Our Team

Executive/Corporate Team

Dayna Spiring

Dayna Spiring President & CEO

P: 1 204 954 1988

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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 board of directors for Winpak Ltd. (a Winnipeg-based plastic-packaging pioneer), and previously served on the board of Manitoba Hydro (a provincial Crown corporation). 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 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.

Ryan Kuffner

Ryan Kuffner Vice President of Sales & Business Development

P: 1 204 954 1962

Ryan directs all business development strategies for Economic Development Winnipeg. He also leads the YES! Winnipeg initiative to attract new business and works with local companies to facilitate their expansion, increase their market potential and grow their network.

Karen Goossen

Karen Goossen Vice President, Marketing and Tourism Winnipeg

P: 1 204 954 1965

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

Kim  Metcalfe

Kim Metcalfe Director of Finance

P: 1 204 954 1980

Kim's responsibilities incorporate all aspects of the day-to-day financial management duties of the corporation, as well as directing all finance-related administrative activities.

Tiffany  Creaghe-Harder

Tiffany Creaghe-Harder Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

P: 1 204 954 1998

Tiffany 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.

Naomi Wang

Naomi Wang Administrative Assistant

P: 1 204 954 1970

Market Intelligence Team

Sandra Walker

Sandra Walker Director of Research & Market Intelligence

P: 1 204 954 1986

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

Chris Ferris

Chris Ferris Senior Economist & Manager of Enterprise Content

P: 1 204 954 1987

Chris is responsible for guiding our content management system and conducting in depth research and analysis on the Winnipeg's regional economy.  Additionally he provides oversight on our economic industry sector forecasting, economic impact modeling and project manages new research initiatives.

Natalia Vozniak (On Maternity Leave until Fall 2021)

Natalia Vozniak (On Maternity Leave until Fall 2021) Market Analyst

P: 1 204 954 1983

Natalia is responsible for collecting, managing, and analyzing a broad cross section of both quantitative and qualitative data and market research.  She also tracks and analyzes industry trends, develops industry sector profiles and briefing documents for EDW.

Lukas Bohun

Lukas Bohun Data Research Manager and Statistician

P: 1 204 954 1991

Lukas delivers high quality data solutions to support business investment in Winnipeg, strategic industry sectors and economic development programming. 

He provides data for decision making across our organization and delivers unbiased and insightful analytics on a wide range of initiatives including EDW’s Business Retention and Expansion Program and Foreign Direct Investment.

Ron Sarran

Ron Sarran Market Analyst

P: 1 204 954 1983

Ron tracks, analyzes and interprets industry trends, data and market intelligence to help build Winnipeg’s business development value proposition. He is also responsible for training and development for EDW staff while facilitating strategic planning and departmental projects.

Abigail Crisostomo

Abigail Crisostomo Information and Data Management Coordinator

P: 1 204 954 0994

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Abigail is responsible for assisting the EDW Market Intelligence Team by coordinating work schedules, arrange meetings, conducting online research, ensuring that client inquiries are handled in a timely and professional manner and updating our control data repository, report libraries and website data files.

YES! Winnipeg Team

Alberto  Velasco-Acosta

Alberto Velasco-Acosta Director of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)

P: 1 204 954 1972

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Alberto proactively identifies new prospects to attract to Winnipeg by developing relationships with leading site selector consultants to inform them of and promote Winnipeg's strong value proposition. He also represents YES! Winnipeg on international business missions and welcomes incoming international delegations.

Bill Coulter

Bill Coulter Director of Business Development

P: 1 204 954 1976

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Sector: Financial Services

Bill leads YES! Winnipeg’s Business Development team, and works with the team to proactively identify new prospects and advance each opportunity to a successful conclusion by supporting the team in understanding what assistance the client requires and engaging appropriate collaborators to deliver what the client needs.

Yvonne Kinley

Yvonne Kinley Director of Talent & Workforce Development

P: 1 204 954 0997

Yvonne leads YES! Winnipeg’s Talent team, helping local companies and potential investors in the city to retain, attract, and develop the talent they need to help grow the economy.

Sheena Pitura

Sheena Pitura Business Development Manager

P: 1 204 954 1974

Sectors: Life Sciences, Agribusiness, and Transportation & Distribution
Sheena proactively identifies 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.

William Findlater

William Findlater Business Development Manager

P: 1 204 954 1971

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Sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace, Energy & Environment

William 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.

Corinne Gusnoski

Corinne Gusnoski Talent and Workforce Development Coordinator

P: 1 204 954 1975

Corinne works closely with the YES! Winnipeg business development team to retain existing investment, support local company expansion, and attract new investment to the city.  Corinne also works closely with EDW’s Market Intelligence team to ensure effective flow of project work and intelligence to inform the efforts of YES! Winnipeg, among other responsibilities.

Sabena von Asten

Sabena von Asten Business Development Coordinator

P: 1 204 954 0990

Sector:  Creative Industries

Sabena works closely with the YES! Winnipeg business development team to retain existing investment, support local company expansion, and attract new investment to the city.  Sabena also works closely with EDW’s Market Intelligence team to ensure effective flow of project work and intelligence to inform the efforts of YES! Winnipeg, among other responsibilities.

Gabriela Perez

Gabriela Perez Business Development Coordinator

P: 1 204 954 0996

Gabriela works closely with the YES! Winnipeg business development team to retain existing investment, support local company expansion, and attract new investment to the city.  Gabriela also works closely with EDW’s Market Intelligence team to ensure effective flow of project work and intelligence to inform the efforts of YES! Winnipeg, among other responsibilities.

Noah  Fast

Noah Fast Business Development Coordinator

P: 1 204 954 0991

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Sector:  Tech / ICT

Noah works closely with the YES! Winnipeg business development team to retain existing investment, support local company expansion, and attract new investment to the city.  Noah also works closely with EDW’s Market Intelligence team to ensure effective flow of project work and intelligence to inform the efforts of YES! Winnipeg, among other responsibilities.

Matilda  van Aggelen

Matilda van Aggelen Business Development Coordinator

P: 1 204 954 0995

Matilda works closely with the YES! Winnipeg business development team to retain existing investment, support local company expansion, and attract new investment to the city.  Matilda also works closely with EDW’s Market Intelligence team to ensure effective flow of project work and intelligence to inform the efforts of YES! Winnipeg, among other responsibilities.

Ilona Niemczyk

Ilona Niemczyk Investor Relations Manager

P: 1 204 954 0992

Ilona serves as the primary contact for investors of YES! Winnipeg.  She is responsible for implementing the strategy and necessary activities to attract, retain and engage investors to sustain private sector funding to further the initiatives of YES! Winnipeg and Economic Development Winnipeg.

Laurie  McDougall

Laurie McDougall Investor Relations Coordinator

P: 1 204 954 1966

Laurie 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 the Vice President, Sales and Business Development, Ryan Kuffner.

Tourism Winnipeg Team

Natalie Thiesen

Natalie Thiesen Director of Tourism

P: 1 204 954 1978

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Natalie is responsible for managing the Business Development Managers, Sales Administrators and Client Service Manager in order to optimize overnight visitations across all markets.  Natalie is also responsible for attracting business events through the U.S. meetings and conventions market as well as the economic sectors of Energy and Environment and Information Communication Technologies.

Annie Henry

Annie Henry Business Development Manager

P: 1 204 954 1990

Annie is responsible for attracting sports, special events and meetings and conventions to Winnipeg through the sport federations, unions, corporations as well as the key economic sectors of Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace and Creative Industries.

Grace Hicks

Grace Hicks Business Development Manager

P: 1 204 954 1981

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Grace is responsible for attracting meetings and conventions to Winnipeg through the Canadian association and third party meeting planner markets as well as the economic sectors of Agribusiness and Life Sciences.

Sarah Robinson

Sarah Robinson Business Development Manager

P: 1 204 954 1995

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

Lynnea Adrian

Lynnea Adrian Client Services Manager

P: 1 204 954 1992

Lynnea is responsible for managing client services by assisting clients in promoting their meetings, conventions, sports, special events and group tours that will be in Winnipeg in order to maximize attendance and elevate customer satisfaction.

Jen Nagy

Jen Nagy Partnerships Coordinator

P: 1 204 954 1994

Jen 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.

Crystal Seman

Crystal Seman Sales Administrator

P: 1 204 954 1989

Crystal is responsible for managing  the customer relations management system, Simpleview,  as well as supporting the sales activities of the Business Development Managers and expediting the bids and proposals in order to attract meetings, conventions, sports and special events to Winnipeg.

Brittany Cawson

Brittany Cawson Business Development Coordinator

P: 1 204 954 1967

Brittany is responsible for research and lead generation support for Tourism Winnipeg sales team.

Danica Limpahan

Danica Limpahan Visitor Experience & Inventory Coordinator

P: 1 204 954 1996

Danica is responsible for inventory management and the delivery of front line visitor counseling.

Marketing & Branding Team

Cody Chomiak

Cody Chomiak Director of Marketing

P: 1 204 954 1960

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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.

Tyler Walsh

Tyler Walsh Digital & Content Marketing Manager

P: 1 204 954 1979

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

Eleanor  Coopsammy

Eleanor Coopsammy Corporate Creative Communications Manager

P: 1 204 954 1961

Eleanor manages the corporate communications activities specific to EDW. She executes a broad spectrum of deliverables based on strategic marketing & communications plans that span both digital and print formats. 

Gillian Chester

Gillian Chester Communications & Travel Media Manager

P: 1 204 954 1977

Gillian is responsible for writing and editing tourism marketing communications, handling travel media requests, developing story ideas, and the travel media program.  For July & August 2020, Gillian will serve as the primary point of contact for all EDW-related media and advertising inquiries.

Mike Green

Mike Green Social Media & Creative Communications Manager

P: 1 204 954 1993

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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

Kelly Krebs Marketing & Communications Project Manager

P: 1 204 954 1963

Kelly 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.

Karen Allen

Karen Allen Graphic Designer

P: 1 204 954 1964

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

Maddy Reico

Maddy Reico Digital Content and Marketing Coordinator

P: 1 204 954 8340

Maddy is responsible for creating and distributing digital content across all platforms. Maddy also facilitates the distribution of the e-newsletters, blogs and industry communications.

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