THE ABORIGINAL BUSINESS &
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTRE

Team

Kallie Smith
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Kallie Smith is the Executive Director of the Aboriginal Business & Community Development Centre, located in Prince George, BC. Kallie has held a number of roles with the organization including Business & Community Development Intern, Financial Literacy Coordinator, and Business Development Officer & Special Projects. Kallie has been a proud Prince George resident ever since moving to Prince George to attend the University of Northern British Columbia where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  Kallie is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Multi-disciplinary Leadership from the University of Northern British Columbia.

Philip White
FINANCE & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Phil is the Finance & Business Development Officer. He has a Bachelor's of Commerce degree and has worked at the Aboriginal Business Development Centre for almost 14 years. Phil enjoys assisting his clients to achieve their dream of starting up a small business. Phil has also worked at the Ministry of Education and the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

Juanita Shields
FINANCIAL LITERACY COORDINATOR

Juanita Shields is the Financial Literacy Coordinator. Juanita was born and raised in Prince George. Juanita has a background in banking, payroll and administration and brings with her a vast array of knowledge working with non-profit and charitable organizations.

Greg Halseth
BOARD PRESIDENT

Greg Halseth is a Professor in the Geography Program at the University of Northern British Columbia, where he is also the Canada Research Chair in Rural and Small Town Studies, and Co-Director of the Community Development Institute. His research examines regional development processes, rural and small town community development, and community strategies for coping with social and economic change, all with a focus upon northern BC. Greg's most recent books include "Investing in Place", "Doing Community-Based Research", and "Transformation of Resource Towns and Peripheries".

Lillian George
BOARD VICE-PRESIDENT

Lillian George has lived in Prince George for most of her child/adult life and have been actively involved with Aboriginal organizations such as PG Native Friendship Centre, Central Interior Native Health, Metis Housing, and United Native Nations. Lillian has been a Director for the PG Aboriginal Business Development Centre for the past 5 years.

Karen Erickson
BOARD SECRETARY/TREASURER

Karen Erickson is the Program Coordinator for the Metis Employment & Training Office in Prince George. Karen was born and raised in Prince George. She has been with Metis Nation BC for over 10 years. She helps Metis people and others gain employment through career counselling, job development or with funding for Education.

Vincent Prince
BOARD MEMBER

Vincent is a member of the Nak'azdli Whut'en, son of the late Nick and Irene Prince. Vincent is currently living and working in Prince George. The bulk of Vincent's employment history is in the area of Community and Economic Development. Vincent's volunteer experience includes the Prince George Native Friendship Centre, UNBC, CNC, Nezul Be, and several other community organizations. Vince is a current member of the CNC Board of Governors, an External Advisor with the UNBC Community Development Institute and a Director with the Aboriginal Business Development Centre.

Roy Spooner
BOARD MEMBER

Roy has been a member of the ABDC Board for over ten years. He came to the Board while serving as the CEO of the Science and Technology Council's Prince George based Innovation Resource Centre. He has also served our community as President of the Chamber of Commerce, the Yellowhead Rotary Club and as a member of The Library Board and the Community Arts Council. He was Vice-Chair of the Barkerville Heritage Trust. Roy was honoured to receive the Prince George Citizen of the Year Award in 2014/15 in recognition of a great amount of community service over a 50 year period. Roy has been married to Anna-Marie for over 50 years and they have two adult children and two grandchildren of whom they are immensely proud. Roy continues to work because as he says, he is a failure at retirement.

Gloria Catherall
BOARD MEMBER

Gloria Catherall was a Community Navigator for the New Relationship Trust, helping First Nations members overcome barriers to skills training and access family-supporting jobs is something Gloria Catherall is passionate about.  Gloria is a member of the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan and a long-time resident of Prince George, Gloria is a graduate of Royal Roads University with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. She also holds a Business Administration Diploma in Marketing & Management from the College of New Caledonia.

 

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