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 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

Greg Dandewich Senior Vice President

P: 1 204 954 1982

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

Ryan Kuffner

Ryan Kuffner Vice President of Sales & Business Development

P: 1 204 954 1962

Ryan is the Vice President of Sales for Economic Development Winnipeg directing all sales strategies. He also leads the YES! Winnipeg initiative to attract new business and work with local companies to facilitate their expansion, increase their market potential and grow their network.

Karen Goossen

Karen Goossen Executive Director, 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.

Nike Bello

Nike Bello Director, Finance

P: 1 204 954 1980

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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

Janel Loeppky Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

P: 1 204 954 1998

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.

Market Intelligence Team

Edward Suzuki

Edward Suzuki Director, Market Intelligence

P: 1 204 954 1986

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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.

Marcus Lipnicki

Marcus Lipnicki Manager, Market Intelligence

P: 1 204 954 1991

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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.

Lynda Howdle

Lynda Howdle Administrative Assistant

P: 1 204 954 1997

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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.

YES! Winnipeg Team

Sonya Muraro

Sonya Muraro Director, Business Development

P: 1 204 954 1972

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Sectors: 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

Bill Coulter Senior Manager, Business Development

P: 1 204 954 1976

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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

Jocelyn Advent Manager, Business Development

P: 1 204 954 1974

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Sectors: Agriculture, Life Sciences, 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.

Whitney Moir

Whitney Moir Coordinator, Investor & Stakeholder Engagement

P: 1 204 954 1966

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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, Sonya Muraro.

Tourism Winnipeg Team

Annie Henry

Annie Henry Manager, Business Development

P: 1 204 954 1990

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 (on maternity leave)

Grace Hicks (on maternity leave) Manager, Business Development

P: 1 204 954 1981

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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

Natalie Thiesen Manager, Business Development

P: 1 204 954 1978

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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

Sarah Robinson Manager, Business Development

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.

Sharon Kubrakovich

Sharon Kubrakovich Sales Administrator

P: 1 204 954 1989

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

Adam Kozachuk

Adam Kozachuk Partnership Coordinator

P: 1 204 954 1994

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

Sarah Ferrari

Sarah Ferrari Manager, Visitor Experience

P: 1 204 954 1985

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

Danica Dantes

Danica Dantes Visitor Service Inventory Coordinator

P: 1 204 954 1996

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

Lynnea Adrian

Lynnea Adrian Client Services Coordinator

P: 1 204 954 1992

Lynnea is responsible for assisting clients in promoting their meetings, conventions, sports and special events that will be held in Winnipeg in order to maximize attendance and elevate customer satisfaction for increased tourism revenues.

Marketing & Branding Team

Cody Chomiak

Cody Chomiak Director, 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.

Croft Petersmeyer (on parental leave)

Croft Petersmeyer (on parental leave) Director, Corporate Communications

P: 1 204 954 1961

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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.

Matt Schaubroeck

Matt Schaubroeck Corporate Communications Specialist

P: 1 204 954 1961

Matt manages the corporate 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. Matt also serves as the primary point of contact for all EDW-related media and advertising inquiries.

Tyler Walsh

Tyler Walsh Manager, Digital & Content Marketing

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.

Gillian Chester

Gillian Chester Manager, Communications & Travel Media

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.

Mike Green

Mike Green Manager, Social Media & Creative Communications

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 Project Manager, Marketing & Communications

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.

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