What is NECO Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC)?

We are an independent, not-for-profit corporation supported by the Government of Canada, governed by volunteers in partnership with FedNor / Industry Canada, which encourages the development and diversification of the local economy.

Our jurisdiction extends to Novar in the South, Tilden Lake in the North, Mattawa in the East and Loring in the West.


Primary Focus:

  • Small Business and Community Economic Development

Financial Information:

  • Equity in Investment Fund: 12.3 million
  • Jobs created: 13,083 full and part time
  • Jobs maintained: 1,084 full and part time
  • Local Initiative Program Fund: $75,000 annually

Our Office

To reach a member of our staff, please use the phone and email directory on the right or contact us during our regular hours of operation:

Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:00pm – Closed for Lunch from 12:00pm to 12:30pm

  • Toll Free: 1-888-476-8822
  • Tel: (705) 476-8822
  • Fax: (705) 495-6038

We are conveniently located at 240 First Avenue West in downtown North Bay.

Our Board of Directors

The structure of the Board includes a Chair, Vice-Chair/Secretary, Treasurer, and is comprised of 9 directors in total, with representatives from throughout NECO’s coverage area.

The board members represent the region, education, business, labor and the Francophone community.

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Staff Directory

Patricia Aspin-Lecour

Executive Director

E-mail: paspin@vianet.ca

Phone: (705) 476-8822 Ext. 100

Steve Barber

Financial Administrator

E-mail: sbarber@vianet.ca

Phone: (705) 476-8822 Ext. 102

Josephine Rocheleau

Services Director

E-mail: neco@vianet.ca

Phone: (705) 476-8822 Ext. 101


Jennifer Cartwright

Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative Coordinator, Northern Ontario

E-mail: jcartwright@northclaybelt.com

Phone: (705) 471-0711 – Cell

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