Board of Directors

Maureen Czirfusz, Chair

Maureen began her career at the Houston and District Chamber of Commerce in the fall of 2007 after twelve years in the insurance industries.  Her love and commitment for the community brought her to make the career change.  In January 2011, her position was restructured to also include the duties of Economic Development Officer for the District of Houston.

During her time at the Chamber, Maureen has worked very hard in growing the Chamber and developing a strong membership.  The chamber works closely with the local merchant and successful runs their shop local program.   In 2016 over $90,000 was kept in the community with this program.

Maureen has been a member of the British Columbia Chamber Executives (BCCE) since 2008 and served as a member on the board of directors including President from 2012-2014.  Maureen was honored with the Gerry Frederick Executive of the Year in 2013 from the BCCE.  Maureen also serves as a board member for the BC Economic Development Association and several local boards in her community.


David Munro, First Vice-Chair

David Munro is the Manager of Economic Development for the City of Coquitlam. Prior to working for the City of Coquitlam, David was the Manager of Business Development with Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation. David has worked in various roles in the field of economic development for the past 8 years and previously worked in the non-profit sector for the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce. Over the past twenty years, David has had the opportunity to accumulate work experience in a variety of areas such as agriculture, forestry, technology, real estate, tourism and non-profit. David has a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Fraser Valley and an MBA from the University of Guelph. In his spare time, David enjoys spending time with his family, travelling and volunteering.

John Perrott, Second Vice-Chair

John Perrott, is the Economic Development Officer for the City of West Kelowna, managing both Tourism and Economic Development portfolios since 2010.  John graduated Okanagan College with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2003 and immediately began a career in Community Development by working for the Downtown Kelowna Association (BIA).  While with the Association, John worked as the Marketing Director for three years before being promoted to Executive Director in 2007.  From 2006 to 2010, he served as a Director and Vice President of the Business Improvement Area Association of British Columbia.    

John joined the City of West Kelowna in December 2010 as the first Economic Development Officer, spearheading a number of initiatives including forming the Westside Wine Trail, Westside Farm Loop, establishing the Economic Development Committee, and managing the rebranding of Visit Westside tourism marketing cooperative.  In 2015, Johns dedication to his community was recognized with two awards:  2015 Okanagan College Young Alumni & Top 40  Under 40.  Outside of the office, youll likely find John enjoying the best of the Okanagan lifestyle: skiing, golfing, boating, wine touring, and cooking!

Patrick Deakin, Secretary

Patrick Deakin is the Economic Development Manager for the City of Port Alberni for the last 10 years. Previous roles have included Manager of Partnerships & Policy Development at the OneStop Business Registry; Economic Development Officer for Oliver & District; Band Manager & Economic Development Manager for the Uchucklesaht Tribe. Have worked in the high tech, environmental, tourism, forestry, mining and retail fields.

Brian Coombes, Treasurer

Brian was chosen as the Director of Tourism and Business Development for the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO) when it was created in 1998. CEPCO is an economic development corporation owned by the City of Chilliwack that is responsible for the communitys economic growth and marketing. Brians responsibilities included developing and implementing a wide range of programs to help strengthen the economy of the city of Chilliwack, including the management of Tourism Chilliwack, a CEPCO subsidiary.

In 2006 Tourism Chilliwack was incorporated following the same model as CEPCO. Brian then moved into the position of Executive Director and worked closely with a private sector Board of Directors to develop and strengthen the tourism industry in Chilliwack. 

In December 2013 Brian returned to CEPCO when he was selected as the new President. Working alongside a Board of Directors that reflects CEPCOs public-private sector make-up, Brian leads a staff team responsible for implementing a range of successful programs and partnerships that have helped CEPCO attract and facilitate economic growth in the city of Chilliwack. Successful projects include Canada Education Park, a 200 acre redevelopment of former CFB Chilliwack lands, and also the new Molson Coors British Columbia brewery, the largest private sector investment in Chilliwacks history.

Terry Van Horn, Director

Terry proudly grew up in Mackenzie BC. She went to BCIT where she became a chemical technologist and met her husband Jim. After graduation they moved to Prince George where she worked in the brewing and pulp and paper industries for 12 years as a lab technologist. With an opportunity for her husband to establish a satellite company Terry and her family moved to Trail, BC in 2001. Using her chemical sciences background, her experience working in the industry towns of Mackenzie and Prince George, as well as her newly acquired business diploma from Selkirk College, Terry joined the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) in 2004. During her 8 years at KAST, she learned that collaboration, team work, and relationship building are fundamental to success in rural economic development.  She is proud of her work at KAST especially in establishing the GLOWS (Growing Learning Opportunities with Science) program that now resides with Selkirk College.

Further expanding on her skills and knowledge in 2012, Terry joined the Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation (LCIC), the regional Economic Development Office for the Trail area. As the Executive Director of the LCIC, she continues to promote opportunities and drive economic and business growth through strategies like the new Metal Tech Alley initiative focused on a cluster approach to marketing the regions competitive advantages. She excels in creating strong partnerships and selling the viability of the region with a passion like no other.

Terry and her family are grateful for their life in the beautiful Trail area, she plans to live a long and healthy life playing golf and will continue to champion economic growth and prosperity for the region to ensure her children stay close by.

Robyn Cyr, Director

Robyn Cyr has been involved in Economic Development and Tourism Development for over 19 years.  Robyn started her Economic Development career in Squamish working for Community Futures Howe Sound.  Robyn has taken her career throughout the province working for Community Futures, Regional Districts, and First Nations in Squamish, Williams Lake, and the Shuswap region. Robyn is currently in the position of the Economic Development Officer for the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.  Included in her duties are also the management of Shuswap Tourism - the Tourism Marketing and Destination Management Organization for the Shuswap region, and the management of the Columbia Shuswap Film Commission.  One of Robyns strengths is the ability to bring communities together to work on collaborative projects and to develop strategic partnerships. 

Robyn also has also been a board director of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, the Tourism Industry Association of BC, and a current director on the board of the BC Economic Development Association and the Adams River Salmon Society.

Robyn's education includes the Business Administration Program through Capilano College, Non-Profit Management Program SFU, and the Local Government Management Program at the University of Victoria.   Robyn has also completed many economic development courses through the BC Economic Development Association. 

Robyn currently lives in White Lake with her husband and together they have 4 daughters, 4 grandchildren and spends her spare time with her horses, sheep, and five dogs, and hiking, kayaking, cycling, snowshoeing, and Nordic skiing.  

Amy Reid, Director

Amy has been the Economic Development Officer in Quesnel since 2013. Past projects have included rebranding the community, developing a successful healthcare recruitment program, and completing and now implementing a sub-regional trails master plan and sign strategy. Amy works closely with the forestry, mining, agriculture and tourism sectors in the community and enjoys seeing small business succeed. Amy brings a Cariboo perspective to the BCEDA board, and enjoys working in a small city with big aspirations.

Trevor Cootes, Director

Trevor Cootes was born and raised in Port Alberni.  He belongs to the Apwinisath house, and is a descendant of the Dennis family and the Williams family.  His mother is Patsy Nookemus (nee Dennis) and his father is the late Levi Cootes.

Trevor is serving his first term as an elected member of Executive Councilor for the Huu-ay-aht First Nation. He holds the Economic Development portfolio and is also co-chair on the Cooperative Management Board for Pacific Rim National Park.

With 18 years of experience in the tourism industry these portfolios are a good fit with the skills Trevor brings to the table. He has worked in various areas of tourism, including accommodations, food and beverage, adventure guiding, culture, retail and campground work, as well as being an events coordinator and educator.

Trevor attended Malaspina University/College (now Vancouver Island University) and took Business Management and Hospitality Management. Trevor had an opportunity to further his skills in tourism by taking a pilot project created jointly with Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and North Island College. The Coast Adventure Tourism certificate trained Nuu-chah-nulth members who are already interested in tourism to be outdoor guides, in fishing, kayaking, sailing and boating.

As a first-term councillor, Trevor looks forward to the challenges his new role with Huu-ay-aht will offer. He brings to council a strong work ethic and integrity, as well as a 360 degree view of business and industry, which will serve him well with his economic development portfolio. He also understands individual roles within an organization and has a strong attribute and ability to be a problem solver.

Trevor has a keen interest in the outdoors and sports and taking part in our Huu-ay-aht cultural activities.


John Powell, Director

Sue Kenny, Past-Chair

Sue Kenny is currently the General Manager for Community Futures Peace Liard. CFPL covers the northeast corner of BC including 8 municipalities, several first nations communities and surrounding rural areas. Her role is to ensure that business services are available to existing and new businesses in the entire region. Sue also represents this region in promoting economic initiatives as well as assisting communities in developing economic strategies and sourcing or providing resources to implement them. Sue achieves this by having a working relationship with other economic practitioners in the area, as Coordinator for the South Peace Economic Commission, Executive Director for the Northeast Regional Community Foundation,  Alternate Director for the Northeast Regional Advisory Committee for Northern Development Trust, Alternate Director for the Peace River Regional District and City Councilor for the City of Dawson Creek.

Sue has been working in the economic field for twenty five years in the northeast region. First in several positions with the District of Tumbler Ridge and the past 13 years with Community Futures Peace Liard.

In Sue's spare time she participates in all outdoor sports, and looks forward to spending time with her two sons Nathan and Dave and their wives and grandchildren Tate, Kemper, Amelia and Jaksyn.