Board of Directors
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.
B.J. Reid 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 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.
Kevin Donnelly Senior Vice-President, Venues and Entertainment, True North Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
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 Chief Executive Officer, Enterprises 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 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 Vice-President & District Manager, PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
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.
Hipolito Alibin Jr. Chief Financial Officer, Trivenity Corporation
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 Trivenity Corporation, a business development firm fundraising for medium-to-large enterprises in private capital markets. Previously, he held the role of Chief Financial Officer, Blueprint Global Partners and prior to that he was 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 President & CEO, RBC Convention Centre
As President & CEO of the RBC Convention Centre, Drew Fisher has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry. He has held leadership positions at several hotels and resorts across Canada, most recently at the Fairmont Winnipeg. Drew has worked extensively with tourism organizations and in the hospitality industry.
Margaret Redmond President & CEO, Assiniboine Park Conservancy
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.
Jason Fuith 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.
Dayna Spiring President & CEO, Economic Development Winnipeg Inc.
EDW board role: Officer. Dayna 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. Dayna directs 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.
Mike Scatliff 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 as innovative yet practical, striving to maintain high design and graphic standards within the firm by challenging and supporting each effort.
Bill Parrish, Jr. CEO, Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd.
Bill was elected CEO of Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd. in 1999, succeeding his father and making him the fourth generation to hold this title. P&H was founded in 1909 and is involved in many aspects of agri-business, including grain procurement and merchandising, flour milling, animal feed production, poultry farming and processing. Prior to joining P&H in 1990, Bill worked with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in three different cities: Winnipeg; Ottawa; and Johannesburg, South Africa. Bill is a past chairman and audit committee chair of the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange. He is also a past chairman of the Arthritis Society of Manitoba and the Fort Whyte Centre.
Dean Schinkel Office Managing Partner, Deloitte
EDW board role: Chair, Executive Committee member and Finance Committee 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.
Josh grew up in the Prairies with his co-founder brothers, Chris and Dan. He left a career in banking to start SkipTheDishes, which is now the largest restaurant delivery network in Canada and the Midwest United States.
SkipTheDishes is based in Winnipeg and Saskatoon where over 1000 top performers solve advanced tech challenges to enable food delivery. Last year Skip was bought by a British company in a deal worth over $200m. SkipTheDishes continues to be one of the fastest growing companies in Canada with over 70 cities on the network, with many more soon to come.