Our Team

EDW’s knowledgeable and friendly staff are always ready to assist you with information and requests – providing professional service with a smile.

Responsible for the entire staff compliment, EDW’s senior leadership consists of the President and CEO, Senior Vice President, Senior Vice President of Tourism and Vice President of Finance and Administration.

Economic Development Winnipeg

Executive

Marina R. James

President & CEO
Economic Development Winnipeg

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.

Marina has an extensive background in business platform management and organizational capabilities. She has more than 22 years of executive management experience in hotel operations and asset management; tourism development and investment, promotion and attraction; and economic development. Prior to joining Economic Development Winnipeg Inc., she was the vice-president of hotels at Westcorp Properties Inc.


Marina currently serves on the boards of directors of the International Economic Development Council, Destination Marketing Association International and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada; she is also a director of the Consider Canada City Alliance.

Marina has been actively involved in the Winnipeg community for 30 years. She has served on multiple boards throughout her professional life and is a past chair of various organizations, including the Manitoba Hotel Association, Tourism Winnipeg, the Manitoba Tourism Education Council and Travel Manitoba’s executive committee.

Marina earned an MBA from the University of Guelph, is a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) and a Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME).

Greg Dandewich

Senior Vice President
Economic Development Winnipeg

Greg has been with EDW since 1994 (known then as Winnipeg 2000). His wealth of experience in economic development, within both urban and rural contexts, positions him well to provide leadership and strategic direction to the entire economic development team. Greg excels at relationship building, facilitating strategic partnerships, coordinating industry and sector initiatives, and forging substantive collaborations between the public and private sectors.

With a master’s degree in city planning from the University of Manitoba and a diploma in economic development from the University of Waterloo, his background, proven track record and unrivalled experience in this role make him an invaluable resource for the community.

Chantal Sturk-Nadeau

Senior Vice President, Tourism
Economic Development Winnipeg

Chantal manages the integration of all tourism-related activities for Tourism Winnipeg. She leads the Tourism Winnipeg team and works to facilitate a healthy, prosperous, responsible and fully integrated tourism industry that supports the city’s economic growth and delivers the best possible visitor experience.

Chantal has been an integral member of Tourism Winnipeg since 1999. From the outset, she has put her experience and passion for the city to work by spearheading major projects and campaigns, driving sales and marketing efforts, acting as an effective industry liaison and advocate, and working collaboratively with key stakeholders.

Chantal holds an arts degree and an advanced diploma in international business, both from the University of Manitoba.

Senior Management

Tim Feduniw

Senior Manager
Economic Development Winnipeg

Tim's multifaceted and chiefly consultative role at EDW requires him to forge strategic partnerships, execute industry initiatives and facilitate consequential public and private-sector collaborations designed to further develop Winnipeg's economy along sector-specific lines.

Edward Suzuki

Senior Manager, Strategic Research
Economic Development Winnipeg

Ed is responsible for all in-house research and analyses that targets companies considering a relocation or expansion into Winnipeg. His role includes the management and preparation of the following profiles: local, regional and global economic trends; industry sectors; key economic indicators; and business information. Ed also conducts ongoing strategic research projects in collaboration with industry and government stakeholders.

Marketing & Communications

Croft Petersmeyer

Director, Marketing & Communications
Economic Development Winnipeg

Croft manages all marketing and communications activities specific to EDW. He executes a broad spectrum of deliverables based on strategic marketing/communications plans that span both digital and print formats. Croft also serves as the primary point of contact for all EDW-related media and advertising inquiries.

Caroline Swystun

Project Manager, Communications
Economic Development Winnipeg

Caroline is responsible for the development and execution of various marketing and communications materials in collaboration with team members, partners and key stakeholders, contributing to the implementation and integrity of EDW's strategic objectives. She also manages EDW-specific social media strategy and channels, which actively promote Winnipeg to the world as a destination of choice for business investment.

Research, Strategy & Planning

Marcus Lipnicki

Manager, Research & Special Projects
Economic Development Winnipeg

Marcus's role is a multi-functional role within EDW. His responsibilities involve database management, research-related deliverables, data analysis, preparation of trend reports and maintenance of information products. Marcus also administers and executes all aspects of EDW's IT requirements.

Aimee Goyer

Project Manager, Strategy & Planning
Economic Development Winnipeg

Aimee is responsible for supporting EDW's strategic vision and driving key deliverables that advance the organization's mandate. She acts as a liaison between EDW and a wide variety of external stakeholders to execute organizational initiatives that build capacity, enhance collaboration and support efforts to market Winnipeg as an ideal location for business investment.

Administration

Allyson Krawec

Executive Assistant to Marina R. James & Office Manager
Economic Development Winnipeg

Allyson assists Marina with issues management involving such aspects as scheduling, event planning, meeting management and communications-related tasks. She also serves as the primary liaison for EDW's board of directors and coordinates all board-related activities germane to the organization. As well, she administers various accounts payable and human resource functions.

Lynda Howdle

Administrative Assistant
Economic Development Winnipeg

In her role as EDW's receptionist, Lynda welcomes all in-person inquiries and directs all electronic correspondence received in the general mailbox to applicable staff. She also provides organization-wide administrative support for multiple EDW functions, most notably in the research, marketing and communications areas.

Tourism Winnipeg

Leadership

Karen Goosen

Director, Market Development
Tourism Winnipeg

Karen assists Tourism Winnipeg's vice president Chantal Sturk-Nadeau in leading the development and implementation of tourism activities in all markets.

Marketing & Communications

Cody Chomiak

Director of Marketing
Tourism Winnipeg

Cody is responsible for marketing as it relates to Tourism Winnipeg. He executes strategic marketing plans to increase visitation to Winnipeg in all markets.

Emily Wood

Manager, Communications & Digital Marketing
Tourism Winnipeg

Emily is responsible for the development and execution of online marketing strategies and manages social media programs. Emily writes the Only in the Peg blog and edits the Peg City Grub blog, for example. She also supports corporate communications and travel media.

Gillian Chester

Manager, Communications & Media Relations
Tourism Winnipeg

Gillian's duties include writing and editing corporate communications, handling media requests, developing story ideas and managing the travel media program.

Kelly Krebs

Marketing Coordinator
Tourism Winnipeg

Kelly manages the content of Tourism Winnipeg publications and its website, approves all partner entries in SimpleView, compiles earned media results, responds to image requests and manages the internal image gallery and photo contest.

Sales & Service

Dario Di Nella

Business Development Manager
Tourism Winnipeg

Dario is responsible for selling and promoting Winnipeg as the destination of choice for meetings and conventions. His chief role is to attract tourism business through local leaders with the ‘Bring it Home' initiative and from specialty convention markets, such as federations and societies.

Maria Cefali

Sales Manager, Meetings & Conventions
Tourism Winnipeg

Maria sells and promotes Winnipeg as the destination of choice for meetings and conventions. Her main focus is attracting association and corporate travel business to Winnipeg.

Natalie Thiesen

Sales Manager, Travel Trade
Tourism Winnipeg

Natalie sells and promotes Winnipeg as the destination of choice for the travel trade market.

Evan Andrew

Sales Manager, Sports & Special Events
Tourism Winnipeg

Evan is tasked with attracting sports and special events to Winnipeg. He works with stakeholders in the sport and special event realm, including Sport Manitoba, our facility partners, the City and Provincial sport and event departments, and our tourism industry partners.

Angela Trunzo

Sales & Research Coordinator
Tourism Winnipeg

Angela is the assistant and coordinator for the sales managers and handles requests for proposals and bid inquiries. She is also responsible for tourism research and economic impact studies.

Laura Saj

Partnership Coordinator
Tourism Winnipeg

Laura is responsible for Team Winnipeg and Winnipeg Tour Connection partnerships and initiatives. She also provides project-specific support to the meetings and conventions and travel trade team.

Sharon Kubrakovich

Client Services Manager
Tourism Winnipeg

Sharon assists meeting, convention, sport and special event planners and organizers in hosting their event in Winnipeg.

Visitor Services

Samantha Bason

Visitor Experience Manager
Tourism Winnipeg

Samantha is responsible for visitor services and travel information outreach programs.

Nancy Evans

Visitor Experience Coordinator
Tourism Winnipeg

Nancy delivers frontline visitor counseling and supervises inventory management.

YES! Winnipeg

Leadership

Bill Morrissey

Leader
YES! Winnipeg

Bill develops YES! Winnipeg's overall strategy and successful implementation. This includes securing sufficient operational revenues and retaining the base of funding sponsors, developing and maintaining strong relationships with key collaborator organizations, building and retaining a strong team, and ensuring designated targets for job creation are achieved.

Sonya Muraro

Director, International Business Development
YES! Winnipeg

Sonya proactively identifies new prospects to attract to Winnipeg by developing positive relationships with leading site selector consultants and informing them of Winnipeg's strong value proposition. She also represents YES! Winnipeg on international business missions, welcomes incoming international delegations and serves as the business development professional for the city's aerospace sector.

Business Development Professionals

Bill Coulter

Business Development Professional
YES! Winnipeg

Bill finds new prospects within his sectors of responsibility and advances each prospect to a successful conclusion by understanding what assistance they require and engaging appropriate collaborators to deliver what the client needs.

Karen Debroni

Business Development Professional
YES! Winnipeg

Karen finds new prospects within her sectors of responsibility and advances each prospect to a successful conclusion by understanding what assistance they require and engaging appropriate collaborators to deliver what the client needs.

Jenny Motkaluk

Business Development Professional
YES! Winnipeg

Jenny finds new prospects within her sector and sub-sector of responsibility and advances each prospect to a successful conclusion by understanding what assistance they require and engaging appropriate collaborators to deliver what the client needs.

Randy Sawatzky

Business Development Professional
YES! Winnipeg

Randy finds new prospects within his sectors of responsibility and advances each prospect to a successful conclusion by understanding what assistance they require and engaging appropriate collaborators to deliver what the client needs.

Business Development Coordinators

Gabriela Rosales

Business Development Coordinator
YES! Winnipeg

Natalie assists the applicable business development professionals (Jenny Motkaluk and Stephanie Muller) by researching potential opportunities, developing proposals and presentations, arranging appointments and meetings, and ensuring the accuracy and delivery of projects on time and on budget.

Brigitte Russell

Business Development Coordinator
YES! Winnipeg

Brigitte assists the applicable business development professionals (Bill Coulter and Karen Debroni) by researching potential opportunities, developing proposals and presentations, arranging appointments and meetings, and ensuring the accuracy and delivery of projects on time and on budget.

Samantha Owsianski

Business Development Coordinator
YES! Winnipeg

Samantha assists the applicable business development professionals (Bill Coulter and Sonya Muraro) by researching potential opportunities, developing proposals and presentations, arranging appointments and meetings, and ensuring the accuracy and delivery of projects on time and on budget.

Tess Wilson

Senior Business Development Coordinator
YES! Winnipeg

Tess assists YES! Winnipeg leader Bill Morrissey by researching potential opportunities, developing proposals and presentations, arranging appointments and meetings, and ensuring the accuracy and delivery of projects on time and on budget. She is also responsible for facilitating investor relations and managing YES! Winnipeg's finances.