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.
Pat has over eighteen years of experience with Community Futures Peterborough and has been the Eastern Ontario Development Program Coordinator for the last eight years. Pat believes in lifelong learning and after receiving a Diploma in Computerized Accounting, she continues to update her skills.
Before joining Community Futures Peterborough, Pat worked in retail, cash management, customer accounts and merchandise presentation. Pat was also co-owner of Connaught Coffee Services with her husband for thirteen years.
Business & Loans Officer
Ryan comes to us after seven years with Kawartha Credit Union where he held various roles in Financial Services and Internal Audit within the Peterborough area. He is a graduate of the Business Administration program at both Fleming College and Trent University and is actively involved in local sports as the current vice-president of the Peterborough Recreational Baseball Association (PRBA) and as a coach for his daughters in both softball and hockey. He has volunteered on the planning committee of the Bear’s Lair Entrepreneurial Competition and as a judge in the DBIA’s Win This Space contest, PKED’s Starter Company Plus program and is always willing to lend a helping hand in the name of community betterment. Ryan is born and raised in Peterborough and is dedicated to the enhancement of small business opportunities and growth in Peterborough and the surrounding area.
Michelle Foster is our Office & Loans Administrator 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.
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.
Ron Black has been a resident of Selwyn Township for the past forty years where he served two terms on municipal council in addition to being the provincial appointee to the Police Services Board for three terms. Ron came to Peterborough to work as a registered respiratory therapist at the local hospitals and eventually opened Breox Medical Inc., a home-care company in 1986. After selling Breox Medical to a Fortune 300 company, Ron went on to work for them, holding senior management positions in sales, marketing, productivity and dirRector of business development. Ron continued his business and productivity education and achieved a Master Black Belt in Six Sigma and Advanced LEAN productivity theory. Ron has been an active volunteer in the community as Chair of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation, the Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation, The Lung Association, and Festival of Trees, in addition to being appointed to numerous MOH healthcare related provincial committees.
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.
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
Resumes can be emailed to:
Community Futures Peterborough
270 George St N Suite 103
Peterborough, ON K9J 3H1