Advisory Committee

 

Leigha Horsfeild

Leigha Horsfield

General Manager, Community Futures of the North Okanagan

For nearly 20 years, Leigha has been involved with supporting business and economic development in the North Okanagan region. She believes that strong communities are built through collaboration, developing partnerships and engaging stakeholders toward a common goal. In her role as General Manager of Community Futures North Okanagan, Leigha works as part of a dynamic team that supports business retention and expansion, workforce development and economic development planning. Leigha is active in the community through various groups, committees and organizations in Vernon and Coldstream. Having made the North Okanagan home for over 20 years, Leigha feels fortunate to be able to raise a family here and is grateful to be able to live in and contribute to this beautiful part of the Okanagan Valley.

Leigha Horsfeild

Daryl Chymko

Code Wrangler, Automattic

For nearly 20 years, Leigha has been involved with supporting business and economic development in the North Okanagan region. She believes that strong communities are built through collaboration, developing partnerships and engaging stakeholders toward a common goal. In her role as General Manager of Community Futures North Okanagan, Leigha works as part of a dynamic team that supports business retention and expansion, workforce development and economic development planning. Leigha is active in the community through various groups, committees and organizations in Vernon and Coldstream. Having made the North Okanagan home for over 20 years, Leigha feels fortunate to be able to raise a family here and is grateful to be able to live in and contribute to this beautiful part of the Okanagan Valley.

Jane Lister

Jane Lister

Regional Dean, Okanagan College

Jane Lister is the Regional Dean at Okanagan College’s Vernon Campus and previously spent twenty-one years in the role of General Manager at Community Futures North Okanagan. During this time, she has focused her work on creating partnerships between local organizations, businesses and institutions in order to develop and enhance community assets and the skills and knowledge of the local workforce. Currently, Jane is involved with the City of Vernon’s Economic Development Committee, Community Futures’ Loan Committee, and is a member of the program advisory committee of the OVCMT. Jane has a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of British Columbia.

 

Kevin Poole

John Perrott

Manager of Economic Development & Tourism, City of Vernon

John Perrott started his career in Economic Development in 2003 and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Okanagan College and a Master of Management from the University of British Columbia. John has been an active member of the British Columbia Economic Development Association’s Board of Directors since 2016 and has been a featured speaker at past annual conferences.

In 2015, John’s dedication to his work in Economic Development was recognized with two awards: The Okanagan College Young Alumni and the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce’s Top 40 Under 40. John brings significant experience to the City of Vernon from his previous position as the Economic Development and Tourism Manager for the City of West Kelowna.