Our staff

We are small business specialists who take the time to really understand your business ideas, and roll up our sleeves to help you make them happen. Community Futures Grande Prairie staff provide a wide range of small business services, including business loans and business grant advice, business and financial planning, skills development and training, and strategic marketing and networking – and are available to work one-on-one to connect you with the right programs and services. Call or email us today to get your business dreams moving forward.

We also have in-depth knowledge of the unique characteristics of our local and regional economies, and actively work to develop rural diversification strategies in partnership with business and community leaders, local government, educational institutions, other business lenders and not-for-profits.

Holly Sorgen

Executive Director

Holly Sorgen is the owner/operator of her own business coaching and Facilitation Company, developing and delivering training related to Career and Employment, as well as Business and Entrepreneurship. She has been Executive Director for Community Futures since October 2005. Holly has been involved in the development and facilitation of several Community Economic Development projects ranging from feasibility studies, non-profit strategic planning, new technology advancement and development and community capacity building.

She also assists with business meetings and lending activity and has filled a number of roles, including sitting on the Community Futures Alberta Board, the provincial Professional Development Committee, the Pan-West Community Futures Professional Development Committee, and the Entrepreneurial Learning Centre (video conference) committee.

She is a Community Economic Development Training Program Training for Economic Developers of Alberta, working with communities to identify and pursue economic development opportunities and projects.

She is Past President of the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie – Swan City and is an active and engaged Rotarian and she was awarded the Laura Swan Award for staff at the recent Community Futures symposium in Calgary, AB.

After graduating with her Bachelor of Arts degree, Holly started as a Youth Programs Coordinator for Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region (formerly SMEDA Business Development Corporation) in May of 1997. Over the next 2 years, she coordinated and facilitated two Youth Service Canada programs, assisted with the I Want to be a Millionaire program and assisted with the design and development of a proposal for a new Youth Connections program in the Grande Prairie region.

The contract was awarded to the organization in Feb 2000 and she spent a year as Assistant Director and a subsequent 4 years as Program Director. During that time, Holly became highly involved in the Career Development field, taking roles on the Career Development Association of Alberta (CDAA,) becoming Chair of the Building Tomorrow Today Career Consultation planning committee, spearheading the start up of a local branch of the CDAA and becoming a Circuit Coach Master Trainer.

Leah Holler

Business Development Officer/CED

T: 780/814-5340

Sheri Breen

Controller

T: 780/814-5340

Wanda Shepherd

Administrative Coordinator

T: 780/814-5340

Shane Wallis

Business Analyst

Gennine Harder

Loan Accounts Officer

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Community Futures Grande Prairie
#325 9909 102 St.
Grande Prairie, AB T8V2V4

780-814-5340

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Communities Served

Beaverlodge, 
Bezanson, 
Buffalo Lake, 
Clairmont, 
County of Grande Prairie, 
Demmit, 
Elmworth, 
Goodfare, 
Grande Prairie, 
Grovedale, 
Horse Lake First Nation, 
Huallen, 
Hythe, 
La Glace, 
Lymburn, 
Sexsmith, 
Teepee Creek, 
Wembley, 

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