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Meet Your Community Futures Yellowhead East Team

Our team of dedicated small business specialists really care about your goals and would love to hear about your plans. Meet our team of business specialists, proudly located in Whitecourt. They’re here and ready to help you.

Michelle Jones

Executive Director
(780) 791-0966 Ext. 101

Michelle joined the CFYE team, as Executive Director, in 2018. She has lived in both the Whitecourt and Woodlands County area for over 35 years, where she raised her family in addition to owning and operating both retail and service industry businesses.

Prior to being a small business owner, Michelle gained extensive training and experience working in the public sector, providing crime prevention education, developing and implementing social programs for various organizations, and was the Executive Director of the local Chamber of Commerce. She holds certification in Strategic Planning, Project Management, and Business Administration.

Michelle's passion for economic development and social programming keeps her heavily involved in both her community and the entire CFYE region. When she is not focused on work, Michelle enjoys numerous outdoor activities, as well as spending time with family and friends.

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Her qualifications include:

  • Westera Institute of Technology: Administrative Assistant Program
  • Continuing Education/University of Alberta Extension Faculty: Leading Strategic Planning, Project Management - Certifications
  • Small Business Owner : 20+ years owner/operator, service and retail businesses
  • Whitecourt & District Chamber of Commerce: 3 years, Executive Director
  • Community Futures Yellowhead East: 2018 to present

Matthew Hartney

Business Analyst
(780) 706-3500 Ext. 102

Matthew Joined the Community Futures Yellowhead East team in October of 2020, bringing with him a wide variety of financial expertise in a multitude of sectors ranging from medical products through to major oil and gas producers.

Matthew brings with him an extensive background in both Corporate Finance and Corporate Business Analysis. Matthew Studied at Grant McEwan while residing in Sherwood Park prior to relocating to the Whitecourt Area 12 years ago.

Lilian Wisser

CED & Project Coordinator
(780) 791-0966 Ext. 103

Ian Butler

Digital Service Squad
(780) 791-0966 Ext. 104

Ian joined our team in 2022, he is a recent graduate and a huge technology enthusiast. He has worked at Staples for nearly 2 years as a full time repairman and salesperson, always being at the top of his team! Ian has also been an extremely tech savvy person throughout his earlier years!

He is extremely passionate about assisting people with their tech related issues, no matter how simple or complex the issue may be. He has also always been an advocate for teaching people how to use technology to its full potential. Ian uses his creative troubleshooting and his skills to always find the best solutions or finding alternatives if required!


Kyrin Doyohim

Office Administrator
(780) 791-0966 Ext. 105

Kyrin, or "Ky" as you can call her, joined Community Futures Yellowhead East in 2024. She moved to Whitecourt, Canada, in 2023 from the Philippines. Ky holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a major in Marketing Management, and graduated with Latin honors. Additionally, she completed a Diploma of Business at Rhodes College in Melbourne, Australia, in 2021. Ky has diverse experience in Customer Service, Office Administration, and running her own Small Business.

Ky is a cheerful person who loves to chat. She is eager to hear your ideas and happy to guide you in the right direction. She is currently training to become the "Grandma" of the CFYE office, aiming to be your go-to person for all your needs.

Outside of work, Ky enjoys spending time in nature, going on hikes with her husband and dog, and staying connected with her 2 sons and family in the Philippines through video calls.

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Contact Us

Unit #1, 5023 - 50 Ave.
Box 2185
Whitecourt, AB  T7S 1P8
P: (780) 971-0966


Communities Served

Alberta Beach, Barrhead, Benbow, Birch Cove, Bloomsbury, Blue Ridge, Camp Creek, Castle Island, Cherhill, Darwell, Fallis, Fort Assiniboine, Fox Creek, Glenevis, Greencourt, Gunn, Hurdy, Kaybob, Knight, Lake Isle, Lisburn, Lombell, Lone Pine, Manola, Mayerthorpe, Neerlandia, Onoway, Pass Creek, Rich Valley, Rochfort Bridge, Ross Haven, Sandy Beach, Sangudo, Silver Creek, Silver Sands, Southview, Sunrise Beach, Sunset Point, Swan Hills, Tiger Lily, Val Quentin, Vega, West Cove, Whitecourt, Windfall Junction, and Yellowstone