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 sits 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, which sold for $550 million in 2015 (the CWB was valued at just $100 million in 2012). 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. She led the team that brought the Gold Medal Plates competition to Winnipeg.  Currently the Chair of the Winnipeg Football Club’s board of directors, she is the first woman to have her name engraved on the coveted Grey Cup, after the Winnipeg Blue Bombers historic win in 2019. She is only the second woman to serve on the Canadian Football League’s board of governors.

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.

Natalie Thiesen

Natalie Thiesen Vice President, 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.

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 including 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

Jasmine Stevenson

Jasmine Stevenson Administrative Assistant

P: 1 204 954 1985

Jasmine 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.

Market Intelligence Team

Sandra Walker

Sandra Walker Director of Research and Market Intelligence

P: 1 204 954 1986

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Sandra leads a team of Market Intelligence professionals collecting and assessing the best, accurate most relevant information about Winnipeg 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 knowledge based data driven organization.

Chris Ferris

Chris Ferris Senior Economist

P: 1 204 954 1987

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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.

Natalia Vozniak (On Maternity Leave until Fall 2021)

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

P: 1 204 954 1970

On Maternity Leave until Fall 2021.

Lukas Bohun

Lukas Bohun Business Intelligence Manager and Statistician

P: 1 204 954 1991

Lukas is responsible for planning, developing and implementing EDW’s data strategy.  He manages the development of the EDW data warehouse from data discovery through to design and data visualizations. He delivers high quality, reliable data solutions to support business investment and tourism in Winnipeg.

Ronald Sarran

Ronald Sarran Market Intelligence and Organizational Development Manager

P: 1 204 954 1983

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Ron describes Winnipeg’s business development value proposition through the study, analysis and interpretation of industry trends and economic indicators. He is responsible for facilitation of strategic planning, staff training and development, as well as the management of projects promoting operational efficiencies across the organization.

Abigail Crisostomo

Abigail Crisostomo Information and Data Management Coordinator

P: 1 204 954 0994

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Abigail supports the Market Intelligence team through data management, work coordination and research. She is responsible to provide the best, accurate and most relevant information to support the organization and client requests.

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.

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.

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.

Sheena Pitura

Sheena Pitura Business Development Manager & Strategic Lead

P: 1 204 954 1974

Sectors: Life Sciences, Agribusiness, and Transportation & Distribution
Sheena proactively identifies new prospects in the life sciences, agribusiness, transportation & distribution sectors. She engages and collaborates with clients to better understand their specific needs and remove any barriers to their development and growth in Winnipeg.

Christine Perrin

Christine Perrin Business Development Manager, Foreign Direct Investment

P: 1 204 954 1973

Christine proactively identifies potential foreign investors for Winnipeg. She leverages prospecting tools and marketing intelligence to create a strong business case for why potential investors should locate and grow in the Winnipeg region. At the same time, she is developing strong relationships with foreign-owned local businesses to encourage new investment. 

Ilona Niemczyk

Ilona Niemczyk Investor Relations

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.

Noah  Fast

Noah Fast Business Development Officer

P: 1 204 954 0991

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Sector:  Tech / ICT

Noah proactively identifies new prospects in the Tech/ICT sector. He engages and collaborates with clients to better understand their specific needs and remove any barriers to their development and growth in Winnipeg.

Jocelyn Mitchell

Jocelyn Mitchell Business Development Officer

P: 1 204 296 8797

Sector:  Creative Industries
Jocelyn proactively 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. 

Crystal  Kalaitzakis

Crystal Kalaitzakis Work-Integrated Learning Program Manager

P: 1 204 298 7160

Crystal is responsible for the Work-Integrated Learning Engagement Framework project, its deliverables and outcomes. In partnership with the University of Manitoba, EDW's YES! Winnipeg team is creating a simplified model to make it easier for employers to recruit students, while increasing their number of work-integrated learning placements.

Dana  Plett

Dana Plett Business Development Coordinator

P: 1 204 954 0996

Dana works closely with EDW's business development team, YES! Winnipeg to support local company retention, expansion and attraction of new investment to the city.  

Jessie Rew

Jessie Rew Business Development Coordinator

P: 1 204 954 0993

Jessie works closely with EDW's business development team, YES! Winnipeg to support local company retention, expansion and attraction of new investment to the city.

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

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

Tyler Walsh

Tyler Walsh Director of Marketing

P: 1 204 954 1979

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Tyler is responsible for marketing as it relates to Economic Development Winnipeg. He executes strategic marketing plans to increase business investment and visitation to Winnipeg.

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. Eleanor is the primary point of contact for EDW-related media inquiries. 

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. 

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 Manager

P: 1 204 954 8340

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

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