Introducing Event Professional of Manitoba's Board of Directors. Our board is an eclectic group of individuals with a broad range of expertise in the Events Industry. Through EPM, the board has three goals in common: to help connect members, promote businesses & drive education.
Janet Harder is the General Manager of The Metropolitan Event Centre with Canad Inns. Janet brings two decades of Executive Management experiences in roles responsible for the oversight of numerous hospitality venues in all aspects, including design, construction, initial staffing, and execution. Janet has enjoyed working in close partnership with such notable organizations as, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, Applebee’s International, Pizza Hut Canada, and Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon. She credits her transition from multi-unit restaurant management to event management during her time with the Fort Garry Hotel. Janet has also received her event certifications through STA and MTEC.
Louise Serpa Evanochko
Louise is a manager and Certified Event Rental Professional for Bel-Ayre Rentals Ltd, with over 15 years of experience in the industry. Her background includes previous serving Canadian Rental Association as National Director and President of the Manitoba local, wedding planner certification through WPICC, and time freelancing in Winnipeg’s film/tv & wedding industry as a certified makeup artist. She has studied Business Management at Red River College and received a Diploma in Public Relations from the University of Winnipeg
Robert Manchulenko holds the position as Vice President of Operations at the Niverville Heritage Centre. With over 25 years in the hospitality industry he has previously enjoyed his experiences with Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, CARA Operations and Applebee’s Restaurants. As a graduate of the Red River College Hospitality and Tourism Management course, Robert has continued to seek out new ideas and build on his professional development. His current position focusing on non-profit organizational change, overseeing departmental direction while supporting event and hospitality operations adds to his goals of giving back to the community.
Vice President & Communications
Megan currently works as an Event Coordinator at the RBC Convention Centre. Prior to this, she was the Catering & Restaurant Manager at the MTS Centre. Megan has over 10 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry, as well as a Bachelor of Business in Hospitality Operations Management from Niagara College in Ontario. Before settling in Winnipeg, Megan traveled across North America to assist in the execution of major events including; The Grey Cup in Vancouver, the Toronto Honda Indy, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and the grand opening of Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Alli Girardin is a certified wedding planner and conference manager. She earned her Post-Graduate diploma in sport and event management from George Brown College and worked in Toronto for almost a decade; her career spanning over a variety of organizations in the events sector including venue management to nonprofit and association management. Alli runs her own successful company called Allie Mae Fresh Events, as well as a non-profit initiative, Joy and Back - a wedding dress shop which donates all proceeds to Cancer initiatives across Manitoba. In 2016 she was nominated for a Canadian Special Events award for Favorite Wedding Planner.
Kalynn Spain is an Event Coordinator with Shirley Tillett Associates and the Manitoba Arts Network. Kalynn specializes in local food education and has planned events such as a province-wide high school cooking competition, a farm festival at St. Norbert Farmers' Market and an annual farm conference. Every year she volunteers with the Winnipeg Folk Festival as a Crew Leader in the La Cuisine kitchen that feeds the 12,000 festival volunteers. In addition to planning unique events, as well as many outdoor events, Kalynn brings skills in conflict resolution and volunteer management.
Rachel currently works as an Event Manager for Strauss event and association management. Rachel has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Winnipeg and had also taken the Event Coordinator course through MTEC. She has worked in the event industry for the past five years and has had the opportunity to work with local, national and international clients. Rachel works with mostly not for profits, associations and government and has experience managing conferences, gala dinners, trade shows and golf tournaments. In the past three years she has worked on events such as the 2015 Grey Cup Festival Gala, 2016 True Patriot Love Foundation Dinner, 2016 Habitat for Humanity House Party, 2017 Skills Competences Canada Opening/Closing Ceremonies just to name a few.