Our board

For 30 years, Community Futures has been supporting small business development and rural economic diversification in Alberta. We are a community driven, non-profit organization with 27 offices in rural areas throughout Alberta. Each office is staffed by local business professionals and guided by a volunteer Board of Directors.

In other words, we live where you live, and reap the benefits of a strong local economy created by business entrepreneurs just like you! Read about some of the many successful businesses we have helped start-up and grow over the years.

We provide a wide range of small business loansbusiness coaching/training services and business management tools for people wanting to start, expand, franchise or sell a business.

We also run a number of specialized business programs, and actively work with community and business leaders to foster rural economic growth.

We are funded by the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification Canada(link is external). There are a total of 269 Community Futures offices across the country.

If you are interested in becoming a member of our board or know of someone who might be, please complete the attached Application form and return to us at info.communityfuturescnp.ca

John Husch


John is a senior business professional with 36 years of comprehensive experience in all facets of the electrical industry. As a senior business consultant, John has consulted to organizations in a variety of areas including Business Development and Operational Business strategy.  From 2003 to 2014, John provided solid leadership in a variety of senior management roles at a major consulting engineering firm where he oversaw and supported multi-faceted and large scale EPC projects upwards to $2 billion in aggregated project costs.

Rick Yanco


As Operations Supervisor for EMS South Zone with Alberta Health Services, Rick is a paramedic who is interested in a healthy business community.

He has extensive experience as a business owner and has served on a number of community volunteer boards including Crowsnest Pass Fire & Rescue, Crowsnest Pass Minor Hockey, Southwest Rockies and Minor Ball.

Marie Ruzek


Marie is a long time resident of the Crowsnest Pass completing most of her education in the area and raising her family.  She is owner operator of Crowsnest Insurance and has over 25 years' experience in the insurance industry. Marie has also been co-owner of Crowsnest License & Registry Ltd. for the past six years, providing registry services for Service Alberta.  

Marie holds the Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker designation from the Independent Insurance Broker Association of Alberta as well as the Chartered Insurance Professional designation from the Insurance Institute of Canada.


Fred Bradley


Fred served as the MLA for Pincher Creek- Crowsnest from 1975 to 1993. During that time he held a number of posts including Minister of Environment, Chair of the Alberta Research Council and represented Alberta’s equity interest on the Syncrude Canada Board of Directors. After leaving elected office, Fred has been engaged as an international democracy and governance consultant in the former Soviet Union and pursued other private business interests.  Recently he served as Chair of the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation and on the Premier’s Council on Culture.

Fred has been active in many community and heritage organizations, including the Crowsnest Historical Society, Crowsnest Heritage Initiative, Crowsnest Pass Doors Open and Heritage Festival, Hillcrest Mine Disaster Memorial Committee, Crowsnest Pass Municipal Historic Resources Board, and Community Futures Crowsnest Pass. He is also currently a representative member on the University of Lethbridge Senate. In addition, he is a hobby beekeeper whose Rocking Crow Apiary produces Alpine Wildflower Honey.

Val Breakenridge


Currently working as Manager of Human Resources for Riversdale Resources in Blairmore, Val has 20+ years of H.R. experience. She is also co-owner, along with her husband, of SpringBreak Flower Farm, a full-service garden centre. wedding and event venue, Bed & Breakfast, and picnic park. SpringBreak has the distinction of being home to Canada's largest indoor grapevine. Their daughter Sam joined the operation this year and is taking over day to day operations, making it truly a family business.
In addition to her many business ventures, Val loves to cook, play golf and travel.

Dawn Rigby


Dawn is a Journeyman Cook who has worked as a trained chef for over 30 years. She was an instructor at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology for three years and has operated Country Encounters, a catering and accommodation business for 25 years.

Dawn served on the Board of Directors of the Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce, the last five of which were as Treasurer, three years as President of the Alberta Bed & Breakfast Association and two years on the Crowsnest Historical Society Board of Directors.

Andrew Fairhurst


Currently acting as Managing Director for Burrows Building Corporation, Andrew has extensive experience as a business owner providing contract services, business management services and product sales.

Andrew is well known in the community for his owner/partnership in adventure sports and special events companies, attracting athletes to Crowsnest Pass and raising the community’s profile as a sporting destination. His newest company AIRaceLab Inc. will run its first event in the summer of 2017.

In addition to his many business ventures, Andrew currently serves as President of the United Riders of Crowsnest (UROC). He also served on the Crowsnest Pass Economic Development committee for one year, the Crowsnest Pass Fire & Rescue for seven years and on an Advisory Panel of Community Futures for the development of a mountain bike masterplan for Crowsnest Pass.

Donald Budgen


Donald has been a 35 year hospitality professional and has worked or consulted with large chains as well as independent entrepreneurs. He has a wide variety of work experiences including front line food service, entrepreneur, property manager for Prince of Wales Hotel, Business Consultant with Community Futures in Pincher Creek, VP of Operations for Perkins Canada as well as operating a private consulting business.  He has also worked in a variety of tourist destination locations which has shaped his vision of needs analysis for the development of business plans in specialised communities.  Over the years he has worked on projects within provincial and federal parks systems to enhance the community prosperity and quality of life for staff, residents and business.

He and his family have lived in the community for over 20 years and have been privileged to enjoy everything the area has to offer.  He has also sat on local and regional boards, committees and focus groups such as chair of the Culture and Recreation board and also chaired the Alberta Southwest Regional Alliance marketing committee.  He is now looking forward to serving Community Futures.

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12501 - 20 Avenue
Box 818
Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0


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