Meet Our Team
Lori Camire is a Director and the General Manager of Venture Connect. She is also the Executive Director of a Community Futures Office.
Lori has managed a division of Community Futures since September 1997. Before this, she held supervisory and management positions with the Federal Government for close to 20 years. She has held the position of Island Coastal Community Futures Manager Representative, for 5 years.
In addition, Lori has also been involved with family business operations. She has an intimate knowledge of what goes into the planning and execution of a business transition plan. Lori is currently a Director and General Manager for Venture Connect.
Darrell joined the Venture Connect team back in 2012 as a Business Advisor. Darrell's background includes experiences in companies large and small, in markets across Canada and the US. He has started several small businesses and successfully transitioned them to new ownership. His corporate executive experience includes mergers & acquisitions, business development, marketing & sales and he has led business units in BC and New York. He has also been a business coach, strategy and business planning consultant and seminar leader for business owners. Darrell excels at finding creative solutions for business challenges.
Arnold Harasymchuk is a Director of BMC Business Management Consultants Ltd. Prior to retirement he worked 27 years in economic development at various positions in all three levels of government. In his career as a public servant, his focus had been to assist businesses and communities with economic development and community development related initiatives. Arnold managed numerous development and strategic projects on behalf of the Province and has facilitated a variety of workshops.
Prior to government, he worked fifteen years at the management level in banking. Arnold is a current Director of Community Futures Strathcona and past Director of Vancouver Island Economic Alliance.He presently works as a business consultant with an international immigration firm where he assists clients accessing the Immigrant Entrepreneur component of the Provincial Nominee Program. Personal entrepreneurial experience includes tourism, farming and foreign investment.
Kurt joins our team with a solid background in all facets of business. He has been employed as a Business Coach, a Credit Counselor, a Strategic Planner, a Program Co-coordinator, and as a Senior Financial Analyst. He has started businesses from inception, including the creation of business plans and all the relevant research necessary. Education: Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Finance and Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering