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 staffing complement, EDW’s executive leadership team consists of the president and CEO (Marina R. James), senior vice president (Greg Dandewich) and senior vice president of tourism (Chantal Sturk-Nadeau).

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, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg and The Manitoba Museum. She is also a director of the Consider Canada City Alliance and a member of the Deans Advisory Council within the Faculty of Business & Economics at the University of Winnipeg.

 

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). She is presently pursuing a National Advanced Certificate in Local Government Administration from Dalhousie University.

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 Winnipeg
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.

Nike Bello

Finance Director
Economic Development Winnipeg

Nike has been a key member of the EDW team since joining the organization in 2014. Her current responsibilities incorporate all aspects of the day-to-day financial management duties of the corporation, as well as all finance-related administrative activities.

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, Marketing & 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.

Jill Chapman

Director, Strategy & Planning
Economic Development Winnipeg

Jill 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 Goossen

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.

Sarah Robinson

Marketing & Design Coordinator
Tourism Winnipeg

Sarah is responsible for managing the content of the Tourism Winnipeg publications and website, approving all partner entries in Simpleview, compiling earned media, responding to image requests and managing the internal image gallery and photo contest.

Mike Green

Digital Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Tourism Winnipeg

Mike executes Tourism Winnipeg’s digital marketing initiatives, coordinates our online presence, and tells stories about the city across all our digital platforms and marketing materials.

Alan MacPherson

Communications & Media Relations Coordinator
Tourism Winnipeg

Alan is responsible for both writing and editing corporate communications, handling media requests, developing story ideas, and the travel media program.

Sales & Service

Natalie Thiesen

Market Development Manager, Travel Trade
Tourism Winnipeg

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

Angela Trunzo

Manager, Research and Special Projects
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.

Dan Waters

Business Development Manager
Tourism Winnipeg

Dan works with local, provincial and national sport organizations to pinpoint upcoming event opportunities and promote Winnipeg as the ideal sport tourism destination. He also works with the city, province and events rights holders to attract marque special events to the city.

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

Vince Barletta

Leader, YES! Winnipeg
YES! Winnipeg

Vince leads the YES! Winnipeg initiative and is a senior executive of Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. Vince offers a powerful combination of knowledge and experience gained from working in the public and private sectors. Vince is responsible for promoting YES! Winnipeg’s stakeholder engagement with funding sponsors, developing and maintaining strong relationships with key collaborator organizations, building and retaining a strong team, and ensuring designated targets for job creation and capital investment attraction are achieved.

Business Development Professionals

Sonya Muraro

Director, International Business Development
YES! Winnipeg

Sector: Aerospace - 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.

Bill Coulter

Business Development Professional
YES! Winnipeg

Sectors: Creative Industries & Media, Energy & Environment - Bill proactively identifies 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.

Mathew Henderson

Business Development Professional
YES! Winnipeg

Sectors: Information Technology, Communications & Media; Financial Services & Insurance - Mathew 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.

Alec Leflour

Business Development Professional
YES! Winnipeg

Sectors: Life Sciences; Advanced Manufacturing - Alec 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.

Jocelyn Advent

Business Development Professional
YES! Winnipeg

Sectors: Agriculture, Transportation & Distribution - Jocelyn 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.

Business Development Coordinators

Geoff Westdal

Business Development Coordinator
YES! Winnipeg

Sectors: Agribusiness, Transportation & Distribution, Life Sciences and Financial Services - Geoff assists the applicable business development professionals (Jocelyn Advent, Alec LeFlour and Mathew Henderson) 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

Senior Business Development Coordinator
YES! Winnipeg

Sector: Aerospace - Samantha assists the applicable business development professional (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. In addition, Samantha supports Sonya's efforts as they relate to site selectors and international business opportunities. She is also responsible for facilitating investor relations and managing YES! Winnipeg's finances.

Jordan Tidey

Business Development Coordinator
YES! Winnipeg

Sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Cultural Industries, Energy & Environment, ICT - Jordan assists the applicable business development professionals (Bill Coulter, Alec LeFlour and Mathew Henderson) 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.