meet our STAFF
Thea pedersen, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Thea is a design enthusiast, who is passionate about Winnipeg, its creative sector, and its public spaces. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design (2016) from the Faculty of Architecture and a Bachelor of Human Ecology (2013) in Family Social Sciences, from the University of Manitoba. She is trained in the fundamentals of landscape architecture, architecture, urbanism, and graphic design, as well as family social sciences, Canadian Indigenous studies, and community development. Thea is an active contributor to Winnipeg’s design community, where she advocates, volunteers, and participates in local design events and competitions. She has built and co-created several public art projects for Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, participating this year with an interactive installation called ALLEZ HOP. Since May 2019, Thea has been working under a Winnipeg Arts Council grant program, called With Art, where she and another local artist are engaged with a community group - the Manitoba Wheelchair Sports Association (MWSA) - to develop a community art project.
MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JOHANNA HURME, CHAIR
Johanna Hurme is an architect and a founding partner of Winnipeg based 5468796 Architecture. In the past ten years the firm has achieved national and international recognition. The Houston based Rice Design Alliance recently stated that they ‘truly believe 5468796 to be one of the most talented young design firms worldwide.’ In addition to her architectural practice Johanna is an activist and an advocate. She is passionate about making the creative sector an integral part of broader culture by spearheading ventures like Table for 12 + 1200, Chair Your Idea and Design Quarter Winnipeg. Johanna currently serves on the Council of Manitoba Association of Architects, is a Chair of the WCC’s Creative Council, and was the 2017-2018 Chair of Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
CARMYN ALESHKA, BOARD MEMBER
Carmyn is president of Paradigm Insurance. She has focused in the life insurance industry for over 15 years. Her current practice focuses on delivering an elite life insurance strategy for ultra high net worth individuals across Canada. In 2014 she established her own charitable foundation called The Upside Down Tree. It was created with the vision of helping turn small charities upside down. The foundation identifies charities that are small, passionate and hard working and helps them through mentorship, connections, and business expertise to get them off the ground. The Upside Down Tree has raised over $1,000,000 for Canadian charities helping change countless lives both within the Winnipeg community and worldwide. Her latest initiative is being a leader in driving change in children’s mental health building a national kids mental health centre in Winnipeg.
CODY CHOMIAK, SECRETARY
Cody is the Director of Marketing for Economic Development Winnipeg & Tourism Winnipeg, Winnipeg’s official destination marketing organization. Cody is responsible for leading and executing strategic marketing plans to increase business attraction, investment, and visitation to Winnipeg in all markets. He has an extensive background in graphic design, marketing and advertising. In 2014, Cody received his CDME (Certified Destination Management Executive) accreditation through Destination Marketing Association International. A born Winnipegger, Cody has a passion for both design and his community.
chelsea thomson, BOARD MEMBER
Chelsea Thomson is the Manager of Marketing and Communications for The Forks North Portage Partnership, and has a hand in some of the city’s biggest celebrations at The Forks. She is responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of all marketing plans for each of the Partnership’s core business units including The Forks, The Forks Market, Railside and Go to the Waterfront. She is a graduate of the Creative Communications program at Red River College and holds a diploma from the College of the Rockies, Adventure Tourism Program. Chelsea serves on the board for Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and previously the Manitoba Brain Injury Society.
ERIC PLAMONDON, BOARD MEMBER
Eric Plamondon is a multidisciplinary artist and arts administrator. He recently became the Executive Director of Artspace, after spending time as Director of la Maison des artistes visuels francophones. He has a long experience volunteering on community changing boards, having co-chaired Culture Days Manitoba, been a key member of Nuit Blanche Winnipeg and acted as chair of marketing and communications for Reel Pride Winnipeg. Eric has regularly promoted the cultural gems of Winnipeg through his writings for Outwords, his monthly contributions to Radio-Canada's radio show l'actuel, and currently as 'chroniqueur du Manitoba' for Couleurs Locales, a national tv show.