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.
Owner & President
Business Development Manager
School Relations Committee Chair
Client Services Associate
Wellington-Altus Private Wealth
Membership Committee Chair
IGNITE Committee Chair
Strategic Sourcing Business Analyst
Programming Committee Co-Chair
MBA Consulting & Co
Programming Committee Co-Chair
Senior Business Advisor
Business Development Officer
Owner of Client Solutions
SpeedPro Signs Graphics Solutions
Assistant Controller, Processing
Richardson International Ltd
Kyla Mae Dacanay
Commerce Students’ Association
Lawton Partners Wealth Management
Managing Director, Manitoba
Prairie Sky Strategy
Commercial Account Manager
RBC Royal Bank
Head of Partnerships
Small Screen Inc.
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.
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.
Chairs: Sophie Touchette and Adam Nepon
Committee: Wayne Chen, Felipe Garcia, Kaylee Klaprat and Ty Kushnir
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, 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.
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.
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