Meet the Presenters

Showcase 2024 will feature 5 professional development sessions with over 20 presenters.  The full line up will be posted in June.

This year’s presenters come from diverse sectors including the arts; travel, hotel and food industries; business sectors; and community and economic development experts.   Regular conference activities like “Ask the Expert” and “Lightning Rounds” will return along with new ways of learning, connecting and networking with panelists, funders, peers, artists, educators, and specialist advisors.

These unique opportunities provide access to subject matter experts who can enhance your skills and share valuable sector insights and trends, helping to increase your connectivity internally and in your community.


Trudy Schroeder

Trudy Schroeder (She/her)

Trudy has served as the executive director of the Winnipeg Folk Festival for ten years and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for thirteen years. She has been involved in cultural development and arts organization leadership for more than thirty years. She holds an MBA, a BA, and an ARCT.  She has been awarded the Order of Manitoba for her contribution to the cultural life of the province, a Leader of the Year award from Travel Manitoba, and a Woman of Distinction award.

Trudy Schroeder

Food & Beverage Manioba

Food & Beverage Manitoba is an industry-led association dedicated to promoting Manitoba’s vibrant food and beverage industry, and ensuring our members have the resources, strength and conditions they need to succeed.


Kris Ontong
Project Manager, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg
Responsible for supporting the EthnoCultural Council of Manitoba.

Jenel Shaw
Arts Accessibility Network of Manitoba

Michael Juce
President & CEO
Manitoba Hotel Association

Al Babiuk

Business Council of Manitoba

Dr Wayne Kelly
Rural Development Institute (RDI)

Gail Cullen
Executive Director
Brandon Friendship Centre

Wendy Peterson
Community Development Analyst Community Futures Westman

Tara Leach
Prairie Hope High School

Yvonne Sisley
Arts Administrator
Arts Forward, Neepawa

Jeff Fawcett
D&B Sprinklers
Mayor of the City of Brandon

Jeniffer Watson
Executive Director

Brandon First

Samantha Dawson
Specialist, Destination Management
Travel Manitoba




Sid Stevenson
Section 6 Brewing

Margot Cathcart
Chief Executive Officer
Rural Manitoba Economic Development (RMED)

Kris Doull
Community Development Branch Municipal Affairs, Western Region

Josh Marantz
Manitoba Arts Network
Board Member

Rich Hamn
EMCA Concerts

Creative Manitoba

Food and Beverage Manitoba

Manitoba Chamber of Commerce


Our expert list will be finalized over the summer with registration in September!

Trudy Schroeder

Manitoba Arts Council

Canadian Heritage

Manitobans for the Arts

Manitoba Hotel Association

Travel Manitoba

Arts Accessibility Network of Manitoba

Brandon Friendship Centre

Immigration Partnernship Winnipeg

Eastern Region Immigration Partnership (ERIP)

Business Council of Manitoba

Rural Development Institute (RDI) 

Community Futures Westman 

Community Development Branch, Municipal Affairs, Western Region

Rural Manitoba Economic Development (RMED)


Registration & Payment Support

Manitoba Arts Network

Are you new to Showcase and unsure of what to expect? Wondering, “What’s in it for me?”

Jane Ireland
2024 Showcase Ambassador

If you have any questions/issues, do not hesitate to reach us at or call Toll Free: 1.866.919.2787. 

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