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Our Mission

Community Micro Lending helps local people without access to traditional financing to start and grow their business, or to obtain training that will lead to employment, by matching them with local lenders and providing ongoing capacity building and support. 

Our Team

Community Micro Lending is a small non-profit based in Victoria B.C. With a staff team of two, we rely on strong partnerships, the support of volunteers and our dedicated Board of Directors to support local entrepreneurs. Our current Board Members include:

Chris Tilden - Board Chair 

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With a long history in leading and managing people, and with a keen interest in connecting with people, Chris leads the business retention and development strategy at a Canadian based website and cloud server hosting company.

Leaning in to his over 20 years of experience in the financial service sector with a leading co-operative bank, he has a long history in leadership and creating a shared vision and ensuring that collaborative best practices are adapted in all workplace settings to produce strong team development and engagement and ensuring community interests are better integrated in his work.

Robert Mittleman 

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Former CML board chair, Robert has an MBA from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and is a PhD candidate at Carleton University's Sprott School of Business. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Royal Roads. His has previously volunteered with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, Ottawa Community Loan Fund, and Kiva.org. "I believe that business can do amazing things and that entrepreneurship can be a tool for positive social change and economic development. Victoria Community Micro Lending combines entrepreneurship with the power of community to remove obstacles; empowering others and creating connections. How could I not want to be a part of that?"

John Worton

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John Worton is a founding member of CML and is a Director and a member of the Loan Committee. He retired to Victoria after practicing law in Alberta for over 35 years. He believes that many people can improve their lives with a little help and that CML provides that help.

Not pictured:

Kaitlin Martin - Founder and Designer at (Ag)+(Au) Clothing, Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur

Carol Vickers  - Executive Coach, Small Business Owner 

Peter Brown - Engineer, Former Business Owner  

Our Staff

Elysia Glover, Executive Director; Director of Training and Entrepreneur Support 

The Victoria Community Micro Lending Society is a registered non-profit society incorporated under the British Columbia Society Act (Registration Number S-55894).

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