The Winnipeg 2023 World Police & Fire Games is led by a team of passionate, experienced and accomplished sport and community leaders focused on providing the best athlete experience and contributing to the growth of our community partners and businesses.
MIKE EDWARDS – Chief Operating Officer
Mike Edwards joins the Winnipeg 2023 World Police & Fire Games with more than 15 years directing sporting events ranging from the provincial to international level. Mike is a leader in the Canadian sport community, and has contributed to the success of events that include: Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, 2012 Special Olympics Canada Games, 2019 Canada Winter Games, Red Bull Crashed Ice and many more. Most recently, Mike was the Executive Director of the Grey Cup and brings his expertise to join the Winnipeg 2023 World Police and Fire Games with a goal to provide the best athlete experience and showcase the world class hosting community of Winnipeg.
“I am thrilled and honored to be the new COO of the Winnipeg 2023 World Police & Fire Games. I have a great respect and appreciation for the law enforcement and firefighting professions, and am excited to contribute to an event that showcases the athleticism and dedication of these athletes.”
Meet the Team 2023 Winnipeg Team:
Director, Corporate Partnerships
Director, Games Operations
Director, Finance & Administration
Sr. Project Mgr, Integrated Planning
Director, Ceremonies & Special Events
Director, Sport Operations
Manager, Volunteer Service
Director, Marketing & Communications
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bramwell (Bram) Strain is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Manitoba.
Bram is a Manitoban, raised in Elm Creek and is a graduate of Brandon University. Prior to joining the Business Council, Bram was most recently the City Manager in Lethbridge, Alberta, prior to that, he served as Deputy Minister in the Manitoba Government with the Ministries of Infrastructure as well as Education, Training and Immigration. Bram has also served as Assistant Deputy Minister for Western Economic Diversification, Regional Director General for Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Director General for Service Canada, and Associate Regional Director General for Veterans Affairs Canada.
Bram is a strategic leader who utilizes a relationship-based leadership style that focuses on results and outcomes beneficial to stakeholders and has a breadth and depth of experience across all levels of government. Bram has worked extensively with the private sector in the development of economic and infrastructure projects leading to growth and community enhancement. Bram will join the Business Council effective February 3, 2020.
PRESIDENT - UNITED FIRE FIGHTERS OF WINNIPEG
PRESIDENT – MANITOBA PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS ASSOCIATION
I.A.F.F CANADIAN TRUSTEE
CAPTAIN WINNIPEG FIRE DEPARTMENT
Alex Forrest currently holds the position of a Captain in the Winnipeg Fire Department, bringing with him 32 years of Fire Fighting experience. Prior to joining the Fire Department, Alex was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, serving in the 3 RCHA.
He graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts. He then graduated from the University of Manitoba Law School in 1995, and in 1996 was called to the bar. The majority of Alex’s education was completed while working full time as a Winnipeg Firefighter. Alex has written many articles for Firefighter services around the world, and has advised and presented to many study groups on the topic of firefighter cancer rates. Most recently, he co-wrote a book with regards to the need for proper compensation surrounding cancer and firefighters. The book titled “Health Risks and Fair Compensation in the Fire Service” is one of Alex’s great accomplishments, and is now being sold in over a dozen countries around the world. Alex was honored to be awarded with the Canadian Long Service Medal for Firefighting, as well as, the Manitoba Chief’s Long Service Award.
He was recognized as an initial recipient of the Queen Jubilee Medal of Honor for his contributions to the Canadian Firefighters Safety & Occupational Cancers. As well, received the Mary Beth Dolan Medal of Honor for his contributions regarding Health & Safety. Alex is currently the President of the Manitoba Fallen Firefighters Foundation, as well as the Manitoba Professional Firefighters Association. In previous years, he has held the position of the Prairie Director for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
In 2008, Alex was elected as a Canadian Trustee of the International Association of Fire Fighters and currently holds this position. Previous titles with the IAFF include being an original member of the IAFF EMS Standing Committee, and has also been a Service Field Representative for over ten years.
Currently, he holds the position of the President of the United Firefighters of Winnipeg. Alex is the longest serving president in the history of the UFFW and is going into his 25th year. He continues to educate groups around the world focusing on the importance of cancer and its effect in Fire Services.
Chad is an Acting Lieutenant in the Winnipeg Fire Department with 19 years experience as a firefighter. Chad is an executive board member with the United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg with 12 years in the position. In 2007, Chad attended his first World Police & Fire Games competing in Dragon Boat and Archery in Adelaide, Australia. He has shot archery in every WPFG since Adelaide and has been able to win five medals in the seven games that he has attended. Chad’s love for the WPFG has continued with his commitment to help bring the games to Winnipeg. He was instrumental during the bid process to host the Games and now is the Chairperson of the 2023 Winnipeg WPFG Host Organizing Committee.
Growing up in Keewatin, Ontario, just East of Winnipeg on the stunning Lake of the Woods, Cheri's love of sport developed at an early age; swimming, fishing, boating, camping, hiking, playing hockey, and ringette. Her devotion to sports continued into her 20’s after moving to Winnipeg to start her career in security, with DSI Security, monitoring Video security, Rural 911, and Fire dispatch. In 2009, she transitioned her security skills and started employment as a Correctional Officer with Manitoba Justice. Working as a Correctional Officer allowed her the opportunity to attend her first WPFG in Northern Ireland in 2013. This was the spark that started her 'love of the Games'. Since then, Cheri has attended each of the consecutive Games, and vows to continue to grow as an athlete, a team member, and a contributing WPFG board member. Leaning on her gained experiences, Cheri's focus for 2023 is to curate a gold-winning experience for this year's athletes by introducing athletes, delegates, and family members to the Candadian pride that make up Winnipeg's cultural diversity. Cheri hopes each athlete – first-time athletes, and veterans alike – can experience the Winnipeg 2023 WPFG with the same heart and emblem of pride she has come to love in the WPFG community.
Dwight MacAulay is a retired Chief of Protocol for the Government of Manitoba, Dwight was involved in Manitoba's first bid for the WPFG and is delighted to be part of the upcoming 2023 Games. Having worked on several Royal Visits, international trade missions and many inter-provincial government conferences and diplomatic events Dwight has been honoured by The Queen twice and is the only person in the Manitoba's history to be invested as a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO).
Janet has worked in Sport Administration for over 35 years playing various roles. Currently, she is the President and CEO of Sport Manitoba.
Her first Games role was with the Manitoba Games program growing it into an alternating every 2 years summer and winter provincial games throughout the Province.
She has worked with Team Manitoba preparing it for travel and performance at several Canada Games. She was a member of the Canada Games Council Sport Committee for 8 years.
In addition to attending many Games she has also worked for the Host Societies of the 1999 Pan Am Games as Sport Manager for 42 sport competitions.
Most recently she was the Director of Sport and Venues for the 2017 Canada Summer Games held in Winnipeg.
Kenny Boyce is the City’s representative on the Board. As the Manager of Film and Special Events for the City of Winnipeg, Kenny has earned his reputation as a highly effective problem solver with an extensive history of leadership and positive contributions to our community. He is a veteran organizer of local, national and international events who has played a key role in Winnipeg’s marquee events including the 1999 Pan Am Games, the opening of Investors Group Field, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Tour of Winnipeg and the historic opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Kenny serves as the Chair on City of Winnipeg’s Events Committee and a Team Member of Emergency Operations Centre. Kenny is the lead for all major events and festivals such as Winnipeg Pride, Manitoba Marathon, White Out parties, Fringe and Jazz Festival. On a year-round basis, Kenny is also responsible for fulfilling and overseeing the filming needs of international producers, performers and location managers who use Winnipeg as the site for their productions.
Stu Duncan has over 30 years of experience in economic and financial services, having served in executive management positions in the private sector, non-profit sector and with government. Stu is Partner, Deal Advisory in the Winnipeg office of KPMG Canada and a Managing Director of KPMG Corporate Finance Inc. He has been with KPMG for 18 years (Winnipeg and Calgary) and works across the country along with some global projects. Previously was the leader of two economic development agencies. He holds a M.A. from York University and B.A. Honours from the University of Winnipeg, as well as corporate finance credentials. Over the past three decades, Stu has served on many boards, charities and committees, including for major international and national events. Stu is passionate about family, sports, arts, and community involvement.
Current Title: Detective Sergeant/Treasurer
Winnipeg Police Service/Winnipeg Police Association
Ward is currently in his 20th year with the Winnipeg Police Service and is currently assigned to the Major Crimes Unit. Ward is also a member of the Winnipeg Police Association Board of Directors where he serves as the Treasurer.
Ward has a good mix of experience with the Winnipeg Police Service with 8 years in Uniform General Patrol Divisions, 3 years in the Street Crime Unit and 9 years in Investigative units including his current assignment in the Major Crimes Unit.
Ward has extensive board experience and was first elected to the Winnipeg Police Association Board in 2012 as a Director and then elected to his current role as Treasurer in 2014. Ward has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba, has successfully completed the Executive Leadership program at the Telfer School of Business at the University of Ottawa and Board Governance and Financial Literacy program at the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.
Ward was a member of the Winnipeg World Police and Fire Games bid committee and has continued with the board as a representative of the Winnipeg Police Association. Ward also serves as the Treasurer for the Manitoba Police Association, Treasurer for the Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad and as a Director on the Manitoba Peace and Police Officer Memorial Board.
Andy Zurawsky is a current 18 year member with the Winnipeg Police Service Currently serving as a Patrol Sergeant in Winnipeg’s North End. He is also a member of the Winnipeg Police Association where he serves as the Unit 3 Director. His duties with the WPA also include Clothing and Equipment and Sports Committees.
Andy’s experience as a Police Officer includes 9 years in General Patrol Divisions, 1 year in the Central Processing Unit, and 8 years in the Tactical Support unit as a Mechanical Breacher and instructor.
Andy’s has extensive board experience where he was elected to the Winnipeg Police Credit Union Board in 2006. Andy is currently Chairperson of the WPCU Audit Committee and is in his second year as Vice President of the WPCU.
Andy attended the University of Manitoba where he graduated with an Economics degree. He played Volleyball for the University of Manitoba Bisons for 5 years winning 2 National Titles and was selected as an All-Canadian. Andy continued his volleyball career with the Team Canada Program for 6 years. He competed in the World Championships, World Cup, World Student Games and was a member of the Bronze Medal Team at the 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg. That team was inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame in 2000. During his time with Team Canada, Andy played professional Volleyball in Europe. Andy was also inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame as an Athlete.
Eric Luke is a 25-year member of the Winnipeg Police Service. Eric currently holds the rank of Inspector and has worked in Criminal Investigations, Operations and Criminal Intelligence. He is currently the Commander of Professional Standards, the Major Incident Response Team and the Services Pandemic Response Team.
Eric spent seven years as a member of the Winnipeg Police Service Canine Unit. While a member. he placed second overall twice at the Canadian Police Canine Championships and won gold at the 2005 World Police Fire Games in Quebec City.