Winnipeg Football Club Board of Directors
The Winnipeg Football Club is a not-for-profit, community organization governed by a 13-member volunteer board of directors. It is a business much like many other community organizations in Manitoba such as the Manitoba Theatre Centre, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
The role of the Board is to consider and collaborate with management on the development of a strategic plan for the business and to oversee its implementation. The board hires the President and CEO and this is the only employee who reports directly to the Board. The running of the business is delegated to the President and CEO whose performance is formally evaluated annually by the Board.
In accordance with stadium funding and management arrangements, WFC has committed to the funding and community stakeholders to appoint to its Board a nominee from each of the City of Winnipeg and Province of Manitoba, as well as to remain a community-owned non-share not for profit corporation drawing its members and directors from the Winnipeg and Manitoba community.
As you can see in our corporate bylaws, the Board has executive officers and committees which often work with management to provide guidance and advice as needed. We strive to be a governance board and are not involved in the day-to-day business or football operations of the Club.
Nomination for the Winnipeg Football Club Board of Directors
On April 23, 2013, the Winnipeg Football Club Board of Directors announced a public nomination process to fill all future new Director positions. The WFC Board also announced the introduction of established retirement dates for existing Directors which will see one to three Directors rotated out over the next six to seven years.
During an open nomination period, anyone interested in serving on the Board of the WFC and who possesses the appropriate qualifications is invited to submit an application or nominate a person who has given permission to submit their name. Once that nomination period closes, each application will be reviewed by the Governance and Nominating Committee of the WFC Board. Once qualified candidates have been identified, the full Board of Directors will elect the new Board member(s).
To learn about the qualifications necessary to sit on the WFC Board of Directors, click here.
Current Winnipeg Football Club Board Members
Jeff Martin, Chair
Jeff became Chair of the Board of Directors in January 2016 after previously serving as Vice-Chair and Treasurer. In addition, Jeff is a Lead Governor on the CFL Board of Governors. Jeff is a Partner with Deloitte, LLP and has been with the firm for the past 25 years. In his role as a Chartered Professional Accountant, he has provided extensive advice on financial reporting, governance and strategy to dozens of boards of directors in Manitoba throughout his career. Jeff is heavily involved in the community through volunteer roles on various boards and finance committees, and served as President and Finance Chair for Southwood Golf & Country Club’s relocation to St. Norbert in 2011. Jeff also has more than 20 years of football experience, playing in the Canadian Junior Football League and coaching for many years.
Dayna Spiring, Vice Chair
Dayna became Vice Chair of the Board of Directors in January 2016 after previously serving as Corporate Secretary. Dayna is the President & CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg. Prior to joining Economic Development Winnipeg, she was the Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel with the Canadian Wheat Board. Dayna is currently serving as a Director for a number of Manitoba companies including Manitoba Hydro and Winpak Ltd. Dayna served as a Director for Special Olympics Manitoba and lead the team that brought Gold Medal Plates to Winnipeg. Gold Medal Plates is a prestigious national event which raises significant funds for Canada’s Olympic athletes.
Bill Baines, Treasurer
Bill Baines is the President and CEO of OMT Technologies Inc. and AML Wireless Networks Inc. and is the former President and COO of Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS), with over 35 years of senior management experience. Bill brings extensive corporate and community Board experience, currently involved with the Institute of Corporate Directors – Manitoba Chapter Executive, the Asper School of Business Associates Board of Directors, the Manitoba Museum Foundation Board of Governors and a Committee of the Board for Exchange Income Corporation. Bill has an MBA and his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Bill Baines is the President and CEO of AML Wireless Networks Inc. and OMT Technologies Inc., and is the former President and COO of Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS). He brings extensive corporate and community Board experience, currently sitting on the Institute of Corporate Directors – Manitoba Chapter Executive Committee, the Asper School of Business Associates Board of Directors, and the Manitoba Museum Board of Governors.
Chris Lorenc, Corporate Secretary
Chris Lorenc has been President of the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association for 23 years and president of the Western Canada Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association for 19 years where he has been responsible for all aspects of management, advocacy, public and government relations. He served on Winnipeg’s City Council from 1983 until he retired in 1992. Chris is an active member of the Canadian Construction Association), serves as Vice-Chair of CentrePort Canada Board of Directors and Chair of its Governance & Nominations Committee, is a management representative on the Manitoba Labour Board, and has served on a number of civic and provincial policy related task forces.
Ossama A. AbouZeid
Ossama AbouZeid is CEO of Kraus Global Inc., a Winnipeg based, world leader in manufacturing of dispensers for alternative fuels. Ossama was formerly the President & CFO of Buhler Industries Inc. He has also spent more than 25 years in the construction industry, not just in Canada but also in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. During that time, he has worked on all manner of projects including hotels, hospitals, embassies, office buildings, manufacturing facilities and residential developments. Ossama’s past Board experience includes Kraus Global, Inter-H, Agri-Tec Canada, Balmoral Hall School and Buhler Industries Inc.
Kenny Boyce is the City’s representative on the Board. As the Manager of Film and Special Events for the City of Winnipeg, Kenny has earned his reputation as a highly effective problem solver with an extensive history of leadership and positive contributions to our community. He is a veteran organizer of local, national and international events who has played a key role in Winnipeg’s marquee events including the 1999 Pan Am Games, the opening of Investors Group Field, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Tour of Winnipeg and the historic opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. On a year-round basis, Kenny is also responsible for fulfilling the filming needs of international producers, performers and location managers who use Winnipeg as the site for their productions.
Craig Evans is the Chief Executive Officer for Granny’s Poultry Cooperative, and also serves as Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors. Craig has over 30 years of business management, human resource, and marketing experience in food manufacturing and agriculture with a national consulting firm, major food manufacturer and a multi-national agricultural and biotechnology company. Craig holds a B.Comm from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from Queen’s University and has served on several industry, organization, and community boards. Craig has spent his career developing and implementing unique and practical business strategies to help companies flourish and grow. Despite growing up in Vancouver and Montreal, Craig has been a longtime fan and supporter of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Barb Gamey is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Payworks, a national workforce management service provider located in Winnipeg with ten regional offices and 200 employees across Canada. Barb is dedicated to community involvement; she is the Past President of Southwood Golf & Country Club, the Current Chair of the Prairie Theatre Exchange Foundation Trust, and the former Chair of the Women’s Enterprise Centre, as well as an ongoing supporter of numerous other community and charitable organizations.
Kevin Neiles is the president of the prairie region of Arthur J. Gallagher Canada Limited. Kevin began his insurance career with Ranger Insurance in 1986 and became a partner in 1988. Kevin was a board member of the Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba from 1992 to 1998, serving as president in 1997. He also served as director with the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada in 1997 & 1998. Kevin has a bachelor of physical education from the University of Manitoba and is a Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) honours graduate. He also earned his Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation from the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Education. Kevin played four years in the CFL (Montreal, Winnipeg, and Calgary), winning the Grey Cup in 1984 with the Bombers. Kevin and his wife Tracy have two sons, Garrett and Adam.
Priti Shah is the chief executive officer of PRAXIS Conflict Consulting, a Manitoba-based company specializing in governance, management and dispute resolution. Priti is a lawyer, arbitrator, mediator, investigator, and facilitator and focuses on preventative and problem-solving strategies for organizations and individuals. She has travelled to 64 countries and is committed to international development and volunteer service. Priti has attended Winnipeg Blue Bombers games with her dad since 1972 and happily continues this tradition with her daughter.
Scott Sissons, CPA, CA, is a partner at KPMG LLP with more than 19 years of experience providing accounting, auditing, and advisory services to the public, private, not-for-profit, and government sectors. Scott holds a bachelor of commerce from the University of Manitoba and is a certified public accountant (Colorado). Scott’s other community involvement includes serving as treasurer and board member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Audit & Finance Committee of the United Way of Winnipeg. Scott previously served as a Council Member of the Manitoba Institute of Chartered Accountants from 2011 to 2015. Scott grew up on a family farm in Portage La Prairie and has been a long-time, avid supporter of the Blue Bombers.
Marnie Strath has owned her own Marketing firm since 2009 and is the former Director of Marketing for the Winnipeg Free Press. Marnie is heavily involved in local community and charity events and is also on the Board of Riverview Hospital, the Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation and a Committee Member of the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation.
Marnie has past affiliations with Special Olympics Manitoba, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Metro Business Club, Rainbow Society of Manitoba, Alzheimer Society, Camp Manitou and many others.