*CHANGE OF DATE* Toasting Winnipeg Breakfast Series – January 20, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

NOTE:Toasting Winnipeg will now be on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

What do the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Richardson International Airport and the ALT Hotel have in common? They’ve all been touched by Stantec—a firm that collaborates across disciplines and industries to bring building projects to life. Hear from Eric Wiens, Vice President, Regional Leader Manitoba of Stantec, about the behind-the-scenes stories of these new and innovative Winnipeg landmarks, and why the firm chose downtown as its new home.

Another example of an organization committed to the revitalization of downtown’s core is Snowflake Place—an innovative safe haven with a child-centric approach that pulls resources under one roof to support families at times of crisis. Cheryl Martinez, Executive Director of Snowflake Place, will share its story and why it’s important for them to be downtown. From their gift vault to the unique story behind its name, discover how Snowflake Place makes a difference in the lives they touch.

Toasting Winnipeg is a new breakfast series that celebrates innovative, original and inspiring business stories in our city.  Our goal is to shine light and share stories from our membership proving business success is possible, especially in Winnipeg. 

7:30 a.m. – Registration, networking and breakfast

8:00 a.m. – Program begins

9:00 a.m. – Progream ends

About our speakers:

Eric Wiens, Vice President, Regional Leader, Manitoba of Stantec

Since 1989, Eric has been contributing his expertise to clients and his leadership skills to his team. His extensive background in the planning and delivery of infrastructure projects across Western Canada has given him the opportunity to work on a variety of projects ranging from water and wastewater treatment facilities, stormwater management, and civil works to transportation and land development.

Delivering projects to the client’s satisfaction, while remaining on budget and schedule is something Eric takes pride in. Using his strong communication skills, Erik coordinates with approving agencies and public relations activities — keeping communities and project stakeholders informed. He incorporates new ideas and trends to better our service delivery – achieving his goal to always improve and adapt. Outside the office, Eric is an avid outdoorsman and contributes to his community through mentorship and charities, such as Siloam Mission and Habitat for Humanity.

Cheryl Martinez, Executive Director of Snowflake Place

Cheryl Martinez has been the Executive Director of Snowflake Place for Children and Youth since its official opening in January 2013.  She has worked to develop Manitoba’s first Children’s Advocacy Centre into an important resource for service providers in the Winnipeg community, while also networking with other centers across Canada and the United States as the organization evolves. 


Cheryl has a Master’s Degree in Social Work, with 28 years of experience in child and family services.


Cheryl was raised in Thompson, Manitoba and began her career in child protection, providing services in many rural and remote areas in northern Manitoba.  She has considerable experience in working with and coordinating multidisciplinary teams and child abuse investigations, working closely with government, child and family service agencies, police, medical professionals, victim services, community workers and other key stakeholders in the area of child maltreatment and sexual exploitation.


Cheryl enjoys curling and golf and is a proud mother of two adult sons.

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