meet the board
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Community Futures organizations are independent, locally-run and guided by volunteer boards. They actively support community-based economic development with a range of products and services aimed at creating diverse, sustainable rural communities.
Meet Our Board
Marilyn Berglund holds more than 35 years experience in the tourism marketing sector, 10 of which she spent in the Northern BC region. Currently, she is semi retired but holds the positions of Deputy Mayor, Village of Granisle, Director at Babine Lake Community Forest, and Core Committee Member Granisle Emergency Support Services.
Vice Chair, Granisle
For 25 years, Ron Bedard owned and operated his own carpentry business within the construction sector. Afterward, he spent 20 years working for the District of Port Edward with the last 15 years as the CAO. Ron retired in 2014 which allows him time to focus on his company, Projection Unlimited Consulting.
Bill Sullivan arrived in Houston in July 1948. In 1959, he began working with his parents in a service station. During 1973, Bill started Sullivan Motor Products with his father and brother and in 1989, he purchased the shares of Sullivan Motor Products. In 1995, Bill began Mark’s Workwear with a partner and sold Mark’s in April 2014. In 2015, Bill sold Sullivan Motor Products to his two sons and became retired
Regina Saimoto is a founding partner in a management and environmental consultant in Smithers established in 1994, and has worked with industry, government, and indigenous groups in northwest BC. Regina also served in various management roles for Coast Mountain College (formerly Northwest Community College), Eastern Region. She has played an instrumental role in CMTN’s award-winning School of Exploration & Mining, and collaborated on curriculum development of the Environmental Monitoring Assistant Program (EMAP) since 2006. Regina served as the Executive Director for the for the Centre of Training Excellence in Mining (CTEM), and was the post-secondary representative for the BC Government Mining HR Task force. She has played a lead role in CMTN's international projects in Colombia, Bolivia and Mozambique. Regina holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Winnipeg, a Master of Science in Biology from the University of British Columbia, is a Registered Professional Biologist, and completed the Provincial Instructor Diploma at Vancouver Community College. Regina has lived in Smithers since 1993, and has served on many boards, including St. Joseph's School Council, BV Research Center, and the BV Community Foundation.