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Susan Stearns

General Manager

Susan continuously seeks out ways to apply her experience and knowledge to ensure CF FFG is meeting the needs of the communities, businesses and people in the Fraser Fort George region.  With this, her education and experience in leadership, management, and community economic development are positive assets to enhancing how CF FFG works collaboratively with many partners across the region.  Susan's executive coaching skills complement her other skills as she works in a positive manner to support the CF FFG team in achieving the desired outcomes.  After being entrenched in community and business development for over 25 years, and completing educational endeavours in multiple disciplines, Susan is well versed in exploring opportunities from multiple angles and is always eager to discover new ways to manage constant change.


Trish Appleton

Finance and Administration Officer

Trish joined Community Futures in February 2016 as the Office of Finance & Administration. Trish has extensive experience in finance, payroll and administration in private, public service and not-for-profit sectors. Trish has a comprehensive understanding of various accounting software and Microsoft Office which provides clients with a knowledgeable, skilled resource to review their financials, support them in reconciliations or to simply review their loan account with CF FFG.


Sherri Flavel

Business Analyst

Sherri works with clients to facilitate our business lending program. She is well versed in community and economic development and has supported hundreds of entrepreneurs with creating strong foundations for business start-ups, purchases, growth management and succession planning. Sherri’s understanding of business in northern rural communities combined with Diplomas in both Business and Human Resource Management enable her to offer expert and responsive client service. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and welcomes you to come see her for your business borrowing and consulting needs!


Jean Rudyk

Business Analyst

Jean joined Community Futures April 2016, after retiring from a 38-year Banking Career. With a long-term Banking Career, Jean brings extensive accreditation and experience. A large portion of Jean’s career was spent working with Small Business and Agriculture Clients. Jean has a passion for helping people and very much enjoys assisting entrepreneurs in whatever way she can.


Mary Mytting

Projects Coordinator

Mary Mytting joined the Community Futures Team as Projects Coordinator.  Her diverse background in business and not-for-profits, provides Community Futures with enhanced knowledge, skills, acumen and abilities to manage multiple projects; in particular, coordinating rural initiatives that include facilitating and delivering workshops in the rural areas of McBride, Valemount and Mackenzie.   With over two decades of entrepreneurship, sales and marketing experience, Mary is able to share her experiences while enhancing the clients’ learning and understanding in all aspects of business development.  Mary has started and sold 2 successful businesses and started an ongoing successful charity in South Africa.  Her passion for community development provides additional skills and excitement for broadening Community Futures outreach and support for new opportunities and ventures across the region.

Community Consultant


Charles Scott

Export Navigator Consultant

Charles began his economic development career in 1990. Between 2001 and 2012, he worked directly with entrepreneurs to strategically position their firms, handle rapid growth and enter new markets. For five of those years he helped firms develop export markets, participating in trade missions to the USA, China, Russia, Chile, Peru and the Philippines. He was a commercial lender for 8 years, at GE Capital and Community Futures. He rejoined the Community Futures network in October 2016 to help firms to identify, enter and develop new markets outside of British Columbia through the Export Navigator pilot program. A faculty member at UNBC’s School of Business, he specialises in international business, marketing, entrepreneurship and ethics. Charles holds a Masters degree in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelors degree in Economics from UBC.