About Us

The West End BIZ is a non-profit organization that works to enhance the business community.The West End Business Improvement Zone (West End BIZ) was established in 1991 and is geographically the largest BIZ zone of the 15 in Winnipeg. Learn more about the history of the West End BIZ

Contact Us

581 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2G2
Phone: (204) 954-7900
Fax: (204) 772-8604

Staff

Our core staff ensure that our neighbourhood is simply the best place to visit in Winnipeg. Our staff have a wide array of responsibilities, handling street and sidewalk beautification, business support, grant administration, tours and neighbourhood promotion. We work hard to ensure your levy dollars go as far as possible.

Joe Kornelsen

Joe Kornelsen

Executive Director

Lia Abolit

Lia Abolit

Planning and Projects Coordinator

Ed Gegwetch

Ed Gegwetch

Maintenance & Graffiti

Susana Decebal-Cuza

Susana Decebal-Cuza

Finance & Administration Coordinator

Aurora Debreuil

Aurora Debreuil

Communications & Marketing Coordinator

John Buzza

John Buzza

Community Patrol Supervisor

Aaron Wall

Aaron Wall

Economic Development Coordinator

Ryan Malec

Ryan Malec

Maintenance and Safety

Shawn Matthews

Shawn Matthews

Safety Liason

Board of Directors

The West End BIZ is run by a Board of Management, comprised of thirteen members, twelve of whom are local business owners and one of whom is the city councillor for the area. Board Members (with the exception of the councillor) are elected at the Annual General Meeting held each year. They are elected for a two-year term of office and can serve up to three consecutive terms before having to step down from the Board to take a minimum one-year break. The Executive Committee of the Board of Management is appointed at the first board meeting held in January of each year. Board members serve in a voluntary capacity.

Chair: Rennie Zegalski – Capital Commercial Real Estate

Vice-Chair: George Ingram – Ingram Consulting

Treasurer: Martin Trudeau – Belgian-Alliance Credit Union

Secretary: John Unger – John’s the Hair Designers

Past Chair Jeremy Epp – Independent Jewellers

Michelle Scott Bahadoosingh – Tropikis Restaurant

Sable Birch – Barn Hammer Brewing Company

Emerito Guevarra – JEM Insurance

Jon Hunsberger – Empire Real Estate/Old House Revival Company

Dr. Gord Partridge – Spectrum health Manny Singh – Sovereign Construction

Lynda Wilson – Faveri’s Wood Furniture

City Appointed Councillor Cindy Gilroy – Councillor, Daniel McIntyre

BIZ Liaison Martin Pasieczka – City of Winnipeg

Members at Large

Carla De Luca – De Luca’s Specialty Foods

Carla Anjos – RBC Portage & Arlington Branch

Partners & Sponsors

The West End BIZ is grateful to all of our partners for their many ways of support and for their ongoing belief in the work of the BIZ. Collectively, we celebrate the accomplishments! See a full list of our partners and sponsors.