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.”

Contact: info@wtcwinnipeg.com

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Mariette Mulaire is the President and CEO of the World Trade Centre Winnipeg since its official opening in April 2013. In addition, she serves as member of the board of the World Trade Centers Association. Prior to that, she was the President and CEO of ANIM since its inception in 2007, where she was involved in numerous economic development initiatives on behalf of Manitoba including spearheading the creation and hosting of Centrallia, the first international B2B forum of its kind in Western Canada. Her previous economic development experience includes holding the position of Executive Director for the Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities for ten years, and employment with both the Department of Western Economic Diversification Canada as well as the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Mariette Mulaire represents the World Trade Centre Winnipeg internationally, sitting on several global boards of directors, including the Canada-Israel Industrial Research Development Foundation (CIIRDF) and the Canadian-Turkish Business Council. She is also a member of the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) Advisory Board.

In addition to these responsibilities, Mariette Mulaire readily volunteers as an active member on several boards and organizations within Manitoba, including the Manitoba Film and Music board and co-chair of the Canada Summer Games 2017 Host Society.

She was awarded the Ordre des francophones d’Amérique in 2010, was the May 2011 recipient of the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction award under the “Leadership” category, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. She is the 2015 recipient of the Award of Excellence – Promotion of Linguistic Duality from the Commissioner of Official languages. Mariette Mulaire holds a national designation with the Canadian Institute of Management (CIM) as a Professional Manager, in management and administration as well as holds 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 professional 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."

Contact: dearl@wtcwinnipeg.com

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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.

Amine Abdelmoula

Amine Abdelmoula

Business Advisor | Conseiller en affaires

“Having access to information is essential in the business world. To this end, the Business InfoCentre strives to provide entrepreneurs with the most relevant resources for launching or expanding their businesses and, in so doing, to promote Manitoba’s expertise worldwide.”

Contact: aabdelmoula@wtcwinnipeg.com

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A native of Tunisia, Amine holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Université de Saint-Boniface. While a student at this university, he held his first professional position as Assistant to the Research Office Coordinator.

He speaks French, English, Arabic, and Italian. Highly skilled in business, customer service, and marketing, he is joining the World Trade Centre team as a researcher and information officer.

Carine Bado

Carine Bado

Finance Assistant | Adjointe aux finances

(Currently on maternity leave)
“A perfectionist by nature, it goes without saying that arranging and balancing numbers are daily tasks that motivate me. To assist in the finance department has proven to be a wonderful opportunity as it gives me a meaningful experience at the heart of the great organisation that is the WTC Winnipeg.”

Contact: cbado@wtcwinnipeg.com

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A sound financial management ensures that projects may be carried out and establishes the WTC Winnipeg as a well-known entity. As such, I have joined its team to help the finance department and to help promote international trade in Manitoba.

Originally from the Ivory Coast, Carine Bado immigrated to Manitoba in December 2007 and has obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Université de Saint-Boniface. Carine has many skills in management and particularly in accounting, and joins the team as Finance Assistant. Her dream is to obtain the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.

Joelle Boisvert

Joelle Boisvert

Director of the Business InfoCentre | Directrice du Business InfoCentre

“Being able to help people start, grow or expand their dreams with their business ventures is what we are all about. It's very important to me to work directly with the business community and be able to address their needs in both English and French.”

Contact: jboisvert@wtcwinnipeg.com

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Joelle Boisvert joined the team in august 2016 as the Business InfoCentre Manager. 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 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.

Her main role with the Business InfoCentre is to make sure people who are interested in starting a business, or taking their small business to the next level are equipped with all the tools they need to succeed.

Éric Courcelles

Éric Courcelles

Strategic Analyst | Analyste stratégique

“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.”

Contact: ecourcelles@wtcwinnipeg.com

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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).

Gabrielle Dubé-Starkey

Gabrielle Dubé-Starkey

Marketing Manager | Gestionnaire du marketing

"My job is to keep visuals and messaging of the WTC Winnipeg brand consistent across all touchpoints. I feel so fortunate to work with this global high-quality brand and with such a unique and passionate team. I love Manitoba and love watching its economy continue to grow and develop every day through the work we do here at WTC Winnipeg.”

Contact: gdubestarkey@wtcwinnipeg.com

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Since completing her Commerce Honours degree in 2003 at the University of Manitoba, Gabrielle has accumulated over a dozen years of marketing and communications experience in Melbourne, Montreal, and Winnipeg. Her previous work experience includes Marketing Manager at Westeel, Account Executive at MF1 Marketing and Marketing Coordinator at Newad.

Nicole Fontaine

Nicole Fontaine

Liaison Officer | Agente de liaison

“In my role as Liaison Officer for the Business InfoCentre, I am able to fuel my passions of networking, team building and helping people of our province. I help guide our clients to properly navigate through the information available to help start, grow and expand their business. Connecting the dots is the name of my game!”

Contact: nfontaine@wtcwinnipeg.com

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Nicole Fontaine brings over 25 years of experience in the customer service and networking fields to the WTC Winnipeg. She owned and operated a family Child Care Centre for over 9 years and worked for several years with the French communities in Manitoba by helping board members manage their Early Learning and Child Care facilities.

Nicole studied at l’Université de Saint-Boniface, where she received her B.A in Arts, major in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Political Sciences. She also holds a Public Administration certificate from Red River College.

Stéphanie Fontaine

Stéphanie Fontaine

Programs and Partnerships Coordinator | Coordonnatrice des programmes et des partenariats

“This organization as opened new opportunity for me to learn and to grow with business. I am privileged to work with Mariette on a daily bases and learn through her leadership. As well, the Business InfoCentre continues to challenge my knowledge in small business as I continue to support and help grow new business in Manitoba.”

Contact: sfontaine@wtcwinnipeg.com

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Stéphanie Fontaine comes to the WTC Winnipeg with five years’ experience working in customer service in various sectors. As someone who is efficient, organized and detailed orientated, the position of Administrative Assistant is an opportunity for her to provide sound support to Mariette and the Business InfoCentre Team.

Her experience with Junior Achievement Manitoba as a student honed her practical skills, and she was also the recipient of the 2011 VP of Finance award.

Vivian Gosselin

Vivian Gosselin

Director of Operations | Directrice des opérations

(Currently on maternity leave)
“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.”

Contact: vgosselin@wtcwinnipeg.com

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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.

Johana Gutierrez

Johana Gutierrez

Business Advisor | Conseillère en affaires

"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."

Contact: jgutierrez@wtcwinnipeg.com

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Johana Gutierrez joined the WTC Winnipeg in January 2017. She is a Trade Development Assistant as part of the Trade Services team. She holds a B.A in International Studies from the Université de Saint-Boniface.

She has experience working at the Internal Trade Secretariat at the University of Saint-Boniface Tutoring Centre and other customer service positions. Johana is fluent in French, English, and Spanish.

Tetiana Huet

Tetiana Huet

Trade Development Coordinator | Coordonnatrice de développement commercial

(Currently on maternity leave)
“Expansion into new markets can be a catalyst for business growth. As Trade Development Coordinator, I am committed to helping companies identify and pursue trade opportunities, explore new markets, and expand their business locally, nationally and internationally.“

Contact: thuet@wtcwinnipeg.com

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Tetiana joined the WTC Winnipeg in January 2016 as Trade Development Coordinator to assist in the organization of Centrallia – an international business forum. A native of Ukraine, Tetiana obtained a Master’s degree in Linguistics, Foreign Languages from Kiev National Linguistic University. Her previous work experience includes more than 4 years in translation and office administration.

Tetiana also holds a PR & Marketing certificate from European Business Association School. She speaks fluent French, English, Ukrainian, and Russian, while mastering Italian and learning Spanish.

Brigitte Léger

Brigitte Léger

Immigration Program Coordinator | Coordonnatrice au programme d'immigration

“With a new World Trade Centre, the team has many project and programming ideas they want to explore. It is my role to determine which are viable and whether they fill a gap in our business community.”

Contact: bleger@wtcwinnipeg.com

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Brigitte Léger apporte au World Trade Centre Winnipeg (WTC Winnipeg) plus de 20 ans d’expérience en gestion d’événements et d’activités de promotion communautaire, dont cinq ans à la direction du Corridor touristique francophone de l’Ouest, une initiative touristique francophone qui vise à attirer des francophones dans l’Ouest canadien.

Depuis 2007, Brigitte mène le dossier d’immigration francophone au WTC Winnipeg. Elle a travaillé avec plus de 400 immigrants francophones comptant parmi eux des individus, des couples et des familles cherchant à réaliser leurs rêves de s’installer au Canada et plus précisément au Manitoba. En accueillant ses immigrants francophones économiques, la province du Manitoba bénéficie d’une valeur rajoutée autant à sa communauté francophone qu’à son économie en grande croissance.

Marguerite Simard

Marguerite Simard

Director of Finance and Human Resources | Directrices des finances et des ressources humaines

“As finance director, 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!”

Contact: masimard@wtcwinnipeg.com

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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.

Nicole Vallée

Nicole Vallée

Business Advisor | Conseillère en affaires

“Whether you’re an entrepreneur starting your business or wishing to expand, there is a lot of information and resources that are there to help. As an Information Officer and Researcher, I strive to provide you with all the tools and information needed to help you achieve your goals.”

Contact: nvallee@wtcwinnipeg.com

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Nicole Vallée joined the team in 2016 with the Business InfoCentre as an Information Officer and Researcher. She holds a B.A in Political Sciences (Honors) from the Université de Saint-Boniface. She joined the WTC with more than 8 years of experience in customer service, which has given her extensive knowledge on how to properly meet the needs of clients.

Alberto Velasco

Alberto Velasco

Director of Trade Services | Directeur des services commerciaux

"Multiculturalism, I think, is one of the reasons that makes Manitoba a great place to live, work and grow your business. You don't get bored at all! You speak, work or run into someone from a different culture every day. I greatly appreciate how multiculturalism is really embedded into the everyday life here in our province. I truly love to help build bridges among different cultural points of view. Vamos a trabajar juntos!"

Contact: info@wtcwinnipeg.com

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Alberto joined the WTC Winnipeg in January 2014 to coordinate Centrallia Manitoba among other key projects to continue fostering productive business connections in our province. Born and educated in Mexico, Alberto has a degree in International Commerce and Relations (Universidad Latina de America – Morelia) and completed a Masters in Global Marketing (ITESO – Guadalajara).

His experience in Mexico includes working as the Head of International Trade for the Michoacan State Government, assisting local companies to become export ready, and managing the family business. In Canada, Alberto had the opportunity to work as the Mexico & Chile Trade Officer at Manitoba Trade & Investment and as the Executive Director of International Business Development at CentrePort Canada.

Chantal Vielfaure

Chantal Vielfaure

Director of Communications | Directrice des communications

"Manitoba is a great location for any company with plans and ambition and we need to make this region better known. My job is to connect the dots to ensure that communications strategies are in place and shared through the right channels locally, nationally and internationally."

Contact: cvielfaure@wtcwinnipeg.com

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Chantal Vielfaure has been part of the World Trade Centre Winnipeg team since June 2012.

She has a specialized Bachelor’s degree in Translation from Université de Saint-Boniface, and has more than four years’ experience in translation and office administration. During her three years as a technical translator with a software company, she developed a very versatile background and can handle and prioritize several jobs at once.

She is proficient in both official languages and is now honing her Spanish and German skills.

Michelle Withoos

Michelle Withoos

Receptionist | Réceptionniste

Contact: mwithoos@wtcwinnipeg.com

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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.

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