Economic Development Corporation

The primary goal of the BCMF Development Corporation is to promote self-sustainability for BCMF. Secondly, BCMF Development Corp will also play a key role in supporting Métis owned businesses to coordinate bids so that they may compete for service and supply contracts associated with development projects located throughout BC.

Click here to download the BC Métis Federation Development Corporation Business Plan – 2015 Click here to download the BC Métis Federation Business Directory – May 2015


Economic Development Board of Directors

bcmf-earl-belcourtEarl Belcourt

Earl Belcourt has worked in various phases of installation on major projects, compressor stations and shutdowns. Earl has supervised up to 72 personnel, working through a management team comprising of two of General Foreman and six Foreman. Earl has been a chairperson of the Safety Committee, acting as a Safety Auditor for shutdowns. Earl performed a wide range of technical/instrumental duties involving pipeline, plant maintenance and facility construction projects. Earl is excellent at trouble shooting and problem solving by quickly identifying and resolving construction and technical operational difficulties that may or may not arise.
Prior to 1990 I was with the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 496 and 488 for 14 years working all over Alberta and Canada. 1967 to 1978 I worked in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario through local 254. From 1978 to 1990 I worked in Alberta and BC. From 1990 until 2009 I worked at the Crofton Pulp and Paper Mill on Vancouver Island. After a short retirement I once again focused on the construction industry.

Economic Development Corporation Executive Director

Shauna Benson

Shauna is a certified Project Manager who started her own company, ENAGAGE: Strategic Management: a company which primarily deals with Project Management, Creative Strategic Partnerships and Business Development.

Shauna has previously served as the Executive Director of the South Cowichan Chamber of Commerce, where she spent that time advocating for local businesses, and working on initiatives with other Chambers and local businesses on Vancouver Island.

Shauna has over 14 years of Project Management experience, including 8 years in marketing and finance, as well as over 4 years of experience in Human Resource. She managed numerous events, ranging from community to corporate engagements. She also developed and ran management planning sessions and a corporate volunteer program, while working with multiple Non for Profit Organizations.

Her volunteer experience includes working on the Council of Partners and chairing Success By 6, South Vancouver Island, managing volunteers for such events as BMX World Championships 2007, RBC Cup 2009 and 2010 TELUS World Skins and chairing Parent Advisory Councils for Middle School, High School and being involved in Provincial Parent Advisory roles.

Through hard work and dedication Shauna has advanced with her career goals and has proven to be a valuable asset for every position and project she has encountered. Her energy and talent have aided her experiences. Shauna earned her Project Management Certification from the Project Management Institution and has studied at Camosun College for International Business, and the University of Victoria for CBIS Project Management.