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.
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.
Nominations for the Winnipeg Football Club Board of Directors will be open annually during the fall to fill upcoming vacancies if applicable.
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
Mike Pyle, Chair
Mike Pyle became Chair of the Board in January 2022 after previously serving as Vice Chair. Mike is the CEO of The Exchange Income Corporation, a position he has held since the company’s inception, along with the position of director. Mike also sits on the CentrePort Canada Board where he serves as the Audit Chair, as well as the St. Mary’s Academy Foundation Board where he is a member of the Finance Committee. Mike is a past Manitoba Hydro board member. Active in amateur sport, Mike is the Past-President of Softball Manitoba and previously sat on its Board and Audit Committee. A life-long Bomber fan and season ticket holder, Mike has an MBA from the University of Manitoba and holds his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Barb Gamey, Vice Chair
Barb Gamey became Vice Chair of the Board in January 2022. Barb is a co-founder of Payworks, one of Canada’s largest national providers of Payroll, Human Resource, Time and Absence Management solutions located in Winnipeg with ten regional offices and over 300 employees across Canada.
Barb is dedicated to community involvement: she sits on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Board of Directors, the Business Council of Manitoba’s Board of Directors, the TELUS Manitoba Community Board, is the vice-chair of the Premier’s Enterprise Team in Manitoba, and served as United Way Winnipeg’s 2018 Campaign Chair. She is an ongoing supporter of numerous other community and charitable organizations.
Scott Sissons, Treasurer
Scott Sissons, CPA, CA, became Treasurer of the Board in January 2020 after previously serving as Corporate Secretary. Scott is a partner at KPMG LLP with more than 22 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 Chartered Professional Accountant. Scott’s other community involvement includes: Board Member and Treasurer of Valour FC, Board Member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Past-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Past-Treasurer 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.
Kevin Neiles, CRM, CAIB, Corporate Secretary
Kevin Neiles became the Corporate Secretary of the Board in January 2020. Kevin Neiles is the Chief Marketing Officer and 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.
Dayna Spiring, Past Chair
Dayna Spiring was Chair of the Board of Directors and Lead Governor on the CFL’s Board of Governors for a three-year term ending December 31, 2021, after previously serving as Vice Chair and Corporate Secretary. Dayna will now continue to serve on the Board as Past Chair. Dayna is the President & CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg (EDW), encompassing EDW, YES! Winnipeg and Tourism Winnipeg. Prior to joining EDW, she was the Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel with the Canadian Wheat Board. Dayna is currently serving as the Chair of the 2022 United Way Winnipeg Campaign as well as a Director for Winpak Ltd. and CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.
Neil Armstrong is the President and CFO of Warehouse One, a national specialty apparel retail chain with 123 stores and nearly 1,000 employees across Canada. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of four affiliated retail companies including Bootlegger, Ricki’s, Cleo and Suzanne’s as well as two affiliated service entities in Comark Services and Parian Logistics. Including Warehouse One, Neil has a role in leading and governing nearly 500 retail stores across Canada.
Winnipeg born and raised and a proud Bomber for Life, Neil has enjoyed a very successful and rewarding career since receiving his CA designation in 1997. His passion for the Bombers comes from his childhood and he has proudly passed down this passion to his children. Neil understands the commitment necessary to play a sport at a high level and is excited to join the Board to apply his professional knowledge and experience to a position that provides governance over an organization that has deep roots in this community and in his heart.
Karen Fonseth, ICD.D.
Karen Fonseth, ICD.D is the Chief Executive Officer of DASCH Inc., a non-profit organization established in 1974 dedicated to exploring and meeting the residential, day program, respite and foster care needs of youth and adults; supporting people living in over 50 homes throughout Winnipeg. Karen’s career has been dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults both nationally and globally over the past 25 years at a senior executive level.
In 2015 Karen graduated from the GMP, Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. Karen was recognized and awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal of Honor in 2013 for her life-long contribution toward benefitting the lives of children and youth throughout the Province of Manitoba and Canada.
Shaun Hauser is the President and Co-Founder of Wellington-Altus Private Wealth, a Canada-wide comprehensive wealth management company established in 2017. Shaun is a successful Investment Advisor in Winnipeg and has worked in the field since receiving his Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree from the University of Manitoba in 1998. He has extensive experience in the management and organization of departments and companies in the wealth management industry. Shaun also worked for Wellington West, where he managed operations and sales for the company’s asset management subsidiary. Recently, Shaun served on the executive committee of NBF Wealth Management, where he was VP of Advisor Strategy and Support.
Shaun is a life-long Winnipeg Blue Bombers fan and a season ticket holder for the past 10 years. He is thrilled to give back to a Club that has given him so much since he was a boy.
Carmine Militano, P.Eng.
Carmine Militano is the President of Bockstael Construction, Manitoba’s Builder for over 110 years. He is focused on Bockstael’s growth agenda and is an acknowledged specialist in the practice of strategic business planning and project management, . Carmine brings a “360 degree perspective” to the Bockstael team with more than 40 years’ experience across the entire design-construct life cycle including consulting, manufacturing and construction.
Carmine has served on a number of Boards and is currently the Chair of the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation Board, a Director on the St. Boniface Hospital Board, and Past Chair of the Holy Names House of Peace Board.
For the better part of 40 years, Carmine and his wife Nancy have been season ticket holders of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Having grown up in a “Bomber household”, Carmine and Nancy’s three children are also avid Bomber fans.
Frank Robinson became a member of the board in February of 2021 and also serves on the Blue Bomber Alumni Board of Directors. Over the course of Robinson’s 10-year CFL career, he won two Grey Cups Championships (1984 with Bombers, 1986 with Tiger-Cats), and was a two-time Eastern All Star as well as serving as a CFL Players Association Representative. Robinson worked for companies such as Coca-Cola (Director of Regional Sales), AT&T, and Tim Hortons (Owner/Operator) and is currently owner of a Chicken Chef restaurant location in Winnipeg. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Art in Economics from Tulane University, and after finishing his professional football career, he has remained an avid Blue Bombers supporter and an active member in the Winnipeg community.
Garth Waddell is Vice President of Exchange Income Corporation, a diversified acquisition-oriented public company with operations focused in aerospace and aviation services, equipment and manufacturing. Waddell holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. He has held leadership positions with several Winnipeg-based public companies during his 35-year business career with experience in accounting, finance, operations oversight, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic planning. Waddell has volunteered at numerous athletic events over the years including the Pan Am Games and the Brier. Waddell has had a life-long affinity for the CFL and especially for his hometown Blue Bombers.