Steering Committee Bios

 

Ray Gerow, Network Co-Director

Ray has an extensive background in economic development, both as an entrepreneur and as a business development service provider. He has run and/or managed numerous small businesses during his career, including a roofing business, chimney sweep, towing company, first aid, arts and crafts store and a specialty cake business, to name but a few.

Ray was with the Canadian Armed Forces for six years, at which time he was honoured to be part of the Canadian contingent in Doha, Quatar during the Gulf war. His work history includes six years in the military, six years in a sawmill, eight years as a part-time ambulance paramedic, fire boss with the BC Forest Service, manager of a Woolworths department store, construction and logging. For the past fifteen years Ray has worked in the field of economic development, most recently as President/ CEO of the Aboriginal Business Development Centre in Prince George.

Ray is very active in his local community, as well as with many provincial and federal boards or advisory groups. He is Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors for the College of New Caledonia, sits on the Board of Directors for the Northern Sports Centre at the University of Northern BC, as well as the Board of Directors for the Nechako Kitimaat Development Fund. He is former Chair for the Aboriginal Business Services Network Society of BC, is a founding board member and past Treasurer of the Log Building Industry Association of BC and is a former Chairman of the Native Economic Development Advisory Board for the province of BC. Until recently he was also the Chair for the Counsel for BC Aboriginal Economic Development for Indian Affairs.

   

Greg Halseth, Network Co-Director

Greg Halseth is a Professor in the Geography Program at the University of Northern British Columbia, where he is also the Canada Research Chair in Rural and Small Town Studies and the Acting Director of UNBC’s Community Development Institute. His research examines rural and small town community development, and community strategies for coping with social and economic change, all with a focus upon Northern BC.

   

Chris Corrigan, Steering Committee

Chris is a process artist, a facilitator of social technologies for face to face conversation in the service of emergence. His business is supporting invitation: the invitation to collaborate, to organize, to find one another and make a difference in our communities, organizations and lives.

   

Charles Horn, Steering Committee

Charles Horn received his BA from Simon Fraser University, and his MA in Political Theory from the University of Victoria, where he is currently a doctoral candidate in Political Science. His research interests focus on governance issues, particularly in urban and Aboriginal communities, homelessness, British Columbia electoral politics, and the analysis of professional writing. Charles also maintains a personal and research interest in the politics of Zimbabwe (where he is from).

Charles worked as a negotiator and policy analyst for the British Columbia government for 15 years, doing self-government, treaty, and child welfare negotiations. He currently has a consulting business. Current and recent projects include co-managing an oilfield and forestry services business; providing program and organizational development to non-profits, and producing and editing technical documentation.

   

Cheryl Matthew, Steering Committee