Board of Directors & Committee Members
The Young Associates is a prominent group of Manitoba’s young leaders. The Board of Directors and the Committee members are comprised of professionals, entrepreneurs, and future leaders in Manitoba’s business community and the Asper School of Business.
Director, Marketing & Communications
Cushman & Wakefield | Stevenson
Owner & President
School Relations Committee Chair
Senior Account Manager
Nominating & Governance Committee Chair
Director, Marketing, Partnerships & Membership
Membership Committee Chair
IGNITE Committee Chair
Cushman & Wakefield | Stevenson
Business Strategy & Development
Business Development Officer
Owner of Client Solutions
SpeedPro Signs Graphics Solutions
Assistant Controller, Processing
Richardson International Ltd
Kyla Mae Dacanay
Commerce Students’ Association
Business Development Manager
MBA Consulting & Co
The Associates Liaisons
Carly Edmundson, Joshua Zaporzan
Objective: To maintain and enhance the communication and relationship between the Associates and the Young Associates, as well as to identify value that can be added to both organizations.
Chair: Michael Gussakovsky
Committee: Kathryn Balzer, Connor Egan (CSA), Aaron Menon, Celyna Yu
Objective: To work with the Asper School of Business to identify areas requiring financial and non-financial support and then organizing YA resources to support these areas.
Chair: Chad Wiebe
Committee: Wilson Low, Adam Nepon, Costa Papasotiriou, Sophie Touchette
Objective: To develop and execute events aimed at improving our member’s exposure to, and understanding of, business trends within the Manitoba economy for professional development. Events include the popular Executive Board Room Series and Professional Development/Learning Series. The committee also aims to develop and execute events aimed at enhancing the networking and social aspects of YA.
Chair: Andrew Proven
Committee: Kevin Burns, Corinne Gusnoski, Laura Haines-Morrissette, Joshua Zaporzan
Objective: To develop and execute strategies to attract new members as well as engage and retain the existing YA members. Events include New Member Nights. To develop and execute strategies aimed at building internal/external awareness, greater understanding, and support of the YA and its mandate.
Nominating & Governance
Chair: Laura Haines-Morrissette
Committee: Carly Edmundson, Joshua Zaporzan
Objective: Ensures that the organization conforms to the principles of corporate governance, ensure guidelines are adopted, disclosed and applied including board composition, director responsibilities, orientation of new board members and succession planning.
Chair: Matthew Thomson
Committee: Connor Egan (CSA), Wayne Chen, Carly Edmundson, Michael Gussakovsky, Wilson Low, John Proven (Associate), Joanne Sigurdson (Associate), Courtney Thompson (Asper School of Business), Joshua Zaporzan
Objective: To plan and execute the Young Associates’ signature annual event welcoming new to Asper students to the Manitoba business community and recognizing an outstanding business leader who has contributed to the local community.
2018-2020 Aaron Denysuik
2015-2018 Scott Roehl
2014-2015 John Jabs
2013-2014 Brent Bailey
2011-2013 Alan Goddard
2009-2011 Tracy Graham
2007-2009 Rennie Zegalski
2005-2007 Manny Atwal
2003-2005 Brad Peacock
2001-2003 Colin Ryan
1998-2001 John Proven
1996-1998 Leonard Asper
1993-1996 Rosanne Hill Blaisdell