Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. – Board of Directors (2013-14)
Leadership and guidance is provided to Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. through its board of directors, which represents a diverse array of industry professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to ensure EDW remains accountable and performance-driven.
Mary Jane Loustel
Position: National Aboriginal Program Executive, IBM Canada Ltd.
EDW board role: Co-Chair and Executive Committee member
As National Aboriginal Program Executive, Mary Jane plays a leadership role in the IBM Canada Aboriginal Strategy which is designed to advance aboriginal participation in the technology sector by addressing four key areas of interest: employment, procurement and business development, community relations and community investment.
Position: Principal, Scatliff+Miller+Murray
EDW board role: Co-Chair and Executive Committee member
Mike has been practicing as a fully qualified landscape architect for over 20 years and has been involved in every major project undertaken out of the Winnipeg office. In addition to his Canadian projects, Mike has also worked in the U.S., Bermuda and China. He is known as an enthusiastic champion of new ideas, and thrives on collaboration with clients and other design professionals. He is perhaps best described innovative yet practical, striving to maintain high design and graphic standards within the firm by challenging and supporting each effort.
Position: Vice-President, Fund Services & CFO, Mutual Funds, Investors Group
EDW board role: Finance Committee member
BJ’s senior management experience in the financial services industry totals more than 20 years. She is currently responsible for the financial and management reporting and controllership functions for the approximately 160 Investors Group mutual funds. BJ is active with the Investment Fund Institute of Canada (IFIC) Accounting Advisory Working Group and has served on many of its committees. BJ is also a member of the CICA Standing Committee on Financial Reporting for Investment Funds and a director of the Winnipeg Airports Authority.
Position: President, Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg
As president of the Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg, Damon uses his position to support social, spiritual, cultural, political and economic development activities, projects and programs for members of the aboriginal community (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) in Winnipeg. His approach involves strategic participation at the governance or management level of various organizations that interact regularly with governments, the private sector, unions and civil society.
D.J. (Don) Boitson
Position: Vice-President & General Manager, Magellan Aerospace (Winnipeg)
EDW board role: Executive Committee member
Don is the vice-president and general manager of Magellan Aerospace (Winnipeg), a division of Magellan Aerospace Limited. Don joined the company in 1988 in the Commercial Products Marketing department. After several successive promotions that involved increasing levels of oversight and expertise, Don entered into his current role in 2008, which also includes responsibility for Magellan’s Middletown, Ohio, business unit.
Position: Owner, Heartland International Travel & Tours
Don has been in the travel/tourism industry since 1974 and is currently the owner of Heartland International Travel and Tours. Previous to owning his own company, Don developed the incoming/receptive division of McDonald Worldwide Travel in 1990—a concept that would later serve as the cornerstone of Heartland International Travel and Tours upon its founding in 2001. He is a member of Team Winnipeg, Winnipeg Tour Connection, Heritage Winnipeg, Canadian History Society and SKAL.
Position: Founder & Principal, Jenifer Bartman Business Advisory Services
EDW board role: Chair of the Finance Committee; Executive Committee member
Jenifer is the founder and principal of Jenifer Bartman Business Advisory Services, a firm that assists companies in transition, including early stage, financing, growth and succession. Previously, she held the role of vice president and CFO of ENSIS Management Inc.—a venture capital fund manager— and before that worked as a management consultant, providing advisory services to organizations across a wide range of industries.
Position: President & CEO, Harris Consulting Corporation
As a management consultant since 2002, and with more than 20 years’ experience as a human resources executive, Keith has worked with leading executives and organizations, and has successfully performed at the CHRO level for a number of Canadian-based international high-tech corporations. As president and CEO of Harris Consulting, Keith specializes in executive searches, leadership coaching, organizational transformation and business strategy.
Position: Senior Vice-President, Venues and Entertainment, True North Sports & Entertainment
As senior vice-president of venues and entertainment for True North Sports & Entertainment Ltd., Kevin oversees day-to-day operations and event programming for the MTS Centre. Previous to his current position, Kevin coordinated and promoted major Canadian concert tours ranging from 300-seat nightclubs to 60,000-seat stadiums. He made the switch to venue management in the fall of 2001. In addition to serving on the board of directors for Economic Development Winnipeg Inc., Kevin has participated on numerous boards and committees, including two years as chair of the Management Board for the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ.
Position: Vice-President, Park Services, Assiniboine Park Conservancy
As a vice-president at the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, Lorne brings over 30 years’ experience in tourism and hospitality, having held positions with a national airline, a convention centre and a number of hotel chains across Manitoba and North America—including Canad Inns, Manitoba’s largest hotel chain. He holds a Certified Hotel Administrator professional certification from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute.
Position: Chief Executive Officer, Entreprises Riel
Currently chief executive officer of Entreprises Riel, Norm boasts over 25 years of experience in the tourism industry and 15 years of experience in the economic development field. Entreprises Riel is an economic development agency serving the bilingual districts of Winnipeg. His role includes overseeing its tourism division, Tourisme Riel. Under his guidance and vision, the organization has spearheaded a number of community revitalization projects in St. Boniface and St. Norbert.
Position: Vice-President & Chief Commercial Officer, Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc.
As vice-president and chief commercial officer at the Winnipeg Airports Authority, Pascal oversees all commercial activities at the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, including air service development, air cargo, marketing and sales, real estate, and communications and public relations. Prior to moving to Winnipeg in November 2010, Pascal held the position of president & COO at Aéroport de Québec Inc.
Position: Vice-President & District Manager, PCL Construction Canada
Sean is the vice-president and district manager for PCL Constructors Canada Inc., an employee-owned company and Canada’s largest general contracting firm providing commercial, civil and industrial construction services since 1963. PCL’s recent resume of work includes the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Disraeli bridge project, the Royal Canadian Mint expansion, IKEA, Manitoba Hydro Place and MTS Centre.
Position: Director of Community & Economic Development, Province of Manitoba
EDW board role: Manitoba government representative (ex-officio)
Jim represents the Province of Manitoba on the EDW board through the priorities and planning committee of cabinet. Prior to this role, Jim was the chief executive officer of The Forks North Portage Partnership. In addition to serving on EDW’s board, Jim is a member of the premier’s economic advisory council; serves in a directorial capacity with the University of Winnipeg’s Community Renewal Corporation, the Friends of Upper Fort Garry, the Winnipeg Arts Council and Manitoba Film and Sound; and is an advisory board member with the Waterfront Center (based in Washington, D.C.).
Marina R. James
Position: President & CEO, Economic Development Winnipeg Inc.
EDW board role: Officer
Marina James is the president and CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. (EDW), the lead economic development agency for Winnipeg. EDW facilitates investment promotion and attraction, capacity building, marketing and the management of market information. Since joining EDW in 2010, Marina has directed all aspects of the organization's activities. She provides leadership and strategic direction, collaborates with key stakeholders and is a driving force behind making Winnipeg a compelling choice for business and tourism.