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Community Futures West Yellowhead staff are working and able to assist you. However, our office is closed to the public. We are not facilitating in-person meetings, training and/or workshops until further notice.

If you would like to speak to a staff member about our programs and services, please contact our office at (780) 865-1224, or use the ‘Book A Virtual Appointment’ link above to make an appointment.

Our board


Community Futures Wood Buffalo is a community driven, non-profit organization that is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is made up of local business people who bring extensive knowledge and experience of the area’s economy. Our Board members represent our region’s population and main economic sectors. The role of the Board is to establish our organization’s priorities, monitor our performance, and be accountable to key stakeholders, such as local, provincial and federal governments.



The Board of Directors is the legal authority for Community Futures Wood Buffalo. As a member of the Board, a Director acts in a position of trust and is responsible to provide governance for Community Futures Wood Buffalo.


The Board of Directors acts of behalf of the citizens of the community. They have the principal responsibility for establishing the mission and goals of Community Futures Wood Buffalo, to provide leadership in accordance with the mandate of the Community Futures program. The Board of Directors governs through policy making. They delegate the authority to carry out the mission and goals to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities of the Board Director:

  • Understand and demonstrate commitment to achieve goals
  • Contribute of yourself, participate and ask questions
  • Keep informed, prepare for and attend all meetings
  • Participate in board development activities
  • Be informed and support Community Futures Wood Buffalo’s effort and activities
  • Represent Community Futures Wood Buffalo at various events and functions
  • Understand and monitor the finances
  • Monitor legal and regulation aspects
  • Exercise good faith and uphold board decisions


Directors are required to:

  • Be committed to the work of Community Futures Wood Buffalo
  • Be eighteen years of age or older
  • Reside in the region
  • Have knowledge and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: education, industry, small business, government, labour, nonprofit organizations or involvement in the community
  • Report and declare any real or perceived conflict of interest

Duties of the Board of Directors

  • Promoting the objects of the Corporation
  • Hiring an Executive Director to operate the Corporation
  • Maintaining, monitoring and protecting the Corporation’s assets and property
  • Approving an annual budget for the Corporation
  • Investing the funds of the Corporation
  • Oversee the financing of the operations of the Corporation and borrowing or raising monies
  • Making policies for managing and operating the Corporation
  • Approving all contracts for the Corporation
  • Ensuring maintenance of all accounts and financial records of the Corporation
  • Appointing auditors, accountants or legal counsel as necessary
  • Selling, disposing of, or mortgaging any or all the property of the Corporation
  • Investment Review

If you are nterested in becoming a board member or committee volunteer, click here.  Please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions.

Board Composition

Board Member Criteria

Matthew Creighton


Elizabeth La

Board Member

Debbie Hahn

Debbie Hahn

Board Member

Bill MacLennan


Shellene Dirk

Board Member

Dan Rorke

Board Member

Senay Yemane

Board Member

Jason Vargo

Vice Chair

Lisa Sweet

Board Member

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Community Futures Wood Buffalo
9912 Franklin Ave
Suite 105
Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2K5


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Communities Served

Fort Chipewyan, 
Fort Fitzgerald, 
Fort MacKay, 
Fort McMurray, 
Mariana Lake, 
Saprae Creek, 
Tar Island, 


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