David Mannix, Snuneymuxw First Nation, is the Executive Director of Coast Opportunity Funds. He has a background in private enterprise, having owned his own forest company for twenty years, and managed economic development for Snuneymuxw First Nation for thirteen years. Email Dave: dave(at)coastfunds(dot)ca
The Executive Director of Coast Funds is responsible and accountable for the general management and affairs of Coast Opportunity Funds, including steering and implementing the mandate of Coast Funds, overseeing the awards assessment, review and approval process, building successful relationships with First Nation communities, the Board of Directors, government and other key audiences, management of the financial performance of Coast Funds, preparing annual budgets for Board approval, and human resource management.
Scott Rehmus is the Director of Conservation Projects. He has a background in philanthropy, having run two conservation and science grant programs for a large U.S. foundation for seven years, and in international conservation. Most recently he worked on conservation and sustainable development in Micronesia.
Brodie Guy, Director of Economic Development Projects, joined Coast Funds on June 17, 2013. Brodie comes to Coast Funds with years of experience in the field. Formerly the Regional Manager, Northwest and Central BC for Northern Development Initiative Trust, he was involved in many building collaborative relationships between local governments, First Nation communities, and private businesses. Within a few years, he was promoted to Director, Marketing and Economic Development, where he was involved in more strategic initiatives. He subsequently moved to Vancouver working with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training as Manager within the International Trade and Investment Attraction Division.
Neil Philcox, who has been Coast Funds' Director of Economic Development Projects since operations commenced, will be leaving Coast Funds in August (see "What's New"). Coast Funds will continue to benefit from his extensive experience in finance and business development as Neil works with Brodie to ensure a seamless transition in service delivery to the Participating First Nations.
Elisa Kreller, Director of Finance and Administration, is a Chartered Accountant with a background in financial management, having held senior finance positions with both public and private companies for fifteen years, and in commercial banking, undertaking credit analysis and loan structuring for a national chartered bank for eight years.
Mary Speer, Accounting, Payroll and Board Administrator, has a background in insurance, having worked in underwriting and accounting for eight years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and is currently working on her CGA designation.
Mary also acts as the Privacy Officer for Coast Funds; please contact for any questions or concerns regarding privacy issues.
Ana Yu, Project Administrator, has ten years' experience managing projects, including three years of administering a province-wide Request For Proposals for First Nations environmental health research funding. She has six years' experience working with First Nations in B.C. and the Yukon, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto.