Management and Staff

Larry Widmer, CMC - 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 Certified Management Consultant. Larry's clients and projects receive well thought out planning, execution and management in a highly collaborative, effective and entrepreneurial manner.

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

Cheryl Fast - Business Consultant

Cheryl is a management consultant, business counselor and facilitator for CFDCCO. She regularly provides customized training and consulting services to Okanagan businesses and organizations that support business. Cheryl specializes in strategic planning and management practices and has worked with private enterprises, educational and not for profit organizations throughout the Okanagan Valley. Cheryl is retained as an in house business consultant to assist CFDCCO clients with their business planning, financing, training and counseling needs.

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

Diane Gies - Self Employment Program Coordinator

Diane has been with the CFDCCO since 1997 in an administrative and coordinator capacity. She has many entrepreneurial experiences through family owned businesses and has 20 years experience in the banking industry and held a number of positions including Personal Loan/Mortgage Officer, Financial Planner, Loan Accounting and Administration. As the Self Employment Coordinator, Diane provides effective program administration, client support, counseling and follow-up. Diane is responsible for coordinating all the CFDCCO training programs, instructors and consultants.

PH. 250-868-2132 ext. 236 - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Susan Shedden - Loan Administrator

Susan has been with the CFDCCO since 1992 and is a key person regarding loan fund administration, contracts, documentation, registrations and collections. Susan has a strong business background with banking experience and business ownership.

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

Jane Fitz-Gerald - Accounting Department

Jane has been with CFDCCO since 1998 and is responsible for all of the bookkeeping, accounting preparation, banking, payroll and accounts payable and receivable. She has a Diploma of Business Administration and has an extensive history of self employment through owning and operating an orchard and a vineyard for a ten-year period. Jane is an active community member in South East Kelowna including being Treasurer for the East Kelowna Hall Society.

PH. 250-868-2132 ext. 237 - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ali Brent, BA - Program Coordinator

Ali is a recent graduate of UBCO with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, where much of her research and course-work focused on Canadian society, gender, family structure, and societal conditions that influence access to employment and social services. Ali also has nearly eight years of experience working in an administrative and marketing role in Kelowna’s real estate industry, assisting agents with advertising, marketing materials, and client management. She also comes from a family of entrepreneurs, and has first-hand experience with family-owned businesses and self-employment.

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

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