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relations and a host of other challenging assignments and projects throughout the years. In recent years, Mike has also enjoyed the opportunity to apply his leadership in various volunteer youth sport coaching positions in the community.

Patrick Grace, International Tax Auditor and Corporate Support, Canada Revenue Agency, Winnipeg Tax Centre Patrick Grace is a professional accountant with Canada Revenue Agency in the Winnipeg Tax Services office where he has worked since 1979 mostly in the audit dept. The last 3 years, he has worked in Audit Corporate Support doing special projects, recruitment and retention strategies, and budgeting. He has been the Chair of the Workplace Wellness Committee since 2003 and has taken advantage of many of the Work Life Balance Initiatives available to him… so he speaks from experience. He plans to retire in December 2009 and practice Work Life Balance full time.

Helen Halliday, General Manager – Delta Winnipeg Helen Halliday was appointed General Manager of Delta Winnipeg in June 2000. In this capacity, she is responsible for guiding the overall strategic direction, management of the hotel and leading its role in the community. Prior to joining the team at the Delta Winnipeg, Ms. Halliday served as General Manager of Delta Brunswick in Saint John, New Brunswick. During her tenure, the hotel was twice named recipient of the K.C. Irving Quality Award and also was recipient of the Saint John Board of Trade Business Excellence award. Previously, Ms. Halliday served as the Director of Operations at the Delta Ottawa Hotel & Suites and several progressive positions at the Delta Bow Valley in Calgary, leaving as Director of Operations. During her tenure in Calgary, she joined the city in hosting the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. Ms. Halliday started her career in the hospitality industry with Canadian Pacific Hotels and Resorts (now Fairmont Raffles Hotels International), at Chateau Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies and The Palliser Hotel in Calgary, Alberta. Born in Niagara Falls and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Helen is a graduate of the University of Guelph’s Hospitality & Tourism program (Bachelor of Commerce). She is currently serving as Director with Special Olympics Manitoba and Manitoba Hotel Association. In 2007, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce recognized Ms. Halliday as Director of the Year. Ms. Halliday and her husband Richard live in Winnipeg with their sons, Austin and Douglas.

Cec Hanec, President and Owner of Cec Hanec & Associates Inc. Cec is an acknowledged leader in innovative performance enhancement solutions that energize and inspire businesses, organizations and individuals to be productive and successful. Cec is certified in Behavioural Analysis, (CBA),Values Analysis (CVA) and certified to deliver TriMetrix Systems for Talent Management, Job Benchmarking and Performance Coaching. She is a 2006 winner of the Manitoba Women Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards.

Jeremy Hildebrand, General Manager, Winnipeg Upholstery Operations, Palliser Furniture Ltd. Jeremy has worked with Palliser Furniture Ltd. over the past 6 years as GM of Information Systems and subsequently as GM of Winnipeg Upholstery Operations. These years have taken Palliser through drastic changes in economy and it is Jeremy's key challenge to make domestic manufacturing sustainable and profitable in Winnipeg. Managing Winnipeg's red-hot labour market through times of shrinkage and growth, investing in technology, focusing on innovation and ensuring quality is a shared top priority is yielding the desired results. Ensuring the right leaders are in place, communicating a clear and compelling vision and agreeing on goals and priorities to match is critical to any forward progress. Jeremy has an MBA from the I.H. Asper School of Business and a Bacherlor's Degree of Education from the University of Manitoba.

Tricia Hill, Respectful Workplace Advisor, Manitoba Public Insurance Currently the Respectful Workplace Advisor at Manitoba Public Insurance, Tricia's career in Human Resources has been focused in the area of Respectful Workplace. This includes training as well as working with individual employees and work groups as they navigate through workplace conflict.

Wesley L. Jones M.A, CRC, Director, Group Product Development Great-West Life Assurance Company Wes has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a Master's degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor. He is presently the Director, Group Product Development where he has responsibility for the research and design of new group health, dental, life, disability and wellness products/services. Prior to assuming his current role, Wes was accountable for Great-West Life’s national network of internal medical coordination and vocational rehabilitation service providers and the development of success based disability management programming for group policyholders. Wes also has previous experience as a Rehabilitation Consultant. His work as a Rehabilitation Consultant involved the delivery of vocational rehabilitation services to both private and public sector employers.

Glen Laubenstein, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Winnipeg Glen Laubenstein the City on Winnipeg on April 2, 2008. His vision of public service is collaborative and creative – he believes in forging partnerships across the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, to make the community a better place to live, work, and play. Glen’s commitment to superior public service spans 30 years and four provinces. Prior to becoming Winnipeg’s CAO, he was the Chief Administrative Officer of Kingston, Ontario. He previously served for eight years as the City Manager for Brandon, Manitoba, and has managed a geographically, economically, and culturally diverse range of municipal organizations including Fort McMurray, Alberta (which during his tenure amalgamated with the surrounding area to become the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo – now North America’s largest municipality by land area); Richmond, British Columbia; and the Cariboo Regional District, also in B.C. Throughout his career, Glen has acted on his belief that a thriving city must offer opportunity and hope to every member of the community, without respect to income, circumstance, or background. His goal in Winnipeg is to work with Council and the community to make the City a place everyone is proud to call home.

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