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.

Mike Scatliff

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.

B.J. Reid

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.


Damon Johnston

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: Co-Chair and 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.

Don Finkbeiner

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.

Kevin Donnelly

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.

Normand Gousseau

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.

Pascal Belanger

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.

Sean Barnes

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.

Jim August

Position: Executive Director of Planning Priorities and Planning Committee of Cabinet, 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, tourism development, marketing and communications, and the management of market data. 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.

Hipolito Alibin Jr.

Position: Chief Financial Officer, Blueprint Global Partners

EDW board role: Finance Committee member
Hipolito’s experience in the accounting and finance fields expand more than 15 years. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Blueprint Global Partners, a business development firm fundraising for medium-to-large enterprises in private capital markets. Previously, he held the role of manager, finance and administration with the Province of Manitoba–responsible for adult learning and literacy, supporting the department in making key financial and programming decisions related to adult education in the province. A founding member of the Manitoba Filipino Business Council in 2010, he currently serves as its president.

Drew Fisher

Position: General Manager, The Fairmont Winnipeg

As general manager of the Fairmont Winnipeg, Drew oversees day-to-day business operations at this full-service luxury property. With more than 30 years of experience in hospitality and tourism, Drew has held leadership positions at several Fairmont hotels and resorts across Canada, including the Fairmont Empress and Chateau Lake Louise. Respect, integrity, teamwork and accountability are the core leadership values he exhibits and expects of his team, and are what motivates the Fairmont Winnipeg to be an industry leader in service excellence.

Margaret Redmond

Position: President & CEO, Assiniboine Park Conservatory

Margaret is the President and CEO of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, a dynamic, private-public, not-for-profit corporation designed to operate and govern Assiniboine Park and Zoo independently from the City of Winnipeg. Prior to joining Assiniboine Park Conservancy, Margaret worked at the Canadian Wheat Board for 11 years, serving as chief strategic officer; executive vice-president, corporate affairs; general counsel; and corporate secretary. Margaret’s community work includes a term as board chair and various committee responsibilities with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre; board membership with the Exchange District Business Improvement Zone and the Young Associates; and membership in the United Way’s Corporate Campaign Cabinet and on the planning and allocation committee.

Dean Schinkel

Position: Office Managing Partner, Deloitte

EDW board role: Executive Committee member and Finance Comittee Chair
Dean Schinkel is the Office Managing Partner for the Winnipeg office of Deloitte. Dean also leads the Merger and Acquisitions and Valuations practice for Manitoba and Saskatchewan. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions from strategy to valuation, due diligence, deal structuring, negotiation, and closing. Dean is currently on the board of the Manitoba division of the Canadian Cancer Society and is the past president and treasurer of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. Past boards he has been involved on as treasurer include the Family Centre of Manitoba, Roller Sports Manitoba and Grace Lutheran Church.

Jason Fuith

Position: Chief of Staff, Office of the Mayor

EDW board role: City of Winnipeg representative (ex-officio)
As Chief of Staff to Mayor Brian Bowman, Jason is responsible for the oversight and management of this 11-member team and for liaising with Executive Policy Committee, City Council, and the most senior levels of City government including the Office of the CAO. Prior to joining the City of Winnipeg, Jason was a chief executive officer, technology executive, design engineer and entrepreneur in the private sector.  Jason is actively involved in the community having served several years on the board of the Westdale Community Centre, including two years as president. He also served as president of the board of directors for Carriage House North and as campaign manager during Brian Bowman’s 2014 Mayoral run.