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.

Lloyd Kearl

Lloyd Kearl


T: (403) 653-3643

Lloyd joined the Board of Community Futures Alberta Southwest in May of 2011.

With an MBA degrees (BYU), Law Degree (U.of Alberta), and professional accounting designation (CPA, Oregon), Lloyd has had a successful career as Chief Operating Officer of many fast growing high tech companies in both the U.S. and Canada.

He has assisted small and large businesses in many facets including: negotiating, selecting expansion locations, business planning, funding from various banks and government entities, business sales and purchases.

Lloyd and his wife Linda built a home on their ranch just outside of Cardston in 2008 where he enjoy his horses, quading, visits from their five children and other family and neighbours. In addition, he enthusiastically participates in Rotary and Church activities.


Bill Hart

Bill Hart

Vice Chair

T: (403) 553-4920

Bill joined the Board of Community Futures Alberta Southwest in April 2009.

Educated at Olds College, Bill came to Fort Macleod from Claresholm in 1976. Bill spent his early career working in the he oils patch, then apprenticing as a heavy duty mechanic. He worked in his own business for 16 years before taking full time employment with Volker Stevin.

Married to his wife Helma for 28 years, Bill also has one daughter and two sons. Involved in the community, Bill is a director for the Fort Museum, past president of the Fort Macleod Historical Association, and has his hand in many other community organizations and activities.

Bill represents the Town of Fort Macleod on our Board. He spent 12 years on Town Council, six as a Counselor and six as a Mayor. During that period he spent several years on the Economic Development Commission.

David Edmonds

David Edmonds


T: (403) 653-4726

David joined the Board of Community Futures Alberta Southwest in April 2013.

Originally from the Vancouver BC area, David obtained a degree in Radio Communications for twenty years he worked in the recording and transcription equipment industry. He moved to Calgary in 1970 where he went to work at the Foothills Hospital. David became the manager of the Biomedical Engineering Department which was expanded to all hospitals after rationalization.

David has been married to his wife Elaine for 40 years. He has one son and two daughters. He enjoys gardening, research, and archiving his family history in his free time, In 2002 David retired and moved to Cardston. He has served as president of the Cardston historical Society for three years and presently serves on numerous committees and boards.

In 2010 he was elected to the Cardston town council. He continues to serve on town council at this time.

Bev Garbutt

Bev Garbutt


T: (403) 628-2797

Bev joined the Board of Community Futures Alberta Southwest in 2009.

Bev grew up in Calgary where she trained to become a nurse. Her nursing career has included work in Indonesia, the Market Mall Emergency Suite (the first non-hospital surgical center in Canada), and the emergency room in Black Diamond.

Bev and her husband Dr.Allan Garbutt live on 480 acres of land in the MD of Pincher Creek. Bev has been very involved with the Rural Physician Action Plan (RPAP), championing initiatives to interest undergraduates medical students in rural practice. Her work helped the RPAP establish a Shadowing Program, Skills Program, Mentoring Program, and regional tours fro medical students. She is currently working alongside the section of rural medicine (AMA) where she implemented and runs the Tarrant Scholarship for U of A and U of C as well as the Enhancement Program which helps rural students with their medical school interviews.

Representing the MD of Pincher Creek, Bev has worked diligently to ensure the sustainability of our rural communities. Bev has 30 years of small business management experience.

Mike McAlonan


T: 403-463-0987

Mike joined the Board of Community Futures Alberta Southwest in July of 2016.

Mike was educated in the UK and Canada and alongside his wife Alison they have raised 3 wonderful children. His business background is in product development and marketing, recently he is focused on the home healthcare equipment industry.

Mike is dedicated to many organizations and is very passionate about his community. In addition to his history as a Councilman for the town of Claresholm, Mike has also served on the The Claresholm Library Board and the Ranchlands Victim Services Society Board and the Claresholm Economic Development Committee, amongst others. 



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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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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