Board of Directors

Economic Development Board of Directors

bcmf-mechtild-morinMechtild Morin

Is a retired employment and training counsellor having worked with Metis Employment and Training of Saskatchewan, Inc., Gabriel Dumont Training and Employment and the File Hills Employment and Training Centre.

Through SIIT I received my Certificate of Aboriginal Employment Development Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, my Social Work/Social Education Degree at KatHO NRW in Köln, Germany.



bcmf-peggy-myhreMs. Peggy Myhre

Is a proud Metis woman born in Kamloops, British Columbia and raised in Clearwater, British Columbia. Ms. Myhre has an accounting diploma and many years’ experience in finance and administration. Previous to receiving her accounting diploma, she worked in the trades as a glazier working on commercial projects in Kamloops and the surrounding area. Ms. Myhre had the privilege of working with the Metis people from 2000 to 2012 in the field of employment and training, assisting many Metis with their career goals and paths to self-sufficiency. Ms. Myhre is currently managing a trades company and living in the interior of British Columbia where she can spend her spare time with her children and grandchildren.

bcmf-paulette-flamondPaulette Flamond

Is Mètis and resides in Fort St. John, BC. Paulette is passionate about entrepreneurship and currently operates Scoop Clothing. Paulette has spent most of her life helping Aboriginal people empower their lives through business. For the past 13 years Paulette has worked as the Executive Director of the Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre. In this role Paulette has held many Board positions both nationally and provincial.
Currently she sits on the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) and the Ministry Council for Aboriginal Women (MCAW) and the Aboriginal Business Service Network (ABSN). She served 6 years on the Native Economic Development Advisory Board (NEDAB) and 2 years on the Northern Development Initiative Trust.

bcmf-earl-belcourtEarl Belcourt

Earl Belcourt has worked in various phases of installation on major projects, compressor stations and shutdowns. Earl has supervised up to 72 personnel, working through a management team comprising of two of General Foreman and six Foreman. Earl has been a chairperson of the Safety Committee, acting as a Safety Auditor for shutdowns. Earl performed a wide range of technical/instrumental duties involving pipeline, plant maintenance and facility construction projects. Earl is excellent at trouble shooting and problem solving by quickly identifying and resolving construction and technical operational difficulties that may or may not arise.
Prior to 1990 I was with the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 496 and 488 for 14 years working all over Alberta and Canada. 1967 to 1978 I worked in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario through local 254. From 1978 to 1990 I worked in Alberta and BC. From 1990 until 2009 I worked at the Crofton Pulp and Paper Mill on Vancouver Island. After a short retirement I once again focused on the construction industry.

Economic Development Corporation Executive Director

Shauna Benson

Shauna is a certified Project Manager who started her own company, ENAGAGE: Strategic Management: a company which primarily deals with Project Management, Creative Strategic Partnerships and Business Development.

Shauna has previously served as the Executive Director of the South Cowichan Chamber of Commerce, where she spent that time advocating for local businesses, and working on initiatives with other Chambers and local businesses on Vancouver Island.

Shauna has over 14 years of Project Management experience, including 8 years in marketing and finance, as well as over 4 years of experience in Human Resource. She managed numerous events, ranging from community to corporate engagements. She also developed and ran management planning sessions and a corporate volunteer program, while working with multiple Non for Profit Organizations.

Her volunteer experience includes working on the Council of Partners and chairing Success By 6, South Vancouver Island, managing volunteers for such events as BMX World Championships 2007, RBC Cup 2009 and 2010 TELUS World Skins and chairing Parent Advisory Councils for Middle School, High School and being involved in Provincial Parent Advisory roles.

Through hard work and dedication Shauna has advanced with her career goals and has proven to be a valuable asset for every position and project she has encountered. Her energy and talent have aided her experiences. Shauna earned her Project Management Certification from the Project Management Institution and has studied at Camosun College for International Business, and the University of Victoria for CBIS Project Management.