Flexible Financing & Support For Small Business
Community Futures Peterborough (CFP) is here to help guide you towards your business goals. CFP is a non-profit organization that works to generate and assist in the creation and maintenance of local employment opportunities through business development and consulting services. Our team is committed to supporting the efforts of entrepreneurs and forward-thinking community leaders just like you.
If you’re talking business, we’re here to listen
- Make an appointment with one of our team members to talk about where you want to be and what we can do to get you there
- We can offer many different kinds of support: Financial, counselling and business development. We will help you find out which is the best fit for you.
Since 1985, Community Futures Peterborough has:
- Invested $28 million in 700+ small businesses
Our clients have created or maintained 3,300+ jobs in the County of Peterborough
Areas We Serve
If you are located outside of our jurisdiction, there are other Community Futures agencies that can help you. Each agency is unique in their financial offerings and business services. The Rural Innovation Initiative Eastern Ontario (RIIEO) program is only offered through the 15 Community Futures Development Corporations located in Eastern Ontario.
Community Futures Peterborough (CFP) fosters a vibrant and sustainable community by supporting business development.
To generate and assist in the creation of sustainable employment opportunities in the City and County of Peterborough by supporting small business through flexible financing and business services.
To be a leader in the region by developing and supporting the growth and expansion of local business and employment opportunities.
With a strong background in finance and technology, Gail is a strategic sales and business professional who has a solid reputation for helping small businesses. Gail has held senior sales and management positions for the past 15 years with major technology companies like Microsoft and built the national community channel programs for Ingram Micro and Tech Data.
As an avid boater, she moved to Ennismore five years ago and quickly became involved in the community through the Chamber, Women’s Business Network of Peterborough, and the Ennismore Sprouts/Horticultural group.
After serving on the board of directors for Community Futures Peterborough for two years, Gail stepped up to the Executive Director role in January 2018. Gail is a risk taker and a seasoned entrepreneur who has insights into profit and loss. She uses her wealth of experience to consult with local businesses on finance and growth strategies.
Business & Loans Manager
Braden has spent most of his career in retail sales, operations and project management, primarily in Toronto. In 2014 he moved to a small hobby farm outside Peterborough and now enjoys living the country life. His most recent position was Innovation Specialist at the Innovation Cluster – Peterborough and the Kawarthas where he focused on digital technology startups and working with youth to develop entrepreneurial interest and skill development.
In his spare time he enjoys volunteering in his local community of Asphodel-Norwood. Currently he is the Chair of the Economic Development Committee there and Founding Director and Vice-Chair for Norwood Pride – a nonprofit supporting the local LGBTQ community. He is also a board member with YES Shelter Peterborough.
Braden manages all loans over $50,000.
Loans Manager (Micro-Loans)
Michelle Foster is our Micro-Loans Manager who has an extensive and varied background, having previously held positions in office administration, digital marketing and retail sales. She gained a deep understanding of small business practices from running her own online store. Michelle’s attention to detail and supreme organizational skills help to keep our clients on track for all loan requirements.
Michelle manages all loans under $50,000.
Finance & RIIEO Manager
Since 1991, Anne has been providing income tax services to individuals, and has recently added bookkeeping and payroll services for small and medium-sized businesses in the Greater Peterborough Area. A conscientious professional, Anne has served this region in a number of roles, including nine years with the Peterborough Social Planning Council. Anne continued to educate future business owners by becoming a teaching assistant for Financial Accounting classes at Trent University. Helping to teach young (and not so young) students from the local area, other parts of Canada and from abroad, Anne was honoured with the Trent Teaching Assistant of the Year Award in 2011. She continues her involvement with the community as an active member of the Women’s Business Network and serves on the board for the Peterborough Rugby Club. Anne is dedicated to the cause of social justice. She enthusiastically supports local companies that employ local people.
In addition to managing the Rural Innovation Initiative Eastern Ontario (RIIEO) program, Anne oversees all the finances and bookkeeping for the organization.
Matthew is a recent graduate from Trent University where he received a bachelor of Business Administration and a minor in Computer Science. Before being hired full-time at Community Futures Peterborough, Matthew had over 5 years of retail experience and first began as a placement student for CFP in January.
Matthew has a strong desire to help the local community and looks to follow in the footsteps of his dad, who operates a successful small-business in Lindsay.
Abigail is our summer student and is currently going into her third year at McMaster University in the Human Behaviour program. Although just moving to the area a few years ago, she has spent most of her life being a part of the Peterborough community, having grown up having a cottage in the Trent Lakes area. Her time here has allowed her to gain new experiences and learn new and different things about the Peterborough business community.
Board of Directors
Community Futures Peterborough (CFP) is a not-for-profit organization that stimulates economic development, diversity and employment opportunities throughout Peterborough County by providing an array of community and business development services. We are led by our dynamic volunteer Board of Directors who direct the vision for the organization.
If you are interested in volunteering on our Board of Directors and have a passion for nurturing prosperity on your community, we invite you to forward an expression of interest with a resume to:
Community Futures Peterborough
270 George Street, Suite 103
Peterborough, ON K9J 3H1
Peter Gaffney – Chair
Peter Gaffney was educated, and received his formal training in the UK. He relocated to the Peterborough area in 1981 and in 1992 moved to the US as General Manager with a Japanese transplant, returning to Peterborough in 1997. He has held General Management positions in various manufacturing companies, both in Canada and the United States, and has extensive engineering experience with large North American and Japanese automotive OEM’s. He retired in 2015 after sixteen years as the General Manager of Ritz Plastics. He has spent seven years on the board of GPAEDC (Peterborough Economic Development) and was Board Chair from 2014 through 2016.
Grant Seabrooke – Vice-Chair
As a native of Peterborough, Grant Seabrooke cares deeply about our community and is a strong supporter of local economic growth. His family immigrated to the area in 1857 from Wexford County, Ireland to farm the land. Grant credits his business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit to his grandfather.
Anyone who has met Grant knows how kind and compassionate he is, knows what a proud father he is, knows how much he loves the outdoors and how proud he is of his Irish-Scottish heritage.
Grant has a lived and experienced the difficulties facing many, if not all entrepreneurs. As a founder, president and CEO of Machine Dynamics Limited, he recalls it wasn’t easy. He risked everything to chase his vision, pledging his house, and all of his assets on a chance of success. One year into business, he found himself in a big hole with a lot of debt. He stuck with it though, and through his sheer determination, grit, belief and family support, he operated nearly two decades earning himself a prestigious accolade of Industrial Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year before he sold the company in 2005.
He misses the industry and fondly reminisced about the staff, engineers he worked with, and their synergy. Every Friday from May to September, Grant would personally work the BBQ cooking lunch for his staff.
Today Grant continues to share his extensive knowledge and expertise through his own private investment and consulting firm, primarily focusing on advanced manufacturing having worked with large manufacturers in the areas of labor reduction, material handling, and process control. He currently holds the position of Expert in Residence at Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster.
Grants dedication to the community and the development of Peterborough business is demonstrated though his dedication and commitment to volunteerism.
He has been an active member of 100 Men of Peterborough since its inception and the Peterborough Regional Angel Network for the last 4 years. 100 Men has helped numerous local charities, participation in the Angel’s Network continues to benefit local startups.
He is passionate about his role as Board member of YMCA Central East Ontario and is heavily involved with Strong Kids Campaign since 2012, continuing with the legacy of his late wife, Shelley who was passionate about the Strong Kids Campaign. As an active board member and Vice-Chair of Community Futures Peterborough, he continues helping Community Futures determine loan viability and offering free advice to some entrepreneurs pitching their business plans.
Bill Parrington – Treasurer
Bill attended Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration. Bill holds a CPA and CMA professional accounting designation and has had extensive accounting, financial, and administrative work experience at all levels within Canadian manufacturing, distribution, and retailing businesses.
He has held Controllership roles with several privately-owned manufacturing companies. Bill and his family returned to Peterborough County in 1990. Since 2017, he has been serving as the Manager of Finance and Administration with Five Counties Children’s Centre.
Wayne Harding has been the Chief Financial Officer of McCloskey International Limited for the past 12 years. McCloskey is an international manufacturer of heavy equipment used in the aggregate, construction and recycling industries. Wayne holds a CPA, CA professional accounting designation and has over 25 years of extensive finance and accounting experience in the manufacturing, retail and hospitality industry sectors. Wayne is a past chair of the Peterborough Festival of Trees and has been an active member of the Peterborough Rotary Club since 2011 and presently serves as a board member and treasurer.
Marie Dietrich – Secretary
Marie Dietrich is a Partner at Grant Thornton LLP in Peterborough where she provides accounting, auditing and tax services to a wide variety of clients, including those in the for-profit and not-for-profit sector. Marie holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Queen’s University and obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in 2001. She is treasurer and board member of the Ennismore Girls Hockey Association and is a member of Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough’s finance committee. She previously served as a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer of the United Way of Peterborough and District.
Devon Girard is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Park Place Financial, Peak Benefit Solutions and Farm Life Financial, a company dedicated to providing family enterprise solutions to business owners and farm families across Ontario. Prior to moving to Peterborough, Devon had a successful ten-year career in Victoria, British Columbia, where she served in several senior positions with the BC Government. Notably, Devon led the Province of BC’s Community Relations Program for the 2010 Olympics and served as a senior political advisor to both the Premier and the Minister of Economic Development. Devon’s strengths include strategic communications, issues and event management, strategic counsel and policy development. She currently assists in the coordination of the annual Terry Fox Relay in Peterborough and is a former Director of the Blenkinsop Valley Community Association in Victoria.
David Konrad is the Chief Financial Officer at Konrad Group, a leading digital services company with offices in Toronto, Vancouver, New York, San Jose Costa Rica, and Peterborough. He has held wide range of positions of increasing responsibility in packaging and water treatment chemicals businesses in Canada and US over 15 years, including VP Finance of a $200 million division. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. He is married with a wife and three grown children living on an organic farm near Keene, Ontario, Canada.
Lorne began his career in various management positions with US Airways in Toronto and then Wardair in Toronto. Lorne moved to Lakefield and was a partner and General Manager at MicroAge Technology Solutions in Peterborough. This role led him to the position of Director of Commercial Branch Operations for Hartco Inc., a Montreal-based company. At Hartco, Lorne traveled extensively across Canada to deliver strategic and operational advice and direction to 50 MicroAge computer franchise locations. Lorne continued his career at RTO8 (Kawarthas Northumberland Tourism) attracting meetings and conventions to the region as well as managing their online reservation system. Lorne moved on to the positions of Director of Business Development as well as Strategic Partnerships and Projects for Peterborough Kawarthas Economic Development. Lorne then joined The Loomex Group at Peterborough Airport as their Director of Business Development. Lorne has since retired from The Loomex Group and is working as a consultant on various business projects.
Jef Dueck has spent over 16 years as a Sales and Marketing specialist in the Peterborough area representing radio, newsprint, specialty products, various digital offers, local trade show events, and more. He spent several years on numerous committees under the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce and was Chair of the Board in 2012. Additionally he has volunteered in various capacities for the City of Peterborough, Lindsay Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Cancer Society, United Way Peterborough & District, Peterborough Minor Lacrosse Association, Peterborough Hockey Association, Peterborough Economic Development, and more.
Community Futures Peterborough is proud to introduce Ron Black, an official board member since June 2019.
Ron and his wife Sharon have called Peterborough County home for the last 41 years and raised 3 children here.
Ron grew up in Montreal, playing rep hockey, football and baseball. At 17 years of age, Ron’s family relocated to Toronto but due to his sports commitments in Junior hockey and baseball, Ron decided to stay in Montreal for two more years. At that point, Ron moved to Toronto to attend the Michener Institute of Education where he met his wife Sharon. After completing the Respiratory Therapy program, Ron moved to Peterborough to work at the former Civic and St. Joseph’s Hospitals where he eventually held the position of Director of Respiratory Therapy at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
In 1986, Ron and Sharon founded Breox Medical Inc. a home oxygen and medical equipment company. They eventually sold the company to Medigas where Ron continued to work as General Manager. He quickly scaled through the ranks of Praxair Canada, the parent company of Medigas; gaining experience in business acquisitions and productivity before retiring in 2015 as the Canadian Director of Business Development and Productivity for Medigas.
Some know Ron because of his past political career and Selwyn Township Mayoral candidacy in the 2018 municipal election where he was the runner up. His political career began in 1994 when he was elected Smith Township’s Councilor at Large and was then acclaimed Councilor of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield Township in the following election. He was appointed to the Smith Ennismore Police Services Board by the Provincial government three times and served as Chair for six years.
Ron’s love and compassion for the residents of both Peterborough city and county is evident in his 40 plus years of volunteer work. He championed a number of organizations relating to health care, senior living, as well as supported and coached in various youth sports organizations. He was a founding board member and partner of the Peterborough Festival of Trees. He chaired the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation through to the closure of the hospital. Ron became the founding chair of the St. Joseph’s Care Foundation which helped fund raise for the building of St. Joseph’s at Fleming LTCF. He also was the founding Chair of the Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation that continues to support your local Family Healthcare Teams.
His volunteerism has benefited organizations such as the Ontario ALS Society, Canadian Assistive Devices Association, and the Kawartha Pine Ridge Lung Association at local, provincial and national levels. In addition, he coached in the Peterborough Lacrosse House League, the Peterborough Nationals AA team, the Peterborough Ice Kats, Ennismore Eagles and Adam Scott Collegiate hockey teams. For his incredible impact and dedication spanning four decades of volunteer work, Ron was awarded the Peterborough City/County volunteer service award in 2014.
His deep-seated philanthropy and sense of social responsibility stems from humble upbringings. Ron recalls a memory of when at 13-years-old his football team, the St. Laurent Titans, decided to buy Championship jackets. Unfortunately his mother, who was struggling to raise seven children, could not afford to pay for Ron’s. Ron remembers clearly how his coach went out of his way to include him in this celebration by making sure Ron got a jacket; a gesture that still means a great deal to him 50 years later. Throughout his life, Ron credits his success to the influence of a number of great mentors like Coach Duchene!
Ron believes mentorship is key to success and his best advice for entrepreneurs is this: Understand what’s important to the customer and develop sales and revenue strategies to acquire their business. Don’t just focus on the front end, become experts at managing your back end cost centres and include productivity goals in your annual business plans. Create and measure a set of KPI’s to ensure you’re staying on track.
A native of Peterborough, ON, Charlina brings over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry, specifically as a commercial lender and a financial consultant. She is an active member of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce and Peterborough’s Women’s Business Network. She has volunteered her time with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board’s Peterborough Alternative and Continuing Education (PACE) program, and has acted as the Finance Sector Chair of the United Way of Peterborough & District.
Community Futures Peterborough (CFP) is a not-for-profit organization that stimulates economic development, diversity and employment opportunities throughout Peterborough County by providing an array of community and business development, counseling and lending services.
We are committed to supporting the efforts of entrepreneurs and forward-thinking community leaders in building community wealth in diverse and innovative manners.
Staff Recruitment: There are no current openings at this time.
Continuing to build on its successes, CFP remains open to interest from potential candidates on an ongoing basis.
The Board of Directors meets monthly, on the second last Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. There may also be additional meetings for committee work.
Our ideal candidates are residents, or work in the City or County of Peterborough and have experience in two or more of the following:
- board governance,
- small business operations,
- research and development,
- market development
- finance/banking and/or
- community economic development
If you are interested in volunteering on a dynamic Board of Directors and have a passion for nurturing prosperity on your community, we invite you to forward an expression of interest, with a resume to:
Community Futures Peterborough
270 George St N Suite 103
Peterborough, ON K9J 3H1