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Community Futures Lesser Slave Lake is a community driven, non-profit organization that is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is made up of local business people who 
bring extensive knowledge and experience of the area’s economy. Our Board members represent our region’s
 population and main economic sectors. The role of the Board is to establish our organization’s priorities, monitor our performance, and 
be accountable to key stakeholders, such as local, provincial and federal governments.

Interested in becoming a board member or committee volunteer? Please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions.

Randy Ehman


High Prairie Region

Worked with Alberta Agriculture for four years as a water technician. Started a water business to help people with their dugouts. Became a client of Community Futures and built the business up. The Dugout Dude has been running now for 15+ years. Randy is a prime supporter of the services and information we offer.

Curtis Dana

Vice Chair

Slave Lake Region

I have been a member of the Slave Lake community for more than 20 years. I moved to Slave Lake in my senior year of high school and met my current wife. I graduated from Northern Lakes College in Slave Lake. I then went to Athabasca University and Graduated with a Bachelor of Administration with a Management concentration. In 2012 I completed the Certified General Accountants designation while working full time and raising a young family. I have worked in public practice for 15 years. I am currently the partner in a medium sized firm based in Slave Lake. I am very family focused and spend all my free time devoted to them.

Valerie Tradewell

Secretary / Treasurer

Slave Lake Region

Valerie is a strong proponent of post secondary education and has a strong desire to help students achieve their educational goals.  She works for Northern Lakes College as the Senior Director of External Relations and has held various roles in her twenty year work history with NLC.  Her education started with a two year Business Administration diploma and later Valerie obtained her Bachelor of Administration through distance delivery while working full-time and raising a family.  Valerie was active in municipal politics and served as a Councillor with the Town of Slave Lake for 12 years.   Valerie has a keen interest in helping entrepreneurs bring their vision and ideas to fruition in the development of small businesses.  

Walter Dyck

Board Member

Slave Lake Region

I have had my own business in the past, a dairy farm with my brother as partner. I have also farmed in Ontario. I have taken a bookkeeping course on line and understand financial statements. I have worked in an office for ten plus years. I have been on another board at my church. I wanted to get involved in my community and help see it become a place attractive to business and a good place to live and raise a family.  

Jennifer Zatko

Board Member

High Prairie Region

I am the current Branch Manager with TD Canada Trust in High Prairie, and have been with the bank for 15 years. Married for 22 years. President of the Chamber of Commerce for the High Prairie and Area. 

Julie Brandle

Board Member

Representing the Town of Slave Lake

Julie Brandle shares her life with her husband Jason and their two children. She has lived in Slave Lake for over 20 years. Julie is a real estate broker/ owner of Royal LePage Progressive Realty, and has been a strong advocate for regional and affordable housing for residents. Julie believes that Alberta has many opportunities, but Slave Lake stands apart, with its friendly, hardworking residents that can rally together to get anything accomplished. 

Richard Simard

Board Member

Representing the County of Big Lakes

My history is in business which I understand what it takes to make it in business. With my financial background I understand accounting in business and budgets.

Dave Gaskell

Board Member

Slave Lake Region

Currently Dave has been in the real estate industry for the past 16 years. Previous experience includes, oil and gas, finance, insurance, and construction. Dave did serve as a board member with the slave Lake air ground ambulance society.

Jesse Roberts

Board Member

Wabasca Region

I am a manager of Jesses liquorshack, Jesse Mart convenience store and Winks of Slave Lake convenience store. I also operate 30 ATMs in and around Slave Lake and Wabasca. I have graduated high school and taken some business and safety courses post graduate. I am 43 years old and a father of 2 girls ages 15 and 11. My average take home yearly is around 100k and I have been full time self employed for 24 years. 


Bradley Pearson

Board Member

Representing the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River

My name is Bradley Daniel Pearson, I am a two term municipally elected councillor for the MD Lesser Slave River # 124. Currently I sit on the Community Futures Lesser Slave Lake Board as well as the Internal Review Committee (IRC) representing the MD # 124., and have done so for three years now. I am 55 years of age , and am fully retired after a 20 year career in the oil and gas industry as a Petroleum Technologist. I have in the past sat on many community boards and am currently sitting on many in our region. Examples of such are Regional Library , Regional airport, Regional housing, Regional landfill, Regional watershed, Subdivision appeal, Regional tricouncil. I am a husband, grandfather, and father to four adult children. I bring a high degree of common sense balanced with knowledge to the table ensuring the success of our local Slave Lake Community Futures organization going forward.

Marcel Auger

Board Member

Representing the Municipal District of Opportunity

I am from the community of Wabasca, Alberta.  I have a wife married 17 years, 3 children (ages 14, 12, and 9) and coach the following sports in the community: hockey, baseball, soccer, and golf.  I also sit as a board member of a couple of non-profit groups in the community.  Sitting as Reeve for Municipal District of Opportunity. Municipal Councillor for 11+ years. Small business owner.

Board Criteria


1.   Composition of the Board of Directors - Membership on the Board of Directors for CFLSLR shall not exceed 15 members (See Articles of Association)

A maximum of eight appointees from municipal council and other stakeholder organizations shall be invited to serve on the CFLSLR Board of Directors:

If a stakeholder organization or municipal council waives its privilege to appoint a representative to serve on the CFLSLR  Board of Directors; or

If by default, a stakeholder organization or municipal representative has failed to participate on the Board of Directors as prescribed in the policies herein; and the stakeholder organization or municipal council has failed to appoint another member within 30 days’ notice being given by the Chairperson of CFLSLR of such default :

CFLSLR Board of Directors shall recruit a “Member at Large” from any where within the CFLSLR service region to fill the vacancy for a two year term without further notice to the stakeholder organization or municipal council in default;

  • Prior to the end of the Member at Large two-year term, the defaulting stakeholder organization or municipal council will be given an opportunity to once again appoint a representative to CFLSLR Board of Directors.  The stakeholder organization or municipal council will be provided 30 days’ notice in writing inviting them to appoint a representative of the CFLSLR Board of Directors.
  • If the stakeholder organization or municipal council fails to notify the Chairperson of CFLSLR in writing within the 30 days’ notice period of whom the organization has appointed to the CFLSLR Board of Directors, CFLSLR Board of Directors will once again appoint a “Member at Large” to fill the position for a two year term.

(c)  A minimum of three "Members at Large" from the general public shall be elected by the Board of Directors.

All members to the Board of Directors be shall voting members.

Membership shall be based on geographic location within the CFLSLR region as well as representation by community economic development sector, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • agriculture
  • education
  • First Nations and Metis organizations
  • forestry
  • health care
  • labor
  • municipal government
  • oil or gas
  • professions such as accounting, finance or law
  • science, technology or telecommunications
  • service industry
  • small business
  • tourism & hospitality
  • transportation

In addition to knowledge and expertise in the forgoing areas of economic development, the Board of Directors shall recruit members whom:

  • have strong communication and public relations skills
  • have the time and interest to commit full participation on the Board of Directors  

The Board of Directors shall ensure that the Board is composed of an appropriate mix of members with relevant knowledge and experience in most of the key areas of community economic development cited above.

All members to the Board of Directors shall be volunteers.

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12 Poplar Drive
Box 2100
Slave Lake, AB T0G 2A0


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Communities Served

Big Prairie, 
Canyon Creek, 
East Prairie, 
Fawcett Lake, 
Gift Lake, 
Grouard Mission, 
High Prairie, 
Little Buffalo, 
Loon Lake, 
M.D. of Opportunity, 
Peerless Lake, 
Red Earth Creek, 
Sandy Lake, 
Sawridge Reserve, 
Slave Lake, 
Sucker Creek, 
Swan River Reserve, 
Trout Lake, 
Wide Water, 


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