Our Staff

Paul Nichol, General Manager

Paul Nichol has always been passionate about rural Ontario. Born on a 5th generation farm in Huron County, he determined at an early age to pursue an education that would allow him to live and work in a rural area. This education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture at the University of Guelph followed by a Master’s Degree in Rural Development.

Paul Nichol
Paul Nichol, General Manager

Since 1993, Paul has managed Community Futures Huron, an award-winning CFDC located in Brussels, Ontario. Over the years, Paul and his board have piloted many rural development tools such as 10 Steps to Community Action, Business Retention & Expansion and First Impressions. In addition, Paul has been instrumental in building successful rural development organizations including the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health and Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity.

Paul is always eager to share his experiences in rural economic development, hosting study tours from as far away as Australia, Japan, China, Ireland, Brazil, Ukraine, Sweden and Iran. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the School of Environmental Design & Rural Development, University of Guelph.

With the general direction of the Board of Directors, the General Manager provides overall management of corporate operations. The General Manager oversees the day-to-day administration of the organization; manages the Corporation’s investment portfolio; monitors community economic development activities and promotes the Corporation throughout the County of Huron. Call 226-889-8256 ext. 223 or E-mail: pnichol@cfhuron.ca.

Tina Heathers, Lending Consultant

Tina Heathers
Tina Heathers

Tina Heathers specializes in small business training and development.  She has been working with business coaching and training for the past 25 years.  A business owner herself for many years, including owning and operating a chain of fashion retail stores, and running her own international training company, Tina now works with Community Futures Huron to assist business owners to grow and develop successful businesses in Huron County.

She has a passion for discovering personal and professional greatness.  Her background includes many years of corporate management, professional business training, personal business coaching and entrepreneurship development.

Her journey began in Stratford Ontario and she followed her career into London Ontario, Kitchener Ontario, Edmonton Alberta, Sint Maarten in the Dutch West Indies and back to Ontario where she began working for the Community Futures Organization.

Tina loves the creative process of growing and developing a small business.  With Community Futures Huron she is responsible for helping business owners become more profitable and create successful enterprises. If you are looking for business training or coaching or for a business loan, contact Tina at tina@cfhuron.ca, call 226-889-8256 ext. 250 or cell 519-998-3705.

Brenda McGregor, Financial Officer

Brenda McGregor
Brenda McGregor

Born and raised in Huron County!

Brenda has seventeen years of experience in the field of Office Administration with Community Futures Huron. Hired in January of 2000 to cover Office Administrative duties, which include payroll, payables, receivables, bank reconciliations, financials, tracking projects, tracking employees and many more. Throughout her career, Brenda has continued development in the areas of Accounting, Excel Spreadsheets, Payroll and Customer Service and has received many certificates over the years. Brenda holds a Payroll Compliance Practitioners Certificate, PCP from Canadian Payroll Association, Bookkeeping certificate, Microsoft Office certificates, QuickBooks, MYOB, Customer Service Excellence certificate and many more.

Starting in 2017 Brenda has taken on a new role with Community Futures Huron as the Financial Officer. Her new role will also include preparing detailed reports on the Corporation’s loan portfolio including outstanding balances, arrears, legal documentation, monthly reports, quarterly reports and annual financial reports and budgets.

Brenda feels privileged being able to work for an organization, which provides Economic Development and Small Business Loans in the community I grew up in!

Call Brenda at 226-889-8256 ext. 231 or email bmcgregor@cfhuron.ca

Heather Little, Loan Account Monitor 

Heather Little
Heather Little

As a resident of Huron County, Heather is the Loan Account Monitor who provides direction and support to our many loan clients, as well as the Health, Safety and Wellness Officer for Community Futures Huron.  She started her new career path after 30+ years with the closure of Volvo Construction Equipment in Goderich as Executive Assistant and extensive experience in various Marketing, Sales, and Engineering positions.

Heather began her career in 2009 as the Administrative Assistant for the HealthKick project, Loans Administrator and Customer Service Representative for the Huron Business Development Corporation.  She has continued development in Accounting, Microsoft Office, Health and Safety, CPR / First Aid, Customer service, along with many other certificates.

Her involvement in community activities and events, and passion for music allows her to relate to and understand a wide variety to which our loan clients engage in, as well as enhancing community support.

The Loan Account Monitor is responsible for overseeing loans, working with and visiting our loan clients, directing inquiries to the appropriate staff, maintaining the multi-line phone system, and providing clerical support.

Call 226-889-8256 ext. 232 or email Heather at hlittle@cfhuron.ca

Sharlene Young-Bolen, Communications Officer

Sharlene Bolen

Sharlene Young-Bolen works as the Communications Officer for Community Futures Huron, bringing years of experience in communications and creative content production.

Sharlene’s professional background is in information coordination and quality control with past contracts including data analyst, communications coordinator and newspaper copy editor.

Her work for Community Futures Huron involves a wide spectrum of communications activities. Sharlene collaborates with the General Manager, board and staff to identify communication needs and opportunities. Her duties include creating and editing materials and publications such as e-newsletters, website and social media content as well as preparing board packages, taking meeting minutes, and assisting with workshop planning and preparation.

Sharlene was born in Sudbury, raised in Nova Scotia, and has resided in Huron County for 20 years or so. She is a freelance writer and knitting designer in her spare time, fascinated by historic knitting pattern reproductions.

Sharlene enjoys helping clients to reach their objectives and meet their goals. Email Sharlene at sbolen@cfhuron.ca or call 226-889-8256 ext. 221.