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2016 - 2017 Board of Directors


Gilles Abraham, C.I.M., C.Mgr.

Past President Thomas Ritter, C.I.M., C.Mgr.  
Vice-President, Education Steve Lupky, C.I.M., C.Mgr.  
Vice-President, Finance Dennie Cormack, C.I.M.  
Vice-President, Marketing & Communications Kalimukwa Sinyama, C.I.M.  
Vice-President, Membership

Louise Doberstein, C.I.M.


Director, Events

Giselle Pieczonka Pagani, C.I.M., C.Mgr.  
Director, Finance Raymond Houdayer, C.I.M., C.Mgr.  
Director, Marketing & Chamber of Commerce Chuck Ibezimako, C.I.M.  
Director, Professional Development Tim Brown, C.Mgr.  
University of Manitoba Liaisons

Tara de Castro

Marcia McKenzie




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Board of Directors Profiles 



Thomas W. Ritter, CET, C.I.M., C. Mgr.

Vice President of Advanced Designation Development and President-Elect, CIM Manitoba Chapter (2012-14)
President, CIM Manitoba Chapter (2014-2016)

Past President, CIM Manitoba Chapter (2016-)



Thomas Ritter, CIM Winnipeg

With over 30 years of professional experience in steel fabrication, Thomas Ritter’s career began with real-world experience in welding, fitting and fabricating steel. This experience initiated his interest in civil engineering and he attended Red River College from 1979 - 1981 studying Civil Engineering Technology.


Early in his career, Thomas attained various leadership positions that provided him with the depth and breadth of experience that employers, employees and clients appreciate. When he realized that formal education in Leadership and Management would be beneficial to his career, he was inspired to enter into the CIM Program in 1991 and graduated with Honors in 1995.


Thomas advanced into senior management positions and attained his Professional Manager’s designation (P.Mgr) in 2005.


The P.Mgr. designation is most important to me as the Code of Ethics is a very big part of my personal beliefs. The designation has helped me further advance my career to where it is today.


As General Manager at Capitol Steel, Thomas focuses on business development, marketing, sales, and estimating. His responsibilities include fostering a team approach to facilitate the growth of the organization; ensuring ISO 9001-2008 Certification is sustained through continuous improvement; adherence to Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health and COR Certification; and that the company operates in accordance with the Labour Laws of Manitoba and the Human Rights Legislation of the Government of Canada.


I do not believe that I would have had the career that I have had without the CIM and the Professional Manager’s Designation. This, in itself, has inspired me to be part of the CIM Winnipeg Branch Board and give back a little bit of what the CIM has given to me. In addition, the people that I have met on the Board along the way have become business colleagues and in many cases, friends, that have the same goals, objectives and beliefs that I do.


Thomas has been active in volunteer activities, playing, refereeing, coaching and managing hockey and soccer teams.


An experienced Board member on community club and area association Boards, Thomas particularly enjoyed his roles as AA Hockey Director and President of the Transcona Minor Hockey Association.


Thomas has been an energetic member of the Winnipeg Branch of the Canadian Institute of Management’s Board of Directors. He has held various positions, including Director of Professional Manager Services from 2005 until 2009, Co-chair of the 2009 National CIM AGM held in Winnipeg; and Director since the Fall of 2011.


Personal Tidbits


Work and career. When I have spare time, I spend it golfing, hunting, and fishing.


Favourite Author(s):
Anyone who sends me an email, BBM or text message.


Favourite TV Show:
Winnipeg Jets


Favourite Place:
In my inner circle, it is known as “The Lodge”




Dennie Cormack, BA, C.I.M., TCP (EVC)
Director of Communications, CIM Manitoba Chapter (2012-14)
Vice-President, Marketing and Communications, CIM Manitoba Chapter (2014-16)

Secretary-Treasurer, CIM Manitoba Chapter (2016-2017)

Vice-President, Finance, CIM Manitoba Chapter (2017-)


Dennie Cormack is the Student Records and Systems Support Officer in the Registrar’s Office at Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology, with 18 years’ experience working in post-secondary education.


A highly motivated member of the Registrar’s Team, Dennie leads the Degree Audit Team, and Catalogue Governance. In addition to the Registrar’s Management Team he works closely with Academic Chairs, Continuing Education, Regional Campuses, the Controller’s Office and Support Services.


As a trainer, he instructs Support Staff, Instructors, Coordinators, Program Managers, Chairs and Deans in the use of College software including Colleague (enterprise resource planning), Catalogue Maintenance (curriculum), and RRC Reporting.


He strongly believes in cross-training, teamwork, staff development and empowering team members to take the initiative. Throughout his career Dennie has believed in 360 degree leadership. Each person can have influence and take on a leadership role whether it is leading employees, leading laterally with colleagues from other departments or leading upwards with senior managers.


Dennie received his Certified in Management designation in June 2012 and joined the CIM Winnipeg Board of Directors in October 2012 as the Director of Communications.


Dennie is a life-long learner and strongly believes that knowledge is a continuous process. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of Manitoba and from Red River College a Diploma in Business Administration as well as Certificates in Career/Employment Counseling, Human Resource Management and Industrial Supervision.


He has also received his Tourism Certified Professional (Event Coordinator) designation from the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) in 2007.



Professional Associations:


  • Western Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (WARUCC)
  • Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC)
  • Ellucian Users Group

Volunteer work:


  • Canadian Institute of Management Board of Directors (Manitoba Chapter)
  • St. James-Assiniboia Community Health Advisory Council for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Personal Interests:

Dennie enjoys travelling, golfing, hiking, biking, reading, and watching a variety of cinema. His interests include strategic enrolment management, Canadian military topics, economics, politics, history, management and leadership.




Louise Doberstein, C.I.M.
Vice-President, Membership, CIM Manitoba Chapter (2010-)


Louise Doberstein, CIM Winnipeg

Louise Doberstein is an enthusiastic, energetic and highly motivated entrepreneur. Fluent in both English and French gives Louise an upper hand in many areas. Highly skilled in working in communications with diverse clientele gives Louise a competitive edge. She is a strong leader and has a proven ability to strategically manage various stages of planning; establishing priorities; delegating tasks and following through to ensure success. She is a self-starter with excellent analytical, organizational, and creative skills. She has worked alongside her husband in a ground-up lawn care business, established in 1998 (Dobie’s Lawn Care - 204-757-2944 -


Working all aspects and areas of her business and working full time at MTS Allstream while completing her CIM designation displays how motivated she is. Achieving her designation has been a value in Louise’s career at MTS Allstream.


Her strong work ethic, personal drive for success and genuine grassroots personality, with the support of the four year management and administration program through the Canadian Institute of Management, continues to evolve.


The University of Manitoba - Continuing Education Canadian Institute of Management’s graduating class of 2010 elected Louise as their valedictorian, which attests to Louise’s tenacity and positive “can-do” attitude. Since graduating, Louise has demonstrated growth in many areas including self-confidence within the professional industry. She is reliable, dependable and a hardworking professional with a practical hands-on approach, who always perseveres to achieve the best results.


Louise is well known for her passion and ability to meet and exceed personal goals/targets, a knack for connecting with decision makers and the ability to transfer the secrets of sales and account management to others, displaying excellent presentation, negotiation, closing, and follow through skills.


Upon joining the Winnipeg CIM Branch Board of Directors, Louise’s passion for CIM has increased her quest to re-engage past members and increase awareness of the CIM brand.




Steve Lupky, C.I.M., C.Mgr.

Director, Membership (P.Mgr.), CIM Manitoba Chapter (2014-15)

Vice-President, Education, CIM Manitoba Chapter (2015-)


Steve Lupky is employed with Manitoba Public Insurance as the Manager of Serious & Long Term Case Management. Steve is also a certified facilitator for the Community Futures Leadership Institute, providing training on governance issues to volunteer Boards of Directors across Western Canada.


Steve graduated from the CIM program with honors in 2010, and received his Professional Manager designation in 2014. A strong believer in lifelong learning, Steve has completed certificate programs in Management, Rehabilitation Management, as well as a Diploma in Human Resource Management.


Steve has extensive leadership and board experience having served 18 years as an elected Councillor and the Deputy Mayor for the Town of Arborg, Manitoba.


He has been involved in leadership roles with numerous local, regional and provincial boards and organizations including the Association of Manitoba Municipalities, Community Futures Manitoba and was the founding chair of the Arborg Bifrost Community Development Corporation and the Arborg Seniors Housing Corporation.


In addition to his volunteer work with the Canadian Institute of Management, Winnipeg Chapter Steve also serves on the Board of Directors of Community Living Winnipeg. He was the proud recipient of an Honorary Life Membership with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities in 2012.