CFE Business Development Team

Christy Whitmore
Senior Advisor, Business Development Team

A Haida woman born and raised on Haida Gwaii, Christy comes to the BDT with a wealth of experience in the fisheries business. Not only does she have a business background, having earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, but she is also a seasoned fisherman, having fished halibut, salmon, and rockfish up and down the coast. She also brings a decade of fish plant and CFIA experience to her role.

Christy is based in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island and will work closely with island-based CFEs, but will also be available to work with any CFEs that might need her blend of skills and experience.

Marie Vander Heiden – Sr. Business Development Advisor – MA, MBA, BSc, FNLM

B.C. born and raised, Marie comes to the BDT with a wealth of experience in FN Lands, Natural Resources & Gov’t Affairs (Rights & Title – Strength of Claim, Environment, Housing), Renewable Energy Management, DFO – CCG_SAR, DND – Naval COMMs, Marine Naturalist, At-Sea Observer, 15+ Commercial Fishing (Trolling – W. Coast – Kyuquot B.C.).

Marie is based on Southern Vancouver Island and will work closely with B.C. CFEs-at-large.