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.
Vice President & Programming
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.
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.
Christian Kelly has been with Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park for 8 marvelous years this coming January. From small events, to multiple day conferences, Canad Inns does it all. Getting to know the clients they host and turning moments into memories is what Christian enjoys most. Christian also works on a team with some incredible and hard working Managers, which is something we all need as Event Professionals - a solid team.