Board Member Profiles

Crystal Laborero - Board Chair

Crystal is currently principal at Laborero Consulting and the former Director, Human Resources with Tribal Wi-Chi-Way-Win Capital Corporation. She has worked ten years with the Royal Bank, including opening the first on-reserve branch in Manitoba. Crystal was also the Founding CEO of Aski Financial and Director of Aboriginal Relations for the United Way of Winnipeg. She has worked with the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and Business Council of Manitoba, and is the first Indigenous woman in Manitoba history to be appointed Chair of the Manitoba Women's Advisory Council. Crystal has her ICD.D designation and is the past chair of the Winnipeg Convention Centre and is currently sitting on the boards of Manitoba Blue Cross and End Homelessness Winnipeg. Crystal has served on the ACU board since 2011 and is a member of the Governance & Ethics Committee and the Human Resources Policy & Compensation Committee.

Alain Molgat - Vice Chair

Alain is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and President of Alain Molgat Consulting Ltd. Prior to his retirement he was an Assurance Partner with MNP LLP and Hall Molgat, Public Accountants. Alain has worked for over 30 years with Manitoba First Nations' governments and their economic development enterprises in the roles of trusted advisor and audit engagement partner. Alain was a member of the legacy ACU board for seven years, where he sat on the Audit & Risk Management and Investment Committees. He is a past board member of the Public Utilities Board of Manitoba and has been an active volunteer with the CED sector. He is currently the Secretary-Treasurer of Community Ownership Solutions Inc. and a member of the Trustee Appointment and Advisory Committee for the Sayisi Dene First Nation Relocation Settlement Trust. Alain has served on the ACU board since 2013, was Board Chair from 2017 to 2019, and is currently a member of the Human Resources Policy & Compensation Committee.

Dennis Anderson - Director

Dennis was President of Brandon University between 1990 and 2000, and has extensive experience as a management consultant and business educator. He holds a BSc, an MBA, and a PhD in business. He has served on a number of corporate and public sector Boards, including: Centra Gas (Manitoba), and he served on its Audit Committee; the Governing Council of the National Research Council of Canada; Canadian Aboriginal Business Council (Manitoba Region); Brandon Chamber of Commerce; and the University of Swaziland; as well as several national, regional, and provincial Boards of University Presidents. Dennis has served on the ACU board since 2008 and is the Chair of the Nominating Committee and a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.

Kevin Freedman - Director

Kevin is an award winning leader, volunteer, educator, and social entrepreneur. He is an instructor in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Winnipeg and offers board education and facilitation services for non-profit organizations through his company the Governance Guru. A passionate director, he currently sits on the boards of Greenpeace Canada, the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg, and is chair of the Sexuality Education Resource Centre. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg and a Master's degree in Non-Profit Management and Leadership. Kevin has his ACCUD designation and has served on the ACU board since 2014 and is the Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee and a member of the Governance & Ethics Committee.

Marina James - Director

Marina is currently the CEO of the Winnipeg Real Estate Board (WinnipegREALTORS) and serves on the Board of Directors of Manitoba Blue Cross, as well as being the Board Chair of Manitoba Hydro. She is the former CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg Inc., where she worked with a 34-partner committee to address issues that affect poverty reduction, infrastructure development, real estate development and sector growth in the Winnipeg Partnership on Economic Development. She also led an Indigenous Economic Development working group, and created the Healthy City Strategy for Winnipeg. Marina holds an MBA, with a major in Finance, and is the past Chairperson of the Board of the Manitoba Hotel Association, Tourism Winnipeg, and the Manitoba Tourism Education Council. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Manitoba Hydro, Manitoba’s largest Crown Corporation, a position she has held since 2018. Marina has served on the ACU board since 2018 and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.

Paul Lacap - Director

For most of his marketing career, Paul has provided strategic and operational leadership within digital marketing agencies. Working at the intersection of marketing and technology, Paul has conceived and deployed hundreds of global marketing campaigns, loyalty platforms and digital platforms for consumer brands like PepsiCo., Disney, and Kimberly-Clark. In 2017, Paul took a departure from agency life and began leading a digital transformation as the Director, Digital Strategy & Engagement at the University of Manitoba. Paul has also actively participated as a thought leader on numerous industry councils and boards including The Canadian Marketing Association, The Brand Activation Association, The Association of National Advertisers, and Loyalty360. Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from York University. Paul is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), PRINCE2 Practitioner and in Prosci Change Management. In addition to his professional career, Paul has volunteered with numerous committees and boards including United Way, Imagine Canada, University of Manitoba Business School Foundation, Red River College, Futurpreneur, CCEDNET, and the Manitoba Marathon Foundation. Paul has served on the ACU board since 2015 and is the Chair of the Human Resources Policy & Compensation Committee and a member of the Governance & Ethics Committee.

Anne Lindsey - Director

Anne is an experienced manager in the nonprofit sector, having served as Executive Director of Local Investment Toward Employment (LITE), after leading the Manitoba Eco-Network for over twenty years. Anne has held a variety of Board positions, including Treasurer of Lord Roberts Community Centre and Co-Chair of Climate Change Connection, as well as sitting on the Manitoba Water Council and the Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development. She currently serves on the Board of the North End Women’s Centre, is a Research Associate for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and continues to be an active community volunteer while maintaining a modest consulting practice in research and planning assistance to non-profits. She has a BA (Gold Medal) from the University of Winnipeg and a MA from the University of Calgary. In 2017 she was made a member of the Order of Manitoba. Anne has served on the ACU Board since 2017 and is the Chair of the Governance & Ethics Committee and a member of the Human Resources Policy & Compensation Committee.

Marlene Lock - Director

Marlene has a B.Com. (Honours) and is a CPA CA. She has 30 years of experience in senior financial roles in small to large for profit and charitable community service organizations. She served as SVP Finance for a large publicly traded company, responsible for financial and regulatory reporting. She would qualify as an expert in GAAP and financial reporting. She is currently VP Finance for a successful medium sized manufacturing company. She has also served as a consultant and business advisor in financial reporting, and mergers and acquisitions. Marlene has extensive experience in board governance as a board member, board chair, committee member, committee chair and treasurer. In addition, she has served as the staff liaison to boards and committees. Marlene is serving her first year on the ACU Board and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.

James Magnus-Johnston - Director

James is the Director of the Centre for Resilience at Canadian Mennonite University, where he teaches business and economics. He also serves as a strategic advisor to startup CAST Inc. (Creative Applications for Sustainable Technologies) and Manoverboard Design. James previously worked in the financial industry, in public policy positions, and was a co-founder of Fools & Horses Coffee. He has an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University, a BA from the University of Winnipeg, and is now undertaking a PhD in Renewable Resources at McGill University. Over the years, James has served on a variety of boards focused on green economy initiatives, including Transition Winnipeg, the Farm Fresh Food Hub, and the Green Action Centre, where he helped spearhead the development of Compost Winnipeg. James has his ACCUD designation and has served on the ACU board since 2016 and is a member of the Nominating Committee.

Priti Mehta-Shah - Director

Priti is a leading transaction advisor who has provided valuable guidance to clients in Canada, and around the world, for the past 30 years. Priti’s expertise includes assisting clients in the sale of their businesses by identifying and screening appropriate purchasers which yields premium pricing for the vendor and effectively negotiating and structuring the entire transaction. She has also assist’s clients with their acquisitions and management buyouts, including assistance with placing financing for the acquisition with growth-driven senior debt, subordinated debt, or private equity. Priti has her ICD.D designation and currently sits on the board of the Assiniboine Park Conservatory, Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, The Entrepreneurs Organization, and The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. She is a past chair of the Winnipeg Chamber and The Women’s Enterprise Center. Priti is serving her first year on the ACU Board and is a member of the Nominating Committee.

 

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