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PAUL JORDAN

THE FORKS NORTH PORTAGE PARTNERSHIP

Paul Jordan is the Chief Executive Officer of The Forks North Portage Partnership.  He has been responsible for all physical operations and programming of the Forks, involved in capital developments and planning, and instrumental in the creation and implementation of Target Zero, The Forks’ environmental vision to reach zero carbon emissions throughout the site.

Having a passion for the continued development of Winnipeg, Paul has also been active in the creation of waterfront access projects, which have led to multiple initiatives within the city. 

 
 
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WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Since arriving in Winnipeg, Dan has worked at Free Press bureaus covering every level of government — from city hall to the national bureau in Ottawa. And he has seen some stuff. 

Dan’s principal beat now is politics, but he also dabbles in justice and youth sports. He also devotes time to programming content at the Free Press News Café.

 

 
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Mike Pagtakhan

WINNIPEG COUNCILLOR, POINT DOUGLAS WARD

Immigrated from the Philippines at the age of 3, and has lived in Winnipeg, for 43 years. Councillor Pagtakhan graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Anthropology and Native Studies in 1991. In 2002, he attained his Certified Professional Purchaser (CPP) designation from the Purchasing Management Association of Canada, as well as his Certified in Management (CIM) diploma from the Canadian Institute of Management.
 

 

 
 
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ZEHPYRA VUN

DESIGN QUARTER WINNIPEG

Zephyra Vun is the Executive Director of Design Quarter Winnipeg, and also Founder + Owner of anARCHI design, a multi-disciplinary design and art studio in Winnipeg’s Exchange District, participating in architecturally inspired art projects, and curator of various public art events and exhibitions. Receiving her Masters of Architecture Degree in 2011 from the University of Manitoba, Vun is an ambassador for accessible art and design, and strives to advocate inclusive public engagement with these creative disciplines.

 
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DAVID PENSATO

EXCHANGE DISTRICT BIZ

Executive Director for the Exchange District BIZ, David Pensato’s connection to the area stretches back to his teenage years in the early ’90s, when he regularly visited the fledgling, alternative shops and eateries, browsed through the galleries and occasionally took in a movie at Cinematheque. Prior to his current role, David served as a brand strategist, public engagement professional and strategic planner for a broad range of projects in both the private and public sectors, including several city and community building initiatives.