Foundation Board

The CMTN Foundation Board members are comprised of individuals from the communities that are impacted by Coast Mountain College. Each must have:

  • A stated commitment to the organizational mission, vision and values.
  • An absence of conflict of interest.
  • High personal integrity.
  • The commitment and time required fulfilling member responsibilities.

Board Members  


WBennett Wade Bennett
General Manager, Community Futures Development

Wade has been in the financial service industry for over 15 years. Wade is committed to the development of small business throughout the northwest. As a former Director of the Terrace & District Chamber of Commerce and Terrace Economic Development Authority, he enjoys developing partnerships with community, business, education, and government organizations to support asset development and capacity building of individuals, groups and businesses for the long term strength and resilience of our region.




Philippe Bernier
Director, Community Relations and Business

Philippe Bernier was born and raised in the Northwest and grew up in Smithers, BC. Phil moved back to his home town of Smithers after a 15 year career in Calgary, AB where he went to school at Mount Royal University and then went on to work as the Director of Events for the Canadian Alpine Ski Team.

Phil currently has the role of Director, Business Development and Community Relations for BV Electric Ltd. where he is actively involved in the community and growing BV Electric’s business.

“I’m excited to be involved with the development of the Foundation and look forward to supporting the projects, initiatives and events that will help grow CMTN”

Nicole Halbauer

Nicole Halbauer
First Nations Health Authority

Nicole Halbauer is currently employed by the First Nations Health Authority, involved in community engagement. She was previously the general manager at Kalum Kabs Ltd. in Terrace, B.C.

Nicole Halbauer is also the current board chair of the Kitsumkalum Economic Development Board. She has also been a school board trustee for the Coast Mountains School District and a member of the Kitsumkalum Band Council for health and education portfolios.

Nicole Halbauer holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Northern British Columbia (Prince George) and an Associate Degree specializing in criminology from Coast Mountain College.


Dr Geoffrey Appleton
Retired Physician and former Northwest Medical Director for the Northern Health Authority

Originally hailing from England, Dr Geoffrey Appleton has dedicated much of his professional career rallying for and supporting rural physicians. Arriving in Terrace, BC on our northern coast in 1974, Dr Appleton figured he’d give this small town a whirl for a few years. Well, 43 years later he’s still there. For 41 of those years Dr Appleton provided full service family practice – that for many years included obstetrics – to the residents of Terrace.

Even though he has now retired from family practice, Dr Appleton is still very much involved in patient care, rural issues, and making a difference. Dr Appleton began his Doctors of BC career in 1985 representing the Skeena district – and for the next 25 years dedicated much time to the Association in many different capacities. He rose up through the ranks – as it used to be done – first as Board Delegate for a number of years, then Honorary Secretary Treasurer, Chair of the General Assembly, until becoming the Association’s president in 2007 - 2008.

Dr Appleton has a keen appreciation of both the challenges and the benefits of practicing in rural British Columbia. He held a number of key positions that included: Chair of the Rural Physicians Committee, Chair of the Northern Isolation Committee, Member of the Provincial Coordinating Committee on Rural and Remote Health Services, Member of the Interview Panel for the Rural Locum Program and Member of the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues.

Dr Appleton was the Northwest medical Director for Northern health for 7 years followed by 2 years as the Physician Lead for the Northwest Division of Family Practice until September 2018.

Ken Veldman

Ken Veldman
Vice President of Public Affairs & Sustainability, Prince Rupert Port Authority

Ken is responsible for leading PRPA’s teams and strategies related to sustainability, environment, communities, governments, and relationships with Indigenous Peoples. His focus is on ensuring PRPA maintains the careful and innovative approach to stewardship that is required to keep growing trade and creating prosperity for our First Nations, our communities, and Canada.
Ken has been a member of the PRPA team since 2011. He has over 25 years of experience in economic development, including senior roles in Terrace, Prince George, Vancouver, and BC’s 2010 Olympic Games Secretariat.
Born and raised in British Columbia, Ken has a degree in Finance and Economics from Simon Fraser University.

Herb Pond

Herb Pond
Former Administrator of Lax KwÂalaams Band and former Mayor of Prince Rupert

Herb Pond is a former Administrator of Lax KwÂalaams Band. Previously, Mr. Pond was the Mayor of Prince Rupert and prior to that, Chief Executive Officer of Port Edward Historical Society. Active in his community, Mr. Pond was a member of the North West Regional Hospital District Board, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Northwest Corridor Development Corporation, and the Northern Development Trust. Mr. Pond studied Forestry at the University of British Columbia.


Khalie Genereaux
Controller, Progressive Ventures Group

Khalie Genereaux started her career in accounting in 2004 after completing her Bachelor of Arts in Economics. In 2008, Khalie moved to Terrace to be the Business Manager of Progressive Ventures Construction. In 2012, Khalie graduated with her CMA designation and her role changed to Finance Manager. Khalie holds her CPA and CMA designations and is presently the controller of the Progressive Ventures Group of companies. 

"I like what the Foundation does for the community and I want to be a leader in an organization that helps others.  I am a strong proponent for continued education and believe that everyone should have access to it if they want it to be part of their future."

Crystal Donio

Crystal Donio
Account Executive, CFNR Network

Crystal Donio is a member of Tahltan Nation and grew up in Terrace BC. After high school Crystal lived in Vancouver and Toronto for many years before moving back with her husband and two children. Crystal now lives in Telkwa BC and is enjoying raising her children closer to her family, the outdoors and everything that Northern BC has to offer.  

Crystal currently works for CFNR Network, Canada’s First Nation Radio, as an Account Executive assisting local businesses, First Nations communities and corporates with their marketing and communications needs. Crystal has worked for CFNR for the past 5 years and enjoys that her job allows her to stay connected to the region and her culture. 

During her time at CFNR Crystal has taken a number of Marketing Courses through the Radio Advertising Bureau to assist in keeping current with marketing, communications and social media trends. These courses have been vital to remaining relevant in a forever changing industry. Crystal is an active community member, she helps plan numerous community events throughout the year, celebrations all over the Bulkley Valley and volunteers on different local sports committees in Smithers. She is very passionate about the area she is raising her children in and wants to see it flourish and thrive. 

Cathay Sousa

Adrian Carlick