Meet the team!

Oct 27, 2021 | Chamber News, Front Page

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce is pleased to introduce two recent team additions – Kay Gardiner and Elisabeth Saftiuk. Here’s a little bit about them:

Kay Gardiner, DMI Program Director

  • “I’m a marketer at heart and have been a promoter of Canadian tech talent for years…starting way back at Broadband Networks Inc, then for 15 years as a contractor/consultant and more recently with Tech Manitoba.”
  • “My ultimate goal is to be part of a forward-facing Manitoba business community, equipped with the digital tools that enable evolution and growth. My hope is that this program removes a bit of the risk involved with technology adoption and inspires companies to take action on those upgrades or updates that will have the most impact on their business. We have already had 310 registrations come through, so DMI is clearly finding a receptive audience.”
  • “What inspires me most about Manitoba’s business community is its diversity and industriousness!”
  • “At the risk of being a bit cliché, the most obvious thing I’ve witnessed these past couple years is that the only constant truly is change. And one of my regular go-to quotes in response to all that change is that “Opportunity favours the prepared mind.” I think that if you’re up for the challenge and open to the possibilities, it’s a pretty powerful combination.”
  • “My original career path pointed to academia. I absolutely thought I’d be a professor. I had been accepted for a Masters in Cultural Anthropology when I decided to take a year to work at a tech start up and then never looked back. I have loved every part of working with companies that make an impact in Manitoba and across the world. That being said, I have to admit that I still toy with the idea of Cultural Anthropology research. Maybe that will be my retirement plan!”

For more information on the Digital Manitoba Initiative and why you should consider applying for your organization:


Elisabeth Saftiuk joined the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce on October 25 as our new Director of Policy.

“I look forward to working collaboratively with the chamber network to ensure the strategic focus of the MCC continues to address the needs and priorities of Manitoba’s business community.”

“In terms of my own experience, I have a background in urban planning, economics, and public policy development, having previously served as Manager of Policy and Legislation for the Department of Municipal Relations and as Executive Director of the Brandon Downtown Development Corporation.”



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