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.

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

Ali Brent, BA - Program Manager

Ali is a client-centred and collaborative professional with a passion for entrepreneurship and the role it plays in individual and community well-being. She has been with CFDCCO since 2015 and manages the Self Employment Program, offering client support, business counseling, facilitation, and management of entrepreneurship programs. Ali is a graduate of UBCO with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and also holds a certificate in Community Economic Development from SFU. Ali has over a decade of experience working in administrative and marketing roles in the Central Okanagan’s real estate industry. She comes from a family of entrepreneurs with first-hand experience in family-owned businesses and self-employment, adding to the client-centred approach in her work.  

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

Cheryl Fast - Business Advisor

Cheryl is a business advisor and facilitator for CFDCCO. As the lead for CFDCCO loans department, Cheryl can assist businesses at all stages with business planning, financing, training and counseling. Cheryl has a extensive retail management experience and has delivered customized training and consulting services with a specialty in strategic planning and management practices. She has worked with private enterprises, educational and not for profit organizations throughout the Okanagan Valley.

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

Andrew D. Gregson. BA, MA, M.Sc.(Econ), Business Advisor

Andrew Gregson is a contract Business Advisor for CFDCCO. He can assist you with your business strategies and help develop and navigate your financing at Community Futures and with other complimentary financing options in the community. Andrew is an experienced entrepreneur with over 20 years in finance, turnarounds and business financing.

Phone 250-868-2132 ext. 238  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Josephine Chee, BBA - Program Administrator

Jo is a Okanagan College business program graduate who possesses a strong background in accounting, financial analysis and business systems development. Jo provides valuable administrative support and development of the growing CFDCCO loan and investment portfolio. 

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


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