ABOUT OUR PANELISTS
Matt Johnston is the Manager of Wellness at the Johnston Group Inc., one of Canada's leading employee benefits providers. Matt recently joined Johnston Group in Winnipeg,
after living 15 years abroad, to help build their Wellness and Engagement division. He started his career playing professional golf on tours in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. After “retiring” from golf, Matt worked in San Francisco, where he participated in the Tradecraft Startup Accelerator program and worked as a Management Consultant for Ultimate Xperience Ventures, leading Business Development for their startup pro sports league, the American Ultimate Disc League. Matt holds a business degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he was Captain of the NCAA Division I golf team.
Johnston Group provides employee benefit solutions to companies from one employee to 10,000 or more. Over 30,000 Canadian businesses trust them with their employee benefit needs. They’re a platinum member of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, having held the Best Managed distinction every year since 2001. They call Winnipeg home and believe strongly in giving back by contributing to our local health, arts, sports, and other community organizations.
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Friday, June 15
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
The Delta Hotel by Marriott Winnipeg
Celebrate Winnipeg is back for its 4th year to celebrate local businesses who are champions in our city through environmental, economic and social investments.
Our end of season bash is a coming together of businesses and top community agencies to celebrate our love for Winnipeg, all while enjoying a traditional family-style Winnipeg-inspired meal.
1 table of 10 - $530 +GST | 1 seat - $53 +GST
Future member rate:
1 table of 10 - $1060 +GST | 1 seat - $106 +GST
11:30 am - Registration, networking and exhibitor booths
12:00 pm - Program starts
12:15 pm - Lunch service
12:40 am - Panel Discussion
Benjamin Gillies holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, where he focused on urban policy and planning. He is the co-founder of both the Winnipeg Trolley Company, which offers sightseeing and transportation services aboard Winnipeg's fleet of heritage-style trolleys, and Fools & Horses Coffee Company, with two locations in downtown. His interests include sustainable urban development, community equity and justice, and transportation planning.
Nigel Mohammed is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and pursued a career in banking that started with the Royal Bank (RBC) in 1985. After eight years in the Canadian banking sector, he left Canada to undertake an assignment with an International Development Agency to provide institutional capacity building to non-profits in St. Lucia. Building on his experience in community engagement, he was introduced to credit unions and the role financial cooperatives play in building resilient and sustainable local economies.
Nigel remained engaged in the Caribbean for several years with the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU), firstly leading the establishment of micro finance across rural unions in the Eastern Caribbean. He then moved to the organization’s head office in Barbados and was an integral leader in developing and delivering training programs for credit union Boards and management.
Since returning to Canada, Nigel has spent the last 17 years with Assiniboine Credit Union (ACU) in commercial and community banking. Today he leads a specialized team dedicated to financing small business, start-ups, non-profits, social enterprises and cooperatives. Serving this niche market through a dedicated Community Financial Centre (CFC) is a unique approach found in no other financial institution in Manitoba. This model adopted by ACU has been recognized nationally and internationally among credit unions as a strategy to drive growth while also contributing to positive social and community impact.