Our Team

André Brin

André Brin

Interim Chief Executive Officer

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+1 204.289.4085
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André Brin joined WTC Winnipeg on September 7, 2021. As director of communications, he oversees the organization’s communications and marketing strategies.

André, 56, returns to Manitoba after working for 19 of the last 21 years in Alberta, with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and Hockey Canada, based in Calgary. 

André worked over 15 years with Hockey Canada, Canada’s national sporting body, leading all corporate and hockey communications for the organization for his final five years. Over his time with Hockey Canada, he notably worked with many of Canada’s National Teams at world championships, four Olympic Winter Games and a Paralympics.

André was executive director of the Conseil Jeunesse Provincial of Manitoba from 1994-1999, and executive director of the 2005 Jeux de la francophonie canadienne in Winnipeg.  He also worked as a sports journalist over ten years in Manitoba, with Radio-Canada, Envol91 FM Radio, on a part-time basis with MTN (now CITY TV) and La Liberté.

Born in Emekuku, Nigeria to Canadian parents working for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), he proudly calls Winnipeg his hometown, but also spent parts of his youth in Nigeria, Yellowknife, NWT, Sydney, NS and Algeria. 

Camille Bardy

Camille Bardy

Project Manager

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+1.204.202.1539
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Camille joined the WTC Winnipeg as a Trade Advisor with the main goal to help Manitoba companies thrive in new markets. She provides advisory and support services for established businesses, and she also helps them with connections and opportunities in the targeted countries.

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.

Joelle Boisvert

Joelle Boisvert

Director of Human Resources

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+1.204.289.4078
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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.

True to her francophone roots, Joelle continues to build strong relationship with her francophone community, working in francophone organizations for over 20 years.

Marguerite Simard

Marguerite Simard

Director of Finance

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+1.204.289.4087
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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.

Boutaina Berrado

Boutaina Berrado

Manager - Marketing and Communications

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+1.204.289.4107
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Boutaina Berrado joined the World Trade Center Winnipeg as a marketing and communications coordinator. She supports in developing and implementing the department’s strategy through various communication channels that the WTC uses to promote its services and products to current and potential customers and partners.

She has a master’s degree in Marketing and Business development. She has extensive experience working in marketing in an international environment across Africa and Europe. Berrado speaks English, French and Arabic.

Stéphanie Fontaine

Stéphanie Fontaine

Project Manager (currently on leave)

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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

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+1.204.289.4074
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Vivian Gosselin comes to WTC Winnipeg with prior experience in economic development, having worked for various economic development agencies on the local and international level.

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

Natalie Courcelles Beaudry

Natalie Courcelles Beaudry

Director of Operations

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+1.204.202.1565
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Natalie Courcelles Beaudry joined the World Trade Centre Winnipeg team in 2021. She works directly with Mariette Mulaire and the management team as Executive Assistant.

Originally from Manitoba, Natalie completed her post-secondary education in Ottawa and Winnipeg and has recently returned from 5 years working in Alberta. She brings over 20 years of public and private sector experience having worked in politics, medicine, education, finance, and tourism.  Natalie has dedicated over 25 years volunteering within francophone, political, educational, youth and sport organizations.

Natalie is bilingual with an intermediate level Spanish. She is a mother of three who loves gardening and outdoor adventures.

Alexander Lavoie

Alexander Lavoie

Business Advisor

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+1.204.289.4071
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Alexander Lavoie brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of international relations to his position of Business Advisor with WTC Winnipeg.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration, he spent one year living in Germany, three years living and working in South Korea, and has travelled to 23 other countries. He is proficient in English, French, and has a working knowledge of German.

As part of the client services team, Alexander is passionate about finding opportunities for Manitoba businesses to grow and thrive.

Matilda Van Aggelen

Matilda Van Aggelen

Market Research Specialist

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+1.204.289.4094
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Matilda van Aggelen is a Market Research Specialist 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.

Katy Gray

Katy Gray

Project Manager

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+1.204.202.3135
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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-focused roles in international and local companies, Katy received a Masters of Science in International Business Management 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.

Esmeralda Rodriguez Arias, CITP | FIBP

Esmeralda Rodriguez Arias, CITP | FIBP

Trade Advisor

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+1 204.285.3349
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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.

Anita Pantel-Wiebe

Anita Pantel-Wiebe

Administrative and Events Support Officer

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+1 204.253.4888
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With over 20 years of office management, an extensive banking experience background, excellent customer service and leadership skills, Anita is driven by customer satisfaction and takes pride in providing the best customer service and administrative support possible.

Being proud of her Franco-Manitoban roots, Anita has always taken pleasure in working in various organizations in the francophone community including past positions at Caisse Financial Group and more recently at Centre culturel franco-manitobain. As the Administrative and Events Support Officer, Anita enjoys managing the administrative duties and client relations for the team at the World Trade Center Winnipeg.