Ryan Kuffner President & Chief Executive Officer
P: 1 204 954 1962
A proud Winnipegger, Ryan is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and has devoted his career to helping Canadian companies grow and succeed in complex environments around the world.
Ryan was named President & CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg in 2023 following more than five years as Vice President of Sales & Business Development. During his tenure, Ryan led the YES! Winnipeg team, working to strengthen Winnipeg’s business community while attracting new investment and top talent to the city. Ryan assembled an exceptional team of business development professionals and together, they secured unprecedented private and public sector funding to drive economic impact in our community.
Prior to joining EDW in 2017, Ryan spent 15 years as a career diplomat and trade commissioner with the Canadian Foreign Service, part of Global Affairs Canada. He held a diversity of increasingly senior assignments both in Canada and abroad, and represented our nation in bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations. He advised and supported Canadian companies on international business development, helped attract and retain foreign investment to Canada, and supported Canadian investors in investing abroad as part of a mandate to facilitate job creation and economic development.
Ryan began his career with Canadian Pacific Railway in Calgary working as a Strategy Analyst, projecting future commodity flows, analyzing rail car needs and negotiating railcar procurement contracts.
Ryan is a husband and father of three, and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Kathy Tarrant Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Corporate Partnerships
Natalie Thiesen Vice President, Tourism
P: 1 204 954 1978
Natalie leads the Tourism Winnipeg team in attracting and servicing business events and sports & special events across all markets, as well as group travel to increase Winnipeg’s tourism economy. She is also responsible for the strategic development and growth of partnership opportunities to attract, retain and engage tourism stakeholders to help further initiatives led by Tourism Winnipeg.
Amanda Macdonald Vice-President, Business Development, Market Intelligence & Corporate Services
P: 1 204 954 1984
Amanda oversees Economic Development Winnipeg’s Market Intelligence, Business Development and Corporate services departments and leads the YES! Winnipeg initiative.
Ilona Niemczyk Director of Corporate Partnerships
P: 1 204 954 0992
Ilona develops and implements the strategy and necessary activities to attract, retain and engage corporate partners to sustain funding to further EDW's initiatives.
Daniel Gurevich Business Development Manager, Corporate Partnerships
P: 1 204 954 1966
Daniel is responsible for developing and stewarding private sector partnerships to sustain funding in support of Economic Development Winnipeg initiatives.
Mirajul Joy Event & Project Coordinator
Shannon Hamilton Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
P: 1 204 954 1998
Shannon assists the President & CEO Ryan with scheduling, event planning, meeting management and communication-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.
Anna Nykoluk Administrative Assistant
P: 1 204 954 1985
Anna provides primary administrative support to the EDW Executive team including calendar management and travel coordination. She also supports the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO in organizing office-wide projects and events.
Andrew Cundill Receptionist & Administrative Assistant
P: 1 204 954 1970
Market Intelligence Team
Roxana Ibañez Director of Research & Market Intelligence
P: 1 204 954 1986
Roxana leads a team of Market Intelligence professionals collecting and assessing economic data, business intelligence and market research to support companies considering a relocation or expansion into Winnipeg. Providing leadership through reliable data and industry expertise, the MI team supports EDW as a data-driven organization.
Chris Ferris Senior Economist
P: 1 204 954 1987
Chris conducts in-depth research and analysis on the Winnipeg regional economy to identify trends and key economic indicators. He delivers valuable information to our business community in the form of commentary, insights, forecasting and economic modeling.
Amit Saini Data Engineering Manager
P: 1 204 954 0994
Amit is responsible for growing and maintaining EDW’s data infrastructure. He engages and collaborates with EDW's business development teams to convert complex data into usable insights that improve business operations and outcomes.
Cheryl Hooper Market Researcher
P: 1 204 954 0998
Cheryl is responsible for designing and deploying market research, as well as for reviewing emerging workplace insights and trends, and deploying EDW's Voice of the Client surveys.
Kristy Halischak BI Systems Administrator
P: 1 204 954 1983
Kristy is responsible for maintaining, configuring and overseeing the reliable operation of the various systems in the organization as well as training staff on functionalities.
Eden Cheng Market Intelligence Coordinator
Eden assists the team to collect and assess data from various sources to provide insights that helps support EDW as a data-driven organization.
Aishwarya Hatti Data Analyst
Aishwarya assists EDW with its data driven decision making process by generating dashboards and reports as well as training staff on their usage.
YES! Winnipeg Team
Alberto Velasco-Acosta Director of Foreign Direct Investment
P: 1 204 954 1972
Alberto leads EDW's Foreign Direct Investment team to proactively identify and attract new companies to Winnipeg. He develops strong relationships with global site selector consultants, provincial and federal partners to promote Winnipeg's strong value proposition. He also represents our organization on international business missions and facilitates incoming international delegations.
Christine Perrin Senior Manager, North America
P: 1 204 954 1973
Christine leads the North America Foreign Direct Investment team and drives overall strategy in the United States market, the largest source of foreign investment in Manitoba. Christine works with US site selectors, Trade Commissioner Service offices and other FDI multipliers in-market to promote Winnipeg as an investment destination for U.S. companies. Christine speaks English and French.
Frederic Chieux Manager, Europe
P: 1 204 804 3357
Fred spearheads our business development initiatives within the European markets, capitalizing on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and leveraging relationships with the European Union and the United Kingdom. Fred is fluent in French, English and Spanish.
Pahul Gill Manager Indo-Pacific
P: 1 204 930 4195
Pahul drives our business development endeavors throughout the Indo-Pacific region, strategically leveraging the Canadian Indo-Pacific strategy's comprehensive approach. He maximizes the benefits of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) while nurturing strong relationships with key stakeholders across the region. Pahul is fluent in English, Punjabi and Hindi.
Veronica Fierro Officer, Mexico and Mid-Continent
P: 1 204 954 1994
Veronica supports investment attraction and partner relationships in Mexico and the North American Mid-continent to maximize opportunity from this strategic trade and investment corridor. She leverages her extensive expertise in the Canadian global commercial network in Latin America and beyond. In addition to English, Veronica speaks Spanish and French.
Wendy Sharon Sathan Business Development Coordinator, North America
P: 1 204 954 0776
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Wendy supports investment attraction efforts internationally with a focus on the North American market. She utilizes market intelligence tools to identify business opportunities, develops relationships with foreign-owned businesses, and coordinates site visits for international delegations. In addition to English, Wendy is fluent in French and Creole.
Yvonne Kinley Director of Talent & Workforce Development
P: 1 204 954 0997
Yvonne leads EDW's Talent & Workforce Development team, helping local employers and potential investors connect with, and attract, mobilize and retain the talent they need to help grow the economy.
Annie Henry Senior Manager, Talent & Workforce Development
P: 1 204 954 1990
Annie manages and executes YES! Winnipeg's talent attraction and retention strategy on behalf of local employers. Through strong relationships with a network of local talent services partners and the delivery of international missions, Annie drives business expansion and investment by helping employers source and attract the talent they need.
Yelena Petrukhina Talent Services Manager
P: 1 204 954 1975
Yelena is responsible for YES! Winnipeg talent partnerships and initiatives, and for identifying, developing and connecting with talent pools. She also supports the coordination of talent events and missions.
Wynne Au Talent Program Manager
P: 1 204 954 0995
Wynne is responsible for the planning and building of talent services, including project management of the Talent Hub, the Work in Manitoba job portal and international missions.
Patricia Paez Montalvo Talent & Workforce Development Officer
P: 1 204 954 0772
Patricia is responsible for the operational administration of the Work In Manitoba job portal. She manages inquiries for training and demos, and responds to questions related to the platform from employers and job seekers.
Alison Ng Talent & Workforce Development Coordinator
P: 1 204 954 0990
Alison supports the planning and execution of international recruitment missions to attract qualified talent from around the globe.
William Findlater Senior Manager, Strategic Projects
P: 1 204 954 1971
William manages and executes on strategic development projects, including sector cluster building and infrastructure projects that will have major economic impacts on the city and province. Other priorities include supporting business opportunities related to Manitoba’s clean energy, sustainability, adoption of productivity-related technologies and more.
Brenden Lawrence Business Development Manager
P: 1 204 954 1974
Sectors: Life Sciences, Agribusiness, Transportation & Distribution
Brenden identifies new prospects in the life sciences, agribusiness, transportation & distribution sectors. He engages and collaborates with clients to better understand their specific needs and remove any barriers to their development and growth in Winnipeg.
Adam Vitt Business Development Manager
P: 1 204 954 0991
Sectors: Technology & Financial Services
Adam identifies new prospects within his sectors of responsibility. He engages and collaborates with clients to better understand their specific needs and remove any barriers to their development and growth in Winnipeg.
Keri Zeghers Business Development Manager
P: 1 204 954 0771
Sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace
Keri identifies new prospects within her sectors of responsibility. She engages and collaborates with clients to better understand their specific needs and remove any barriers to their development and growth in Winnipeg.
Jessie Rew Business Development Officer
P: 1 204 954 0993
Sector: Creative Industries
Jessie identifies new prospects in the Creative Industries sector. She engages and collaborates with clients to better understand their specific needs and remove any barriers to their development and growth in Winnipeg.
Damian Crowley Business Development Officer
P: 1 204 954 0774
Damian proactively identifies new prospects in the life sciences, agribusiness, transportation & distribution sectors. He engages and collaborates with clients to better understand their specific needs and remove any barriers to their development and growth in Winnipeg.
Alyssa Ward Project Analyst
P: 1 204 954 0996
Alyssa works closely with EDW's business development team, YES! Winnipeg, to support local company retention, expansion and attraction of new investment to the city.
Maria Tan Business Development Coordinator
Maria works closely with EDW's business development team, YES! Winnipeg, to support local company retention, expansion and attraction of new investment to the city.
Tourism Winnipeg Team
Sarah Robinson Business Development Manager
P: 1 204 954 1995
Sarah is responsible for selling and promoting Winnipeg as the destination of choice for the travel trade market.
Lynnea Adrian Business Development Manager
P: 1 204 954 1992
Lynnea is responsible for attracting business events to Winnipeg through national and international associations, third party meeting planners as well as the key economic sectors of Life Sciences, Transportation & Distribution and Education.
Maria Paletta Business Development Manager
P: 1 204 954 1981
Maria is responsible for attracting business events to Winnipeg through national and international associations, third party meeting planners as well as the key economic sectors of Agri-Business, Financial Services, and Energy & Environment.
Crystal Seman Business Development Manager, Sports & Special Events
P: 1 204 954 1989
Crystal is responsible for attracting sports and special events and meetings and conventions to Winnipeg through the sport federations, event rights holders and provincial sports organizations as well as the key economic sectors of Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace, Creative Industries and Information & Communication Technologies.
Brittany Fox Project Manager
P: 1 204 954 1967
Brittany is responsible for managing the marketing and sales consortium of Team Winnipeg, and broader tourism stakeholders’ programs and initiatives.
Julie Perrett Event & Project Coordinator
P: 1 204 954 1996
Julie provides support to the Tourism Winnipeg team. She is responsible for administrative functions, maximizing sales activities, partner engagement and assisting with events that contribute to increasing the visitor economy.
Farnoosh Niroo Sales Administrator
P: 1 204 954 1991
Farnoosh manages the customer relations management system and supports the sales activities of the Business Development Managers. She expedites bids and proposals in order to attract meetings, conventions, and sports and special events to Winnipeg.
Emma Novak Client Servicing Coordinator
Emma is responsible for assisting clients in promoting their meetings, conventions, sports, special events and group tours in Winnipeg to maximize attendance and elevate customer satisfaction.
Marketing & Branding Team
Tyler Walsh Director of Marketing
P: 1 204 954 1979
Tyler is responsible for EDW marketing. He executes strategic marketing plans to increase business investment and visitation to Winnipeg.
Gillian Chester Senior Manager, Media Relations & Communications
P: 1 204 954 1977
Gillian is responsible for the delivery of travel media program, as well as for writing and editing tourism marketing communications, handling travel media requests and developing story ideas.
Mike Green Content & Communications Manager
P: 1 204 954 1993
Mike is responsible for creative online and offline writing for various marketing mediums, including sales collateral, newsletter content and blogs.
Kelly Krebs Destination Experience Manager
P: 1 204 954 1963
Kelly is responsible for managing marketing and communications projects for the organization and leading website and printed publication development. She also manages Tourism Winnipeg’s leisure partnership opportunities program.
Maddy Reico Digital & Content Marketing Manager
P: 1 204 954 1968
Maddy is responsible for curating and creating digital and video content to promote and tell the Winnipeg story.
Anne Royal Marketing Manager
P: 1 204 954 0770
Anne is responsible for managing marketing campaigns and projects, working closely with all business units to support the organization’s goals of increasing business investment, visitation and talent attraction to Winnipeg.
Karen Allen Design Manager
P: 1 204 954 1964
Karen is responsible for the graphic design of the sales and marketing initiatives and maintains the brand standards.
Danica Hidalgo (On Maternity Leave) Digital & Content Marketing Coordinator
P: 1 204 954 1965
Danica is responsible for creating and distributing content on Economic Development Winnipeg’s digital properties and sharing Winnipeg stories to foster economic development for our city.
Abby Matheson Digital & Content Marketing Coordinator
P: 1 204 954 1960
Abby is responsible for creating, distributing and assessing content for Tourism Winnipeg’s leisure travel focused digital properties. She also leads content creator events, capturing and sharing Winnipeg stories to increase visitor attraction to our city.
Elisabeth Harms (On Maternity Leave) Communications Coordinator
P: 1 204 954 1965
Elisabeth is responsible for creating and distributing content on Economic Development Winnipeg’s digital properties and sharing Winnipeg stories to foster economic development for our city.
Susan Ainley Media Relations & Communications Coordinator
Susan is responsible for implementing Tourism Winnipeg's travel media strategy, designed to generate positive, compelling stories that showcase Winnipeg as a premier destination for leisure travel, meetings and conventions, travel trade, and sports and special events.
Robel Berhane Communications Coordinator
Robel is responsible for creating and distributing content on Economic Development Winnipeg’s digital and print properties and sharing Winnipeg stories to foster economic development for our city.