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Date April 22, 2021 Time 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Timezone Central Daylight Time - CDT Chapter Manitoba Place Virtual Session Cost Free – $30

Manitoba Chapter – Winnipeg’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Join us for another virtual event and earn a professional development credit at the same time!  

The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global, Canadian and Winnipeg economy has been significant. The City of Winnipeg remains committed to maintaining essential services for our residents, while balancing the health, safety, and well-being of our employees and residents. In this challenging environment, key players in the city’s COVID-19 pandemic response will discuss:

  • Impact on citizen services and city operations
  • City finances
  • Community supports and lessons learned

Join us for an open discussion with the three leaders that led the city’s response to COVID-19.

COST:   Members – Free, Non-members – $30.00

VIRTUAL MEETING: Zoom Link will be sent to registered attendees prior to the event

Registration is open until 4:00 PM Tuesday, April  20, 2021.

** Eligible for 1 Professional Development (PD) credit hour **

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NOTE:  The membership fee for the Manitoba Chapter is FREE for the fourth year in a row!


  • Scott Gillingham, Councillor – St. James Ward, Chair of Standing Policy Committee on Finance

    Scott Gillingham was first elected to Winnipeg City Council in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018.

    Scott has been given several important responsibilities including the chair of the Winnipeg Police Board, Council Liaison for Labour Relations and the Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Finance.

    Since moving to the role of Finance in November 2016, Scott has applied a long-term focus on the overall City finances. He provided leadership in the development of Winnipeg’s first multi-year balanced budget that was adopted in March 2020, with balanced operating budgets in each of the next 4 years. Most recently Scott lead the 2021 budget update that included financial supports to business owners that have been impacted by the pandemic. He also over saw the development and implementation of the City’s Covid-19 crisis cash flow management plan.

  • Paul Olafson, Corporate Controller, Corporate Finance Department

    Paul Olafson is a Chartered Professional Accountant. He has worked at The City of Winnipeg for over 27 years in various capacities. He is currently serving as Corporate Controller, after performing the past two years as the city’s Interim Chief Financial Officer. Among his many achievements in that capacity, Paul gave leadership to and support to City Council in the adoption of the City’s first balanced multi-year budget and budget update (2021) and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Paul has numerous services on Boards and Committees including the Civic Employees’ Pension Benefits Program, Government Finance Officers’ Association and CPA Canada.

  • Jay Shaw, Assistant Chief, Emergency Management and Public Information, Fire Paramedic Service

    Jay Shaw is the Assistant Chief of Emergency Management and Public Information with the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, leading the Office of Emergency Management. Jay has more than 20 years of experience in emergency services and health care, serving as an operational firefighter and paramedic for the Department of National Defense and more recently, the City of Winnipeg. He has a wide array of emergency response and health care experiences, has worked in hospital emergency rooms and rural Emergency Medical Services. Jay completed his Master’s degree in Emergency Management from Royal Roads University and has numerous diplomas and certificates related to healthcare and emergency services. Jay is a graduate of Harvard University’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative studying Crisis Leadership and has recently been selected as the only Canadian representative at the International Association of Fire Chiefs 2021 - Fire Service Executive Development Institute.