WTC Winnipeg Team

Mariette Mulaire, CITP / FIBP

Mariette Mulaire, CITP / FIBP

President and CEO | Présidente-directrice générale

“My boundless passion for my work comes from seeing Manitoba’s tremendous economic potential each and every day.”

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Born in St-Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba, Mariette Mulaire has served as President and CEO of the World Trade Centre Winnipeg since its official opening in April 2013. Prior to that, she was the President and CEO of Manitoba’s Bilingual Trade Agency (ANIM) since its inception in 2007, where her involvement in numerous economic development initiatives on behalf of Manitoba included spearheading the creation and hosting of Centrallia, the first international B2B forum of its kind in Western Canada. Her previous economic development experience includes ten years as Executive Director for the Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (CDEM), and working with Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) and Canadian Heritage.

In addition to serving as Vice-Chair of the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) Board of Directors, Mariette Mulaire actively participates in national associations and initiatives which include Boards of Directors of the Bank of Canada, Canada West Foundation and TV5. She was co-chair of the Canada Summer Games 2017 Host Society and spokesperson for Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, she was named one of the top 10 most influential Canadian Francophones by Francopresse.

Locally, Mariette Mulaire is an active member of organisations such as the James Burns Leadership Institute and the CN Winnipeg Community Board. She was also the spokesperson for the 200th anniversary of Université de St. Boniface (2018).

She was awarded the Ordre des francophones d’Amérique in 2010, was the 2011 recipient of the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction award in the “Leadership” category, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. She was the 2015 recipient of the Award of Excellence – Promotion of Linguistic Duality from the Commissioner of Official languages. She received the Prix Riel and the Prix Maurice Gauthier in 2017 in recognition of her ongoing commitment to the promotion of linguistic duality in Manitoba and Canada.

Mariette Mulaire holds a national designation with the Canadian Institute of Management (CIM) as a Professional Manager, in management and administration, and earned the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation from the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT).

Derek Earl

Derek Earl

Vice-President | Vice-Président

"It’s all about helping Manitoba companies grow and succeed in new markets. International trade can be daunting for many businesses, but it can also be very rewarding. We have a strong team of trade professionals and a global network of World Trade Centres here to help, but at the end of the day, it is all about going the extra mile and doing whatever is necessary to meet the needs of the companies we serve."

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Derek Earl is the Vice-President of the WTC Winnipeg, overseeing international trade strategy and operations for the organization. He has been instrumental in a number of key projects, including the initial establishment and launching of the World Trade Centre in Winnipeg in 2013, and organizing the Centrallia global business forum, which has been bringing hundreds of business leaders from around the world to Winnipeg every two years since 2010 from more than 30 countries.

He leads the WTC Winnipeg’s northern and Arctic trade development strategies, working with businesses, northern communities, and business networks across the Arctic market. This includes hosting two northern-focused conferences bringing together experts and industry representatives from around the world’s northern regions actively participated (2014 and 2016). He is also actively developing the organization’s trade development strategies with the USA, connecting the WTC Winnipeg to the Small Business Network of the Americas.

Prior to joining the WTC Winnipeg, Derek Earl worked with the Canadian Embassy in Paris, France, where he helped establish the Province of Ontario’s trade development and investment attraction office. He also spent several years as a market research professional with the firms Ipsos-Reid and Kisquared.

A native of Winnipeg, his education includes Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in International Relations from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Arts in International Politics from the University of Ottawa.

Raïssa Bado

Raïssa Bado

Marketing Coordinator | Coordonnatrice du marketing

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Raïssa joined the WTC Winnipeg team in August 2018 as the marketing coordinator. With her working knowledge and understanding of branding, positioning and marketing, Raissa develops content and visuals for marketing campaigns and advertisements. She also produces all external materials for the organization in accordance to the events and projects deliverables.

Originally from Ivory Coast, she came to Winnipeg in December 2009, and graduated from the Communication multimedia program at Université de Saint-Boniface. She went on to complete a training on film set etiquette at Film training Manitoba, and project management fundamentals at the University of Winnipeg.

Her competences include graphic and Web design, digital marketing and project management.

Camille Bardy

Camille Bardy

Trade Advisor | Conseillère en commerce

"We are here to provide advisory support and programs to companies that are ready to export their products and services to other Canadian or international markets. Helping companies to fulfill their ambition to export is our biggest accomplishment."

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Camille joined the World Trade Centre Winnipeg as a Trade Advisor and helps Manitoba companies thrive nationally and internationally. Her focus is to facilitate connections and provide assistance and market research to existing businesses interested in new markets.

She has a B.A. in English and Spanish and International Management as well as a Masters in Negotiation of International Projects with a major in cross-cultural communication. She has extended experience working in business development and client relations across Europe and North America.

Wafa Batrah

Wafa Batrah

Finance Officer | Agente des finances

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Wafa Batrah joined the team at the end of April 2019 as an intern and became a finance agent in August of that year. With a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a diploma in accounting and finance, her role allows her to keep abreast of the developments in the world of sums and calculations. In her previous role at Swissport International, Wafa worked in civil aviation within the company’s centralized load control department where she maintained communication with many stations around the world. She has also worked as the Client Service team coordinator at 24-7 Intouch.

Wafa always does her best to stay disciplined while handling the multiple financial tasks related to her role.

Jessica Burzynski

Jessica Burzynski

Administrative Assistant | Adjointe administrative

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Jessica Burzynski joined the World Trade Centre Winnipeg (WTC Winnipeg) in 2019 and is currently the administrative assistant, working directly with Mariette Mulaire. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management of Co-operatives from the University of Winnipeg, where she was the vice-president of Events for the Business Administration Students’ Association during the 2017-18 academic year. Prior to joining the WTC Winnipeg team, she had 7 years of experience in customer service from diverse local businesses.

In addition, Jessica has been a volunteer advisor with Junior Achievement of Manitoba since 2016 and currently sit on the Board of Directors of the University of Winnipeg Business Administration Students’ Association.

Joelle Boisvert

Joelle Boisvert

Director of Human Resources | Directrice des ressources humaines

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Joelle Boisvert first joined the team in August 2016 as the Business InfoCentre Manager and has now taken on a new role as Director of Human Resources. Joelle previously worked at her Alma Mater Université de Saint-Boniface as the Coordinator of the Development office, where she holds her Bachelors of Arts. She has also worked at the Société franco-manitobaine as Liaison Officer for over 10 years. Joelle brings to the WTC Winnipeg a variety of experience in planning, event organization and client relations. True to her francophone roots, Joelle continues to build strong relationship with her francophone community, working in francophone organizations for over 20 years.

Éric Courcelles

Éric Courcelles

Director of Strategy | Directeur de la stratégie

“Starting a business or seeking new markets can be risky endeavours. I strive to make my research as pertinent as possible so that every client can make informed decisions.”

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Éric Courcelles joined the team in early 2014 for the launch of the Business InfoCentre as a research specialist. He has previously worked for the Niger Chamber of Commerce (CCAIAN) as part of the Canada’s International Youth Internship Program, as Research Assistant in the Department of International Business at HEC Montreal, and as Assistant Coordinator of Centrallia 2010.

He obtained a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface (medal of excellence) and a Master’s of Science in Administration from HEC Montreal (with great distinction).

Muriel Dupuis

Muriel Dupuis

Business Advisor | Conseillère en affaires

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Muriel joined the WTC Winnipeg team as a Business Advisor and has been working with Manitobans in various aspects of their businesses. Muriel’s passion for entrepreneurship started in high school with the Junior Achievement after-school program. She continued her studies at the Université de Saint-Boniface where she earned her diploma in Business Administration with a major in Marketing. Muriel has experience operating, manager and owning her own business. She is also very involved with her community by participating in many clubs and committees.

Nicole Fontaine

Nicole Fontaine

Business Development Officer | Agente du développement d’affaires

“In my role as Business Development Officer at the World Trade Centre Winnipeg, I am able to fuel my passions of networking, team building and helping fellow Manitobans. Connecting the dots is the name of my game!”

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Nicole Fontaine is the Business Development Officer at the World Trade Centre Winnipeg and has been with the organization since 2014. Nicole has over 30 years of experience in customer service and networking fields. She owned and operated a family Child Care Centre for over 9 years after which she began coaching non-profit organizations to setup Early Learning and Child Care facilities in their communities. Nicole completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and Sociology and a minor in Political Sciences from the Université de Saint-Boniface. She also holds a Public Administration certificate from Red River College.

Stéphanie Fontaine

Stéphanie Fontaine

Project Manager | Gestionnaire de projets

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Stéphanie Fontaine leads many initiatives at the WTC Winnipeg with the support and direction of her colleagues. She has an infectious “get it done” attitude that serves her well in her position. Her goal is to bring together programming that gives Manitobans looking to expand their knowledge, connections or skills the right tools and training needed to better succeed.

Stéphanie volunteers with Junior Achievement Manitoba by mentoring and guiding the next generation. She is also a recipient of their 2011 VP of Finance award.

Vivian Gosselin

Vivian Gosselin

Director of Business Intelligence | Directrice de l’intelligence d’affaires

“The fact that WTC Winnipeg is working on a plethora of projects does not mean we have to be disorganized… I bring the necessary order so that we can keep our momentum running at full speed.”

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Vivian Gosselin comes to WTC Winnipeg with prior experience in business development having worked for various economic development agencies on the local and international level.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours.) from University of Manitoba, and has demonstrated strengths in planning, organization, research and analysis.

Katy Gray

Katy Gray

Project Coordinator | Coordonatrice de projets

‘’As a passionate Manitoban and a business advisor at the WTC Winnipeg, I am inspired to help individuals gain the information they need to start and grow their business right here in our province. I believe we can provide companies with a critical edge in their development experience.’’

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Katy Gray became a business advisor with the WTC Winnipeg team in October 2018.  Building on her years of employment experience in customer-focussed roles in international and local companies, Katy received a B.A. in International Business Management (Honours) from Teesside University, Prague, CZ.  She has now transitioned to the position of Project Coordinator, managing the WTC Winnipeg webinars, online training and more.

Katy has travelled extensively and enjoys learning new cultures and languages.

Johana Gutierrez

Johana Gutierrez

Trade Advisor | Conseillère en commerce

"Making connections between Manitobans is important to me. We’re here to help with your business and to assist you in making the right connections in the right markets through our international partners."

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Johana Gutierrez joined the WTC Winnipeg in 2017. Her main role within the Trade Services team is to assist companies looking to expand their business internationally. She has experience in ensuring companies participating in Canada’s Trade Accelerator Program become export-ready through market research and the development of a solid export plan.

She holds a B.A. in International Studies from the Université de Saint-Boniface. Johana is fluent in French, Spanish and English.

Brigitte Kemp-Chaput

Brigitte Kemp-Chaput

Business Development Manager | Gestionnaire du développement d'affaires

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Brigitte Kemp-Chaput joined the team in October 2018. Brigitte previously worked at St. Boniface Hospital Foundation as Manager of Donor Relations and Events. She also worked at her Alma Mater Université de Saint-Boniface for over 18 years. Brigitte brings to the WTC Winnipeg a demonstrated history of working in relationship and event management as well as sponsorship fulfillment and activation.

She is proficient in both official languages with beginner to intermediate skills in Spanish.

Alexander Lavoie

Alexander Lavoie

Business Advisor | Conseiller en affaires

"The best part of working at the World Trade Centre Winnipeg is knowing that you’ll learn something new everyday. Our team has a bounty of resources and highly capable individuals ready to help Manitobans with their business needs."

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Alexander Lavoie is a Business Advisor at the WTC Winnipeg and brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of international relations through his work and travel experience. He completed a Bachelor of Business Administration with the University of Winnipeg in 2015 and traveled to over 24 countries. As part of the client services team, Alexander is looking forward to helping local businesses thrive.

Rashmmie Rameshkumar

Rashmmie Rameshkumar

Business Intelligence Analyst | Analyste, intelligence d’affaires

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Rashmmie Rameshkumar the Business Intelligence Analyst at the WTC Winnipeg. She graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2020 from the Honours Science and Business Co-operative Program with a Specialization in Biochemistry and Minor in Economics. Bioinformatics projects highlighted her interest in analysis and innovative technologies.

She brings creative and technical experience from varying analyst positions among teams in Operations, Content Acquisition, Trading, and IT. With an interest in process improvement, she aims to increase the efficiency with which the WTC Winnipeg team provides services to Manitoba businesses, while identifying key metrics and actionable insights to inform data strategy.

Esmeralda Rodriguez Arias

Esmeralda Rodriguez Arias

Trade Advisor | Conseillère en commerce

"I really believe that a good attitude is the key to being successful, not only when providing excellent customer service, but also when you want to create meaningful connections with people."

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Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Esmeralda Rodriguez moved to Winnipeg in 2019 and then joined the WTC Winnipeg as a Trade Advisor. Her role is to help Manitoba businesses reach their corporate goals through obtaining strategic data, locating business opportunities, and connecting businesses with potential Canadian and international partners; as well as provide advisory services on issues such as export planning, market entry strategies and financing options.

She finished her International Business post-graduate program at the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT) and received her International Certification as a Trade Professional (CITP®, FIBP®). Before joining the WTC Winnipeg, Esmeralda worked for the United States Embassy in Colombia for ten years and was responsible for the transition of Immigrant Visa cases from Cuba and Venezuela to Guyana.

Esmeralda speaks Spanish, English and French.

Andrew Shymanski

Andrew Shymanski

Conseiller en commerce | Trade Advisor

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Andrew Shymanski is a Trade Advisor at the WTC Winnipeg. His goal is to provide local Manitoba businesses with the information and resources they need to expand their operations into new markets. He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in International Business and Finance from the University of Manitoba and has experience working as a public servant through his previous roles at the Canada Revenue Agency.

Marguerite Simard

Marguerite Simard

Director of Finance | Directrice des finances

“As Director of Finance, I constantly try to find the right mix between the vitality and involvement of WTC Winnipeg employees and our budget realities, which can be quite a challenge!”

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With over 30 years of experience working in the private and public sector, Marguerite Simard brings a vast amount of financial management experience to the ANIM organization.

Having worked at Great-West Life, the Collège Universitaire de Saint-Boniface and CDEM (Economic Development Council for Manitoba’s bilingual Municipalities) – her strong accounting and financial skills plus her incredible attention to detail make her a key member of the management team.

Matilda Van Aggelen

Matilda Van Aggelen

Trade Advisor | Conseillère en commerce

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Matilda Van Aggelen is a Trade Advisor at the WTC Winnipeg. Originally from Belgium, she moved to Winnipeg in 2016. Matilda has four years of experience in business development, customer service, and training. She holds a Project Management Diploma and a Management Certificate from the University of Winnipeg Professional, Applied and Continuing Education.

She speaks English, French, German, and Dutch.

Lucie Wiens

Lucie Wiens

Director of Trade Services | Directrice des échanges commerciaux

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Lucie Wiens joined the WTC Winnipeg team as the Director of Trade. She oversees the Client Services team comprised of Trade advisors, Business advisors and the business development department. Her team’s main role is to help Manitoba entrepreneurs and companies gain the knowledge and confidence needed to start and grow their operations in Manitoba, Canada, and in foreign markets.

Born in Toulouse, France, Lucie moved to Manitoba in 2004 after obtaining a degree in International Trade Relations. After moving to Canada, Lucie started what turned out to be a 15-year career in Special Crops trading, working for a Pulse Processor and Exporter in southern Manitoba. She managed several export markets with a focus on European and North African regions.

Lucie served on the World Trade Centre Winnipeg board of directors from 2013 to 2017, bringing her international trade experience to the WTC Winnipeg and participating in several events including the Centrallia global business forum in Winnipeg.

Michelle Withoos

Michelle Withoos

Communications Coordinator | Coordinatrice des communications

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Michelle Withoos joined the WTC Winnipeg team in March 2017 as a receptionist. She brings to the organization ten years of experience working as a bilingual receptionist. In addition, she worked on various research projects for the government of Manitoba which allowed her to develop excellent skills in efficiency, organization and diligence. In March 2019 she joined the communications team as the communications coordinator.

She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies.