September 26

Trust recognised for commitment to business development

On September 22nd, Community Futures British Columbia presented Northern Development with a recognition award for outstanding contributions towards supporting business development in Northern B.C. The Trust was recognised as playing a vital role in supporting business growth through the delivery of the Competitiveness Consulting Rebate Program and Forest Innovation Fund. Both of these business initiatives help build the capacity and growth of businesses in Northern B.C. The Awards Dinner was part of the Annual Community Futures Conference which was focused …

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September 19

Love Northern BC shop local campaign expands in the Northeast and Central Coast

Locally owned, independent businesses in Taylor and throughout the central coast of B.C. are the latest to join the Love Northern BC program (, continuing to build the regional shop local campaign. The Love Northern BC shop local program is funded by Northern Development Initiative Trust. The program showcases more than 1,400 businesses across 34 communities throughout central and northern B.C. With the launch of Love Taylor BC ( on September 18th, and the Love Central Coast BC ( on …

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September 13

BC Hydro establishes $800,000 fund to support non-profits in Peace Region

FORT ST. JOHN – BC Hydro today launched an $800,000 fund to support Peace Region non-profit organizations. The Generate Opportunities (GO) fund will be distributed over an eight-year period to organizations that provide services to vulnerable populations including children, families and seniors. “We recognize the important role that non-profit organizations play in providing programs and services to the community,” said Jessica McDonald, CEO of BC Hydro. “We’re really pleased to establish the BC Hydro GO Fund to support Peace Region …

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September 08

Trust funding will allow Barkerville to expand visitor centre

Barkerville Historic Town & Park will be able to expand their visitor centre and off-season programming, thanks in part to Northern Development Initiative Trust. The Trust’s board of directors approved $181,491 in grant funding to support the project at their most recent board meeting. The historic site is located 81 kilometres east of Quesnel at the end of Highway 26 nestled in the foothills of the Cariboo Mountains, and is a popular destination for both tourists and locals from surrounding …

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August 15

Northern Development board selects new CEO

Earlier this year, Northern Development Initiative Trust announced that our current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) would be retiring this fall and that the Trust would commence the search for her replacement. The Trust’s Board of Directors has selected a new Chief Executive Officer to succeed retiring CEO Janine North and ensure a smooth transition of leadership this fall. Joel McKay, the Trust’s Director of Communications, will succeed Ms. North as CEO beginning October 3rd, 2016. McKay joined the Trust’s executive …

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August 11

Trust approves $250,000 for event facility at Peace Island Park

A covered event facility will be built at Peace Island Park along the south banks of the Peace River later this summer, thanks in part to help from Northern Development Initiative Trust. The Trust’s board of directors approved a $250,000 grant to support the project at their most recent board meeting. The new multi-purpose facility would provide a weather-proof building suitable for hosting more events such as weddings, family reunions and club and community gatherings held annually. Construction of the …

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Holly Plato
Director, Communications and Marketing
Northern Development Initiative Trust