June 13, 2022
We’re very pleased to announce the appointment of three new board members as of May 25, 2022: Patricia Gair, Peggy May, and Martha Ford.
Peggy May is a strategic leader with expertise in piloting organizations and delivering on the mission, vision, and values of the organizations to which she has been responsible. She excels at fostering relationships with stakeholders, partners, tenants, community, and staff.
Her career has been a collection of dynamic experiences in the hospitality, entertainment, and transportation industries. She began her career in Winnipeg in the hotel industry, where she became entrenched in the tourism and hospitality community to raise Winnipeg‘s profile as a destination.
She spent 15 years managing and developing the brand and distribution of IMAX theatres around the globe. During her tenure with IMAX Corporation, she held progressively responsible roles in sales, operational management, training and marketing for international operations managing market initiation for new theatres in Asia, Europe, and the U.S.
Peggy spent 10 years with Winnipeg Airports Authority as the Marketing and Commercial Partnerships Director. She is proud of her contributions as one of the senior managers assigned to the “Activation Team” responsible for ensuring operational and service success in the development of the new terminal.
Today, as the Chief Executive Officer for Southport Aerospace Centre Inc, she is focused on maintaining and growing the economic impact that Southport makes on the region. Southport’s total employment impact of 970 jobs has an economic output of $170 Million. It is a thriving community, including an airport, aviation and aerospace training facilities, manufacturing and educational institutions, a large residential area, and several recreational options.
As a community builder, supporter and volunteer, she has served as Director and Chaired numerous boards and committees. Currently, she contributes to the Boards of the Regional Community Airports of Canada and Portage Regional Economic Development and is proud to serve as the immediate Past Chair of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce.
Also joining our board is Martha Ford, a Superintendent with Frontier School Division where her portfolio includes the Fine Arts Program and Aboriginal Language and Culture. Previously, Martha served as Dean for the School of Indigenous Education at Red River College.
Rounding out our trio of new board members is Patricia ‘Patti’ Gair, an experienced executive with an extensive background in operations, accounting, and engineering. She is currently EVP, Business Operations for Novra Technologies Inc, a Canadian public company with subsidiaries in Canada and the US. She has previously served as Novra’s COO, CFO, and Director of Operations.
Prior to joining Novra, she held leadership and technical positions in manufacturing, engineering, software development, IT, quality assurance, and service delivery at several organizations, including IBM Canada, Infocorp Computer Solutions and Continental Healthcare. She has also held Board and committee positions with various not-for-profit organizations.
Patti is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and holds a Bachelor of Science (Electrical Engineering) from the University of Manitoba.
These three individuals will bring a wealth of knowledge and diverse perspectives to the RAM board and we’re excited to have them on our team.