Our Staff

Michael Mikulak, phD

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

executivedirector@foodbeveragemb.ca

Michael is the former Vice President of Community Impact at United Way Halton and Hamilton where he led the transformation of the team from an umbrella funder to a strategic investor in solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing the most vulnerable members of the community.

He has a track record of raising millions of dollars, launching innovative new programs, and nurturing high performance teams during times of intense organizational change.

Michael holds a PhD from McMaster University and is an Adjunct Professor in the Sustainable Futures Program at McMaster. Michael is also the author of the book “The Politics of the Pantry: Stories, Food and Social Change” and has previously worked as a municipal grant manager, urban agriculture consultant, and founder and owner of Common Ground Teaching Farm, an environmentally focused micro-farm that teaches people how to grow, cook, and sustain themselves and the planet through nourishing food.

He is passionate about the community and bringing together people to look at old problems in new ways. In his spare time Michael is an avid back-country camper, gardener, cook, triathlete and family man with two daughters and a labradoodle. He grew up in Winnipeg and is excited to be returning to the city that is home to his family and to refocus his efforts on promoting and enhancing the ability of his home province to support the food and beverage processing sector.

Sarah Schwendemann

SENIOR OPERATIONS MANAGER

operations@foodbeveragemb.ca

Sarah is excited to bring an entirely fresh energy into the operations of Food & Beverage Manitoba with nearly a decade of experience in the food and beverage industry as well as over five years of non-profit management experience in the settlement sector of Manitoba.

With her education and professional background in grassroots community development, she can’t wait to connect people with supports to ensure their growth, success, and prosperity. Food and beverages are at the center of all cultures and communities making this industry a critical part of Manitoba’s infrastructure.

She has a passion for helping marginalized communities and continues to coach refugee girls playing soccer as they settle into their new home in Winnipeg.

She can’t wait to get to know the members and their needs more to begin advocating for progressive and innovative policy that will benefit everyone involved in this amazing industry.  She personally lives the philosophy of supporting local and is excited to bring that into her professional life as well!

Ron Nebre

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

communications@foodbeveragemb.ca

Ron has a history of telling people what he thinks. He brings well-honed communications skills to promote the industry and to showcase its members on social media, events and other platforms where he can engage with consumers, members, and stakeholders. His previous experience in non-profit membership associations and food marketing has prepared him for this very moment and he’s fired up to get started.

With extensive experience gained with the Winnipeg Real Estate Board as their Communications Manager and then with Richardson International in their Food and Ingredients business sector, Ron brings a combination of non-profit member-based focus and food and beverage industry expertise.

He is excited to use his flair for story-telling to promote Food and Beverage Manitoba and elevate its members and their business to new levels.

Janice Goldsborough

HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST

(204) 471-6530

janice@foodbeveragemb.ca

Janice has a wide range of experience in human resources spanning over 27 years.  She focuses on providing relevant advice and comprehensive knowledge in the areas of recruitment, change management, employee retention, labour relations, organizational development, compensation, and training in both the corporate and non-profit sectors.

Janice is a recognized expert in the field of Human Resource management and has taught in the Arts Faculty at Brandon University, at Red River College and currently teaches Human Resources courses at the University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, MITT and Booth University College.

Janice earned her degree in Labour Studies from the University of Manitoba, a certificate in Human Resources from Red River College and a Masters’ degree from Athabasca University.

 

Media Inquiries

All  media inquiries should be made to Ron Nebre at communications@foodbeveragemb.ca