Joel McKay
- Chief Executive Officer
Joel McKay

Joel McKay is the Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Development Initiative Trust, a quarter billion dollar regional development corporation focused on building a stronger economy across central and northern British Columbia. Joel joined Northern Development in June 2012, where he handled the Trust’s communications and marketing, economic research and analysis and Fabulous Festivals and Events grant program. Joel was previously Assignment Editor at Business in Vancouver Newspaper where he was responsible for leading a team of journalists. Prior to that, Joel was the natural resources reporter at Business in Vancouver covering forestry, mining, oil and gas, fisheries and First Nations issues across the province. For the past four years with Northern Development, Joel led a successful communications services program that provided public relations capacity to small local governments and First Nations throughout rural B.C. Joel is editor of the Small Town P.R. Playbook, a Jack Webster award winning journalist, was named one of Prince George’s Top 40 Under 40 business leaders in 2013, an alumni of the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and a regular columnist for Business in Vancouver focusing on economic and northern issues.

Joel holds a Bachelor of Applied Journalism from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Reach Joel directly by email: joel@northerndevelopment.bc.ca.

Brenda Gendron
- Chief Financial Officer

Brenda Gendron joined the Northern Development executive staff team in the fall of 2012.  She holds her Certified Management Account Designation (2005).  Brenda comes to Northern Development with extensive experience as a controller in the re-manufacturing industry sector and brings knowledge of company start-ups, project management and planning.  Brenda acts as a key point of contact for communities and non-profit organizations in Northern Development's Prince George region (see regional map).

Reach Brenda directly by email: brenda@northerndevelopment.bc.ca

Derek Baker
- Director, Economic Development

Derek Baker is the Director of Economic Development at Northern Development and works collaboratively with communities throughout central and northern B.C. to identify economic development priorities and align them with funding and capacity building opportunities. While completing his Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Northern British Columbia, Derek was an Economic Development Intern at the Trust. Upon graduation, Derek immediately began a career in Community Development by working with the Prince Rupert and Port Edward Economic Development Corporation. Derek also has significant experience in the industrial sector, having worked with the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project. Derek is a strong advocate for the importance of Northern BC’s economy and looks forward to working with communities, non-profits and First Nations across the region to build a strong and diversified economy in central and northern British Columbia.

Reach Derek directly by email: derek@northerndevelopment.bc.ca

Renata King
- Director, Business Development
Renata King

Renata King is a certified management consultant (CMC) specializing in business and community development. She started her career in Toronto with the Hudson Bay Company moving through a number of management positions until she took over as general manager of the Toronto Distribution Center – the first female executive in distribution in the company’s 325 year history.

After moving her young family to B.C. in 1994, Renata became the executive director, economic development for the North Okanagan region. In 2000, Renata joined the Business Development Bank of Canada and spent ten years consulting to hundreds of small and medium sized businesses throughout B.C. and Western Canada. She became BDC’s vice president, consulting in 2006 and initiated the business competitiveness program with Northern Development. Renata will be expanding the business programs to support entrepreneurs in the central and northern region.

Reach Renata directly by email: renata@northerndevelopment.bc.ca.

Kim Hayhurst
- Director, Marketing and Communications
Kim Hayhurst

Kim joined the Northern Development team in 2015 and handles the Trust's marketing, communications, and digital assets. Kim is a graduate of the University of Northern B.C., and prior to joining Northern Development, Kim spent many years working at UNBC bringing experience in communications, brand development, event management, program development and project management to the Trust. Born, raised and educated in Northern B.C., Kim is passionate about the region and is the direct point of contact for media.

Reach Kim directly by email: kim@northerndevelopment.bc.ca

 

Emily-Anne Therrien
- Finance Coordinator
Emily-Anne Therrien

Emily-Anne is the Finance Coordinator at Northern Development Initiative Trust. She joined the Trust in 2014 and is responsible for developing project contracts, processing project reporting/payments, month ends, accounts payable, and accounts receivable. She is currently involved in the administration of the BC Hydro GO fund program.

Prior to completing CPA preparatory classes in spring 2018, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. Emily-Anne previously worked in financial administration in the automotive industry.

Reach Emily-Anne directly by email: emily-anne@northerndevelopment.bc.ca

Lori Moseley
- Executive Coordinator
Lori Moseley

Lori Moseley is the Executive Coordinator at Northern Development Initiative Trust. She provides a comprehensive range of executive and administrative support to the Chief Executive Officer, the Northern Development Initiative Trust board of directors, four regional advisory committees, and the Northern Development staff team.  This includes the management of the flow of information to and from the Chief Executive Officer’s office, organizing and ensuring the proper recording of the activities of the Northern Development Initiative Trust board of directors; ensuring timely response to a large number of highly sensitive inquiries and issues; and overseeing the day to day administrative operations of the Northern Development Initiative Trust office. Born and raised in Prince George, Lori spent eight years as a Nursing Unit Clerk with Northern Health prior to joining Northern Development in 2016.

Reach Lori directly by email: lori@northerndevelopment.bc.ca

Katherine Benny
- Corporate Initiatives Coordinator

Katherine Benny is the Corporate Initiatives Coordinator at Northern Development Initiative Trust. Katherine is the key point-of-contact for the Trust, directing inquiries to appropriate staff. Katherine is responsible for supporting the effective and efficient day-to-day administrative operations of Northern Development. In addition, Katherine provides support for a number of Northern Development projects, such as the Love Northern BC program, producing reports, coordinating outreach campaigns, and assisting with special events. Born and raised in Prince George, Katherine is a graduate of the University of Northern British Columbia with a BA in Environmental Studies, and is the first former Northern Development intern to join the team as a permanent staff member. She is a familiar face at Two Rivers Gallery as well as the Prince George Symphony Orchestra as a long-time volunteer percussionist.

Reach Katherine directly by email: katherine@northerndevelopment.bc.ca

Tess Elo
- Senior Financial Analyst
Tess Elo

As the Senior Financial Analyst at Northern Development Initiative Trust, Tess is responsible for processing project reporting, month ends, payroll, project database maintenance, developing contracts, and updating/creating program forms.

Tess grew up in Vanderhoof and moved to Prince George in 2005. Tess started at the Trust part time in 2005 as a Casual Office Assistant and moved to Finance and Accounting Assistant in 2010. She joined the Trust full-time in 2011 as the Accounting Coordinator and moved to Senior Financial Analyst in 2015. She completed her bachelor’s degree at UNBC majoring in Accounting and Finance in 2018.

Reach Tess directly by email: tess@northerndevelopment.bc.ca

Jordan Hammond
- Funding Programs Coordinator

Jordan Hammond is the Funding Programs Coordinator at the Northern Development Initiative Trust, supporting a broad range of funding programs available to municipalities, regional districts First Nations and non-profit organizations in Northern Development’s services area. With previous experience in community economic development and grant program administration, Jordan coordinates the Trust’s project application intakes and related processes.

Born and raised in Prince George, Jordan is a graduate of the University of Northern B.C. and a previous Northern Development intern. Having lived and worked in a number of communities in Northern Development’s region including Fort Nelson, Smithers, Valemount, Williams Lake and Prince George, Jordan has a passion for northern and rural community living and for supporting community and economic development within the Trust’s service area.

Jordan re-joined the Northern Development team in 2017 from his previous position as Regional Economic/Community Development Officer with the Cariboo Regional District.

Reach Jordan directly by e-mail: jordan@northerndevelopment.bc.ca

Aaraksh Siwakoti
- Communications Officer

Aaraksh is the Communications Officer at the Northern Development Initiative Trust. A journalist and communicator by trade, Aaraksh has a keen interest in sustainable community development. He has developed his experience in storytelling, multimedia and digital communications with organizations such as the Recycling Council of BC, the Compassionate Eye Foundation, the Algonquin Times, the Whistler Question and the Crag & Canyon. Aaraksh is a graduate of the Algonquin College Journalism Program and obtained his BA from Royal Roads University in Professional Communications. He is currently enrolled in the Graduate Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Development at RRU.

Reach Aaraksh directly by email: aaraksh@northerndevelopment.bc.ca

Felicia Magee
- Business Development Coordinator

Felicia Magee is the Business Development Coordinator at Northern Development Initiative Trust. Felicia joined the Trust in 2018. She is responsible for assisting on various business development programs here at the Trust, such as the Supply Chain Connector, Northern Industries Innovation Fund, Business Façade, Competitive Consulting Rebate and Connecting BC programs.

Felicia was born and raised in Prince George, after spending 13 years in Calgary and High River, Alberta working in the financial sector, she and her family moved back to Prince George in 2013.

Felicia joins the Trust after spending four years with the Prince George Chamber of Commerce, where she worked on supporting businesses throughout the city. She brings valuable experience in business development to the Trust and looks forward to helping businesses across Northern B.C. grow.

Reach Felicia directly by email at felicia@northerndevelopment.bc.ca