Chris lorencChris Lorenc, B.A., LL.B.
President Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA) & Western Canada Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association (WCR&HCA)

Chris has authored numerous published public policy opinion editorials and has an extensive background in developing and writing public policy for governments on topics including government organization, intergovernmental relations, sustained infrastructure investment, and trade and transportation.



Bob-MillerBob Miller
Senior Manager Calgary Region Economic Development Alliance – Calgary Regional Partnership

As Regional Economic Prosperity Lead for the Calgary Regional Partnership and Manager of the Calgary Region Economic Development Alliance (REDA) Bob has provided energetic leadership in establishing the Calgary Region Inland Port and Foreign Trade Zone, promoting trade corridor development through the Port of Prince Rupert and, most recently, leading a Regional Broadband and Digital Connectivity Assessment to support economic growth and diversification in the Calgary Region. Key collaborations involve local municipalities, other Regions in Southern Alberta, Provincial departments and a host of other partners. With degrees in Urban Economics and in Regional Planning, Bob brings energy and “big picture” strategy to collaborations in the Region and Southern Alberta


Glen VGlenn Vanstone
Vice President – Edmonton Economic Development

In the Transportation Industry for over 25 years, Glen Vanstone has had the privilege to experience the economic opportunities in cities across Canada and around the world. Whether that role was in airline operations or market and business development.  Glen Vanstone started his career in Engineering Design and expanded his interests to meet growth opportunities in Director roles with Air Canada and Edmonton Airports; on to his current position as Vice-President with Edmonton Economic Development Corporation.



Greg DandewhichGreg Dandewich
Senior Vice President Economic Development Winnipeg

Greg has been with EDW since 1994 (known then as Winnipeg 2000). His wealth of experience in economic development, within both urban and rural contexts, positions him well to provide leadership and strategic direction to the entire economic development team. Greg excels at relationship building, facilitating strategic partnerships, coordinating industry and sector initiatives, and forging substantive collaborations between the public and private sectors. With a master’s degree in city planning from the University of Manitoba and a diploma in economic development from the University of Waterloo, his background, proven track record and unrivalled experience in this role make him an invaluable resource for the community.



Patricia Matthews picPatricia Mathews
Calgary Regional Partnership Vice Chair and Mayor of City of Chestermere, Alberta

Patricia Matthews, Mayor of the City of Chestermere, was born and raised in Manitoba.  She moved to Ottawa to attend Carleton University and spent over 5 years working for various technology companies including G.E. Capital.   In 1994 Patricia and her husband Ian moved to Calgary where she worked for Lexmark/IBM as a Territory Manager before starting her own I.T. training company. In 2004 politics called and Patricia was elected as a member of Council.  In 2007 she won the race for Mayor of the Town of Chestermere and in the 2010, as well as the 2013 election, she was acclaimed. She also serves on various Boards and Committees for her community and is involved in many volunteer efforts. Patricia has served on the Board of Directors for the Calgary Regional Partnership since 2006 and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2008.  She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the organization.



Bill RobertsonBill Robertson
Calgary Regional Partnership Chair & Mayor of Okotoks, Alberta

Bill has been an integral part the Calgary Regional Partnership since 2009 and since 2014 has been the organization’s Chair. Bill has served as Town Councillor since 1995 and is excited to be serving in his second term as the Mayor of Okotoks. Educated at the University of Calgary, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a Bachelor of Education.




Noal CrouseNolan Crouse
Capital Region Board Chair (EdmontonRegion) and Mayor of St. Albert

CRB Chair and Mayor of St. Albert Nolan Crouse holds a Masters degree in Community Economic Development and has a history of serving his community in many areas including coaching hockey, helping lead the Canada Winter Games, Artic Winter Games and receiving the Queen’s Jubilee medal in the process. Nolan is completing his 9th year as St. Albert’s Mayor and in 2012 was named Chair of the Capital Region Board providing guidance through formidable years of significant growth for the Edmonton Region of Alberta.


Michael ThompsonMichael Thompson
Councillor for City of Toronto
Chair of Economic Development Committee for City of Toronto and Chair for Invest Toronto

Michael Thompson is a Toronto City Councillor, Chair of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture Committee and Chair of Invest Toronto’s Board of Directors. Councillor Thompson is a strong, active and influential leader in Toronto’s efforts to build economic development relationships with partner countries around the world. Prior to entering politics, Mr. Thompson earned his business credentials as an entrepreneur in the business and financial services sector.


Heather DealHeather Deal
Metro Vancouver Board Director & City of Vancouver Councillor

Councillor Heather Deal was elected to the Vancouver Park Board in 2002 and elected to her first of four terms on Vancouver City Council in 2005. She serves as the Deputy Mayor of Vancouver. Councillor Deal focuses on Vancouver’s livability, bringing her passions for arts and culture, animated public spaces, active transportation, and heritage to City Hall. At the regional level, Councillor Deal chairs the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Committee and has worked on: Waste reduction, Air quality, The Metro Max cultural website, Ecological health projects and the Experience the Fraser program. At the federal level, she has focused on: Environmental health, Urban Aboriginals, Infrastructure, Transportation and Increasing women’s participation in politics. Councillor Deal is a biologist with a long history of working on ecosystem and habitat issues.


Tiffany MelvinTiffany Melvin
President NASCO North American Strategy for Competitiveness

Tiffany is the original Executive Director and has served in that capacity for 19 of its 22 years.  She was named President of NASCO in January 2015 by the NASCO Board of Directors. Under her vision and leadership, NASCO has grown into a widely respected, tri-national coalition focusing on freight logistics, energy and the environment, and skilled workforce certification programs.  She directs NASCO with an aggressive, far reaching, cooperative approach to solving critical issues impacting the efficient, secure and sustainable movement of freight throughout North America.


Diane GreyDiane Gray

President and CEO Centre Port Winnipeg

Diane Gray is the founding President and CEO of CentrePort Canada Inc. CentrePort is Canada’s first tri-modal inland port and Foreign Trade Zone and encompasses 20,000 acres in the North West quadrant of Winnipeg, Manitoba. She previously worked for the Province of Manitoba from 1995 to 2009 and simultaneously served as Deputy Minister of Finance, Deputy Minister of Federal-Provincial and International Relations, and Deputy Minister of Trade.  In December 2010, she was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Public Administration for Manitoba and in May 2013, awarded the Women of Distinction Award for Management and Leadership. Diane Grey currently serves on the boards of the Manitoba Technology Accelerator; Manitoba Film and Music; MITACS; the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Manitoba Division; the Canada West Foundation; the Associates of the Asper School of Business; and the World Trade Centre Winnipeg. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s and University of Winnipeg’s Joint Masters of Public Administration Program and has an undergraduate degree in political studies from the University of Manitoba.


PascalPascal Bélanger,
Vice-President & Chief Commercial Officer for the Winnipeg Airports Authority

As Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at the Winnipeg Airports Authority, Mr. Bélanger oversees all commercial activities at the Airport, including Air Service Development, Air Cargo, Marketing & Sales, Real Estate, as well Communications & Public Relations. He has a proven record of exceeding profitability goals, turning around underperforming units, and driving increased revenue and market share.

Prior to moving to Winnipeg in November 2010, Mr. Bélanger held the position of President & Chief Operating Officer at Aéroport de Québec inc., where he successfully provided strategic and operational leadership as well as managed the planning and construction phases of a major terminal redevelopment project, which was opened in 2008. In 2008 he received his designation as Chartered Director from McMaster University. In addition to his professional experience and educational background, he has traveled to over 115 countries around the World and holds a Commercial Pilot’s License since 1993.


Terry ShawTerry Shaw,
Executive Director, Manitoba Trucking Association

Terry oversees the planning and priorities of the Manitoba Trucking Association. Terry is the lead for political liaison, and relations with all levels of government, in both administrative and legislative functions.  He is also the lead on media relations and, along with members of the Executive, acts as a spokesperson for the industry. Terry is a regional Vice-President with the Canadian Trucking Alliance and a member of a variety of MTA committees, including the Executive and Board of Directors.  He also represents the MTA with his involvement with Trucking HR Canada, the Manitoba Employers Council, the Transportation and Environmental Leadership Council’s with the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, the Manitoba Chamber’s Economic Competitiveness Committee and other groups.  He is also a contributing editor to the Western Canada Highway News.


Bryan RichardsBryan Richards
President and CEO Global Transportation hub Saskatchewan (inland port)

Bryan Richards is President & CEO of the Global Transportation Hub, Canada’s premier inland port. He assumed the helm in August 2013 following a 15-year career as a key member of the Yanke Group of Companies’ senior executive team. With a career that spans three decades in the transportation industry, he joined the GTH with vast knowledge and network ties with senior supply chain circles in Canada and internationally. Bryan Richards is graduate of Laurentian University. He currently serves as a committee chair on the Saskatchewan Trucking Association board of directors.


Peter WallisPeter Wallis
President Van Horne Institute – Calgary Region Inland Port

Peter Wallis is the President & CEO of The Van Horne Institute, which is recognized within Canada and internationally as a North American leader in education and public policy research in transportation, supply chain management, logistics, and regulated industries.

Peter Wallis’ career has included senior positions at Canadian Airlines and in Ottawa as Legal Counsel for the Canadian Transport Commission and Executive Assistant to two federal ministers of transport. Mr. Wallis is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and serves on the Board of the Calgary International Film Festival, and the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.  He is Past Chairman of the Calgary Airport Authority, Past President of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Past Vice-Chair of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, and former member of AEDA (Alberta Economic Development Authority).


Frances SmeeFrances Smee
Chair of the Partnership of the Manitoba Capital Region
Reeve, Rural Municipality of Rosser

Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Rosser since 2010, Frances was born and raised in the city of Winnipeg. Her area of study is Fine Arts and, after spending 10 years in Vancouver working with children and the Arts, Frances returned to Manitoba in 2003, eventually taking over the family farm. Admittedly, having no interest in politics, she found a comfortable niche in her role as Reeve in collaborating with her municipal neighbours as a member of the Partnership of the Manitoba Capital Region. Elected to the Executive in 2011, Frances was then elected co-Chair of the PMCR with City of Winnipeg Councilor Janice Lukes in 2014. Firmly of the belief that a ‘high tide floats all boats’, she is committed to cooperative collaboration and teamwork across all boundaries.


Julien TurcotteJulien Turcotte
General Manager, CLD Vaudeuil Soulanges

A local development gateway and single service window for entrepreneurs, the CLD ( Centre local de développement ) offers start-up and expansion assistance services for businesses. Vaudreuil Soulanges is definitively the HEART of INTERMODALITY for the North East of America with his special and specific location. CLD work’s with local enterprises and is in charge of the national and international promotion in order to attract new investments.

Dave HuminickiDavid Huminicki, P.Eng., MBA,
Economic Development Section Head, Manitoba HydroBiography

Dave graduated with an Engineering Degree and an MBA from the University of Manitoba. Dave leads Manitoba Hydro’s Economic Development team where he brings his passion to working with the community, site selectors, and new industrial customers to optimize Manitoba’s advantages for the long-term benet of all parties. Dave is a Charter Member, past Director, and Fellow of the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) and currently serves as a Director of the Utility Economic Development Association (UEDA). He is also a member of the Economic Development Association of Canada and the Economic Development Association of Manitoba.