Our Organization

Staff & Board

Staff Contacts

Irina Ivanov Bissonnette

Manager, Marketing Communications
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Karla Ferguson

Volunteer Resources Manager
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Shevaun Fortune

Office Coordinator
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Chris Frayer

Artistic Director

Morgan Hamill

Artistic Coordinator
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Colette Havens

Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
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Jason Hayes

Sponsorship & Special Events Coordinator
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Arwen Helene

Production Manager
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Kathleen Hohne

Production Coordinator
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Christine Kennedy

Finance & Administration Coordinator
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Paul Laporte

Protection & Wellness Coordinator
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Kelly McArthur

Director of Development
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Angie Popowich

(on leave)
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Terry Proveda

Digital Marketing Coordinator
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Shannon Slater

Manager of Finance and Administration
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Lynne Skromeda

Executive Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Directors

The Winnipeg Folk Festival Board of Directors is a diverse group of community leaders and key decision makers who provide strategic leadership to the organization.

Executive

Noreen Mian, Chair 
(on leave)
Karen-Denise Cyr, Acting Chair
 
Maureen Krauss, Vice Chair & Secretary
 
Carolyn Abbott, Treasurer

Directors

Carolyn Abbott
 
Susan Berthiaume

 
Sky Bridges
 
Cathy Denby
 
Gord Flaten
 
Irene Friesen-Hughes
Lisa Holowchuk


Mike Krywy

Kathy Penner
 
Yvonne Peters


Marlene Stern
Josh Vlasveld


Past Presidents & Chairs

  • Peter Stringham, 1976–1979
  • Greg Brunskill, 1980
  • Derek Black, 1981–1987
  • Jane Graham, 1988–1990
  • David Asper, 1991–1992
  • Michael Handler, 1993–1995
  • Brenda Prosken, 1996–1998
  • Gloria Koop, 1999–2000
  • Gerry Couture, 2001–2002
  • Sandra Altner 2003–2004
  • Terry Sargeant 2005–2009
  • Allan Finkel 2010-2011
  • Gerry Couture, 2012
  • Mike Baudic, 2012-2015
  • Karen-Denise Cyr, 2015-2017

Honourary Members

  • Mitch Podolak (Founder/Director/Artistic Director), 1974-1975
  • Colin Gorrie (Founder), 1974–1975
  • Ava Kobrinsky (Founder), 1976-1989
  • Nate Nurgitz (Board Legal Advisor), 1975–85
  • Bill Merritt (Business/General Manager), 1977–1994
  • Jon Singleton (Past Treasurer), 1978–1987

Past General Manager

  • Bill Merritt, 1977–1994

Past Executive Directors

  • Trudy Schroeder, 1999–2008
  • Tamara Kater, 2008–2011

Past Artistic Directors

  • Mitch Podolak, 1974-1986
  • Rosalie Goldstein, 1987–1991
  • Pierre Guérin, 1992–2000
  • Rick Fenton, 2001–2004

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