About us

Our Vision

Supporting entrepreneurial spirit to create a sustainable economic future for Haida Gwaii.

Our Strategic Priorities

Building the foundations of a vibrant islands community through business and community economic development, capacity building, collaborative leadership and local sustainability.

What We Do

  • Assisting entrepreneurs in all the steps of business startup and expansion

  • Financing for business and social enterprise development

  • Accessing capital for indigenous businesses

  • Provide business advisory and counselling

  • Assist in advancing grassroots community development projects

  • Delivering business skills workshops

  • Assisting community organizations and groups to build capacity to meet islands' needs.

  • We deliver the WorkBC Self-employment Benefits Program

Who We Are

We are a non-profit organization serving all of Haida Gwaii run by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by dedicated staff.  We have offices in Masset and Queen Charlotte. We are a member of the National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association.  Our core funding is provided by Western Economic Development Canada.

Our Staff

General Manager:  Michael Racz

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Mike is a proud resident of Haida Gwaii since 1995 and joined the Haida Gwaii Community Futures team as General Manager in 2015. He strives to work with the communities of Haida Gwaii with a concentration on community economic development, training and capacity building, and sound business practices. He holds the designation of Chartered Investment Manager® having worked in the wealth management industry for the past 10 years.  

He is a strong advocate of entrepreneurialism and private small business currently serving as a director with Northern Development Initiative Trust and Misty Isles Economic Development Society. In addition, he owns and operates his own small businesses in quarry and aggregate products and small scale log salvage on Haida Gwaii.  Mike also currently serves as an ‘Area D’ director for the Skeena Queen Charlotte Regional District.

  Mike can be contacted at gm@haidagwaiifutures.ca

Business Development Officer: Firyal Mohamed

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For Firyal, Haida Gwaii represents an opportunity to connect to a place and people that exist more harmoniously with nature. As a community economic developer, Firyal's educational background and work experience are supported with on-the-ground experience in; business development, micro financing for small businesses and facilitation in areas of small business start-ups, sustainability and community development.

Prior to moving to the islands, Firyal helped launch the Calgary Tool Library, a community-led social enterprise dedicated to tool lending and learning in the city. She's an advocate of sustainable business development that builds local economies that work better for more people and the planet.

Firyal can be contacted at business@haidagwaiifutures.ca

Our Business Development Officer travels islands-wide to assist clients.

Indigenous Business Development Services : Brianna Julian

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Brianna moved to Haida Gwaii in late 2016 from her hometown of Vancouver, BC. After visiting multiple times over the years she knew that Haida Gwaii was where she wanted to be and has enjoyed an active lifestyle in all of the beautiful nature that Haida Gwaii has to offer ever since.

She comes from a family of small business owners and has always admired the hard work and dedication that is required of entrepreneurs. Having worked for mostly small businesses, Brianna understands the challenges and constant innovation required in owning your own business. She strives to help local Indigenous business owners on Haida Gwaii to achieve their goals as the Indigenous Business Development Services Project Coordinator.

Brianna can be contacted at IBDS@haidagwaiifutures.ca

Board of Directors

Nominations from the Communities

Village of Queen Charlotte Council:  Carla Lutner (Chair)

Electoral Area E Sandspit: Heron Wier (Vice Chair)

Council of the Haida Nation:  Robert Bennett

Old Massett Village Council: Freda Davis 

Skidegate Band Council:  Michelle Pineault

Village of Masset Council:  Jason Thompson

Village of Port Clements Council: Brigid Cumming

Communities at Large

Haida Representative: VACANT

Haida Gwaii Representative Other:  Carl Coffey

We are actively seeking to fill two seats for Haida Representatives on our Board of Directors.  Please send us an e-mail expressing your interest in joining our Board.

Board of directors portal

This is a private page for Haida Gwaii Community Futures' Board Members. It houses a number of permanent documents available for member's information.