Board Members

Brett Andersen

Brett Andersen is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Senior Manager in the audit practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). Brett has been with PwC for 8 years and has worked on a variety of public and private companies in multiple industries during that time. Brett has been on the Board of Harvest Manitoba for 1 year and is the incoming Vice Chair of the Finance Committee.

Aurele Boisvert

Born in a francophone milieu, Aurele spearheaded the establishment of a local association for the mentally disabled in Notre Dame, then volunteered full time for a year at the l’Arche Committee.  Later on, helped create a home for the mentally disabled. Graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy in 1971 and practiced pharmacy full time for thirteen years, then switched careers and became a chemistry and pharmacology professor at the University of St-Boniface for thirty years.  Was Chair of the Southeast Health Board of Directors and Chair of the Council of Chairs of Manitoba Health. During those years, was the Manitoba delegate to the Canadian Health Association.  Is the founding president of the local Food Bank, Accueil Kateri Centre in Ste-Anne, MB.

Jim Feeny

Jim Feeny retired in 2017 as Canadian National Railways’ Director of Regional Public and Government Affairs, after a 40+ year career in journalism and public relations. He played a leading role in managing and conducting communications with media and stakeholders affected by major rail incidents, and led the development of major outreach and community relations programs. Jim is a member of the Board of the Red River Exhibition Association, and the Farmsafe Foundation. He was a member and later chair of the Board of the Manitoba Association of Food Banks, and acts as communications consultant to CN.

Patty Gifford

Patty Gifford is certified as a Human Resources Professional and as an Executive Coach. She is the Vice President, Consulting & People Services for Credit Union Central of Manitoba (CUCM), where she has been employed for over 20 years, guiding a team that provides HR services and thought leadership internally, to Manitoba Credit Unions, and to several joint ventures owned by CUCM. Patty is the incoming Vice Chair of the Human Resources Committee.

John Graham

John Graham is the Director of Government Relations for the Retail Council of Canada.  The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is a membership-based advocacy group for all categories of retail, representing within its membership over 85% of Manitoba’s grocery sector.  Prior to joining RCC in 2017, John held senior level positions within $5 billion food retailer Canada Safeway, directing the company’s national public relations and community investment strategies, including partnering with food banks across Canada.  His current director activities include Immediate Past Chair, St. Boniface Hospital Foundation, Alberta Recycling, Multi-Materials Stewardship Manitoba, ECB-Verdyol and the Manitoba Accessibility Advisory Council.  John is exceptionally proud to have guided teams as a volunteer and paid leader that have collectively raised over $450 million for Canadian charities.  John is married, and through the power of adoption enjoys the energy of their two young children.

John Jackson

John Jackson is a registered psychiatric nurse and holds a master of psychiatric nursing degree with a speciality in leadership and administration. He is a published author in the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, and active participant in regulation activities for the profession. John is the Executive Director of Samaritan House Ministries, which operates Manitoba’s second largest food bank and a variety of social, education and training programs. John’s experience includes leadership and clinical applications in private and public health care facilities. His passion lies in strategic planning, fundraising and building community partnerships.

Brian A. Kelly

Brian has been in management with national companies, partner in a manufacturing business, co-founder of an environmental packager, and founder of current consulting business, Kelly Associates.  He holds professional designations (P.Ag. & FCMC). He has served on the boards of the Manitoba (MCC) and Canadian Chambers of Commerce, the Canadian Association of Management Consultants, and many others.   Currently on the Boards of the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce, Harvest Manitoba, the Manitoba Association of Food Banks; the MCC’s Policy Committee and others.   He has received a number of public service awards and appointed Fellow Certified Management Consultant (FCMC) for service to the profession and public.

Shawn MacDonald

Mr. Shawn MacDonald is the Regional Vice President, Business Financial Services at the Royal Bank of Canada.  In his position, he is responsible for leading RBC’s commercial and small business team across the Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Northwestern Ontario Region.  Shawn joined RBC 24 years ago and has held various positions across the organization.  This has included experience in sales leadership, strategy development and execution, program management, change management and international experience.  Shawn has a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University.  He also has a Master’s of Business Administration from the Rotman’s School of Business at the University of Toronto.  Shawn has previously and continues to be very active in various Boards and Committees.  Which has included previous Food Bank Board experience with the Mississauga Food Bank in Ontario.

Barbara McNish

I am a long time employee of Samaritan House Ministries working a Mary House Coordinator and women counselor for over 20 years. In April 2020 I  took the position as the Executive Director. I embrace the motto of Samaritan House Ministries to help those in need. My faith is my God leads to the ministry of giving that cup of water or food to those who are in need. I am a farmer’s wife and a grandmother. I enjoy gardening and painting pictures. I am an active learner in Art Therapy levels. I hold a Master of Education in Counselling, graduating in 2017 at age 65.

Marilyn McLaren

Marilyn McLaren is the Vice-Chair and Incoming Chair of the Board of Directors. She retired from Manitoba Public Insurance in 2014 after 30+ years of service, the last ten she served as President and CEO. Marilyn has volunteered for many charities and not-for-profit organizations over many years. She believes that we all have an obligation to support each other and knows that we each need that support as we make our way through life. In addition to her commitment to helping to make Manitoba stronger and more caring, she loves to spend time in the wilderness, especially with her two sons and two grandsons.

Sacha Nelson

Sacha Nelson is a lawyer at MLT Aikins LLP and practices corporate/commercial law. Her practice involves advising small and large-scale businesses in the negotiation of purchases and sales of businesses, commercial transaction structuring, corporate planning, corporate finance, organization and governance and commercial real estate. She enjoys working directly with clients to expand their opportunities and growth potential. Ms. Nelson attended McGill University and graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts degree, she then went on to receive her Juris Doctor from Robson Hall. She has served on many committees and enjoys getting involved by volunteering in her community.

Desiree Paulsen

Ms. Desiree Paulsen is a partner in the Audit and Assurance group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has over fourteen years of experience in serving a wide variety of clients including large public companies, medium to large sized privately owned companies and not for profits.  Her clients are in the airline and aerospace industry, financial services, and retail and manufacturing.  She has been serving on the Board of Directors of Harvest Manitoba for over seven years and is currently in her second year as Board Chair.

Philip Poon

Philip Poon is a 1980 graduate of the University of Manitoba School of Dentistry, and has a private practice in Winnipeg.  He has been on many boards and has served as both the president of the Manitoba Dental Association and the Winnipeg Dental Society.  He is also the past chair of the Canadian Dental Association Government Relations and Public Advocacy Committee and the First Nations Oral Health Committee.  Phil was the recipient of the University of Manitoba Dental Alumni of Distinction Award, the Canadian Dental Association Distinguished Service Award and the President Award of Merit from the Manitoba Dental Association.

Richard Scott

Richard Scott currently serves as Independent Chair of the Manitoba Law Society Discipline Committee and is counsel to the law firm Hill Sokalski Walsh LLP. He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1963 becoming President of the Law Society of Manitoba in 1983-84. He was appointed a judge of the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench in 1985 and Chief Justice of Manitoba (Court of Appeal) in 1990, a position he held until retirement March 1, 2013.  He has served his community extensively over the years including serving as a board member, then Chair of the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation, and for 15 years a member of the Board of the Winnipeg Foundation, including 5 years as its Chair. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Harvest Manitoba and the Legal Help Centre.

Lisa Settee

Lisa Settee is an experienced board member and a strong business professional. She has served on several government boards. Her business background includes decades of employment within Manitobas private insurance and public education sectors.  Lisa holds an Honours Diploma in Teacher Assisting, an Honours Diploma in Casino/Resort/Event Coordination and a Microcomputer Application Programming Diploma.  Lisa lives in Northern Manitoba where she has volunteered for many years in the areas of mental health crisis response and Indigenous youth leadership development.

David Shambrock

David Shambrock is the executive director of Food & Beverage Manitoba, an industry trade association that holds over 330 member companies. He is responsible for all of the association’s training, human resources and marketing programs. Mr. Shambrock runs a management consulting practise, providing services in the areas of strategic planning, marketing, new product development and commercialization.  He has worked for companies of all sizes, seeking solutions to technical, regulatory, and business-related issues. Mr Shambrock holds graduate degrees in Food Science and Business Administration and is a Certified Management Consultant. He has served on many national Boards and Committees.

Dale Shirt

Dale Shirt is currently into his 3rd year of service on the Harvest Board. A business consultant with his Bachelor of Commerce degree, Dale specializes in developing business plans for client start-ups. Client projects range from small scale (i.e. hair salon) to very substantial capital projects such as developing business plans for highway travel centres. Dale is a transplanted Manitoban and originally hails from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Alberta. Dale has a strong affinity for aboriginal issues and has devoted his career to making improvements in the area of economic development. Dale works with a growing number of Manitoba First Nations and political organizations.

Yalady Linares Vancol

Yalady Linares Vancol is a Manager, Financial Analysis at Deposit Guarantee Corporation of Manitoba (DGCM). She is responsible for the ongoing monitoring of regulatory compliance and corporate governance in financial institutions. Her job includes the assessment of risk management programs, and acting as the chair of the Corporation Reporting Committee. Prior to DGCM, Ms. Linares developed her career within the banking system, primarily as supervisor of financial institutions with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions in Cuba. In addition, she was regularly providing coaching and consultation for other supervisory bodies in Latin America in coordination with the Center for Latin American Monetary Studies. She is fluent in two languages, Spanish and English.  Ms. Linares is a Certified General Accountant (CPA, CGA). She received her Master in Banking Supervision (Honors) from the SDA BOCCONI UNIVERSITY – School of economics, Milan, Italy. She also holds graduate degrees in Industrial Engineering (Honors) and Bachelor in Computer Science.

Colin Wiebe

Colin Wiebe is a partner at Krahn Friesen Neufeld Chartered Professional Accountants in Morden, MB. He specializes in setting up farming and manufacturing businesses, structures and succession planning. Colin is very active in southern Manitoba, serving on numerous community development, non-profit and technology boards. Colin enjoys spending time mountain biking, mountaineering, flying his airplane, and walking his big white dog named Ozzie.