Winnipeg Blue Bombers 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.
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. Dayna is the Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel of the Canada Wheat Board where she also serves as the Corporate Secretary to the Board. Prior to joining Canada Wheat Board, she practised corporate commercial and securities law in Winnipeg. Dayna has served as a Director for Special Olympics Manitoba for the past seven years, 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.
Brock Bulbuck, Past Chair
Brock severed as Chair of the Board of Directors from April 2013 to January 2016. He has also served as Vice-Chair and Treasurer. Brock is the President, CEO and Trustee of the Boyd Group Income Fund, a TSX listed company. The Boyd Group is the largest collision repair centre operator in North America with over 280 locations in Canada, and the U.S. Brock is also a Director of the Pan Am Clinic Foundation. He was born in Russell, Manitoba and grew up on his family’s farm.
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.
Vince Barletta is the Province of Manitoba’s representative on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Board of Directors. Vince is currently the Director of Community and Economic Development for Manitoba’s Priorities and Planning Committee of Cabinet and is also a member of the Economic Development Winnipeg Board of Directors, and the Sons of Italy Garibaldi Lodge. Vince was raised in Brandon, Manitoba where he attended Brandon University. After graduation, Vince was elected to Brandon City Council (2002, 2006) representing the Rosser Ward.
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.
Bob Cameron is a popular Winnipeg Blue Bombers alumni, having played 23 seasons as the team’s punter from 1980 – 2002, winning Grey Cups in 1984, 1988 and 1990. Bob remains the CFL’s all-time leading punter with 134,301 regular season punting yards and the consecutive game record with 353 games played in a row. He is a four-time CFL All-star and a six-time divisional All-star. In 2005, he was named one of the Blue Bombers 20 All-Time Greats and was elected into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2010. Bob owns a home renovation business and lives in Winnipeg with his wife Louise and their four children.
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.
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.
Jamie Wilson is Commissioner with the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba and was formerly the Director of Education for the Opaskwayak Educational Authority Inc. Not only does he have a strong background in education as both a teacher and administrator, Jamie has also spent a number of years in military service in both Canada and the US. Most notably, Jamie served as an Elite Forces Ranger with the 75th Ranger Regiment, US Special Operations Command. He is currently enrolled in the Institute of Corporate Directors Governance program at the University of Manitoba.