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.
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.
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.
Allan Stroet - Economic Development Officer
In his role as Economic Development Officer, Allan is responsible for projects as part of the cluster development initiatives relating to transportation, forestry, and entrepreneurship.
Born and raised in Smithers, Allan graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and General Business from the University of Northern British Columbia in 2006. He brings over 10 years of economic development experience to the City of Prince George from Smithers where he led the Bulkley Valley Economic Development Association. Allan came to the economic development department from Hubspace Coworking/Tech Accelerator here in Prince George where he brings business model and value proposition design which he applies to economic development principles and projects.
He is married to his wife Mindy and has 3 children, Emma, Michael, and Jacob.