Our organization is comprised of individuals with experience and expertise in entrepreneurial development and finance, in strategic funding, project coordination, governance and business development, with a focus on innovation capital investment.
Wendy Curtis Biography
Formerly Director of Trade Marketing, Pillsbury Canada Ltd, Wendy Curtis (Bachelor of Commerce, Queen’s University) is a recognized multi-award-winning leader in our regional innovation ecosystem. Wendy leads progressive, dynamic firms to superior results via management principles that value individuals, teamwork, quality and strategic focus. She is described by the Government of Canada’s Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario as “Northumberland’s Woman of Influence.” The success Wendy has experienced in her career is mirrored with her personal commitment to the community. She is a multiple recipient of the Town of Cobourg’s Civic Awards and was named the Northumberland Business Woman of the Year (2007) by Northumberland Publishers.
As Northumberland CFDC’s Loan Manager, Kim Botrie enjoys working with entrepreneurs to address their financing needs as well as connecting them with additional partners and opportunities for growth and success. Kim is a proud lifetime resident of Northumberland County. After graduating from CDCI East in Cobourg, Kim attended Trent University in Peterborough in the Administration and Policy Studies program. Kim was Senior Lending Services Officer at Ganaraska Credit Union Ltd. working in all aspects of personal and mortgage lending for eighteen years, earning her Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP) designation. Kim also garnered formal training (Dalhousie University/Credit Union Professional Training) and experience in commercial lending operations at the Credit Union. In 2010, Kim joined NCFDC as Program Administrator, providing support to Lending Services and other programming on the administration side and in client services. Excited to utilize her lending skills and experience full time, Kim moved into the role of Loan Manager in 2018.
Kim, and her husband of 30 years, live on Rice Lake where they raised their two sons and now enjoy the company of their grandson. Moving beyond the busy Hockey Mom, Parent Council, and part-time taxi driver years has allowed Kim more time for hobbies and the great outdoors.
Judy Selvig Biography
Judy Selvig is a highly effective regional program manager with additional extensive and complimentary experience in the municipal sector as an economic development professional. Her work at Northumberland CFDC has focused on driving significant industrial innovation both locally and across Eastern Ontario.
Devon Girard is an accomplished strategic communications professional with more than fifteen years of experience in government, community and media relations. Notable strengths include planning and implementing large-scale public relations and community relations strategies, issues and event management and strategic planning. Previously Director of Marketing and Communications at Park Place Financial, Peak Benefit Solutions and Farm Life, Devon holds diplomas in Broadcast Journalism from Fanshawe College and Public Relations from the University of Victoria. Devon’s volunteer experience includes serving as Director of the Blenkinsop Valley Community Association, as a Community Organizer with the Terry Fox Foundation, and she was Past Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Community Futures Peterborough.
Joe Miller Biography
Joe Miller (Bachelor of Science, Business and Science, University of Notre Dame), is a biotech entrepreneur, former collegiate athlete (diving) and IP specialist with extensive experience in entrepreneurship, innovation and commercialization, with previous assignments at Ontario Tech University, the Wistar Institute, the Innovation Cluster and the University Health Network (UHN).
Victoria Pitchler Biography
Victoria Pitchler graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, and holds various digital sales and marketing certifications (Google, Hubspot, CRM Group). She is a recipient of multiple awards including the Rick Norlock Citizenship Award and the Silver Achievement Award (Duke of Edinburgh Program, Youth and Philanthropy Initiative Winner). Her interests include Marketing Strategy and Management and Product Development.
John Hayden Biography
John Hayden (BA, History, University of Toronto, MA, Political Studies, American University of Beirut) has fifteen years’ experience working with entrepreneurs and innovators as a Venture Catalyst, with a special interest in early-stage technology-driven enterprises. He completed a Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from MIT’s Sloan School (Exec Ed) including the Entrepreneurial Development Program (EDP). His own startup experience includes They Innovate, Zoomaal and General Civilian. He is a member of the CVCA.
Heather Canning Biography
Heather Cannings (BA, Criminology and Psychology, University of Ottawa) is an experienced Risk Analyst (formerly with 360insights) with a demonstrated track record in the Information Technology and Services industry. Heather is skilled in Trend Analysis, Department Administration, Microsoft Office, Trade Compliance, and Policy Enforcement.
Barb Elsom Biography
Barb Elsom is a financial professional with extensive small business experience. She is also an avid curler and member of the West Northumberland Curling Club (WNCC).
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