masters Degree from the University of Calgary (U of C) in Resources and the Environment. Robin continues to work with the faculty at the U of C on numerous joint publications and case studies that focus on environmental topics; adding to her already exemplary list of publications. Robin has travelled extensively and has developed a further interest in documenting cultural and community changes associated with tourism in a global environment.
Ken White Treasurer (Kamloops)
Ken is a founding Board Member of the Community Futures movement since 1988. Ken served as the CFTC Chair from 1996 – 2001 and Chair of Community Futures British Columbia from 2004 – 2007. He has served as the Pan Canadian Chair from 2007 – 2009. CF’s across Canada have relied on Ken’s interest, expertise, and leadership he has provided. Ken has provided in excess of 10,000 volunteer hours to the CF movement. He supports community driven endeavors that promote economic, social, cultural and environmental diversity. In 2002 after a long and stellar career in the financial services industry, Ken retired from the BDC but continues to provide expertise. After sitting out a year Ken has agreed to come back to the organization to support its mandate in the region.
Bill Kershaw Director (Barriere)
Bill is a long-time resident of the North Thompson region and an active member of the community. A local business owner, Bill is a dedicated volunteer and advocate for Barriere and the Lower North Thompson area. His involvement in the region includes serving as Chair of the Barriere Improvement District, Barriere Chamber of Commerce, North Thompson Economic Development Society, Local Parks Board, Barriere Minor Baseball and he has served as a director with the Thompson Nicola Regional District.
Jon Kreke Director (Clearwater)
Jon is the owner/operator of the Dutch Lake Resort in Clearwater, BC, He has been a councillor on the District of Clearwater Council and is currently the President of the Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce; and Vice President of Tourism Wells Gray Association. Jon possess a background in policy development and a strong background in finances through his own business and the District of Clearwater budgeting process.
Arden Thacker Director (Kamloops)
Arden Thacker joined the Loan Committee of CFTC in May 2011 and joined the Board of Directors in February of 2012. Arden is a Senior Commercial Account Manager with Canadian Western Bank in Kamloops with 10 years of commercial banking and portfolio management. Arden holds an Associate Degree Financial Management (Accounting) from Capilano College in addition to being a Certified Financial Planner. Arden spent 4 years with the East Kootenay Credit Union based in Cranbrook and returned to roots previously established in Kamloops.
Chris O’Hara Director (Kamloops)
Chris is a project engineer with the New Gold, New Afton Mine in Kamloops, BC and has over 8 years work experience in the mining industry both in Canada and Australia. He is a recognized leader in the mining industry having presented technical papers at Provincial and National Conferences to audiences in excess of 250 people. Chris holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (honors) and is new Canadian resident in Kamloops.
Dieter Dudy Director (Kamloops)
Dieter has extensive experience in management at many levels including: operational, human resource, financial, fore-casting, environmental etc. Dieter has served on numerous boards that have primarily an agriculture/food security focus. He has also been a director on the Kamloops and Region Farmers’ Market Board, Pat president and treasurer of the British Columbia Association of Farmers’ Markets, Director with the Certified Organic Association of B.C., Founder and past president of the Sun Peaks and Region Farmers Market, Chair of the Heartland Food Society, Director with The Farm2Chef Society, director with the Kamloops Voter’s Society, currently sits as a member of Kamloops City Council.