Our board


Community Futures Alberta Southwest 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.

Susan Koots

Susan Koots


T: (403) 553-2529

Susan Koots joined the board of Community Futures Alberta Southwest in June 2018.

Susan was raised in rural Southwest Alberta and grew up working in the family business. After receiving her Business Administration diploma from Mount Royal College and a certificate in Local Government Studies from the University of Alberta Susan moved onto a career in Municipal government as Chief Administrative Officer, an elected official and eventually settling into a career in tourism where you will find her working as the Visitor Services Coordinator at Head-Smashed-In – Buffalo Jump UNESCO World Heritage site. Susan has also volunteered on many boards including, but not limited to, economic development, tourism and healthcare.

Life partner to Denzil, mom of 4 grown children, and grandmother to 4, Susan enjoys spending time exploring her interests in agriculture, horses, antique cars, travelling, dancing, needlework and entrepreneurship. Susan represents the Town of Fort Macleod. 

Mark Barber


Gerry Selk


Garry Marchuk


Garry joined the Board of Community Futures Alberta Southwest in June 2018.

He comes to Community Futures with a very diverse and knowledgeable business background having worked in the retail, service, accounting, legal, banking, agriculture and municipal sectors. Garry hold a BA diploma and Conservation Enforcement Diploma from Lethbridge Community College. He currently owns and operates Stonewall Cottage B&B in Beaver Mines where he also serves as a marriage commissioner.

Garry represents the MD of Pincher Creek and is very involved in the community at the grass roots level having served on Town council for 5 years, being Past President Beaver Mines Community Association and Past President of Joe’s Weight Training and Fitness. He has also been active on many boards in the area such as the Economic Development Committee in Pincher Creek, the Pincher Creek Subdivision Authority and Municipal Planning Commission.

John Connor


T: (403) 393-8224

John recently joined the Community Futures Alberta Southwest Board in May 2018.

John has worked as a Registered Nurse and Health Care Manager in multiple Health Care fields throughout his nursing career which has spanned over 50 years. He retired in 2004 following his main career position with Alberta Correctional Services at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre as a Health Care Manager.  John is the recipient of the Correctional Services Exemplary Service Medal and the year 2000 Alberta Justice Award for Excellence for 10 years service as the HIV/AIDS Coordinator for Alberta Correctional Services.

John and his bride, Catherine immigrated from Scotland in 1969 and have been married for almost 49 years. Together they have raised a son and daughter and three grandchildren. John has lived in Granum for 15 years and had served on local Town Council for over 6 1/2 years as well as on several Boards, Committees and Commissions in Southwest Alberta. He is very interested in community economic development initiatives and enjoyed serving as Granum’s Town Council representative on the Alberta Southwest Regional Alliance Board for over 5 years.  John is currently involved as a volunteer serving on the Granum Historical Board and the Willow Creek Gospel Music Jamboree Association.

Board Criteria

Board members may be recommended for vacant positions by municipal governments and Chambers of Commerce or Economic Development Committees to represent specific geographic areas. Upon receiving a recommendation the Board reviews the candidates and selects one from the list provided that best fits their needs. Current Board members may also recommend new board members for consideration.

The term of office for a Board member is 3 years. Once the term is completed and the Board member wishes to vacate their position, the community is requested to nominate a new person for a new 3 year term.

There is no financial remuneration for sitting on the Board, however, expenses are compensated for any activities approved by the Board of Directors.

There is a comprehensive Conflict of Interest policy and a Privacy policy that have been adopted for the Board of Directors and the Staff of the CFABSW. All Directors and Staff have signed oaths of compliance on these policies.

Interested in becoming a board member or committee volunteer? Please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions.  For further information visit our Board information page.  To download a Board application click here.

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Get in Touch

Community Futures Alberta Southwest
436 – 24th Street (Macleod Blvd)
Box 1270
Fort Macleod, AB T0L 0Z0

403-553-0264 ext. 222
800-565-4418 ext. 222

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Communities Served

Beaver Mines, 
Chief Mountain, 
Fort Macleod, 
Hill Spring, 
Mountain View, 
Pincher Creek, 
Pincher Station, 
Twin Butte, 


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