CFE Business Development Team

Kelly Masson
Business Development Team Lead

Kelly is an economic development specialist and experienced management consultant who has worked with dozens of Indigenous communities in British Columbia. Kelly helps identify opportunities, plan projects, and execute implementation, all with a view towards economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

As the business development team lead, Kelly enjoys working with fishing enterprises to help them align their long-term vision and goals for their communities with short-term, action-oriented steps forward. Kelly’s key skills include financial modelling and analysis, strategic planning, project management and facilitation.

Kelly holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with distinction from the University of Victoria as well as a Master’s degree in International Development with a focus on Economic Development from Simon Fraser University.

Racheal Weymer
Senior Advisor, Business Development Team

Racheal is a community economic development specialist with over a decade’s experience working with Indigenous communities throughout Canada and internationally. She is an enthusiastic project manager with experience in business development, fisheries management, environmental consulting, harbour management, entrepreneur support, supply chain management, seafood traceability, policy development, and fisheries observer training. Racheal holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fisheries Biology as well as a certificate in Community Economic Development from Simon Fraser University.

Fernando Salazar
BDT, Aquaculture Advisor, Business Development Team

Fernando Salazar graduated in 1997 as Marine Biologist from Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur, Mexico. He worked for 4 years on several studies related to reproductive biology and abundance of commercially fished sharks and rays; cultivation of pearls; and providing consulting services in aquaculture and environmental management.

Immigrated to Canada in 2002 and by 2006 he completed an MSc in Aquaculture from the University of Guelph. By 2007, he moved to St. Andrews, NB to work at DFO’s biological station in the Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture project. Fernando joined the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia in 2008 as a R&D Coordinator working in project management, technology transfer, innovation and development of aquaculture. This position gave him the necessary exposure to understand the challenges and needs of aquaculture in Atlantic Canada and to build a valuable network of national and international contacts within the sector. In 2010, Fernando joined Ulnooweg as the Aquaculture Advisor working for the Business Development Team. In this position, he has been responsible for providing advice and guidance in the establishment of commercial aquaculture projects with First Nations from Atlantic Canada and Quebec. So far, he has assisted 30 communities with their projects, concepts, and ideas.

Karenn Bailey
FEMT Coordinator, Business Development Team

Karenn is a scientist and business professional. She led management, accounting and marketing activities for small and large businesses for over fifteen years. She was responsible for budgets of up to $6.5 million and teams of 15. She has designed sales materials and communication plans, and developed Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) and company policies. Karenn became a biologist in 2013 and worked in natural resource consulting and environmental assessment before becoming a Lands and Resources Manager for a First Nation.

In addition to business roles, Karenn has experience in outdoor education and tourism as a guide and entrepreneur. She has been a wildlife ranger and pesticide applicator. She has championed many multi-stakeholder projects aimed at restoring terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and led field activities designed to build scientific skills within Aboriginal communities. Karenn draws on her diverse skills and life experiences in order to effectively assess and adapt to the needs of her clients for the best outcome for all.

Karenn is a Registered Professional Biologist (BC), has accreditations in Business and Marketing and a Bachelor’s in science from BCIT. She holds many technical certifications required for fisheries including SVOP, electrofishing, sediment and erosion control, and she is a certified Oil Spill technician.

Christy Whitmore
Senior Advisor, Business Development Team

A Haida woman born and raised on Haida Gwaii, Christy comes to the BDT with a wealth of experience in the fisheries business. Not only does she have a business background, having earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, but she is also a seasoned fisherman, having fished halibut, salmon, and rockfish up and down the coast. She also brings a decade of fish plant and CFIA experience to her role.

Christy is based in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island and will work closely with island-based CFEs, but will also be available to work with any CFEs that might need her blend of skills and experience.