MEET THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Maven's Leadership Council is a driving force behind the initiative. Kathy Knight, ICTAM CEO, invited C-suite executives with backgrounds in tech, education and the not-for-profit world. The Council meets quarterly over the next three years to share their collective wisdom and strengthen the Maven inititiave.
Leadership Council Co-Chair
Vice President, Enterprise and Commercial, IBM Global Markets Canada
Beth Bell is the Vice President for IBM Canada’s Enterprise and Commercial business. Her team helps their clients transform by leveraging IBM’s full portfolio of products and services, deep skills, assets and innovative solutions. Prior to this role, Beth was the Vice President & Partner for IBM Global Business Services Public Sector services team.
Beth has held many leadership roles in GBS Canada since her appointment to Partner in 2004 including: Canadian Social Services Leader, Canadian General Business Sector Leader, Canadian Application Management Services (AMS) Sales Leader and executive responsible for the IBM Client Innovation Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Beth has extensive experience selling and delivering IBM services projects of many sizes. She has led numerous large multi-year public sector partnerships where she was the IBM executive responsible for achieving the client’s transformation objectives.
Beth also has a rich heritage in IBM's Diversity Community. She was the founder and former-Chair of the IBM Manitoba Women in Technology (WIT) Program, she conceived IBM's National Aboriginal Strategy in 2004 and is currently the Canadian Executive Sponsor for IBM Persons with Disabilities. Beth was also one of 36 global executives selected for the IBM's inaugural Executive Corporate Services Program and joined five other IBM executives in Chengdu, China to create a plan for Chengdu to become a 'Smarter City'. Beth is an IBM for Institute for Business Value author and active public speaker who speaks on transformation, leadership development, IBM diversity and the advancement of women in STEM.
Leadership Council Co-Chair
President, Red River College
On August 17, 2015, Paul Vogt joined Red River College as its fifth President and CEO. Paul holds a B.A. (Honours) in Political Studies at the University of Manitoba, where he earned a Rhodes Scholarship and pursued graduate studies at Oxford University (where he earned an MPhil Politics degree) and at Princeton University.
Over the past 25 years, Paul taught at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg and Canadian Mennonite University. He has lectured on a wide range of subjects, including public administration and governance, Canadian politics, political theory, feminist theory and economics. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Manitoba in 2013/14 and taught in the University of Manitoba’s and University of Winnipeg’s Masters in Public Administration program.
Paul was head of the public service in Manitoba for eight years. He joins Red River College after serving as an Executive in Residence at the University of Manitoba and advising on the development of a multi-year post-secondary education strategy for Manitoba. He also helped to establish the province’s new Advisory Committee on Advanced Education.
He was the 2013 recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Public Service, the 2014 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration and the 2015 recipient of the University of Manitoba’s Distinguished Service Award.
He currently serves as the Chair of the Governance Committee of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy.
Director, Industrial Research Assistance Program (Prairies)
National Research Council Canada / Government of Canada
Laural Porth-Jones is the Director-Prairies for Manitoba of the National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). She joined the NRC in 2012.
Laural has provided business leadership and advisory services through over 20 years of experience in small, medium-sized and global enterprises. In addition to roles in Canada, Laural held positions spanning the US and worldwide, including work at Microsoft Corporation headquarters in Redmond, Washington, spanning management, operations and finance.
Laural works to serve her community and is a board member for the St. Amant Foundation and the St. Ignatius school board in Winnipeg. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Manitoba.
VP NetSet Communications
Robbie Zetariuk is the Vice President at NetSet Communications. She has over 30 years in retail experience, and has worked her way from a store manager all the way to Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
She was well prepared to open and run her own mulit-location business with great success. Robbie's leadership skills and love for a new challenge has helped ensure that her and her team provide NetSet members the best possible customer experience.
Dr. Stefi Baum Dean
Faculty of Science
Dr. Stefi Baum joined the University of Manitoba as the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Professor of Physics and Astronomy on October 1, 2014. She came to the University of Manitoba following ten years at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where she served as Professor and Director of the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science. Dr. Baum joined RIT after serving just under two years as an American Institute of Physics Science Diplomacy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State where she worked to promote agricultural science and food security in developed and developing countries. Before that she spent 13 years at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) located on the Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. STScI is the science operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope and the next generation space telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). While at STScI, Dr. Baum was most recently the Head of the Engineering and Software Services Division
Dr. Baum earned a BA in physics with honors from Harvard University and a PhD in astronomy from the University of Maryland. Her personal research focuses in two areas: (i) the study of activity in galaxies and its relation to galaxy evolution and (ii) the development of image processing, statistical algorithms, and calibration techniques for brain imaging for the diagnosis of mental health and learning disabilities. Dr. Baum is active in the development of new mission concepts and has published more than 200 papers in refereed journals. Dr. Baum is also active in education and public outreach and K-12 STEM Education and is committed to the engagement of youth and the public in science and mathematics. Dr. Baum and her husband, Dr. Chris O’Dea, have four adult children dispersed throughout the United States. They live with their three dogs and three cats in St. Norbert, Winnipeg. Dr. Baum is an avid gardener, hiker, cook and reader.
Managing Director, Ubisoft Winnipeg
Darryl Long is a 20-year veteran of the game development industry, who began his career as a programmer working on a wide variety of applications from real-time trading software to artificial intelligence systems. An avid gamer who made his own video games in his spare time, Darryl suddenly discovered that he could get paid for making games and immediately made the switch to join the industry.
Darryl returns to his roots in the Canadian prairies as Managing Director at Ubisoft Winnipeg, the newest addition to the Ubisoft Canadian studios. Ubisoft Winnipeg joins the Ubisoft Canadian studios family of AAA game development teams dedicated to creating immersive and engaging games for some of the industry’s hottest brands, such as Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry and Watch_Dogs. The Winnipeg studio mandate plays a strategic role with a focus on the development of tools and technology to power the systemic, open-world gameplay driving Ubisoft and its global success.
Before accepting his role as Managing Director, Darryl was Producer of the blockbuster hit Far Cry 5. He worked on a number of titles during his 15 years at Ubisoft Montreal including Far Cry Primal, Far Cry 4, Far Cry 3, Far Cry 3 – Blood Dragon, Shaun White Snowboarding, and Rainbow Six: Lockdown.
Darryl takes his inspiration and daily motivation from working at one of the leading video game development companies in the world, determined that he will never need to make finance software ever again.
CTO, Sightline Innovation
Adjunct Professor (Physics) University of Winnipeg
Mark graduated from the electrical and computer engineering program (BSc, MSc, PhD) at the University of Manitoba.
His research interests include exploratory data analysis, pattern recognition and applied machine learning.
As CTO of Sightline Innovation, he leads a 20 person developer team to develop an enterprise artificial intelligence system and to apply it to challenging problems in manufacturing, healthcare and agriculture.
Maven Action Committee Chair and Liason
Principal IT PM Manager, Microsoft
Lydie Toupin-Mulvihill returned to her native city of Winnipeg 10 years ago to join Microsoft Canada. She currently wears two hats in the organization. She is the Site Director for the Winnipeg office and is a Business Program Manager for Customer and Field Advocacy Team.
As the Site Director, she spends her time participating in local community activities like promoting Women and Girls in Technology and initiatives with Education space. She is accountable for the overall local office culture, assisting in resource development and promotion of the local talent.
In the Business Program Manager role, she is a change agent and collaborator, who is driving a companywide program that will improve the field assistance experience by driving a unified entry point for 20+ internal services that support the selling motion. The unified experience transformation includes driving technology adoption like AI, Bots and Machine Learning.
In the first part of her career, she spent time in Edmonton, Alberta and Mississauga, Ontario with Petro-Canada Lubricants in various roles leading customer service, inside sales and managed mining territory as an account manager. She has a Bachelor of Commerce Honors, Marketing degree from the University of Manitoba.
G&K Electric Inc
Jodi Moskal currently holds the position of VP Network Cabling Division at G & K Electric. She co-founded MOSKAL electric ltd and owned the business for 20 years.
She is a licensed electrician and a certified network cable installer. Through speaking at schools and mentoring one on one, Jodi is an advocate for bringing more women into the trades and supporting them through their careers in the construction industry.
Jodi is an active supporter and volunteer with many community and industry associations, schools and charities and in 2013–14 was honoured to serve as the Chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. She was the first female Chair of the Electrical Contractors Division at the Winnipeg Construction Association and is currently the Chair of the PEAC at Red River College and on the appeal board for the Province of Manitoba Trades Qualification.
Superintendent of Education/CEO, Pembina Trails School Division
Ted Fransen is the Superintendent and CEO of Pembina Trails School Division, serving 14,500 students in 34 schools in south west Winnipeg. Pembina Trails is proud of its track record of innovation and excellence. "We truly believe that our students can #AccomplishAnything.
Ted earned his undergraduate degrees at Waterloo and Brock and his M.Ed. at UM. His high school teaching career in chemistry and biology took an abrupt turn when he became a vice-principal after six years. He is in his 18th year as a senior administrator. Ted feels fortunate to be working with an amazing group of leaders and has an abiding interest in promoting STEM education for ALL students.
In addition to his day job, Ted devotes time to his family and community activities. He is currently on United Way of Winnipeg Campaign Cabinet and board of directors of The Learning Partnership, a national body committed to improving public education in Canada through dynamic cooperation between the corporate and education sectors. He has previously served on various boards including the Morden Police Board and the Central Health Region.
Director of Human Resources, Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology
Kimberley Puhach is a strategic leader with expertise in the areas of organizational development, human resources and management.
Prior to joining the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology, as the Director of People Services and Indigenous Inclusion, Ms. Puhach was a Consultant with Higgins Executive Search/Leaders International. Previously she spent several years in a strategic advisory role for the Manitoba Government in a portfolio on skills training and development, engaging with the private sector, education, labour and community agencies/organizations to support Manitoba’s labour market development.
Ms. Puhach studied human resources management at the University of Manitoba, and is certified through the University of Winnipeg in Behavioural Facilitation.
She serves as Chair of the Mayor’s Indigenous Advisory Circle, is a member of the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council and an Advisory Board member for the Prairie Manufacturer Magazine.
This year, Kimberley was selected by the US Embassy through the US Department of State to participate in an international exchange to explore closing the gap in Indigenous training and education. She along with 5 other Canadian Indigenous woman were the inaugural group to participate in program with a focus on Indigenous perspectives. She travelled throughout the US to learn how nations and Indigenous peoples are creating success in training and education.
Kimberley is proud of her First Nations heritage and member of the Sandy Bay Anishinaabe (Ojibway) Nation.
Ending Violence Across Manitoba Inc. (EVA Manitoba)
Mary Lobson is the Founding Director of EVA Manitoba (Ending Violence Across Manitoba Inc.) whose mission is to promote the collaboration and coordination of programs, organizations and government that work to end domestic violence and sexual violence in Manitoba. In 1996, Mary founded The Winnipeg Children’s Access Agency Inc. (WCAA), a not-for-profit charitable organization that provides supervised access services for families experiencing domestic violence. Through her development of WCAA, and over the years, she has developed positive working relationships with both government and community.
Mary has been active in the domestic violence sector and has been involved in many community activities and initiatives though membership in the Family Violence Consortium of Manitoba, the Interpersonal Violence and Technology Network, the Domestic Violence and Family Law Network, and RESOLVE (Research and Education for Solutions to Violence and Abuse). Since 2009, Mary has participated in the Training of Trainers through the Safety Net Project, a project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) in Washington DC., and has been a trainer with the province of Manitoba on the intersection of technology and domestic violence. She is an advocate for increased collaboration, coordination and innovation.