Meet Your Community Futures West Yellowhead Team

Our team of dedicated small business specialists really care about your goals and would love to hear about your plans. Our team provides services throughout the West Yellowhead region.  

They’re here and ready to help you.

Nancy Robbins

General Manager
(780) 865-1224

Nancy moved to Jasper in 1997 for a summer job and has been living in Alberta ever since.  With a background in economic development in fisheries and women’s issues from growing up in Newfoundland, she loves the West Yellowhead region for its diversity in people, communities and geography. She has been manager of CFWY since 2012 and worked for the CF program prior to that time with Leadership West Yellowhead. Her passions include writing, reading, knitting, hiking, travelling, and of course, following her two children and husband around northern Alberta in a quest to see every hockey rink north of highway 16.

Benita Smit

Business Analyst
(780) 865-1224          

Benita was born and raised in the Yellowhead Region with family roots in the communities of Edson and the Coal Branch. The community of Hinton is where she and her husband reside where they enjoy hiking, paddling and sharing life with family and friends. Benita joins the CFWY team as the Economic Diversification and Energy Transtion in the West Yellowhead Project Manager and  Small Business Coach.

Heather Cokes

Community Economic Development/RRRF Coordinator
(780) 865-1224

Heather grew up with her family’s small business in Newfoundland and moved to Edson in 1992. She loved the small-town feel so much, her and her husband decided to plant down roots and raise their family. Her love of community development, business, and politics started at a young age and reaches to her volunteer work. Her employment in community and regional economic development make her no stranger to Community Futures, having partnered with them in the past, as well as participating in the CEDAP and Leadership Programs. Heather enjoys traveling and reading, but can usually be found by a lake, camping, and fishing, or hanging out with her family and friends.

Allison Rutley

Project Coordinator/Digital Services Squad

(780) 865-1224

Allison moved to Brule in 2008 with her family and moved to Hinton in 2010. She started volunteering within the community right away so she could get to know the community, and has held many different board positions over the years. When Allison is not in the office you can find her doing any one of the many hobbies that bring her joy, from hiking and kayaking to photography, and archery.

Haylee Chayka

Youth Coordinator

(780) 865-1224

Haylee was born and raised in Hinton with a deep-rooted love for her community. With a Bachelor of Commerce degree under her belt she is excited to bring her passion, skills, and expertise to foster growth and development among our community’s vibrant youth. When Haylee’s not at work you can find her out adventuring with her beloved dog or spending time with friends and family.



Let’s see what we can do for your business

Give us a call, send us an email, or drop in for a chat.

Contact Us

221 Pembina Ave.
Hinton, AB  T7V 2B3
P: 780-865-1224


Communities Served

Bickerdike, Big Eddy, Brule, Bryan Spur, Cadomin, Carrot Creek, Coal Valley, Dalehurst, Diss, Edson, Eirth, Embarras, Entrance, Evansburg, Galloway, Grande Cache, Grey, Hanlon, Hargwen, Hinton, Holloway East, Holloway West, Hornbeck, Jasper, Leadman, Leyland, Luscar, MacKay, Marlboro, Medicine Lodge, Mercoal, Mountain Park, Niton Junction, Nojack, Pedley, Peers, Pocahontas, Robb, Shaw Fidler, Solomon, Steeper, Sterco, Swan Landing, Thordarson, Wild Hay, Wildwood, Winniandy North, Winniandy South, Wolf Creek, and Yates