Through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, the Federal Government provides funding, advice and support to a network of CFDCs across Southern Ontario who carry out the following services:
Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) offer services that help Ontario's rural communities expand their economies. As a community based, non-profit organization, CFDC is run by a board of local volunteers and staffed by professionals who encourage entrepreneurship and the pursuit of economic opportunity.
Funding available through your local CFDC
In order to provide targeted assistance to the small towns and communities they serve, CFDCs will focus on assisting “main street” businesses, such as retail shops, restaurants, corner stores, and businesses of strategic importance to their communities.
To apply, please submit a resume to CFDCwith the subject “Attention: CFDC Chair” or by mail to:
Attention: CFDC Chair
26 Chemaushgon Rd
PO Box 517
Jim Etmanski, Chair, joined the Board in 2007. Jim was born and raised in North Bay but has lived in Whitney, Ontario in the Municipality of South Algonquin with his family since 1986. Jim first came to Bancroft in 1977 as the manager of the Hudson's Bay Company Store. He left Bancroft on a transfer back to North Bay from 1983 to 1986. From 1986 to 1990 he worked as an office clerk for the construction and forestry industries. He returned to Bancroft as owner of Cafe B.C. in 1990 and operated the restaurant in Bird's Creek until 2010. Jim is the former Mayor of South Algonquin Township first elected in December of 2000 and retired after his second term in office. Jim is presently the Executive Director for the South Algonquin Family Health Team.
Jean Ménard, Director, was appointed to the board of Community Futures in 2018. Jean, a mechanical engineer, moved to Bancroft in 1990 to work at Combiboard (later GP Flakeboard) as a Plant Manager and Safety & Environmental Manager. Jean is currently retired and is an active volunteer in the community. He currently holds the position of Treasurer for the Hospital Fund Development Committee as well as helping with the Terry Fox Run, Vintages on Hastings, and Justice Fund.
Joan Donaldsonjoined the board in 2014. The majority of her career was spent at Bell Canada in the Administration Departments working in clerical positions from budgeting to Client Representative positions in both the Residential and Business sides of the Company, working with the Federal Government and Banks during her time with the Business side.
She recently spent 3.5 years at the Township of Tudor & Cashel assisting the Clerk with Administration, tax collection and other clerical duties along with taking on the position of Deputy Clerk, attending Council meetings and scribing those, and covering the Clerk’s position during sickness and vacation periods. She was instrumental in providing a Human Resources Policy, Performance Review process and the conducting of the review process for two years. She chaired and spearheaded both the Roads Committee and the Sustainability Committee during her time working there and continues to attend both committees. She was Treasurer of the Hastings County Clerk and Treasurer’s Association for a period of two years.
Fitz Gaylordjoined the Board in 2015. He is a retired member of the Ontario Provincial Police having served 31 years in various locations throughout the province. For 9 years he was a District Director of the O.P.P. Association and a branch Chairperson for a further 10 years.
After retiring in 1996 he and his wife Nancy opened an Antique business operating from house and outbuildings. This Sole Proprietorship business venture lasted until its closure in July of 2014. He has been involved in various community activities such as the Big Brother Association, Downtown Revitalization and serving a local church as an Elder and steering and search committees member.
Megan Huffjoined the Board in 2015. As a board director, she represents the Municipality of Marmora and Lake where she currently works as the manager of economic development/tourism. Prior to beginning her career with the municipality, Megan worked as a community reporter for Quinte Media Group and as a freelance journalist writing about topics including finance, business and technology for an online publication.
Warren Geejoined the board of Community Futures in 2018. Warren is currently employed in the role of Director of Bancroft Campus and Employment Ontario programs with Loyalist College. He joined the Loyalist team in 1995 when he began his career as an Instructor, in the Futures program, a youth employment initiative funded by the Government of Ontario. Since that time, he has served in a number of different roles for the organization including Summer Jobs Coordinator, Employment Counsellor, Job Developer and Programs Manager. Most of these roles worked directly with the local employer base and individuals that were looking for employment or training options.
Warren is an active member of various regional and provincial groups and committees that focus on improving government funded employment and training programs.
Warren was born and raised in Norwood, Ontario and still resides and commutes from the area.
Kimberly McMunnjoined the board in 2013. Kim has worked extensively in the cultural sector for the past 20 years and is currently employed by the Bancroft Public Library as its Interim CEO, Treasurer, secretary and Head Librarian. Previous to this, she was employed at the Hastings Highlands Public Library as the Library CEO and Community Resource Officer.
Kim has extensive board experience and formerly served on the boards of the Community Advocacy and Legal Clinic and Bancroft Lion's Club. She is currently a member of the North Hastings Quilt Club. Kim's focus areas are in the economic and cultural sectors but is also aware of the environmental and social aspects that impact them. This was demonstrated through recognition of the House of Commons for a Hastings County-wide initiative for an environmentally-friendly project.
Kim currently resides in Carlow/Mayo Township.
Dean Laundryjoined the Board in 2003. Dean is a lifelong resident of the Town of Bancroft in North Hastings. He is retired as the manager from the Bancroft Public Utilities Commission but is still working as a Risk Inspector for Insurance Companies and is involved in land development projects in the area. Dean is still a volunteer fire fighter with over 50 years with the Bancroft Fire Department and is presently the chairman of the North Hastings Rescue Unit and former volunteer fire chief. Ten years ago he served a 4 year on the Town of Bancroft Council.
Janice Searsjoined the board in 2013. Janice was born and raised in Bancroft and has worked in the financial services industry, employed by TD/Canada Trust since 1979. Janice has completed several university courses through correspondence to upgrade her education level and has her Financial Planning Designation and Investment Funds in Canada Certificate from the Institute of Canadian Bankers. Janice also worked for a 2 year period for Community Futures as a part-time Credit Assistant.
Janice volunteers for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and the Hearth and Stroke Foundation. She was also a committee member (Survivor-Chair) for Relay for Life (2006-2012) and Treasurer of the Bancroft & District Minor Hockey Association (1999-2006). Janice has an excellent understanding of business and is very committed to the economic development of the community.
Al McNeiljoined the board in 2013. Al had worked as an elementary school teacher for the Hastings Prince Edward County Board of Education for 35 years. Al was active in all minor sports in the Tweed area as a coach, trainer and administrator. Also, Al served on the Tweed Police Advisory Board for a 3 year term, and most current, served on the Municipality of Tweed Recreation Committee. Now being in retirement for 6 years, Al currently is an active secretary for the Kiwanis Club of Tweed, and chair of the Municipality of Tweed Public Library Board and the property committee of St. John’s United Church of Tweed.
Al graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Waterloo in 1970. Al is very fond of community work, and admires the work being done at Community Futures.