Our Staff

Dave Shambrock


(204) 982-6372 Ext. 102


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.

Linda MacDiarmid


(204) 982-6372 Ext. 104


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.


Sabrina Kostakos


(204) 982-6372 Ext. 108

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.

Jennifer Strath


(204) 982-6372 Ext. 106


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.

Alana Holden


(204) 982-6372 Ext. 101


Alana Holden has worked in customer service relations and project coordination for over 15 years. She is a member of the Project Management Institute (both globally and locally) and is working towards her PMI designation. Her background in manufacturing and project management will prove valuable to local food and beverage collaborations, and her passion for food and supporting local businesses will be a great asset for the association.

Media Inquiries

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