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.

Joshua Zaporzan

Joshua Zaporzan

Chair
Owner & President
Audax Ventures

Corinne Gusnoski

Corinne Gusnoski

Vice-Chair
Business Development Manager
New Media

Connor Egan

Connor Egan

School Relations Committee Chair
Client Services Associate
Wellington-Altus Private Wealth

Andrew Proven

Andrew Proven

Membership Committee Chair
Finance Manager
Librestream

Matthew Thomson

Matthew Thomson

IGNITE Committee Chair
Strategic Sourcing Business Analyst
NFI Group 

Adam Nepon

Adam Nepon

Programming Committee Co-Chair
Founder
MBA Consulting & Co

Sophie Touchette

Sophie Touchette

Programming Committee Co-Chair
Senior Business Advisor
CIBC

Kathryn Balzer

Kathryn Balzer

Business Development Officer
CPA Manitoba

Kevin Burns

Kevin Burns

Owner of Client Solutions
SpeedPro Signs Graphics Solutions

Wayne Chen

Wayne Chen

Assistant Controller, Processing
Richardson International Ltd

Kyla Mae Dacanay

Kyla Mae Dacanay

President
Commerce Students’ Association

Leah Inglis

Leah Inglis

Financial Advisor
Lawton Partners Wealth Management

Michael Juce

Michael Juce

Managing Director, Manitoba
Prairie Sky Strategy

Ty Kushnir

Ty Kushnir

Commercial Account Manager 
RBC Royal Bank

Felipe Garcia

Felipe Garcia

Head of Partnerships
Small Screen Inc.

Committees

 

The Associates Liaisons

 

Joshua Zaporzan and Corinne Gusnoski

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.

 

School Relations

 

Chair: Connor Egan

Committee: Kyla Mae Dacanay (CSA), Michael Gussakovsky, Aaron Menon, Haris Qamar and 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.

 

Programming

 

Chairs: Sophie Touchette and Adam Nepon

Committee: Wayne Chen, Felipe Garcia, Kaylee Klaprat, Ty Kushnir and Wilson Low

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.

 

Membership

 

Chair: Andrew Proven

Committee: Kevin Burns, Corinne Gusnoski, Leah Inglis, Michael Juce, Stephanie Kalo, Michael Knysh and Devon Molloy

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: Joshua Zaporzan

Committee: Kathryn Balzer, Corinne Gusnoski and Laura Haines-Morrissette 

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.

 

IGNITE

 

Chair: Matthew Thomson

Committee: Connor Egan, Wayne Chen, Carly Edmundson, Michael Gussakovsky, John Proven (Associate), Joanne Sigurdson (Associate), Courtney Thompson (Asper School of Business), Joshua Zaporzan, Sophie Touchette and Kyla Mae Dacanay (CSA)

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.

 

Past Chairs

 

2020-2022 Carly Edmundson

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