All Community Futures organizations are guided by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of local business people who bring with them extensive knowledge and experience of the area’s economy. Our Board members represent our region’s population and main economic sectors. Their role is to establish our organization’s priorities, monitor our performance, and answer to key stakeholders.

Brian Bennett - Chairperson

Brian Bennett – Chairperson

Brian joined the Board of CFPR in 2006 after he retired from his Position as Superintendent/ CEO of School District #47(Powell River) with 270 employees.

Brian has a strong background in education and financial management with a Bachelor of Arts – Geography/Economics from Simon Fraser University and a Masters Degree in Administration from the University of Victoria. He is well known for his implementing innovative entrepreneurial and educational programs as well the strong financial management of schools and the School District. Brian has always maintained a passionate interest in business and community development of the Powell River region.

Lori Brown, Treasurer

Lori Brown, Treasurer
Lori grew up in Powell River in a business-orientated family, her parents owning several companies: Aero Powell River Services Ltd (Auto/Industrial/Tire/Mechanical Shop); Kip Brown Trucking Ltd (Log Hauling); and Aero Cabs (local cab company).

Lori learned at a young age about being in business in a small isolated community and purchased Aero/Kal tire from her parents July 1, 2000. Lori is a Member of the Westview Baptist Church Lori joined the Community Futures Board in 2001 as Treasurer, and has participated on the Powell River Christian School Society Board (2004-2011) as Treasurer, and Powell River Community Forest (2013-Present) as Vice-Chair.

Lori’s community sprit is evident in the co-started Powell River Small Business Cash Mob 2012 to help support local small business (mom & pop shops). The objective was to bring back shoppers to the small local shops rather than large box stores and reconnect with their clientele, much like it was back in the day.

Steve Hopkins, Vice Treasurer

STEVE HOPKINS, CPA, CMA, Board of Directors
Steve Hopkins joined CFPR in 2014. Steve is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) working as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Powell River Board of Education as well as the Director of Finance for the Powell River Educational Services Society. In these roles he is responsible for all areas with respect to Finance and Facilities including budget forecasting, cash flow management, procurement and capital planning. Steve also sits as a Director of the Carlson Community Club, a position he undertook after completing two terms as a Director of the Powell River Tourism Society. Steve is passionate about community and volunteerism and has always been interested in the economic development of the Powell River Community

Carla McKamey, Vice Chair

Giving back is a big part of Carla’s life and she has always been a passionate volunteer. As such, Carla has been a valued member of Community Futures Powell River Board since 2013. These days you can also find Carla volunteering her time to Westcoast ACCESS, and the Garden Club.

Carla was born in Powell River moved to Mission at a young age, but still came back for visits. In 2002, Carla permanently moved back with her husband and two boys. Her favorite pastimes include training dogs, fishing and gardening.

Her experience as a Realtor started at Coast in 2006. She always greets people with a big smile making her a well sought after Realtor.

Rob Stewart

Rob has been a long term Community Futures Powell River Board member.

From Tug Boat Captain to Vice President of Marine Operations at Seaspan International, Rob has offered his broad experience in maritime knowledge as an active volunteer/voice for our marine resources in the Powell River region.

Upon retirement in 2001, Rob Stewart moved to Lang Bay. Since 2001, Rob has been very community minded and has volunteered his management and marine expertise to Waterfront Committee, Waterfront Development Corporation, BC Ferries Advisory Committee, and Community Forest.

Dick Vanderkemp

Dick Vanderkemp

Colin Palmer

Colin Palmer has served in local government for 23 years an Alderman, Mayor and Regional Director inkling 15 years as Regional Board Chair.
At the present time, Colin is the chair of the Regional hospital Board and is the Regional District Liaison on the Community Futures Powell River Board.
In his working life Colin has been a teacher for 12 years and has owned a printing business for 38 years.
At various time he has been President of the Chamber of Commerce, Community Futures Chair, and has served two terms as a member of the Provincial Environmental Appeal Board.
Colin has been married for 50 years and has a daughter and son as well as three grandsons.
As Mayor, Colin was instrumental in establishing a Community Futures program in Powell River. Colin has always been a strong supporter of the work done by the Board and its staff.

Maggie Hathaway

Maggie Hathaway is currently in her 9th year as a City Councillor.  Her Council portfolio includes Protective Services and By-law Enforcement.  She also Chairs the Affordable Housing Working Group.  She works as  the Constituency Assistant to Nicholas Simons, the MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast and is in her thirteenth year in that position.  For many years she has served as Chair of the Board for the Source Club Society, an organization providing services for those living with mental illness.  Previously she was employed with the Legal Aid Society providing legal assistance to those living in poverty.

Board Recruitment Process and Conflict of Interest Policy

CFPR Performance Report 2015-2016.pdf

CFPR Performance Report 2016-2017.pdf

CFPR Financial Statements 2017.pdf


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