Norman Dupas B.Sc. CCPE
Norm Dupas is a seasoned business professional with 30 years of diversified leadership experience as a business owner, marketing/business consultant, and award-winning pharmaceutical sales representative. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, he completed ongoing business management and professional sales development programs of multinational pharmaceutical companies and several professional designations in the medical industry (CCPEs).
As a visionary executive, Norm conceptualizes unique business, sales, and marketing concepts to provide a competitive edge and capitalize on market niches. With a consistent track record of analyzing and re-engineering organizations of varied sizes in different sectors, he has successfully improved companies’ revenues, efficiencies, corporate image, customer service, employee culture, and bottom line profits. With a financial acumen, he can develop measurable metrics for performance and analyze financial data to identify targeted strategic business and financing plans.
His background in pioneering start-up companies has required a varied skill set and the ability to lead market research, feasibility studies, subject matter experts, short and long-term strategic planning, regulatory affairs, and project implementation. With the ability to collaborate with political, government, community and business stakeholders, he can represent an organization’s interests for projects and regular business operations.
As the past Executive Director for Rue Principales (Main Street Revitalization project – Provencher Boulevard), French Quarter BIZ and St. Boniface Chamber of Commerce, Norm has honed his economic and community development skills.
As a founder, entrepreneur and senior leader of several businesses (Niva 10 Corp., Thermea Nature Spa by le Nordik in Winnipeg, Cottages at Clear Lake, CinDen Nutritionals, and Labelle Florists), he has a proven track record of recognizing opportunities and bringing individuals and groups together for a common cause to form successful enterprises. As a current Marketing and Management Consultant for Niva 10 Corp., he has worked with the CinDen Group of Companies for several years on continuous improvements and business development projects for CinDen Pharmacies, CinDen Medical Clinic, and a national nutritional company. As a real estate investor working with joint venture partners and independent projects over the past 20 years, he has an excellent knowledge of real estate transactions.
Acknowledged for his enthusiasm, sense of humour and motivational personality, Norm can build consensus with and inspire team members to meet organizational objectives and high standards. Norm is fully bilingual in English and French.
Ray Préfontaine B.A. (Economics), B.Comm. (Hons.)
SENIOR CONSULTANT -KELOWNA OFFICE
Based in Kelowna, British Columbia, Ray Préfontaine is a self-motivated, entrepreneurial, reliable and trusted senior management and executive professional with over 34 years of experience in managerial and directorship roles in the manufacturing, financial services, and mineral exploration industries and with non-profit, charitable and community-based organizations.
Ray has demonstrated an ability to plan, implement and execute decisions regarding general management, financial statements and profitability analysis, investments in capital markets (including an IPO and acquisitions), accounting, regulatory and legal matters, commercial and agricultural banking and lending, credit management and collections, human resources, marketing and new business development.
Throughout his career, he has identified and acted upon opportunities that enabled the growth of shareholder, financial and human capital for both employer companies and consulting engagements. Ray is currently an officer and a director on the boards of Charités Despins Charities Inc. and La Société Historique de Saint-Boniface and is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors / Institut des administrateurs des sociétés. During his university years, he loyally served Canada for 5 years as a commissioned naval reserve officer and as a ship’s navigator.
Ray is fluently bilingual in English and French and has worked extensively at senior levels in both languages. He has some basic speaking and reading ability in Spanish having once attended la Escuela Americana, an English / Spanish immersion grade school in Guadalajara, México.
Oai Truong is the co-owner and President of Bounce Design, a brand strategy, graphic design and website development agency servicing clients throughout North America for over 20 years.
Oai creates success for business utilizing proven traditional practices infused with the latest emerging technologies such as digital and social media marketing, along with virtual events and meetings.
With a background in Architecture, Oai brings a multi-dimensional approach to every solution. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at The University of Manitoba and also has an Advertising Art diploma from Red River College. He is the past Chair of the Provencher Blvd. BIZ, past President of Bonivital Soccer Club, and past President of Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association.
Brian Denysuik is former President & CEO of Creditaid providing credit counselling, financial coaching and insolvency counselling services to consumers and small business. Brian is also a business coach mentoring many businesses.
Brian helped pioneer the payment industry throughout his career with Comcheq, Ceridian and TelPay Bill Payment services. His leadership and expertise in the payment field help guide and develop the payment industry in Canada which included managing millions of transactions and billions of dollars.
Brian is passionate about educating consumers on financial literacy and is an engaged speaker and writer on financial wellness, helping to educate the teaching community in Manitoba through the Manitoba Teachers Society’s Balance Wellness program.
Brian’s career has included 39 years of involvement and experience in the financial services industry in Canada.
Brian was the founding member and Board Chair of the Payment Service Industry Association of Canada from 2000 to 2008. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Canadian Association of Independent Credit Counselling Agencies.
Brian is a committed community leader with over 23 years of senior board member responsibilities in health care related facilities, including; Chair of the board at St. Amant, Chair and Vice Chair at Centre Taché & Foyer Valade and the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba as well as a Member of The Catholic Health Sponsors of Manitoba. Brian is also Past Chair of Entreprise Riel, which is responsible for francophone economic development and tourism in Winnipeg and past board member of the Winnipeg Executive Association.
Brian is currently a board member of Intelife LP, and Vice Chair of The Catholic Health Sponsorship of Manitoba as well as President Elect of the Winnipeg Executive Association.
Brian was born in Pine Falls, Manitoba. He attended St. Norbert Collegiate. Brian is a Business Administration graduate of Red River College, a Credit Counsellor and a registered Insolvency Counsellor under the CAIRP (Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals).
Kevin is co-owner of GNR Camping World RV Centre. Over his past 25 years there, he has worked as Salesperson, Parts Manager, Business Manager RV technician, and Service manager. His present role is General Manager. It is important for him to fully understand the inner workings of a business.
Kevin has always had a passion for the Retail Service Industry. At the age of 16, he started his own firewood business that helped him make money to put himself through university to receive a Bachelor of Education. After, teaching for a few terms, Kevin realized that his heart was truly in business.
Kevin is a natural troubleshooter which makes him great conflict manager. He understands the importance of having strong management procedures and sales systems. Kevin also enjoys leading strategic planning sessions for management teams.
Kevin is also one of the owners of Recreation World in Thunder Bay and also of Thomas Restoration in Winnipeg.
Kevin is also committed to the RV Industry and his community:
- Currently the President of the RVDA of Manitoba
- President of the RVDA of Canada 2007-2008
- Chair of the Boys and Girls Club of Winnipeg 2014-2016
- RV Hall of Fame 2016
- Canadian Dealer of the Year 2018
- Past board member of the Winnipeg Executive Association.
- Past board member of the Enterprise Riel.
Julien is a highly motivated bilingual Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) student pursuing a marketing major with a strong interest in developing tactical marketing skills. Julien is a self-motivated, driven individual; comfortable working individually or in a team environment. Julien is capable of adapting quickly to changes within the workplace and is focused on positive results. He has also proven to be able to accomplish tasks in an organized and efficient manner.