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Our Team

Our FortWhyte Alive team works hard to bring people together to build sustainable relationships with nature and each other.

FortWhyte employee and volunteer smiling outdoors
FortWhyte Alive CEO Liz Wilson

Liz Wilson

President & CEO

Email

(204) 989-8355 x 202

Liz Wilson

President & CEO

Email

(204) 989-8355 x 202

Liz brings many years of management experience in both the private and the not-for-profit sectors, including leadership roles in programming, fundraising and volunteer support. She demonstrates the ethos of FortWhyte in her own lifestyle and has a deep background in Conservation. Liz holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from Asper School of Business.

FortWhyte Alive Vice President Ian Barnett

Ian Barnett

Vice President

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(204) 989-8355 x 208

Ian Barnett

Vice President

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(204) 989-8355 x 208

Ian developed and implemented the programming and partnerships required to launch and grow the FortWhyte Farms program. He has 25+ years experience of management and governance in the non-profit sector, and brings an extensive background working with at-risk youth. He holds a Bachelor degree in Recreation Studies, and holds a Master of Business Administration in Social Enterprise Leadership.

FortWhyte Alive Director of Programs Dana Forster

Dana Forster

Director of Programming

Email

(204) 989-8355 x 204

Dana Forster

Director of Programming

Email

(204) 989-8355 x 204

Dana has a wealth of knowledge across various departments as one of the longest-serving employees at FortWhyte Alive. From school bookings and custom programming to over a decade hosting weddings, Dana has been the face of FortWhyte Alive to thousands of visitors. She has an extensive background in hospitality and customer service, a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, as well as a diploma in Public Relations, and a certificate in Management from the University of Winnipeg.

Accounting

  • Sharon McKay, Accountant

    Email

    (204) 989-8355 x 217

  • Marina Oberton, Office Administrator

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    (204) 989-8355 x 206

Communications

  • Mark Saunders, Communications & Brand Manager

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    (204) 989-8355 x 221

  • Waverley Dovey, Communications Coordinator

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    (204) 989-8355 x 220

  • Travis Kohanek, Graphic Designer

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Development

  • Jackie Avent, Director of Philanthropy

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    (204) 989-8355 x 212

  • Sandy Fox, Major Gifts Officer

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    204-989-8355 x 205

  • Andrea Scarth, Donor Services Administrator

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    (204) 989-8355 x 211

  • Nicole Carpentier, Events & Sponsorship Coordinator

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    (204) 989-8355 x 219

Education

  • Renee Olafson-Dyck, Education Manager

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    (204) 989-8355 x 209

  • Katrina Froese, Education Program Coordinator

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    (204) 989-8355 x 203

  • Minna Goulet, Bilingual Interpreter & Sustainability Coordinator

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    (204) 989-8355 x 207

Forest School

  • Leah Smith, Forest School Manager

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    (204) 989-8355 x 227

  • Breanne Reinfort, Forest School Facilitator

  • David Seburn, Forest School Practitioner

FortWhyte Farms

  • Kayla Penelton, Farm Program & Development Manager

    Email

    (204) 895-2373

  • Heather Skrypnyk, Farm Operations Manager

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    (204) 895-2373

  • Owen Campbell, Social Enterprise Manager

    Email

    (204) 895-2373

  • Connor Milligan, Program & Employment Coordinator

    Email

    (204) 895-2373

  • Robert Ewenchuck, Woodshop Coordinator

    Email

    (204) 895-2373

Group Services and Bookings

  • Jeff Buhse, Public Programs Coordinator

    Email

    (204) 989-8355 x 210

  • Anna Thoroski, Booking & Venue Coordinator

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    (204) 989-8355 x 228

Human Resources

  • Chelsea Fraser, Human Resources Manager

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    (204) 989-8355 x 214

  • Marina Freudenberg, Human Resources Generalist

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    (204) 989-8355 x 214

Site and Facilities

  • Ian Carter, Acting Site Manager

    Email

    204-799-0721

  • Carter Fache, Site Superintendent

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Visitor Experience and Retail Services

  • Erin Warsaba, Visitor Experience Manager

    Email

    (204) 989-8355 x 216

  • Bonnie Dack Boulet, Retail Supervisor & Buyer

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    (204) 989-8355 x 218

Volunteer Resources

  • Amber Reid, Volunteer Resources Manager

    Email

    (204) 989-8355 x 213