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.

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.