Joel McKay is the CEO of Northern Development, a regional development corporation focused on stimulating economic growth in Northern British Columbia. Joel joined Northern Development in June 2012, where he handled the Trust’s communications and marketing and research. Prior to that, Joel was assignment editor at Business in Vancouver Newspaper and a journalist specializing in coverage of B.C.’s natural resource industries.
Joel is an award-winning public relations professional and journalist and a proud British Columbian with family roots in the Robson Valley. He currently serves on Destination BC’s board of directors, the University of Northern B.C.’s Board of Governors and volunteers with the Rocky Mountain Rangers Regimental Association in Prince George. Joel, his wife Debra and their two daughters call Prince George home.
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A lifelong Prince George resident, Ben has focused his career on finance and worked for nine years at KPMG after attending both the University of Northern BC and the College of New Caledonia.
While at KPMG, Ben worked his way up to Audit Senior Manager with a focus on not-for-profit, local government, First Nations government and school districts. He has significant experience in analyzing and preparing financial statements and the knowledge to address and provide advice on complicated accounting treatments.
Ben is married with two children; he is a member of the Rotary Club and enjoys snowmobiling and working on his classic truck.
Derek is a strong advocate for the importance of Northern BC’s economy and works closely with communities, non-profits and First Nations across the region to build a strong and diversified economy in central and northern British Columbia.
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 based in Prince Rupert B.C.
Derek rejoined Northern Development as the Director of Economic Development in 2017 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.
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Felicia Magee is the Director of Business Development at Northern Development. In 2018, Felicia joined the Trust as the Business Development Coordinator and in July 2019, was promoted to her current position as director of the business development department. In this role, Felicia strategically supports Northern B.C. businesses through the Northern Industries Innovation Fund, Business Façade Improvement, Small Business Recovery Consulting Rebate and Competitive Consulting Rebate programs.
Prior to joining Northern Development, Felicia supported Prince George businesses during her four years working with the Prince George Chamber of Commerce.
Born and raised in Prince George, Felicia spent 13 years in Calgary and High River where she worked for six years with ATB Financial in Calgary before returning to her hometown in 2013 to raise her own family.
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Holly Plato joined the Northern Development executive staff in January 2019 as the Director of Communications and Marketing. She is a public relations professional with over 20 years of experience. Holly moved to Prince George from Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2018 where she worked for nine years as a Senior Communications Advisor for the RCMP. In addition to an extensive corporate communications background, Holly also served as the Marketing Director for two shopping centres in Winnipeg prior to joining the RCMP. At Northern Development Holly is responsible for the development and implementation of an integrated strategic marketing, communications and reputation management plan to maximize transparency, demonstrate impact, engage stakeholders, and advance Northern Development’s brand and mission.
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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.
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As the Senior Partner Programs Manager, Christine is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of Northern Development's partner programs, including BC Hydro GO Fund, BC Hydro Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund, Connecting BC and Northern Healthy Communities Fund.
Christine is a familiar face as she previously worked at the Trust as Corporate Services Coordinator before returning in 2020 as Partner Programs Manager. Born and raised in Prince George, Christine spent a portion of her career in the Okanagan and Lower Mainland and has over 14 years’ experience in real estate, corporate and non-profit organizations.
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As Manager of Financial Services at Northern Development, Tess is responsible for final review of contracts and project reporting, payroll, project database maintenance, program reporting forms and templates maintenance, and oversees day to day accounting and month ends.
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 and was promoted to Manager of Financial Services May 2021.
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Alanna Le Cerf is the Internship Programs Manager, responsible for all aspects of the Trust’s internship opportunities such as facilitating host communities, recruiting interns and supporting the overall growth of the program.
Alanna was raised in Mackenzie, BC and moved to Prince George after volunteering in Mexico in order to pursue her studies. She received a Certificate in International Development from the University of British Columbia in 2016. Prior to joining Northern Development, Alanna interned in Indonesia for one year and then worked with a non-profit organization in Prince George managing a sober-living facility.
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Katherine Benny is the Communications Officer (Love Northern BC) for Northern Development Initiative Trust. Her portfolio focuses on Love Northern BC, a shop local program designed to promote locally-owned, independent businesses in the Trust's service region. Katherine works directly with a variety of stakeholders, ranging from business owners to local government staff, to deliver this program effectively. Katherine began working with this program as a Communications Intern in 2016 before transitioning to her first full-time role as Corporate Initiatives Coordinator. Now, in her role as Communications Officer (Love Northern BC), Katherine is able to support a program she is deeply passionate about and is excited to watch it grow and flourish. Born and raised in Prince George, Katherine is a graduate of the University of Northern British Columbia with a BA in Environmental Studies.
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Anna joined Northern Development in 2018 as the Communications Officer. Anna is responsible for creating and sharing information about the Trust, including its programs, initiatives and success stories, to its partners and stakeholders throughout the region through media releases, social media, the website and other avenues.
Anna holds a Graduate Certificate in Tourism Management (2020) from Royal Roads University and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management (2015) from the University of Northern British Columbia. Following her post-secondary graduation, she worked in the tourism industry for three years before joining Northern Development. She is currently serving her second term on the board of the Prince George Public Library.
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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.
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As the Finance Coordinator at Northern Development, Taylor is responsible for contract development, preliminary review of project reporting, accounts payable, month end processing, reconciliations, and administration. She joined the Northern Development team in January of 2019.
Taylor was born and raised in Prince George. She graduated from the College of New Caledonia in 2018 with an Applied Business Technology (ABT) - Administrative Assistant Certificate. Prior to joining Northern Development Taylor worked in customer service for four years and in banking as a teller.
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Ana grew up in the Robson Valley in the Village of McBride. She has a passion for rural British Columbia having resided in several communities in Northern Development’s region including 100 Mile House, Fort Nelson, Terrace and Chetwynd prior to moving to Prince George in 2018.
Ana has Commerce degree with a concentration in Leadership from Thompson Rivers University and holds a diploma in Accounting & Finance from the College of New Caledonia. Ana brings over 20 years of experience supporting northern communities through her professional and volunteer roles in the natural resource, public service, non-profit sectors prior to joining Northern Development.
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As Partner Programs Coordinator Jordan is responsible for supporting a range of Northern Development's partner programs, including the BC Hydro GO Fund, BC Hydro Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund, Connecting BC and Northern Healthy Communities Fund, through liaising with project proponents and working on program intakes.
Jordan grew up on Vancouver Island, before moving to Prince George in 2016. She completed her Bachelor of Arts with a joint major of Environmental Studies and Political Science minoring in Human Geography from University of Northern British Columbia. In 2020 she moved to Prince Rupert for one year to complete a Northern Development Local Government Internship with the North Coast Regional District. Jordan previously was an Environmental Ambassador for the City of Quesnel.
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As Corporate Services Coordinator, Krista Metzler is the first point of contact for members of government and the public at Northern Development Initiative Trust. Before joining the team in October 2019, Krista earned more than 10 years of project administration experience focusing on project reporting and facilitating safety management systems for petroleum pipeline and facility construction.
Born and raised in Prince George, Krista spent several years in Lloydminster, Alberta where she worked for five years with Husky Energy before returning to her hometown in 2018.
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