Melissa Barcellos, Ec.D. - Manager, Economic Development
As the Manager of Economic Development for the City of Prince George, Melissa's role is to facilitate and promote economic growth and diversification in order to increase the population and tax base by providing support for business growth and attraction.
Born and raised in Prince George, Melissa left the city to work internationally as a professional auctioneer and operated an art gallery as an independent contractor on several cruise lines prior to returning to Prince George where she graduated from the University of Northern British Columbia with a Commerce Degree. She also holds a Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo and a designation in economic development through the Economic Development Association of Canada.
Melissa loves to travel in her free time and has visited over 40 countries. She is a passionate advocate for animal welfare and sits on the Board of Directors for the BC SPCA. She regularly acts as a Benefit Auctioneer at events across British Columbia.
Keenan Hopson - Economic Development Officer
In his role as the Economic Development Officer, Keenan is responsible for providing business attraction, retention, and expansion services for the City to meet the community's business and economic development needs.
Keenan received a hockey scholarship to the University of Maine where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in accounting. He has subsequently completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Valuation and is a member of the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia (RI). Keenan has experience in economic development, construction, real estate, accounting, and appraisals. Keenan was born and raised in Prince George and he is dedicated to growing Prince George in a way that is best for him, his family and everyone that calls 'PG' home.
Christina Doll - Workforce Development Officer
In her role as Workforce Development Officer, Christina is responsible for supporting local businesses by implementing initiatives that assist in attracting and retaining population in Prince George.
Christina draws on her past experience in economic development, marketing, public and media relations, social media management and event coordination in her current role. She holds a Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern British Columbia, a Diploma in Public Relations from the University of Victoria and a Diploma of Technology in Broadcast and Media Communications from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Born and raised in Prince George, Christina is passionate about collaborating with community partners to facilitate sustainable growth in the city.
Joanna Johnston - Business Development Officer
In her role as Business Development Officer, Joanna is responsible for developing relationships with existing businesses, understanding their needs, and developing and delivering best practices in business retention and expansion initiatives.
Joanna has worked across many industries gaining extensive experience in stakeholder relations, community development, project management, public relations and marketing including: telecommunications, project and facilities management, industrial construction, commercial and residential construction, bioenergy and the public sector. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree from UVIC – economics major, a master’s certificate in project management from UNBC and she is a registered project management professional (PMP).
Joanna is passionate about Prince George, with deep roots in the Cariboo. She moved to Prince George seven years ago to raise her two sons and find greater economic stability. She is an ambassador for this region, the amazing community, quality of life and the all the opportunities found here.
The City of Prince George Economic Development team is here to help. Contact us if you have any questions about what we do or for information about living, playing, working, or investing in Prince George.
Sandro Bravo - Project Coordinator
In his role as Project Coordinator, Sandro is responsible for cluster development and the facilitation of market development as they relate to clean technology.
Born and raised in the small town of Kitimat, British Columbia, Sandro grew up playing hockey and soccer travelling across the North West to compete in tournaments. After work, he would travel to Lakeelse Lake which is about a 25-minute commute from his home to live on the water aspiring to be a professional wakeboarder. Sandro attended the University of Northern British Columbia to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, double majoring in Accounting and Finance. During his time at UNBC, he was the VP Finance for the Commerce Student Society as well as a member of the Finance Academic UNBC JDCWest team. Sandro has a background in the lumber and banking industry with experience in customer service, sales, marketing, budgeting, and case-solving.
Sandro looks forward to spending more time in Prince George as he enjoys the quality of life and all the amazing opportunities found here.