The Board of Directors


The Board of Directors

Community Futures organizations are independent non-profit societies, locally-run, and guided by volunteer boards.

They actively support community-based economic development with a range of products and services aimed at creating diverse, sustainable rural communities.

CFSF considers its volunteers one of the organization's most important resources. Together with skilled staff, board and committee members guide the organization to its locally-created and community-driven goals.

Interested in becoming a board member?

In the governance of Community Futures South Fraser the Board does not participate in the day-to-day administration, but establishes the governing structure with broad policies and results to be achieved. Overall, the Board represents the corporate ownership of CF-South Fraser in achieving positive organizational performance. The role of the Board of Directors is to foster the organization’s short and long-term success consistent with the guiding principles and key directions and to be accountable to key stakeholders

The individuals who make up the Board of Directors should, collectively, have the necessary personal attributes and competencies required to:

  • add value and provide support for management in establishing strategy and reviewing risks and opportunities;
  • effectively monitor the performance of management;
  • and account for the performance of the organization.

Applications for board member positions are continuously accepted. Please contact Bob Hahn for more details. Click pdfhere for a list of dates for the 2015 and 2016 board meetings.

The Board of Directors

Present Board DirectorsYears ServedHome Community
Netty Tam 2011 Chilliwack
Manjit Gholia 2011 Abbotsford
Jamie Newton 2013 Chilliwack
Bryce Lewis 2013 Chilliwack
Jesse Kaufman 2013 Abbotsford
Barb Kemp 2015 Chilliwack
Meghan Larson 2016


Parul Neufeld 2016


Laurens Breugem 2017


The Board defines and delegates rather than reacting and ratifying. The Board must work continually to define the direction and end results that the organization is to achieve, and to develop policy that defines the acceptable boundaries within which it can delegate the achievements of those results. The Board represents the region's resident population, its priority economic sectors, and includes representation from the large, diverse geographic region.

The Board of Directors Biographies:

Manjit Gholia, (Abbotsford) Manjit has resided in Abbotsford for 42 years, and has been self employed from an early age as an owner / operator of his family's agricultural business. Having been involved in agriculture for over 35 years, Mangit has served as a director in past years on various agricultural boards such as BC Raspberry Growers Association, BC Raspberry Industry Development Council, BC Horticultural Association, etc. Manjit has associated and served on political boards and has dedicated his time in past municipal, provincial and federal campaigns in Abbotsford. He has served as a past director on the provincial Abbotsford South Riding Association. Manjit currently serves the Lower Mainland agricultural community with his agricultural consulting business helping farmers and secondary agricultural businesses.

Jesse Kaufman, Director (Abbotsford) Jesse is a student at Simon Fraser University at the Beedie school of Business. In 2012, Jesse co-founded, an online magazine written by passionate experts on a variety of engaging topics. While maintaining a growing team, he is focused on future issues that will empower the community. Outside of his studies and leadership on Pro Story, he enjoys experimenting in the creative mediums of film, graphic design and music. Jesse takes advantage of the amazing Canadian outdoors through hiking, fishing and skiing.

Barb Kemp, Director (Chilliwack) Barb has resided in Chilliwack for the majority of her life. Having grown up in the family’s office and stationery business, it was only natural that Barb would be an entrepreneur persuing her own retail business, currently owning Classic on Alexander.  Specializing in fine stationery and papercrafting supplies but always on the look out for the next trend. Barb has been an active member of the community, sitting on the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Downtown Business Association, which she was the president for 3 years.  She currently sits on Tourism Chilliwack Board of Directors.  In her spare time, Barb enjoys yoga, golfing and crafting.

Bryce Lewis, Chair (Chilliwack) Bryce joined the Board of Community Futures in 2013 and is the current Board Chair. Bryce is a Commercial Account Executive for HUB International Barton. He has worked in the insurance industry for the past 15+years. Bryce has been an active member in the community for many years, volunteering his time to various sport and non-profit organizations. Helping others reach their full potential, especially when they have entrepreneurial talents worth exploring, truly energizes him. Bryce was born in Chilliwack and has resided there the majority of his life. He loves the "can-do" attitude of people in his hometown, and the sheer beauty and endless recreational opportunities within the community. 

Jamie Newton, Vice Chair (Chilliwack) Jamie is the current Vice Chair of the Board of Community Futures South Fraser. He has worked in the finance industry for more than 25 years specializing in commercial lending and retail banking. Jamie and his family have lived in Chilliwack for over 20 years and he cares deeply about his community. That is why his volunteering history includes time spent working with the Kinsmen, Rotary, and various other community business initiatives in his city. Jamie is also a past board member of the Chilliwack Curling Club. Jamie divides his free time between adventures and quiet reflective activities. He balances hiking, camping, and traveling with reading, photography, and spending time with family.

Laurens Breugem, Treasurer (Abbotsford) Laurens is a Chartered Professional Accountant and works as a Manager with KPMG in Abbotsford. Laurens' focus is on Agriculture, dealing with businesses in the supply-managed industries, suppliers to the industries, processors, and other agri-businesses. He was born in the Netherlands, and moved to Chilliwack at a young age. Laurens obtained his Bachelor of Management from the University of British Columbia Okanagan, and began articling at KPMG shortly after that. He received his designation in 2013, and changed careers to Agricultural Commercial Banking for 3 years. Laurens gained valuable knowledge and skills in commercial banking and continued his focus on Agriculture. Laurens now lives in Abbotsford with his spouse and 2 young children, and enjoys biking, hiking, and other outdoor activities.

Netty Tam, Director (Chilliwack) Netty Tam is the Manager of Business Development for the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO), the economic development organization for the City of Chilliwack. With over 20 years of direct experience, Netty brings a wealth of expertise in the economic development and downtown revitalization field. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British of Columbia and a Master of Environmental Design – Planning Degree from the University of Calgary. Her areas of proficiency are in strategic planning, policy development, economic development, and downtown revitalization. Netty has been a member of the Rotary Club in New Westminster and Chilliwack. Currently she sits on the Chilliwack Social Research and Planning Council.

Parul Neufeld, Director (Abbotsford) Parul is the Economic Development Officer for the City of Abbotsford. As the Economic Development Officer for CAED, she is dedicated to nurturing business growth in her neck of the woods. With over eight years experience working within the realm of municipal government, including the City of Edmonton, the City of Coquitlam and the City of Abbotsford, Parul brings with her a strong foundation in municipal governance, public relations and international marketing of cities. She's a passionate relationship builder, well versed in working with international delegations and is a bit of a globetrotter having visited many key international markets. Parul holds a Commerce degree with a focus in International Business and Marketing from Macewan University, and Public Relations credits from the University of Victoria.

Meghan Larson, Director (Abbotsford) Meghan is a highly accomplished Business Banking Advisor for Envision Financial. Well known in her industry and across the region, Meghan has spent the last 8 years working in the Abbotsford area. With over 13 years of experience in the financial services industry, Meghan's approach to serving her clients is inclusive and engaging. She is not only passionate about helping her members prosper - she wants her community to thrive as well. Meghan is a newlywed that enjoys hiking, volleyball and spending time with family and friends, especially in her beautiful community of Chilliwack.


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