During 2020, the Trust welcomed new professionals to the team to better serve Northern B.C. residents, communities and businesses. Northern Development also said goodbye to Brenda Gendron, who had filled the position of chief financial officer since 2012. The Trust is grateful for Gendron’s leadership during her time at the Trust, especially her work developing and leading the partner programs.
In January, Ana Peasgood joined Northern Development as business development coordinator. Peasgood brings more than two decades of experience supporting Northern B.C. businesses through her professional and volunteer roles in the natural resource, public service and non-profit sectors prior to joining the Trust team. Peasgood fills the vacancy that was created when Felicia Magee, former business development coordinator, was promoted to the director of business development.
January also saw Christine Gagne transition to the role of partner programs manager. She is a familiar face as she previously worked with the Trust as corporate services coordinator. As partner programs manager, Gagne 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 and Connecting BC.
In October, Alanna Le Cerf joined the Trust as internship programs manager. Alanna was raised in Mackenzie and holds a Certificate in International Development from the University of British Columbia. Le Cerf is responsible for all aspects of the Local Government Internship and First Nations Government Internship programs, including facilitating host communities, recruiting interns and supporting the overall growth of the programs.
Amy Denicola also joined the Trust in October to fill the newly created partner programs coordinator position. She works with Gagne to support the Trust’s three partner programs. She is involved with project intakes, liaising with project proponents and reporting among other duties. Denicola was born and raised in Prince George and has a Project Management Certificate from UBC Sauder.