Dale Wheeldon , President & CEO
Dale joined the BCEDA team in 2007. As the President and CEO he is responsible for leading the association through the development of programs and initiatives to support communities and economic development organizations. With over 24 years of economic development experience, Dale has successfully developed several award winning economic development programs, developed strategies and other initiatives in small and large communities. His excellent working relationships with all levels of government and industry associations have helped to ensure that BCEDA is well positioned to provide member services. Dale works extensively with other organizations including the International Economic Development Council as a course instructor, and with other Provincial economic development associations developing partnerships across Canada.
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Sue Kenny , Chair
Sue Kenny is currently the General Manager for Community Futures Peace Liard. CFPL covers the northeast corner of BC including 8 municipalities, several first nations’ communities and surrounding rural areas. Her role is to ensure that business services are available to existing and new businesses in the entire region. Sue also represents this region in promoting economic initiatives as well as assisting communities in developing economic strategies and sourcing or providing resources to implement them. Sue achieves this by having a working relationship with other economic practitioners in the area, as Coordinator for the South Peace Economic Commission, Executive Director for the Northeast Regional Community Foundation, Alternate Director for the Northeast Regional Advisory Committee for Northern Development Trust, Alternate Director for the Peace River Regional District and City Councilor for the City of Dawson Creek.
Sue has been working in the economic field for twenty five years in the northeast region. First in several positions with the District of Tumbler Ridge and the past 13 years with Community Futures Peace Liard.
In Sue's spare time she hangs out with her husband of 41 years Ray, participates in all outdoor sports, and looks forward to spending time with her two sons Nathan and Dave and their wives and grandchildren Tate, Kemper, Amelia and Jaksyn.
Kevin Weaver , 1st Vice-Chair
In 1999, Kevin joined the Ministry of Small Business, Tourism & Culture as Regional Manager, Tourism Land-use Policy & Planning. In 2003, the province formally re-established a regional economic development function at which time Kevin assumed responsibility for provincial economic development activities in the Kootenay-Boundary region as Regional Manager with the Ministry of Economic Development In 2008 Kevin left provincial government to take on a more hands-on role as Business & Economic Development Manager for the City of Cranbrook. Currently Kevin is representing the City of Cranbrook, and its partners, as a member of the Can Bio trade mission to Seoul and Beijing where Kevin is promoting the region’s bioenergy opportunities to Asian investors.
Maureen Czirfusz , 2nd Vice-Chair
Maureen began her career at the Houston and District Chamber of Commerce in the fall of 2007 after twelve years in the insurance industries. Her love and commitment for the community brought her to make the career change. In January 2011, her position was restructured to also include the duties of Economic Development Officer for the District of Houston.
During her time at the Chamber, Maureen has worked very hard in growing the Chamber and developing a strong membership. The chamber works closely with the local merchant and successful runs their shop local program. In 2016 over $90,000 was kept in the community with this program.
Maureen has been a member of the British Columbia Chamber Executives (BCCE) since 2008 and served as a member on the board of directors including President from 2012-2014. Maureen was honored with the Gerry Frederick Executive of the Year in 2013 from the BCCE. Maureen also serves as a board member for the BC Economic Development Association and several local boards in her community.
David Munro , Treasurer
David Munro is the Manager of Economic Development for the City of Coquitlam. Prior to working for the City of Coquitlam, David was the Manager of Business Development with Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation. David has worked in various roles in the field of economic development for the past 8 years and previously worked in the non-profit sector for the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce. Over the past twenty years, David has had the opportunity to accumulate work experience in a variety of areas such as agriculture, forestry, technology, real estate, tourism and non-profit. David has a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Fraser Valley and an MBA from the University of Guelph. In his spare time, David enjoys spending time with his family, travelling and volunteering.
John Perrott , Secretary
John Perrott, is the Economic Development Officer for the City of West Kelowna, managing both Tourism and Economic Development portfolios since 2010. John graduated Okanagan College with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2003 and immediately began a career in Community Development by working for the Downtown Kelowna Association (BIA). While with the Association, John worked as the Marketing Director for three years before being promoted to Executive Director in 2007. From 2006 to 2010, he served as a Director and Vice President of the Business Improvement Area Association of British Columbia.
John joined the City of West Kelowna in December 2010 as the first Economic Development Officer, spearheading a number of initiatives including forming the Westside Wine Trail, Westside Farm Loop, establishing the Economic Development Committee, and managing the rebranding of Visit Westside tourism marketing cooperative. In 2015, John’s dedication to his community was recognized with two awards: 2015 Okanagan College Young Alumni & Top 40 Under 40. Outside of the office, you’ll likely find John enjoying the best of the Okanagan lifestyle: skiing, golfing, boating, wine touring, and cooking!
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Patrick Deakin , Director
Patrick Deakin is the Economic Development Manager for the City of Port Alberni for the last 10 years. Previous roles have included Manager of Partnerships & Policy Development at the OneStop Business Registry; Economic Development Officer for Oliver & District; Band Manager & Economic Development Manager for the Uchucklesaht Tribe. Have worked in the high tech, environmental, tourism, forestry, mining and retail fields.
Scott Randolph , Past-Chair
The Past Chair of the BC Economic Development Association, Scott Randolph is the Manager of Economic Development for the City of Powell River. Born in Toronto and raised in the Belleville, Ontario region. He made the move to beautiful British Columbia in 1997, first to Prince Rupert and eventually to Powell River.
Although Scott’s educational background is Journalism; he has spent a good deal of his career practising a number of different communications disciplines. Scott worked for over a decade in the Television and Radio Broadcast Industry as a Journalist, Announcer and Producer. He also has a good deal of Public Relations experience from being a Communications Officer with Government, and the Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations for NWBC Timber and Pulp.
In 2003 he left his position with NWBC Timber and Pulp and moved to Powell River where he started work with the Powell River Regional Economic Development Society. In 2006, Scott was appointed Manager of the Society and in the following year he was also appointed Manager of PRSC Limited Partnership, whose three shareholders are the Tla’Amin First Nation, Catalyst Paper Corporation and City of Powell River. Currently, Scott is also handing the administrative affairs of the Freda Creek Community Hydro Project, which is another business venture between the City of Powell River and Tla’Amin First Nation. In the past he also managed Tourism Powell River and the Sunshine Coast Tourism Association.
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Terry Van Horn , Director
Terry proudly grew up in Mackenzie BC. She went to BCIT where she became a chemical technologist and met her husband Jim. After graduation they moved to Prince George where she worked in the brewing and pulp and paper industries for 12 years as a lab technologist. With an opportunity for her husband to establish a satellite company Terry and her family moved to Trail, BC in 2001. Using her chemical sciences background, her experience working in the industry towns of Mackenzie and Prince George, as well as her newly acquired business diploma from Selkirk College, Terry joined the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) in 2004. During her 8 years at KAST, she learned that collaboration, team work, and relationship building are fundamental to success in rural economic development. She is proud of her work at KAST especially in establishing the GLOWS (Growing Learning Opportunities with Science) program that now resides with Selkirk College.
Further expanding on her skills and knowledge in 2012, Terry joined the Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation (LCIC), the regional Economic Development Office for the Trail area. As the Executive Director of the LCIC, she continues to promote opportunities and drive economic and business growth through strategies like the new Metal Tech Alley initiative focused on a cluster approach to marketing the region’s competitive advantages. She excels in creating strong partnerships and selling the viability of the region with a passion like no other.
Terry and her family are grateful for their life in the beautiful Trail area, she plans to live a long and healthy life playing golf and will continue to champion economic growth and prosperity for the region to ensure her children stay close by.