Economic Development

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Southeast Economic Development Division


Carol Johnston, Director

The Director of Economic Development represents the senior position in the Division. She has the task of developing and implementing plans and strategies that will fulfill the mandate of the division. She is also responsible for managing the Loan Fund including cash on hand, new loans, monitoring existing loans, collections, and expansion and advisory services to new and existing clients. She is accountable to the Board of Directors of the Southeast Community Futures Development Corporation, the Tribal Director, the Director of Operations of SERDC and the Loan Portfolio Committee.


Jason Boucher, Loans Administrative & Communications Officer

This position is maintaining all aspects of our Loan Portfolio. This includes daily administration, loan collections, loan screening, loan documentation and disbursement, personal property registry, bank reconciliation etc. In addition to this, Jason is responsible for developing a Newsletter that will be sent to all our communities.

Patricia Dicks, Financial Analyst

This position is responsible for carrying out the pre-appraisal of a proposed project to determine if the project can become viable and if there is a probable basis for loans, grants or contributions from Federal sources, Provincial sources or lenders in the private sector. The Financial Analyst is accountable to the A/Director of Economic Development.

Chasity Levasseur, Project Coordinator
The Employment Coordinator is responsible for the training of the community-based HRDO’s and keeping them updated on the constant changes in E.I. She is also available to assist in job referrals/placements on and off reserve. Referrals to training institutions. Ensuring that Federal Provincial information is available to our community-based HRDO’s at all times. She also assists with members with their E.I. forms, and Teledec.

Southeast Economic Development Division Board

CHAIR (Emile Mason)

The role of the Chairperson, in essence, is to act as the “chief volunteer” for the organization. With the Board of Directors and the staff, the Chair works to achieve Southeast Economic Development Division’s Mission. The Chair often acts as a mediator of board actions with respect to organizational priorities and governance concerns. The position of Chairperson is not one of a “figurehead”. He is the focus of Southeast Economic Development Division’s Mission activities and plays a leadership role in the organization.

VICE-CHAIR (Lorraine Cook)

Acting as a support person for the Chair, the Vice-chair’s responsibilities often go unnoticed. He generally chairs one or more sub-committees as well as any regular board meetings the Chair is unable to attend.


Secretarial responsibilities include keeping records of board actions, as well as ensuring that corporate records are maintained. Treasurer duties include chairing the finance committee, assisting in the preparation of the budget, helping develop fund raising plans, and making regular reports to the Board.


Gerald Kemp, Shawn Kent, Lorraine Cook, Nelson Bird, Emile Mason, James Owen, Furlon Barker

Board Members provide governance for the organization, represent it in the community, and ultimately, accept legal responsibility for it. Board Members act on behalf and represent the views of Southeast Economic Development Division’s constituents - the citizens of the First Nations. As a result, they have the principal responsibility for the carrying out of the organization’s mission and strategic objectives.

Board Members accomplish their functions through attendance at regular meetings plus participation on committees and subcommittees. Board Members are charged with four phases of organizational development: planning, organization, operations, and audit / evaluation.

Southeast Resource Development Council Corp.
Head Office: Box 30 Scanterbury, Manitoba R0E 1W0
Winnipeg Office: 6th Floor - 360 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0T6