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 (Dayna Spiring), senior vice president (Greg Dandewich), executive director of tourism (Karen Goossen) and leader, of YES! Winnipeg (Vince Barletta).

Executive/Corporate Team

Dayna Spiring

President & CEO

Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. (EDW) is the lead economic development agency for Winnipeg, encompassing EDW, YES! Winnipeg and Tourism Winnipeg. Dayna directs all aspects of the corporation’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. She also participates on the boards of directors for Manitoba Hydro (a provincial Crown corporation) and Winpak Ltd. (a Winnipeg-based plastic-packaging pioneer). As the former chief strategy officer and general counsel of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB), Dayna was charged with leading a group of senior-level employees, financial advisors and lawyers in preparing the federally controlled entity for privatization. Dayna’s supplemental responsibilities during her 10-year tenure at the CWB also involved facilitating government and stakeholder relations during a period of intense public scrutiny and debate. As well, Dayna spearheaded all marketing and communications efforts at the CWB and served as its corporate secretary. In addition to Dayna’s extensive professional experience, which includes five years as an associate at Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP in the early 2000s, she is a passionate Winnipegger with a drive to volunteer. Currently the vice-chair of the Winnipeg Football Club’s board of directors and the first-ever woman to serve on the Canadian Football League’s board of governors, she previously led the team that brought the Gold Medal Plates competition to Winnipeg. Dayna earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba. Earlier, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree (honours) from the same institution, majoring in political science. In 2015, Dayna participated in the Directors Education Program within the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, obtaining the ICD.D designation.

Greg Dandewich

Senior Vice President

Greg excels at relationship building, facilitating strategic partnerships, coordinating industry and sector initiatives, and forging substantive collaborations between the public and private sectors.

Karen Goossen

Executive Director, Tourism Winnipeg

Karen leads the development and implementation of the tourism sales and servicing for all markets in order to increase Winnipeg's economy.

Vince Barletta

Leader, 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.

Nike Bello

Director, Finance

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 directing all finance-related administrative activities.

Janel Loeppky

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

Janel assists Dayna 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.

Lynda Howdle

Administrative Assistant

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.

Economic Development Team

Virginie De Visscher

Director, Business Development

Virginie is responsible for selling and promoting Winnipeg as the destination of choice for meetings and conventions. Her main focus is attracting tourism business through local leaders with the Bring it Home initiative.

Edward Suzuki

Director, Market Intelligence

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.

Angela Trunzo

Manager, Market Intelligence

Angela is responsible for tourism research and economic impact studies. She also provides support for monitoring corporate key performance indicators, tracking overall market performance metrics and market analysis.

Marcus Lipnicki

Manager, Market Intelligence

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.

YES! Winnipeg Team

Sonya Muraro

Director, Business Development

Sector: Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing - 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

Senior Manager, Business Development

Sectors: Creative Industries, Energy & Environment, ICT, Financial Services - 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.

Jocelyn Advent

Manager, Business Development

Sectors: Agriculture, Transportation & Distribution, Life Sciences - 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.

Geoff Westdal

Coordinator, Business Development

Geoff assists the business development managers 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.

Whitney Moir

Investor and Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator

Whitney is responsible for leading the coordination of events, communications and activities with YES! Winnipeg’s investor network in conjunction with EDW's president and CEO, Dayna Spiring, and YES! Winnipeg's leader, Vince Barletta.

Tourism Winnipeg Team

Annie Henry

Manager, Business Development

Annie is responsible for attracting sports, special events and meetings to Winnipeg. Her main focus is attracting tourism business through the sport federations and corporations.

Grace Hicks

Manager, Business Development (on maternity leave)

Grace is responsible for selling and promoting Winnipeg as the destination of choice for meetings and conventions. Her main focus is attracting tourism business through the association and corporate markets.

Natalie Thiesen

Manager, Business Development

Natalie is responsible for selling and promoting Winnipeg as the destination of choice for meetings and conventions and overseeing the sales division. Her main focus is attracting tourism business through associations, societies, federations and unions.

Sarah Robinson

Manager, Business Development

Sarah is responsible for selling and promoting Winnipeg as the destination of choice for the travel trade market.

Sharon Kubrakovich

Sales Administrator

Sharon supports the sales activities of the Business Development Managers and expedites the bids and proposals in order to increase visitation.

Jocelyne Nicolas

Coordinator, Partnerships

Jocelyne is responsible for the Team Winnipeg and Winnipeg Tour Connection partnerships and initiatives. She provides project-specific support to the meetings and conventions and travel trade teams and Tourism Winnipeg's industry events.

Sarah Ferarri

Visitor Services Coordinator

Sarah is responsible for visitor services, travel information outreach and group travel servicing in order to enhance visitor experiences.

Marketing & Branding Team

Cody Chomiak

Director, Marketing

Cody is responsible for marketing as it relates to Economic Development Winnipeg. He executes strategic marketing plans to increase business investment and visitation to Winnipeg.

Croft Petersmeyer

Director, Corporate Communications

Croft manages all communications for Economic Development Winnipeg. He executes a broad spectrum of deliverables based on strategic communications plans spanning both digital and print formats. Croft also serves as the primary point of contact for all EDW-related media inquiries.

Tyler Walsh

Manager, Digital & Content Marketing

Tyler is responsible for curating and creating digital and video content to promote and tell the Winnipeg story.

Gillian Chester

Manager, Communications & Travel Media

Mike Green

Manager, Social Media & Creative Communications

Mike is responsible for development and execution of Tourism Winnipeg's social media plan. He is also responsible for all creative online and offline writing for various marketing mediums.

Kelly Krebs

Project Manager, Marketing & Communications

Karen Allen

Graphic Designer

Karen is responsible for the graphic design of the sales and marketing initiatives and maintains the brand standards.