Sue Kenny

GM Community Futures Peace Liard (CFPL)

A 17 year veteran with Community Futures, Sue leads her team at CFPL. Sue’s team provides business, and economic development services throughout the expansive N.E. BC region. A seasoned strategic planning facilitator, business expert and former Dawson Creek City councillor, Sue is a welcome addition to the judging panel.

Ray Proulx

Ray Proulx is a certified economic development practitioner and a long-time resident of Tumbler Ridge. Shortly following his graduation from the University of Northern BC Ray co-founded an ecotourism marketing cooperative and provided tourism business development training to Aboriginal communities in Manitoba and Northern Ontario. After serving as Tumbler Ridge’s Community Development Officer for close to 7 years he was recruited to work with Teck Coal Ltd. in 2010 and has been with them ever since.

John Powell

John has been the Director of Economic Development and Tourism at the District of Tumbler Ridge since April 2016. Previously, John was the Economic Development Officer for the District of Okanagan-Similkameen and prior to that, the Thames Strategy Coordinator for the River Thames in London, England. He joined the Community Futures Board of Directors in 2017.

John has an undergraduate degree in Countryside Planning from the University of Gloucestershire, England and a Master’s Degree in Tourism Management from the University of Westminster, London.

He and his wife reside in Tumbler Ridge with their two children and dog.

Shamir Mangalj

Shamir Mangalji is a Senior Manager at the Dawson Co-operative Union. He manages the Petroleum Department, overseas the IT Department, and is involved in Risk Management & Business Development. Shamir holds a Bachelor of Commerce undergraduate degree in Marketing & Management, and a Masters of Business Administration graduate degree. Shamir is an avid soccer fan; he still plays and coaches in his community.