Our Staff

Dave Shambrock

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

(204) 982-6372 Ext. 102

dave@foodbeveragemb.ca

 

Dave Shambrock helped create this organization and has stood at the helm ever since. He brings over 25 years of experience in leadership, strategic planning, not-for-profit management, marketing, product development and commercialization to his role as Executive Director – not to mention a passionate commitment to creating opportunities for our industry to succeed.

 

Prior to working with Food & Beverage Manitoba, Dave worked for the Province of Manitoba’s Economic Innovation and Technology Council. He held several positions as a food industry specialist and as the Council’s marketing director. Before leaving the public sector, he served as the Director of the Food Development Centre in Portage la Prairie, where he developed new networks and strategic partnerships with industry, university laboratories, and other R&D institutions.

 

Dave holds graduate degrees in Food Science and Business Administration and is a Certified Management Consultant. He has served on many national boards and committees, and is Chairman of the Canadian Food Innovators an organization that develops collaborative R&D projects for close to 2,000 companies from all regions of Canada.

 

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Caroline Wiley

Coordinator, MEMBER SERVICES & EVENTS

(204) 982-6372 Ext. 101

caroline@foodbeveragemb.ca

 

Caroline Wiley is the nerve centre of our organization. She plays a crucial role in planning, organizing and promoting all Food & Beverage Manitoba events. She has over 25 years of experience in government and agriculture, including over 20 years at the Canadian Wheat Board, where she coordinated highly successful industry events and conferences. She supports Food & Beverage Manitoba staff in all areas and serves as a vital link between us and our industry partners.

 

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Linda MacDiarmid

Manager, TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT

(204) 982-6372 Ext. 104

linda@foodbeveragemb.ca

 

Since joining Food and Beverage Manitoba in 2011, Linda has put her background in quality assurance and process documentation as well as her love of local food to work for us by planning and implementing our training programs. She works closely with our members and partners to ensure our training program continually evolves to meet the ever-changing needs of the food and beverage industry.

 

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Sabrina Kostakos

Manager, HUMAN RESOURCES

(204) 982-6372 Ext. 108
sabrina@foodbeveragemb.ca

 

Sabrina has been working in the Human Resources field for 7 years with a focus on various aspects of HR as it relates to the manufacturing and retail industries. Sabrina graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a degree in Human Resources Management and Organizational Behaviour and has also obtained the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Conflict Resolution.   Sabrina is currently working towards her CPHR designation and is an active member of the Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba . Sabrina brings a vibrant and enthusiastic approach to the Human Resources field to ensure the local food and beverage industry continues to thrive.

 

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Jennifer Strath

Manager, MARKET DEVELOPMENT

(204) 982-6372 Ext. 106

jennifer@foodbeveragemb.ca

 

Jennifer Strath has worked in marketing with the agriculture industry locally, nationally and internationally for more than 25 years. Prior to joining us, her expertise helped launch products for some of the largest agricultural companies in the world. Her passion for effective branding, advertising and marketing strategy makes her an invaluable member of the Food & Beverage Manitoba team — and the ideal resource for members seeking to promote their products or services to new audiences.

 

Favourite FOOD – grilled steak with mashed potatoes and a fresh tomato

Favourite BEVERAGE – single malt scotch

What I love about MANITOBA – our distinctly different four seasons

 

Holly Thorne

Assistant, MARKET DEVELOPMENT

(204) 982-6372 Ext. 105

holly@foodbeveragemb.ca

 

Holly Thorne brings to the fold over 15 years of experience in communications, marketing, and public relations in the broadcast media field.  A born and raised Manitoban, she’s immensely proud of what our province has to offer and is a staunch supporter of local food and beverage producers.  She is also the Photographic Researcher for the Manitoba Historical Society, a volunteer position which takes her to all corners of the province to meet the locals and learn about their unique histories.

Favourite FOOD – Pizza, hands down.  As long as there’s no veggies on it!

Favourite BEVERAGE – A beer drinker, and the more local the better.

What I love about MANITOBA – I love it all…the vast expanses, the giant sky, the food, the people…we’re just the best province out there!

 

Media Inquiries

All  media inquiries should be made to the Executive Director, Dave Shambrock.