Meet the Staff

Providing small business loans and support.

Get to Know Us

Community Futures staff are business experts with extensive knowledge of our area's local economy. They are experts in business planning, financial forecasting, and entrepreneurship.

Most importantly, they are great business advisors and mentors. Our team is dedicated to working one on one with clients to help them in the best way possible.

Cathy Robertson

Cathy Robertson

General Manager
Cathy's 25-year career spans many aspects of business. Since 2008, she has been the General Manager of Community Futures Cowichan. In this role, she oversees a range of community-based business development projects, the lending program, and the day-to-day management of the organization.

Cathy volunteers with community organizations such as the Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce and participates in many local fundraisers.
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Kevin Rodger

Business Development Analyst
Kevin is the Business Development Analyst at Community Futures Cowichan, helping to deliver business services and financing to businesses in the Cowichan Region for the past 12 years. Kevin has a background in small business start-ups and has pursued careers in sales and marketing and operations management.

Away from Community Futures, Kevin enjoys family time, golf, and the Seahawks.
Holly Cheema (Douglas)

Holly Cheema

Office & Programs Assistant
Holly was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley having studied marketing and management in Vancouver after high school. Holly has worked in the financial industry and behind the scenes in the pulp & paper industry as a primary billing and invoicing contact. In her role as Office and Programs Assistant with Community Futures Holly strives to make a positive impact on our community.

Holly is an avid runner who has completed several half marathons, one full marathon and other events. She loves volunteering for local races and believes exploring is best done on foot. Holly is passionate about helping others, active living, and animal welfare. She has two rescue dogs, Nala and Luna, and enjoys camping with her husband.

Holly is currently on maternity leave expecting her first child. We look forward to her return.
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Dale Krikke

Administrative Assistant
Dale is the newest member of the Community Futures team! 

Dale was born and raised in Port Alberni and has lived in the Cowichan Valley since 2010. 

Dale brings her knowledge and experiences of travel and working with entrepeneurs and organizations, local and international, for the past 28 years. 

Dale is thrilled to be working at Community Futures as she enjoys being surrounded by the creativity and to beable to support the growing Cowichan business community.

In her spare time, Dale enjoys family and friends, photography, travel, golf, and any activity on the water.
Raf Korkowski

Raf Korkowski

Business Analyst - Contract Position
Since 2010 Raf has been the Business and Loans Analyst for Community Futures Cowichan. Raf grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and attended the I.H. Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba, majoring in Finance. His past work experience includes working with the Coastal Community Credit Union as a consumer lender and as a commercial account manager with the Forest & Marine Financial Group.

When not working, Raf spends time with his wife and two young daughters and also competes in beach volleyball and Olympic weightlifting.
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Fabrizio Alberico

Export Advisor
 Fab helps local businesses find opportunities for growth, resiliency and innovation through the export navigator program. He began his consulting practice in the mid-1990s after completing his MBA and working in the corporate and non-profit sectors. He also spent 20 years operating a value-added wood business accessing markets around the world to both source components and sell finished products.

He enjoys hiking and walking his dog throught our beautiful corner of the world, buidling up an appetite to enjoy the many culinary treats our region has to offer.
Wendy Pan

Wendy Pan

Finance Officer – Contract Position
As the Finance Officer, Wendy has been providing accounting services to Community Futures Cowichan since 2011. Wendy is a Chartered Professional Accountant and runs her own accounting practice in the Cowichan Valley. She is specialized in accounting, bookkeeping and taxes for not-for-profits and small business.

In her spare time, Wendy enjoys hiking, kayaking, and fishing with her family.