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New president and CEO announced for Economic Development Winnipeg

Ryan Kuffner, EDW's new president and CEO. Photo: Maddy Reico, EDW.

Economic Development Winnipeg has announced that Ryan Kuffner has been appointed the organization’s next president and chief executive officer, succeeding Dayna Spiring who announced her departure this spring.

“I am pleased to share that following an extensive executive search and in-depth interview process, the board has appointed Ryan the organization’s next leader,” said Bill Parrish, EDW’s board chair and chairman at Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd. with the announcement. “Ryan demonstrated a clear vision and detailed platform shaped by extensive leadership experience and fueled by a genuine commitment to Winnipeg. We are excited to watch EDW’s next chapter unfold as Ryan builds on a legacy of strengthening Winnipeg’s economic future through relationship-building, and as a connector and activator.”

Kuffner is currently EDW’s vice-president, sales & business development. He joined EDW in December 2017, and during his tenure was accountable for “for business expansion, retention and investment attraction efforts in support of the city’s key economic sectors, with the teams driving total capital investment of $999 million and creating 12,590 new direct, indirect and induced jobs.” Kuffner was created EDW’s Real Impact campaign, raising funds from the private sector to support EDW’s work.

“This was a rigorous process, and I am honoured that the board has entrusted me to lead the organization. This next level of responsibility is one I do not take lightly,” said Kuffner. “Dayna has built an exceptional organization during her seven years with EDW, assembling a team of passionate and talented Winnipeggers. We are known among our business community and government partners for our ability to lead and execute, and I look forward to continuing to drive impact for our community.”

Spiring departs August 18, and according to her, “EDW is at an inflection point and on a growth trajectory created by ambitious, achievable plans.”

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the board’s decision to appoint Ryan to this role. I hired Ryan and I know what he can do. He has built high-performing teams and shepherded EDW into new spaces where it can deliver value,” she said. “I trust that Ryan will steward the organization thoughtfully, aligned with the mission and vision, while continuing to serve our business community’s needs and remaining open to new possibilities. EDW is in very good hands.”

Kuffner starts his new role as president and CEO on August 21, 2023.


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