Our city needs your voice.

2017 details to be announced soon. For details on the inaugural Summit, please see below or explore this site.


On October 27, United Way Winnipeg’s GenNext program is bringing together the next generation of community leaders who are proud to be living in, working, and giving back to our city. It’s a chance to start a conversation about what we are doing well as a community and what we can do better.

 Innovators and thought-leaders like Louis Sorin of End Homelessness Winnipeg, United Way Winnipeg President and CEO Connie Walker, Hanwakan Whitecloud, and Tina Keeper will share their insights on and passion for Winnipeg. Gail Asper will also provide a motivating keynote about why getting involved is so important to our city. 

Join us and add your voice to help create a vision that will shape Winnipeg's future.

WHY? Because it's up to us. 

INspired. INvolved. All IN. Our Winnipeg.



7:15-8:00am Optional Morning Yoga with Spirit Fusion

7:30-8:30am Registration, Networking Breakfast

Community Vision for Our City

Connie Walker, President & CEO , United Way Winnipeg

Intro to the Peg report

Jason Granger, Senior Manager - Strategic Initiatives, United Way Winnipeg

Session 1: The Seeds of Reconciliation

Moderated by Tina Keeper, Cree Activist, Producer and Actress

Jaimie Issac, Curatorial Resident of Indigenous and Contemporary Art, WAG

Hanwakan Whitecloud, Manager of In.Business Central Region, UofW

Wendy Whitecloud

Session 2: Ending Homelessness

Moderated by Louis Sorin, President & CEO, End Homelessness

Althea Guiboche, End Homelessness, The Bannock Lady

Al Wiebe

Make the Month

Jason Granger, Senior Manager - Strategic Initiatives, United Way Winnipeg

networking lunch

Session 3: The Power of Mentorship

Moderated by Michael Redhead Champagne, Activist and Community Leader

Jordan Bighorn, Community Education Development Association (CEDA) 

Greg Unger, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Jeromy Spence, Mentee/Mentor

Red Table Discussion abouT Our City

Moderated by Marcy Markusa, Host, CBC Information Radio

Closing Keynote

Gail Asper, President and Trustee, The Asper Foundation

Continental Breakfast, Lunch and snacks are included in the ticket price.


3:30-5:00pm GenNext Connect 

Join us at the end of the Summit for GenNext Connect. In partnership with Volunteer Manitoba, GenNext is offering this event as an opportunity for you to mix and mingle with United Way agencies that are looking for volunteers and/or board members to join them in building a better Winnipeg.  You may be interest in learning more and volunteering with one of these following agencies:




GenNext winnipeg



Inclusion Winnipeg (formerly Community Living Winnipeg)

Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties









social planning council of winnipeg



volunteer manitoba

west central community program



           Councillor Brian Mayes                        HONOURABLE SCOTT FIELDING



GAIL ASPER, President and trustee | THE ASPER FOUNDATION

Gail Asper was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 28, 1960 to Babs and Israel Asper, O.C., Q.C., LL.D.  She is married to Michael Paterson and has two children, Stephen and Jonathan. 

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Manitoba in 1981 and went on to receive her law degree from the University of Manitoba, in 1984.  Upon being called to the Bar of Nova Scotia, Gail practiced corporate and commercial law at the law firm of Goldberg MacDonald in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

In 1989 Gail joined Canwest Global Communications Corp. as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.  Gail served on the Board for Canwest Global Communiations Corp. from 1992 to 2010.  She serves as President and is a Trustee of The Asper Foundation, a private charitable foundation, which supports and initiates projects in Canada and Israel and which spearheaded the creation of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

From 1998 to 2008, Gail was a member of the Boards of Directors of Great-West Lifeco Inc., The Great West Life Assurance Company, London Insurance Group Inc. London Life Insurance Company, Canada Life Assurance Company and Canada Life Financial Corporation, which are all members of the Power Financial Corporation Group of Companies. 

Gail’s present community involvement includes being Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Arts Centre Foundation.  Gail also serves on the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a member of the Board of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.   She is also a member of the Board of the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and continues to serve as the Chair of the National Campaign which has raised $150M to date.

Gail’s past community involvement includes serving as Co-Chair of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s $10 million Endowment Campaign, having served for several years on the Board and as the President of The RMTC.  She also co-chaired The RMTC’s successful $6 million Capital Campaign.  During her time on the MTC Board, Gail served on the Manitoba Arts Stablization Board for 3 years and formed a Manitoba committee to lobby for more arts funding from the City of Winnipeg and Province of Manitoba, which resulted in a significant increase to arts funding in Manitoba. She was the 2002 Campaign Chair for Winnipeg’s United Way Campaign and is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Winnipeg.  She continues to serve on the Major Donor Cabinet.  She was also Campaign Chair for the Combined Jewish Appeal for the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg for 2012 & 2013.

Gail has received a number of awards for her community service including the YMCA/YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Community Voluntarism, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals, The Governor General’s Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts, the Canadian Bar Associations President’s Award and the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg’s Max and Mollie Shore Memorial Award.  She holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Manitoba, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Carleton University and received the Order of Manitoba and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.


MICHAEL redhead CHAMPAGNE | Activist and community organizer 

Michael Redhead Champagne has spent nearly two decades speaking out and leading by example. He takes a hopeful and solution oriented approach to youth engagement, facilitation, community organizing and mobilization. 

The list of accolades for his work are both lengthy and well deserved. He was recognized as the 2016 Canadian Red Cross Young Humanitarian of the Year and in TIME Magazine as a Next Generation Leader. In 2016, Michael served on the Bank of Canada's bank note advisory committee with a task of creating a short list of women nominated by the public to appear on a new bank note. Michael has also received a Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award as well as recognition as a CBC Manitoba Future 40 leader, a Manitoba Hero, and a Future Leader of Manitoba. 

As the founder of AYO! (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities), he is committed to a wide variety of important community initiatives including Meet Me at the Bell Tower, AYO Politix, ARROWS Youth Engagement Strategy, 13 Fires, Fearless R2W and Winnipeg Water Wednesday. Michael has served as president of North End Community Renewal Corporation, a board member for the Circle of Life Thunderbird House and is currently serving on the board for Marymound Inc. His committee work currently includes United Way Winnipeg's Council for Indigenous Relations and is an advisor to the Garden of Compassion initiative.

Michael is known for his straight up and heartfelt style that will leave you moved, inspired and ready for action.


Jason Granger is the Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives with United Way Winnipeg. He has worked in various areas of community development in the non-profit sector for the past twelve years, including community arts, poverty reduction, and organizational capacity building. Jason has a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Manitoba. 

althea guiboche, end homeslessness, the bannock lady

-        Mother of 7, grandmother of 1

-        The Bannock Lady of Winnipeg: Founder and CEO of Got Bannock Inc., a Canadian Registered Charity

-        Regional Consultant to the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, collaborating to write the Canadian Indigenous homeless definition

-        Manager of Housing Supports for End Homelessness Winnipeg

A defender of the poor, an advocate who speaks out against homelessness and hunger, Althea has been actively working hard to combat stigmatic negativity surrounding the homeless and poor on the streets, she has been feeding them for 4 years and has actively fundraised for her Charity that feeds over 400 people every month. She recently ran for provincial elections in an effort to provide a voice for the less fortunate, she continues to battle for change in the social system structure and wants to see homelessness receive it’s own mental health care mandate created in an effort to help those suffering from the mental health effects of this created epidemic that Canada is in.

“We need to come together to work towards this change for the greater good of all,” says Althea.

Jaimie issac, curatorial resident of indigenous and CONTEMPORARY art | WAG

Jaimie Isaac is a Winnipeg-based interdisciplinary curator and artist. She is of Anishnaabe and British heritage, member of Sagkeeng in Treaty 1 territory. Isaac is presently the curator of Indigenous and Contemporary Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery awarded by Canada Council for the Arts. She holds a Masters of Arts from the University of British Columbia Okanagan on Indigenous Curatorial Praxis. Her undergraduate degree is in Art History from University of Winnipeg and an Arts and Cultural Management Certificate from University of Winnipeg Continuing Education. Some recent exhibitions include We Are On Treaty Land, and Quayuktchigaewin: Making Good for the Winnipeg Art Gallery, co-curated The Ephemerals: Trending for Gallery 1C03, collaborated nationally on official denial (trade value in progress), written for The Land We Are Now: Writers and Artists Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation and was co-faculty for the Wood Land School at Plug In Institute.

tina keeper, cree activist, producer, actress and former member of the canadian house of commons

Tina Keeper is Cree, originally from Norway House Cree Nation, now a Winnipeg based media producer,. She is President of Kistikan Pictures, a partner company to Buffalo Gal Pictures. Tina was formerly an actor, best known for her work on the hit Canadian series “North of 60”. Recent productions include the feature film, Road of Iniquity, the critically acclaimed Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Going Home Star (2014) about residential school history in Canada, The REDress REdress Project (2013) a short documentary on the issue of Murdered and Missing Aboriginal women in Manitoba and the APTN drama series, Cashing In (2014) which follows the high stakes gaming at North Beach Casino. Upcoming feature film production for Kistikan is Through Black Spruce based on Joseph Boyden’s Giller prize winning novel.

Tina also served as a Member of Parliament for the federal riding of Churchill.

Tina has a BA Theatre from the University of Winnipeg and has trained at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, the Banff Centre and the Sundance Institute.

Tina currently serves as Chairperson of the board of trustees for the Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation, member of the advisory Committee to Urban Shaman Gallery, Honourary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and is member of the Order of Manitoba, Canadians for a New Partnership, a recipient of an Aboriginal Achievement Award, a Gemini Award and a 2014 Canadian Civil Liberties Association award for Public Engagement.

Marcy Markusa, Host | cbc Information Radio

Host of Information Radio, the weekday morning radio show on CBC Radio One, 89.3 FM / 990 AM in Winnipeg, Marcy Markusa has been with CBC since 2001. Bringing a persistent interview style to the show, she thrives on getting honest and straightforward answers for listeners.

Being in the middle of a crowd in the heart of a Winnipeg neighbourhood is one of Marcy's favourite settings for morning radio. She lends a voice to help tell many local stories. Topics have included everything from contentious city deals over issues like Olywest to the tension between cyclists and drivers in the quest to become a greener city. 

Marcy also had the opportunity to follow Bomber fans to two Grey Cups, visited flooded out areas all over the province and won a Gabriel Award in 2012 for hosting a CBC Radio One special titled, Resolve. Marcy is the 2016 recipient of the YMCA-YWCA Winnipeg Women of Distinction in Public Relations and Communications.

Before joining CBC, Marcy hosted a television show called CityScape in Winnipeg. Prior to that, she was a radio reporter and show co-host for Golden West Broadcasting in Southern Manitoba. 

Marcy is a local girl through and through with an old school Winnipeg North End mom and a big Ukrainian family. She loves baking, gardening, 80's tunes and the Boston Red Sox. She is also committed to fighting the stigma surrounding mental illness. She is married to the love of her life Jean-Paul and they live in Winnipeg with two small dogs that run the house.

Colin Ryan, CFA, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Portfolio Manager         | BMO Nesbitt Burns

Colin joined Burns Fry, now BMO Nesbitt Burns, in 1992.  He leads a team of professionals who provide thoughtful customized wealth management solutions for select families and corporations.  For 14 years, Colin also acted as Branch Manager of the Winnipeg office and for 8 years served as Divisional Manager for the Prairies. Colin was a finalist for the IIROC Distinction Award, an award that was given to advisors who best represent excellence in their profession. For three consecutive years Colin was nominated for the esteemed Top 40 under 40 Award.

An active member of the Winnipeg community where he lives and works, Colin has taken a leadership role in many civic organizations.  Colin has been actively involved in the United Way since the early 1990s.  He is currently Deputy Chair of Business on the United Way Cabinet and is the incoming campaign chair for 2017.  Among many positions with the United Way he has served as the co-chair of the Major Donor Campaign, Chair of the leadership program, was a member of the board of trustees and both started and chaired GenNext.   In other community commitments he is currently Vice Chair for the Associates of the Asper School of Business and has proudly served in Chair and board positions for many other organizations.

Colin is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder from the CFA Institute.   Colin also has a B. Comm. (honours-finance) from the IH Asper School of Business as well as many other industry related courses and has attended executive education courses at The Wharton School of Finance and The Rotman School of Management. 


Louis Sorin is the President & CEO of End Homelessness Winnipeg. Louis has been working in the health and social field for more than thirty years. After his Master in Social Work from the University of Manitoba, he received a graduate certificate in Health System Leadership from Royal Roads University. Until recently, Louis had been a professor at University de St. Boniface in the Social Work program. 

Before joining EHW, he was the Community Area Director with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.  In this capacity, he oversaw the delivery of health and social services programs for the Downtown and Point Douglas community areas. While in this role, Louis also led the regional accreditation team related to the Special Populations Standards with Accreditation Canada. In 2014, he was named Chair of Advisory Board of the National Collaborating Centre on Determinants of Health at StFX University in Antigonish, NS. 

Louis speaks French, English, and Cree and is honored to serve the community and lead an amazing team within EHW. Louis firmly believes the ability of community to lead and manage the issues that they experience. Through their generosity of wisdom, knowledge, culture, skills, and a sense of belonging, citizens can come together to sustain communities that care and end deeply-rooted social problems like homelessness.  

Jeromy Spence, Senior Accountant | KPMG

Jeromy Spence was born and raised in Winnipeg, just recently returning to his roots after a seven year adventure to Kamloops.

Jeromy travelled to Kamloops, BC to extend his education. Jeromy completed diplomas in both Sport Event Management and Accounting, as well as graduating with a Bachelor degree in Tourism Management with a major in accounting at Thompson Rivers University. During his years at TRU he was involved with several committees including the Awards and Honours committee and Budget committee. Jeromy was also involved in organizing several large scale events and activities as the VP of Finance for the Student Union, where he stayed for two terms.

After graduation, Jeromy started his career with KPMG in Kamloops. While working for KPMG, Jeromy coached and mentored TRU’s CA case competition team and volunteered for work events such as Day of Caring and Rotaract Ribfest. His work as a Senior Accountant with KPMG allowed him the opportunity to return to the city he loves this past July.

Jeromy has always had a passion for helping others and pride in his city. Prior to moving to Kamloops he volunteered in the inner city of Winnipeg, serving hot meals and Sunday visits. He has volunteered with Big Brothers for several years, both in Winnipeg, where he was a little brother, and Kamloops. He continues to mentor new CPA students throughout the two year program and has ran multiple campus clubs on how to be successful.

Jeromy’s hobbies include enjoying the vast outdoors Winnipeg has to offer and the Winnipeg Jets.

greg unger, executive director | big brothers big sisters

Greg has served as the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg since 2009. His 20+ years in non-profit management has involved work in the heritage field, healthcare and child serving agencies in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and even Toronto. Before all of that, he was a high school History teacher. Of all the things he loves about Winnipeg, the number of golf courses within a 20 minute drive of his house would be a highlight. 


Connie Walker is the President and CEO of United Way Winnipeg.

Connie first joined UWW as its Vice-President of Community Investment in 2008. She was a key driver of United Way’s focus on collective impact, collaborating with community partners on Peg (a community indicator system for our city), a long-term plan to end homelessness, and stewarding donor investments in a stable network of critical programs and services.

Connie began her career as a public health nurse in the inner city. Before joining United Way, Connie was the Manager of Strategic Initiatives in the City of Winnipeg’s Chief Administrative Office Secretariat where she worked closely with the Mayor and Council and the City’s CAO and Department Directors to lead corporate planning and strategic initiatives.

Connie has an MBA from the University of Manitoba and is a graduate of the Community Shift Executive Development Program and the Ivey School of Business. 

hanwakan whitecloud, Manager of In.Business central region | UofW

Hanwakan (which means ‘Northern Lights’ in Dakota and is pronounced with silent n’s) Blaikie Whitecloud is a Dakota from Sioux Valley in MB.  An Asper business grad, his professional work involves mentoring Indigenous high school students to see themselves as future business success stories. He is the co-owner of Wakan Productions, bringing stories of urban Indigenous people to life through film. His spare time is spent on social justice projects with his wife Tessa. And he is avid skateboarder.


Wendy J. Whitecloud

Wendy is originally from the Sioux Valley Dakota First Nation in southwest Manitoba. 

Wendy’s primary area of interest is related to Aboriginal law and its effect upon First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples.  She has taught for two decades on Aboriginal law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. 

Wendy also served as a co-commissioner for the Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission which issued its report in June 2001.  The Commission was a follow up to the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry Report of 1991 which had reported upon a wide range of topics related to justice and Aboriginal people.   

She has served in the past, on a number of Aboriginal and non Aboriginal community service organizations in Winnipeg and outside the city, which sought to address issues related to justice, women and children. 


AL WIEBe, Peer Researcher|institute of urban studies

Al works as a peer researcher at the Institute of Urban Studies and spends his days doing outreach to interview people who were part of the “Treatment as Usual” Group of the Mental Health commission’s At Home/Chez Soi research project. He is also the chair of the Lived Experience Circle, an advisory group originally established for the study, that now provides advice to housing first programs, research projects and policy makers on homelessness. Al dedicates many hours to present at conferences, workshops, and events about the importance of meaningfully involving people with lived experience in their programming, planning and research”. 

Al is the recipient of the 2015 Mental Health Inspiring Individual Award.


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