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Our Facilitators

We are proud of the facilitators of the Local Business Restart Project. They are all professional people who understand the complexity of operating a business in a time that requires clear strategic thinking, quick decision making, and creating pivoting opportunities daily. They are leaders in their field and are passionate about elevating other business owners.

Aaron Newnham, The Marketing Department

AARON NEWNHAM, OWNER, TMD MARKETING

The Marketing Department delivers affordable digital marketing solutions for small and medium sized businesses. Services offered by The Marketing Department include:

  • Your website is one of the first places that a potential customer decides whether or not they want to do business with you. TMD develops websites that are attractive, fast  & deliver results. 

  • Social media is hard to do on your own. TMD will help you develop a nonstop stream of relevant content and provide the tools to engage with customers across all social channels, every single day.

  • Nearly every small business has a website, but very few are doing enough to stand out when potential customers are looking to buy? Ask TMD how to get to the first page of Google! 

  • Email marketing is a smart, affordable way to stay connected with clients so you can grow your business. In fact, marketers still consider email the best way to get new followers and keep them.

  • TMD's innovative, digital advertising solutions are designed to drive the best performance for every marketing dollar. Extend your reach on Google & Facebook today!

  • Every minute, businesses are being shaped by what customers are saying in reviews about them online. TMD will provide you with a way to see what your customers are saying and a platform to join the conversation.

  • Consumers depend on accurate listings when searching for local businesses online. Get your business listed in the right places and make sure those listings are accurate!

Ashleigh Hamm, Create Marketing

ASHLEIGH HAMM, OWNER, CREATE MARKETING

After completing her education in Business Administration specializing in Marketing, Ashleigh began her marketing and communications career at the Brandon Chamber of Commerce. Since then, she has gained a tremendous amount of hands-on skills and knowledge specifically in traditional marketing, digital marketing, event planning and communications.

 

Ashleigh has worked in a variety of business sectors including hospitality, tourism, finance and manufacturing. In addition, she has worked with small start ups and sole proprietors promoting both products and services.

Ashleigh sits on the Membership Committee at the Brandon Chamber of Commerce and is currently continuing her education by working towards her Digital Marketing Certification through McMaster University.

On the personal side, she also owns Ashleigh Hamm Photography, lives in Brandon, Manitoba with her husband Myran, three-year-old son Kash, newborn baby Crew, and their chihuahua Stella.

Anders Boulanger, Engagify

ANDERS BOULANGER, FOUNDER & CEO, ENGAGIFY

Anders Boulanger CSP is founder and CEO of Engagify. For nearly two decades he's been travelling the world with his team of Certified Infotainers creating crowds of interested prospects and presenting brand defining performances in the trade show exhibits of the fastest growing companies. After logging thousands of hours of engaging all kinds of people at all kinds of events around the world, he has codified engagement and now trains teams and individuals how to engage their prospects, customers, and teammates so that they can deepen connection and command attention.

Charmaine Jennings, Strategic Charm Boutique

CHARMAINE JENNINGS, OWNER, STRATEGIC CHARM BOUTIQUE

"I’m passionate about female entrepreneurship, my ultimate goal is to lift other women up so they can succeed in their business. There are likely plenty of other bosses out there who do what you, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for your brand to stand out and (in the words of Rihanna) “shine bright like a diamond.” Your products and services might be similar to the ones offered by the girl next door, but there’s no one out there who has your flare, your determination, or your passion. It’s my job to help you shine the light beaming from your unique qualities towards the digital space. Trust me, there are people out there waiting to be blinded by it!

 

Ever since I was a kid I knew I wanted to build my own business from the ground up. The type of business I wanted to run changed numerous times from a babysitting business, to a bakery, to a photography studio. But running my own boutique marketing and PR agency is something I’ve dreamed of for a long time. Throughout my time in university and college, I became obsessed with social media marketing and the power it has to allow brands to grow an online community with people all over the world, so it made sense to turn that obsession into a super awesome business venture. Now one year old, I can say that launching Strategic Charm Boutique was one of the best decisions of my life, and I can’t wait to see what year two has in store."

Deri Latimer

DERI LATIMER, BMgt(HR), CSP - positivity speaking

A TEDx Speaker, Author and Organizational Consultant, Deri's message is based in research and grounded in practicality. Combining the wisdom from neuroscience and positive psychology with the experience of living in a complex world, Deri inspires us all to create happy and healthy places for people to work and live!

Coralee Grimm, Culture Co.

CORALEE GRIMM, CO-OWNER, CULTURE CO

Coralee finds herself in many streams of Culture Co. from creative and design, collaboration enthusiast, authentic content creation and social strategy to cultural branding and marketing.

After studying marketing and design for business she soon realized that the ethos of culture needed to be created first. Culture in its broadest sense is cultivated behaviours that are directly evolving and nuanced through design. The effects of design are profound as it generates behaviours that directly impact your business and your following.

Design-driven branding is her ultimate ambition, creating a brand that speaks your cultural values, to your team, your peers and your clientele. Coralee loves to bring who you are to your brand. Ultimately her diversified experience from magazine writing, building homes, weddings and travel, has given her the opportunities to understand that people love to tell their story and live their style.

Cate Friesen, The Story Source

CATE FRIESEN, OWNER, THE STORY SOURCE

As the driving force of The Story Source, Cate Friesen helps you discover and tell your essential stories, the ones that will move your work forward, and inspire others to act with you. She is a story practitioner, facilitator, trainer and keynote presenter who draws on over 25 years of experience as an award-winning CBC producer, documentary maker, entrepreneur, and performer. She also hosts and produces a podcast focused on women in business, called Here’s How It’s Done.

JODIE ROMANOW - TRU BOOKKEEPING

Jodie is the sole proprietor of TRU Bookkeeping services, a cloud based business in Manitoba, serving the Parkland and surrounding area. Jodie has over 12 years experience in bookkeeping, payroll and HR for small businesses. She is Quickbooks Advance Certified and she has experience in all the services she offers and in working with other data management systems. She is outgoing, trustworthy and great to work with!!

Kimberley Halway, Infinity CDC

KIMBERLEY HALWAS, FOUNDER, INFINITY CAREER & DEVELOPMENT CONSULTING

Kimberley brings with her 16 years of combined coaching, consulting and training experience within specialties including workforce development, facilitation, vocational rehabilitation, career development and employment/retirement coaching, offering both in-person and virtual delivery. After working in the not-for-profit and private sectors, she launched Infinity Career & Development Consulting in 2018 (www.infinitycdc.ca).

Kimberley is a member of Career Professionals of Canada and is committed to continuous learning and engagement in professional development. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg, she has completed a Certificate in Adult Continuing Education, Certificate in Rehabilitation Case Management and a Career / Employment Coach Certificate. She offers one-to-one and small group coaching, workshops and retreats, and has customized training for educational institutions, associations, government programs, not-for-profits, and private companies. 

Michael Mikulak, Food & Beverage Manitoba

MICHAEL MIKULAK PHD (HE/HIM), EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. FOOD & BEVERAGE MANITOBA

Michael is the former Vice President of Community Impact at United Way Halton and Hamilton where he led the transformation of the team from an umbrella funder to a strategic investor in solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing the most vulnerable members of the community. He has a track record of raising millions of dollars, launching innovative new programs, and nurturing high performance teams during times of intense organizational change. 

 

Michael holds a PhD from McMaster University and is an Adjunct Professor in the Sustainable Futures Program at McMaster. Michael is also the author of the book “The Politics of the Pantry: Stories, Food and Social Change” and has previously worked as a municipal grant manager, urban agriculture consultant, and founder and owner of Common Ground Teaching Farm, an environmentally focused micro-farm that teaches people how to grow, cook, and sustain themselves and the planet through nourishing food.
He is passionate about the community and bringing together people to look at old problems in new ways.

 

In his spare time Michael is an avid back-country camper, gardener, cook, triathlete and family man with two daughters and a labradoodle. He grew up in Winnipeg and is excited to be returning to the city that is home to his family and to refocus his efforts on promoting and enhancing the ability of his home province to support the food and beverage processing sector.​

NIcki Bullock, Culture Co

NICKI BULLOCK, CO-OWNER, CULTURE CO

Nicki has spent the last 17 years engaging and cultivating the most effective, loyal teams impacting culture everywhere she goes. Her philosophy is deeply rooted in understanding your core values and strengths that impact all aspects of your business and your brand.

She is an agent of change and believes that stagnancy leads to the death of all creativity and growth as a business. 'So many entrepreneurs have focused so hard on what they want their culture & brand to be (we call those buzz words) but forget to acknowledge that they then need to live those values each and every day'

Nicki's passion is cutting through those buzz words and getting to the truth behind your true commitment to create a sustainable, profitable and aligned business. Her vision is to create a better world through activating elevated leadership in every business. 

WTC Winnipeg logo

WORLD TRADE CENTRE WINNIPEG

The World Trade Centre Winnipeg (WTC Winnipeg) is a bilingual private sector-led organisation and the leading trade organisation for the Province of Manitoba. The WTC Winnipeg caters to the business community by acting as an information portal for Manitoba entrepreneurs.


Equipped with access to extensive market research databases and privileged access to global leaders through its membership with the World Trade Centers Association, the WTC Winnipeg is a key resource for those seeking comprehensive information, research and connections. They also identify ways of simplifying the import/export process for their clients’ products and services in the right markets with the right partners.


The WTC Winnipeg’s core objective is to work with Manitoba companies in gaining the confidence, training, tools and network of contacts essential to compete locally, nationally and internationally.