Lesley Thompson is a leader and community builder who has been driving for growth at ACCFutures as their Executive Director since 2015. Lesley acts as an advocate for Akwesasne, Cornwall, and the United Counties and promotes collaboration and partnerships between the three regions. Lesley is responsible for leading a high-caliber team that focus on delivering flexible financing solutions, supporting small business with referrals and advice, working with the communities on strategic planning, and directly administering and managing a number of economic and workforce development projects and programs across the region.
Lesley has over a decade in the finance industry but she is equally passionate about community building. She has transitioned her organization from a simple small business financing institution to a robust social enterprise responsible for some of the region’s most impactful economic development projects.
She is involved in larger Eastern Ontario regional projects through active Board positions on the Community Futures Eastern Ontario Network, Launch Lab Regional Innovation Centre, The Southern Ontario Fund for Innovation Investment, and at a local level, she supports the Cornwall Tourism Development Fund Committee a Reviewer.
Lesley and her partner are parents to 5 boys ranging from 3 to 25. They are often found spending time with their families and friends debating politics, getting out on the water, or cooking up a feast.