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Management and Staff

Larry Widmer, B.Comm. FCMC, General Manager

Larry has gained extensive knowledge and experience in business by executing multiple start-ups of his own, making successful strategic investments, being a progressive manager, conducting diligent business development and developing and implementing sound strategic plans. His connections and resources are enhanced by his role as General Manager of Community Futures in the Central Okanagan, Past Chairperson of the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission and being a Fellow Certified Management Consultant. Larry's Community Futures clients and projects receive well thought out planning, execution and management in a highly collaborative, effective and entrepreneurial manner.

Phone: 250-868-2132 ext. 223 - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Shawn G. Edwards, CPA, CMA, B.Sc. - Business Advisor

Community Futures is pleased to introduce our newest addition to our team. Shawn is a Chartered Professional Accountant, CPA, CMA,  and a B.Sc. from UBC specializing in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Shawn has over 15 years of financial and business experience with a wide range of industry understanding (Finance, Manufacturing, Mining and Technology). He is well equipped to help Community Futures clients with strategic and development finance and business counseling.

Phone: 250-868-2132 ext. 227  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dylan Vinci, BBA - Program Coordinator

Dylan has recently joined the CFDCCO and will take the lead on coordinating the Self Employment Program including business plan development training and business counseling. Dylan is a recent Okanagan College Business Program graduate where he specialized in marketing. He has many years of hands on business management, digital marketing and promotions experience that will make him a valuable addition to Community Futures team.

Phone: 250-868-2132 ext. 224   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Amber Gordon - Program Administrator

Amber is our go-to loan administrator for the organization. With a strong background in small business, banking and government program administration, Amber is a valuable team member that will assist our organization and clients in making sure that they receive information, support and high quality loan and portfolio administration in a timely and professional manner.

Phone: 250-868-2132 ext. 222  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ali Brent, BA - Program Manager

Ali will be on maternity leave beginning August 11, 2023. For all inquiries regarding the Self Employment Program, business training and counseling, please contact Dylan Vinci Program Coordinator or Larry Widmer General Manager.