Board

Current Board Members

  • Matt Erhard – President

    Matt Erhard is the Managing Partner at Winnipeg office of Summit Search Group. He comes from an award-winning sales career in the medical and dental industries. Matt belongs to a number of organizations throughout Manitoba’s business and not-for-profit communities, including the Winnipeg Executives Association, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and the Young Associates. He is also an active Board Member of KidSport Winnipeg. Please feel free to contact him at: president@futureleadersofmanitoba.ca

  • Patricia Katz – Past President and Alumni Relations

    Patricia Katz 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.

  • Kathy Kerr – Past President

    Kathy Kerr works in the field of adult EAL education at Red River College Language Training Centre. She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Wilfred Laurier University and a Masters of Applied Linguistics from the University of New England. After having lived in a number of places in Canada and around the world, she has found her home in Winnipeg and is a proud Manitoban. Kathy has been involved with the Future Leaders of Manitoba since 2007, and looks forward to celebrating the people and province of Manitoba each year in January.

  • Jessica Schofield – Executive Vice President

    Jessica Schofield 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 has been a member of FLM for the last three years and is enthusiastic in playing a role in supporting and assisting the future leaders of our province. She can be reached at evp@futureleadersofmanitoba.ca

  • Zayla Saunders – Community Relations

    Zayla Saunders is Regional Account Manager at Value Partners Investments, an investment firm founded in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her passion for helping Canadians navigate their financial roadmaps brought her into a career in the financial services industry.

    Zayla graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelors of Arts degree majoring in Sociology and Business. She holds certifications from the Insurance Council of Manitoba and Investment Funds Institute of Canada. She is currently studying to attain her CIM designation.

    Zayla is a strong advocate for community-driven initiatives and regularly volunteers for the Winnipeg Humane Society. A proud Manitoban, she looks to support the opportunities it cultivates for other future leaders around her and looks forward to helping fuel the rapid growth of Manitoba for years to come.

  • Katerina Bletnitsky – Community Relations

    Katerina holds a Bachelor degree in International Business from the University of Manitoba, as well as a Technical Communication diploma from Red River College. Katerina is a Sr. Program Manager in the Community Relations Department at Great-West Life, where she is responsible for all philanthropic initiatives in the province of Manitoba.

    Katerina is trilingual, and has a strong sense of devotion to the nonprofit sector. She loves Manitoba, and is proud to celebrate those who make a strong impact in the community. Please feel free to contact her at Katerina.Bletnitsky@gwl.ca

  • Andi Sharma – Alumni Relations

    Andi Sharma works for the Government of Manitoba’s Northern Healthy Foods Initiative, a program designed to localize northern food systems so as to alleviate the severe and ongoing food security crisis affecting Manitoba’s remote communities. She is a published social researcher, a TEDxTalk speaker, a Huffington Post columnist, a United Nations Development Programme Ambassador, a dedicated community builder, and a strong believer in the remarkable talent that Manitoba has to offer the country and the world.

    She holds an Honours Undergraduate Degree in International Business and Finance, a Masters Degree in Public Administration and she is currently earning her pilot’s license to fly healthy food to the far reaches of Canada’s northlands.

  • Kirah Sapong – Marketing & Web

    Kirah Sapong is a UX designer and developer with a background in graphic design, motion design, and content writing. She is the partner and co-founder of a Canadian-based online health and wellness digital publishing platform. She is a strong believer in the value of entrepreneurship, community activism, and supporting and nourishing Manitoba’s ever-growing network of young and ambitious talent.

    Kirah holds a Creative Communications diploma from Red River College. Formerly, she was associate editor and contributor for a large online content platform educating and empowering woman in the areas of personal finance and wealth management.

  • Jessica Kmiec – Marketing & Social

    Jessica graduated from Red River College’s Business Administration program with a major in marketing. In her graduating year she received the Academic Achievement Award for the highest GPA with a marketing specialization. She has over 10 year’s experience in retail and sales and enjoys freelancing as a makeup artist on the side. Currently she works as an Account Coordinator on the sponsorship team managing relationships and helping bands build awareness. Through her work, education, and freelancing Jessica has gained experience in networking, relationship building, and social media management.

  • Mike Trakalo – Marketing & Social

    Mike Trakalo is the social media specialist at Bold Commerce and has specialized in digital marketing and eCommerce for the latter half of the decade.

    Mike has a Bachelors Degree in Rhetoric and Communications from the University of Winnipeg and a Creative Communications Diploma from Red River College, where he specialized in Advertising

    When Mike is not sharing social media expertise, he is helping local and global eCommerce entrepreneurs and small business owners launch, run, and grow their online stores.

  • Lesley Hamilton – Past President & Founder

    Lesley joined Investors Group after completing her Finance degree at the University of Manitoba. Prior to joining Investors Group, she had worked at both the brokerage and bank levels at RBC Royal Bank.

    Lesley has completed her ‘Certified Financial Planning’ (CFP) designation. Her mark on the ‘Financial Planning Standards Council’ (FPSC) final exam was one of the top three in Canada, earning her a spot on the FPSC President’s List for outstanding performance.

    In 2012 Lesley and her business partner, Corwin Bergen, co-branded their practise as ‘Hamilton Bergen Private Wealth Management’ and focused their practise on providing comprehensive financial planning advice to business owners and incorporated professionals.

    Lesley is the founder and past president of the ‘Future Leaders of Manitoba Council Inc. An organization that works with the Business Council of Manitoba to attract, retain and recognize young professionals in the Province of Manitoba. Lesley sits on the boards of Dasch Inc., and Rossbrook House and is a long-time supporter of Special Olympics Manitoba.

  • Andrew Kirk – Past President & Co-Founder, Finance Lead

    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 reach him at finance@futureleadersofmanitoba.ca.

  • Jordan Farber – Co-Founder

    Jordan is one of the founding members of the Future Leaders of Manitoba and 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 received both his Bachelor of Arts and MBA from the University of Manitoba. Since completing his MBA, he has been working at Qualico, one of Western Canada’s largest real estate developers.

    In addition to his involvement with Future Leaders of Manitoba, Jordan has volunteered with organizations such as Winnipeg Harvest, United Way, RaY Inc., Siloam Mission, University of Manitoba, Red River College and a number of inner city schools. Jordan also sits on the Homelessness Committee for Downtown Winnipeg Biz and was just named to the B’nai Brith Canada National Board. Furthermore, he is a founding board member of the Main Street Project Foundation, a not for profit organization that helps Winnipeg’s most vulnerable residents.

     

Past Board Members

  • Sina Barkman – Past Board Member & FLM Founding Member

  • Chrystle McConnell – Past Member

  • Kelly Clement – Past Member

  • Cassondra Campbell – Past Member

  • Jeremy Feuer – Past Board Member

  • Chris Loewen – Past Board Member and President

  • Shelley Cook – Past Member

  • Tanya Derksen – Past Board Member

  • Meryl Kaye De Leon – Past Board Member

  • Toby Bartlett – Past Board Member

  • Callum MacAngus – Past Board Member

  • Gloria Blacklaw – Past Board Member

  • Kerilee Raven – Past Board Member

  • Aaron Ingram – Past Board Member

  • Jen Kennedy – Past Board Member

  • Donavan Robinson – Past Board Member