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: Chair
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.

Jim August

Position: President & CEO, Forks North Portage

Jim has led the Forks North Portage Partnership since 2000. The partnership is a community development corporation located in downtown Winnipeg and owned by the three levels of government on behalf of the citizens of Canada, Manitoba, and city of Winnipeg. Assets of the corporation are in the $100-million range, with an annual operating budget of $12 million earned directly from operating units within the organization.

Sean Barnes

Position: Vice President & District Manager, PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

EDW board role: Chair of YES! Winnipeg Investor Council
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.

Jenifer Bartman

Position: Founder & Principal, Jenifer Bartman Business Advisory Services

EDW board role: Chair of the Finance and Audit 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.

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.

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.

Janice Y. Lederman

Position: Partner, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP Barristers and Solicitors

Jan boasts extensive experience in business law, with an emphasis on trade, finance and business transactions. Her professional background includes the following specialties: mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; securities; private equity and venture capital investment transactions; and international trade and governance matters. Jan is currently working extensively with the Manitoba Innovation Council and Innovate Manitoba to stimulate innovation, commercialization and access to capital in Manitoba.

Lorne Perrin

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.

Michael Pye

Position: General Manager, The Fairmont Winnipeg

Michael has an extensive background in hospitality and hotels, bringing nearly two decades of experience to Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. Prior to his position as general manager for The Fairmont Winnipeg, Michael served as the director of operations for The Fairmont Southampton. Throughout his career, Michael has held various management positions at different Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, including roles a director of rooms and a director of conference services and catering.

Barry Rempel

Position: President & CEO, Winnipeg Airports Authority

Barry has more than 35 years’ experience in the Canadian aviation industry and has led the Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc. (WAA) since 2002. His leadership has resulted in strong financial performance and a renewed commitment to customer and community service by the corporation. Under his direction, the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport recently completed a celebrated airport redevelopment program, encompassing a new passenger terminal, infrastructure and airport campus developments.

B.J. Reid

Position: Vice President, Fund Services & CFO, Mutual Funds, Investors Group

EDW board role: Finance and Audit 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.

Mike Scatliff

Position: Principal, Scatliff+Miller+Murray

EDW board role: 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.

Keith Sinclair

Position: President & CEO, Harris Consulting

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.

Bob Sparrow

Position: Owner, Inn at The Forks & Norwood Hotel

Bob has been in the hotel industry for more than 42 years and currently owns Inn at the Forks and the Norwood Hotel. Over the years, he has been extensively involved with various hotel and tourism industry associations. Bob is the current chair of Travel Manitoba and has previously served as the chairs of the Hotel Association of Canada, the Manitoba Hotel Association, the Manitoba Education Council and Venture Manitoba Tours Ltd. Bob also served on the executive of the American Hotel and Motel Association and was a director of the Educational Institute.

Vince Barletta

Position: Director of Community & Economic Development, Province of Manitoba

EDW board role: Provincial government representative (ex-officio)
Vince represents the Province of Manitoba on the EDW board through the Priorities and Planning Committee of Cabinet. Prior to working with the Province of Manitoba, Vince lived and worked in Brandon, Manitoba, where he served two terms as a city councillor. During his time in Brandon, Vince served on various boards and commissions, including the Downtown Brandon Development Corporation (Renaissance Brandon) and the Brandon and Area Planning Board and Heritage Advisory Committee.

Brad Salyn

Position: Chief of Staff, Office of the Mayor

EDW board role: City of Winnipeg representative (ex-officio)
Brad is the chief of staff to Mayor Sam Katz. Prior to this position, he served as the press secretary in the mayor’s office, and he also held a career in Winnipeg’s burgeoning local music scene, as both a studio engineer and a musician, working with a variety of musicians across many genres. Brad was born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba, educated in Winnipeg and graduated with honours from Red River College’s creative communications program in 2004, with a major in public relations. He is a husband and father of two who remains active in the local music scene in his spare time. In addition to serving on the board of directors for Economic Development Winnipeg Inc., Brad lends his voice to several other local boards.

Marina R. James

Position: President & CEO, Economic Development Winnipeg Inc.

EDW board role: Officer
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. Prior to her role at EDW, she served as the vice-president of hotels at Westcorp Properties Inc.