Christopher Loewen, President
Chris Loewen was one of the first people engaged by the Future Leaders of Manitoba to assist with bringing the vision to reality. As Director of Business Development, his main focus is on how the FLMC strategically positions itself for the future. He is a proud graduate of the University of Winnipeg (B.A.), has an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington, and has completed his MBA at the Asper School of Business. Chris is also Vice-Chair of the C.P. Loewen Family Foundation. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Andrew Kirk, Vice-President
Andrew has his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba and has recently joined Polar Bear Rubber as an Inside Sales Associate. He has been involved in the Future Leaders of Manitoba since its inception six years ago and is proud to be part of recognizing the incredible talent that we have right here in Manitoba and is humbled by the outstanding people that have been nominated for the awards over the years. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jordan Farber, Vice-President
Jordan received both his Bachelor of Arts and MBA from the University of Manitoba. Since completing his MBA in 2005, he has been working at Qualico specializing in real estate finance. Jordan has been involved with the Future Leaders of Manitoba for the last six years, currently holding the position of Vice-President. Jordan feels that the best way we can keep our next generation of leaders here in Manitoba is by acknowledging them, thanking them and recognizing their contributions with a Future Leaders of Manitoba Award. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Tanya Derksen, Vice-President
Tanya Derksen has her Bachelor of Music degree (piano) from Brandon University and her completed her MBA from the University of Manitoba in 2012. She is the Director of Education and Outreach with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and an active leader in the music industry in Manitoba. Tanya is a new member of the FLMC and she is excited to promote and celebrate the young talent we have in our province.
Jen Kennedy, Executive Director – Web & Social Media
Jen received her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the I.H. Asper School of Business in 2003 and is currently Vice President of Sales & Marketing at WiBand Communications Corp. In addition to being one of the founding members of FLMC, Jen is also on the Fundraising Committee for D'Arcy's Animal Rescue Centre. Responsible for the development and on-going maintenance of the current Future Leaders of Manitoba website, Jen is working with Modern Earth on the development of a new website to be released later this fall. Together with Donovan and a group of volunteers from the University of Winnipeg and the I.H. Asper School of Business, Jen will be working on an enhanced Twitter page and a more active Facebook presence over the next year. You can contact Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathy Kerr, Executive Director - Event
Kathy works in the field of adult education at Red River College Language Training Centre. She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Wilfred Laurier University and a Masters in Applied Linguistics from the University of New England. After having lived in a number of places outside of Winnipeg, she has found her home in Winnipeg and is a proud Manitoban. Since joining the Future Leaders of Manitoba four years ago, she has been inspired each year by the remarkable nominees in each of the award categories. You can contact her at email@example.com.
Patricia Katz, Executive Director - Nominations
Patricia has her Bachelor of Commerce Honours (Finance and Marketing) as well as her Masters Certificate in Project Management from Schulich School of Business, York University (hosted by University of Winnipeg). She is extremely proud to be a part of the FLMC, and all it stands for. She is passionate about bringing positive attention to all of the great things that young leaders in Manitoba are doing, and looks forward to being part of this great organization for years to come. Please feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lesley Hamilton, Founder & Past President
Lesley Hamilton is the founder of the Future Leaders of Manitoba organization. She holds a Finance degree from the University of Manitoba. With her husband, Corwin, she has been running a financial planning practice at Investors Group for seven years. Lesley also holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. She is the co-chair of ArtsScene Winnipeg, and a board member for the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, Dasch Inc. and Volunteer Manitoba. You can contact Lesley at Lesley.Hamilton@investorsgroup.com.
Donavan Robinson, Director – Web & Social Media
Donavan has 11 plus year in the brand development and design industry. He is the Managing Director of Vantage Studios & Print Shop as well as the owner of 2 local Winnipeg businesses. He has been involved with the FLMC for 4 years and believes that this organization is a great asset to this province and the drive to promote Manitoba as a great place to live and work. You can contact him at email@example.com.
Kelly Clement, Director – Web & Social Media
Kelly has her Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba and her AACI, P. App. Designation with the Appraisal Institute of Canada. She has worked for Colliers International for five years, where she is a Senior Associate in Valuation & Advisory Services and specializes in the appraisal of commercial real estate. This is her third year being involved with the Future Leasers of Manitoba and she believes that young Manitoban’s need to be encouraged to thrive and commended for their spirit, drive and dedication toward the growth of our Province. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sina Barkman – Director at Large
Sina has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Finance and Human Resources, from the Asper School of Business and holds the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. She has worked in the Human Resources field for 10 years with the Federal Government, The North West Company, Investors Group, Agricore United (now Viterra), Price Industries, and is currently an Human Resources Consultant with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. She has been involved in the Future Leaders of Manitoba from the beginning and enjoys being a part of and supporting such a worthwhile and exciting initiative. You can contact her at email@example.com.
Krystalle Ramlakhan - Web & Social Media
Krystalle is studying communications with a focus on journalism in her final year of the Creative Communications program and holds a B.A. from the University of Manitoba in English. She has volunteered doing communications for the non-profit Career Trek, interned as the Arts and Culture editor for the Projector, and has written for the Lance newspaper. She is the coordinator for the 2012 Creative Communications Media Awards and co-hosts a morning radio show on 92.9 KICK FM. She aspires to work in broadcast journalism or public relations and is volunteering with the FLMC marketing and social media team.
Jessica has a Bachelor of Arts from University of Winnipeg and a J.D. from Dalhousie University. Jessica was called to the Manitoba Bar in June of 2012 and is working as an associate at Taylor McCaffrey LLP. Jessica is excited to be a new member of the FLMC and to play a role in supporting and assisting the future leaders of our province.
Toby Bartlett - Art & Design
Toby Bartlett was first engaged with the Future Leaders of Manitoba as a nominee and finalist for the Arts category award; for which he was very honoured and humbled. The more he learned about the FLMC, the more he saw its potential to help Manitoba by recognising the many young people in the province who are committed to making it a better place: By staying in Manitoba and doing an exemplary job in their chosen fields. Toby has over 15 years as a professional artist and designer and is an active member of both communities in Winnipeg. His artwork has been shown at different galleries since 1996, with his work focused in the mediums of sculpture and photography. As a freelance designer and consultant, he has served such clients as Lululemon Athletica, The Rose and Max Rady Jewish Community Centre, IBM, Bike to Work Day Winnipeg, MTS Allstream among others. He sits on the board of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada to further the design community in Winnipeg, and volunteers with the Winnipeg Art Gallery to give back to the arts community. You can contact Toby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Callum has worked at Winnipeg Building & Decorating, established in 1953, for 9 years where he is a Project Manager\Estimator specializing in insurance restoration. He was born and raised in Winnipeg and is a new member of the Future Leaders of Manitoba. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Chrystle is a recent graduate of the Hospitality and Restaurant Management program at Red River College. She has worked many years in the hospitality industry and done extensive traveling overseas. Currently she is working as a server at Earls St. Vital and hopes to one day become involved in the event planning field.
Cassondra Campbell is the Community Engagement Officer for the National Aboriginal Initiative at the Canadian Human Rights Commission. She has a double major (honours) in sociology and history from Acadia University. Her thesis examined Visible Minorities and social distance in Canada. Cassondra is originally from Northern Manitoba, though she grew up in Winnipeg and jumped at the chance to return home to Manitoba last year. She is excited to have recently joined the FLMC.
Rosemary L. Vodrey
I believe in strong communities. I am dedicated to leadership and to working with others to strengthen organizations that provide service to the community. My work includes my election to our provincial legislature as an MLA and cabinet minister, my profession as a school psychologist and my volunteer service on community boards in areas of culture and the arts, health care, education and heritage.
Leslie Weir, M.A., CFRE, ACFRE
Director of Family Philanthropy
The Winnipeg Foundation
A lifelong Manitoban, Leslie was born in Portage la Prairie and raised in Minnedosa and Winnipeg. Her career in the philanthropic sector began in 1978 and has evolved over the years broadening her experience, skills and perspective through development roles in community and social services, higher education and health care. In 2007 she joined the Winnipeg Foundation as Director of Family Philanthropy, a new position offering information, resources and consulting services to individuals and families wishing to focus and plan their philanthropy. Leslie created the Foundation's Legacy Circle Program in 2009 and continues to develop this meaningful connection with the Foundation for people who have promised future gifts through their wills or estate plans.
Leslie holds the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) professional designations and is a Master Teacher for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International. She has a MA in Philanthropy and Development (Saint Mary's University of Minnesota) and a BA (University of Manitoba). She serves as a faculty member for the Fundamentals of Fundraising course at Red River College.
An active community volunteer, Leslie is a member of the board of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg Downtown and a trustee of its associated Permanent Endowment Fund. She sits on the board of the Canadian Association for Family Enterprise Manitoba Chapter, serving as chair of the Family Enterprise of the Year Award Committee.
Leslie involvement in her profession spans local, national, and international roles. She is a former president of Manitoba Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), founding chair of the Canadian Association of Gift Planner's (CAGP) Leave a Legacy Program and former director of Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) International Accreditation Board and remains active in other capacities.
Sandy Riley – Judge
Sandy joined Richardson Financial Group after 10 years as President and Chief Executive Officer and later Chairman of Investors Group.
Prior to his tenure at Investors Group, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Trilon Financial, where he had specific responsibility for extensive merchant banking and asset management activities.
A graduate of Queen's University and Osgoode Hall Law School, Sandy was recently appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of his business achievements and community service.
Gerry Price – Judge & Past Honorary Chair 2011
Gerry Price was born in Winnipeg and holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba, as well as a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. Following graduate studies, he worked as a Defense Scientific Services Officer for the Defense Research Board in Alberta.
Gerry joined E.H. Price Limited in 1977, and over the past 30 years has held a number of positions, including his move to Singapore to start up their Asia Pacific operation. In 1986, Gerry became President of E.H. Price and proceeded more aggressively with growth strategies for the Price Group, including their expansion into the USA in the late 1980's. During his tenure, he has launched many new product lines, factory expansions and new business units.
Today, Gerry is CEO of E.H. Price Limited (Canada), Price Companies, Inc. (USA), APEL Extrusions Limited (Calgary) and other companies in the Price Group. Sales in 2009 were $290 million, with a workforce numbering 1,800 employees.
Gerry is a member of many community and professional associations, including the Association of Professional Engineers for the Province of Manitoba, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, Manitoba Patient Access Network Committee, Dean of Medicine's Advisory Council (University of Manitoba), Business Council of Manitoba, and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Conference Board of Canada.
Jim Carr – Judge & Past Honorary Chair 2012
Mr. Carr is the founding President and CEO of the Business Council of Manitoba and has served in this position since 1998.
Mr. James Carr's career spans a variety of interests. Beginning as an oboe player with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, he became Director of Development with the WSO and then Executive Director of the Manitoba Arts Council. He then graduated with joint honors degrees in History and International Relations from McGill University.
He established a consulting practice, and wrote for the Globe and Mail and Winnipeg Free Press before being hired as Executive Director of External Relations for the University of Winnipeg.
Mr. Carr was elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 1988, becoming deputy leader of the Liberal Party. He was a member of both the Meech Lake and Charlottetown constitutional task forces.
From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Carr was on the editorial board of the Winnipeg Free Press. His foreign assignments included the Team Canada mission to Korea, Thailand and the Philippines and coverage of the first Palestinian election on the West Bank and Gaza. In 1996 Mr. Carr was awarded the Commonwealth Fellowship for study in London.
He is currently a board member of the Winnipeg Airports Authority and the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at St. Paul's College, University of Manitoba and Director Emeritus with the Canada West Foundation. Mr. Carr was inducted into the Order of Manitoba on July 12, 2011.
Dr. Bill Pope – Judge
Bill is Winnipeg born and took his medical school and Anaesthesiology training at the University of Manitoba. He has been Section Head of Adult Anaesthesia at the HSC, Program Director in Anaesthesiology and Undergraduate Associate Dean at the University of Manitoba as well as Chief Examiner in Anaesthesia for the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada.
He is a Past President of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada. He took a law degree in 'late youth' and was Executive Vice-President, Medical Services for St. Joseph's Hospital Hamilton.
Bob is the President of Western Glove Works Ltd., a leading Canadian clothing manufacturer. He is also a Director of Warehouse One Clothing Ltd., a retail clothing chain with 98 stores, and President of RIS Media Ltd., a general partner of FP Canadian Newspapers Limited Partnership, which operates the Winnipeg Free Press and the Brandon Sun. Mr. Silver has been active in a number of other successful manufacturing, retail and real estate businesses in Western Canada and the U.S., and has been involved in all aspects of business operations, including acquisitions, restructuring and general management oversight.