Renata King, CMC, is the Director of Business Development with Northern Development Initiative Trust. She oversees the expansion of business programs to support entrepreneurs in central and northern BC. Renata has the unique distinction of being the first female executive in the distribution division of Hudson’s Bay in its 325-year history. Renata specializes in business and community development, and her background spans both the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds.
Renata began her career in Toronto with the Hudson’s Bay Company and held a number of management positions before taking over as General Manager of the Toronto Distribution Centre. After moving to BC, she became Executive Director of Economic Development for the North Okanagan region.
In 2000, Renata’s desire to work with entrepreneurs attracted her to the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), where she helped small- and medium-sized businesses. After ten years consulting with businesses throughout BC and Western Canada, Renata became BDC’s Vice President and launched the competitiveness consulting rebate program with Northern Development.
While based in Vancouver, Renata was a mentor for FWE (Forum for Women Entrepreneurs) and volunteered with Minerva’s Learning to Lead program as the student coordinator and den mother.
Renata is a strong supporter of economic growth in small business and local economies. In her work with Northern Development, she designed and delivered contractor bootcamps to help industrial service businesses engage with major industry and LNG opportunities. She was also instrumental in the development of “The Supply Chain Connector,” an industrial supply and service database of businesses located in central and northern BC.
On the opposite end of the business development spectrum is Renata’s support for small, local independent business, through the “Small Town Love” program. By the end of 2014, this on-line marketing initiative will be showcasing almost 1,000 local businesses across 18 communities in north and central BC. Renata also volunteers her time on a number of community-based not-for-profit boards.
Presently, Renata lives in Prince George with her husband while her daughter, a two-time Olympic swimmer, finishes her degree at UBC and her son apprentices as a pipefitter in Alberta.
Joining the board of Women’s Enterprise Centre is an exciting opportunity for Renata to bring her business development expertise to empower women entrepreneurs to success.