Welcome to the
Manitoba Chapter

About RMA

Founded in 1914, The Risk Management Association (RMA) is a not-for-profit, member-driven professional association whose sole purpose is to advance the use of sound risk principles in the financial services industry. RMA promotes an enterprise approach to risk management that focuses on credit risk, market risk, and operational risk.

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, RMA has 1,600 institutional members that include banks of all sizes as well as nonbank financial institutions. They are represented in the Association by 31,000 individuals located throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia/Pacific.

Interested in getting involved with RMA and this Chapter? Go to www.rmahq.org/membership to find out how.

About the Chapter

The Manitoba Chapter, like all RMA chapters, is organized and run by volunteer members. We strongly encourage current or prospective members to become involved in shaping the future direction of the chapter by contacting any of the current officers or committee chairs. We would also be happy to discuss the many benefits that can be derived from membership in RMA.

RMA Board Members

President                                  Nathalie Davy
Vice President                         Allison Pell
Treasurer                                  Devon Kirkwood
Secretary                                  Michelle Lepp
Membership Chair                  Anthony Costanzo
Programs Chair                       Colin Zhong
Young Professional Chair      Charles Gonzales
Women in Finance Char         Amandalina Castellano
Communication Chair            Julie Ediger
Education Chair                       vacant
General Board Members

Walter Ajogbor
Rielle Chwartacki
Joe Healey
Dan Carevic

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Chapter Events

RMA Manitoba invites you to join us for our Annual Wine Mixer on June 2nd from 4 - 7 pm at Gusto North.  We are looking forward to seeing you for our first in-person event in over two years

Registration is limited, so please register today and share this invitation with any colleagues who may be interested in attending - the more...the merrier!

We look forward to SEEING you there.

Event details: 

  • Date & Time: June 2, 2022, 4 - 7 PM CST 
  • Located: Gusto North
  • Cost: $30/ticket (includes two drink tickets + appetizers)

Please register via our Eventbrite link: Registration


We would like to thank the generous sponsor of this event:

Past Events

We are pleased to extend this invitation to our RMA-YP Young Professionals in-person networking event on Thursday, April 7, 2022.

This event caters to professionals with ALL LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE (bankers, accountants, lawyers, appraisers, and those dealing directly with commercial business clients).

The event is casual drinks and networking after work. It is free to attend and appetizers are included. Cash bar for drinks. 

Our generous sponsor for this event is Pitblado Law.

Event Details

  • Event:  Meet & Connect / Drinks After Work
  • Date: Thursday, April 7, 2022
  • Time: 4:45pm – 7:00pm
  • Location: LOCAL Public Eatery (274 Garry Street)
  • Food: Appetizers will be provided. Cash bar is available.
  • Cost: FREE, but must register through Eventbrite

Please ensure you RSVP by Wednesday, April 6, 2022 via Eventbrite:  Registration Link

On behalf of the RMA Manitoba, we invite you to join us on April 12, 2022 at 10 AM CST for an interesting presentation on 'Insights on the Economic Landscape', followed by a Q & A session. Our distinguished speaker is Nathan Janzen, Senior Economist at RBC Economics - his detailed bio is offered below.

Our generous sponsor for this event is Lazer Grant LLP.

Event details:

  • Topic: Insights on the Economic Landscape
  • Date & Time: April 12, 10 AM CST
  • Located: Virtual via MS Teams
  • Cost: Free
  • Sponsor: Lazer Grant LLP

Please register via the link where you will receive a calendar invite/link after your registration:  Registration Link


Nathan Janzen, Senior Economist, RBC Economics

 Nathan is a senior economist with RBC Economics research. His focus is on analysis and forecasting of macroeconomic and financial market developments in Canada and the United States. This includes monitoring near-term economic developments and producing forecasts for the Canadian economy as well as forecasts of key Canadian economic indicators. Nathan joined the economics department at RBC in 2008 after completing a M.A. in economics at McMaster University and a B.A. honours degree from the University of Regina.


We look forward to seeing you there!

Please join us on March 23, 2022 at 10 AM CST for an interesting panelist session on the intersection of Venture Capital and Banking. 
Our distinguished panelists are:
  • Michael McGee of Bioenterprise
  • Bram Strain of the Business Council of Manitoba
  • Marshall Ring of the Manitoba Technology Accelerator

Our panelists will share their experiences about: 

  • what characterizes a good opportunity in the Venture Capital space 
  • how to assess risk in the startup / Venture Capital space 
  • how Venture Capital firms best work in partnership with banking / credit union members   

Our generous sponsor for this event is EY.  

Event details: 

  • Topic: Intersecting Venture Capital and Banking 
  • Date & Time: March 23, 2022, 10 AM CST 
  • Located: Virtual via MS Teams 
  • Cost: Free 
  • Sponsor: EY 

Please register via the link where you will receive a calendar invite/link after your registration:  Registration Link


Bramwell (Bram) Strain, President and CEO of the Business Council of Manitoba 

Bram is a Manitoban, raised in Elm Creek and is a graduate of Brandon University.  Prior to joining the Business Council, Bram worked at all three levels of government in senior roles such as: City Manager in Lethbridge, Alberta; Deputy Minister in the Manitoba Government in Infrastructure and Education; and Training, and Immigration, in the Federal system as Assistant Deputy Minister for Western Economic Diversification and Regional Director General for Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  

Bram is a strategic leader who utilizes a relationship-based leadership style that focuses on results and outcomes beneficial to stakeholders. Bram has worked extensively with the private sector in the development of economic and infrastructure projects leading to growth and community enhancement.  On behalf of the Business Council, he is focused on economic growth for the province of Manitoba by creating the conditions for a competitive business environment for industry to thrive. 

Michael McGee, Director of Innovation at Bioenterprise Canada 

Michael is currently Director of Innovation at Bioenterprise Canada, a not-for-profit company focused on using its national and global network of partners to help companies in Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech sector connect, innovate, and grow. Prior to joining Bioenterprise in 2020, Michael was a General Partner with Avrio Capital, one of Canada’s first private equity funds focused exclusively on Agriculture and Food.  Michael also held senior investment positions with several Calgary-based family offices and has extensive banking and investment experience from previous roles at Bank of Montreal Capital Corporation and Toronto Dominion Bank Capital.   

Michael has invested in companies ranging from seed stage to later stage growth and in various industry sectors, from telecommunications to commercial real estate. He has a wealth of Board experience with both private and public companies and remains active on several private and volunteer boards.  Michael has a Master of Science in Finance degree from Loyola University and an undergraduate degree from Western University. 

Marshall Ring, CEO of the Manitoba Technology Accelerator 

Marshall is an accomplished technology commercialization executive with skills in beta customer acquisition, MVP development and capital raising. He is the CEO of the Manitoba Technology Accelerator and co-founder of the Manitoba Knights Angel investment group. Efforts from these responsibilities have been focused on technology start-ups and scale-ups with national and international scale.  

He currently is established in board level and advisory positions in multiple new / start up business ventures, as well as large organizations such as Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries. 


Please join us on February 15, 2022 at 10AM CST on an exciting presentation regarding Construction Management from Ben Postma at Postma Consulting. They will provide an update on trends in the construction industry and give us insights on what to watch for when evaluating construction projects.

Postma Consulting provides commercial, multi-family, light-industrial and institutional construction cost consulting and estimating solutions across the Prairies, Northwestern Ontario and Northern Canada. Services include quantity surveying, cost management, estimating, and construction loan monitoring.


At the core of this firm’s experience is the knowledge of the industry and its workings. A long history, grounded with experience in the general contracting field, provides unmatched insights into the inner workings of the construction industry.

Our generous sponsor for this event is the Appraisal Institute of Canada - Manitoba.

Event details:

  • Topic: Construction Management Discussion
  • Date and time: February 15, 2022, 10 AM CST
  • Located: Virtual via MS Teams
  • Cost: Free
  • Sponsor: Appraisal Institute of Canada – Manitoba

To register and receive the calendar invite, please do so via the MS Teams link here:  Registration

Bio of our speaker Ben Postma:

After graduating from the University of Manitoba in 2004 with Bachelors of Commerce degree with a major in Finance, Ben briefly worked in the financial services industry before making the switch to the construction industry.  Over his career, Ben has held various estimating, project management and leadership roles with local general contracting firms on a wide variety of projects with values of up to $400,000,000.  In 2020 the opportunity came to join the family business Postma Consulting, and Ben jumped at the opportunity.

At Postma Consulting Ben leads the Cost Management group and provides overall direction and advice to other areas of service. Ben became a Professional Quantity Surveyor in 2015, and has expertise in cost planning, procurement, risk management, design management, constructability review, value engineering, market analysis, conceptual estimating, cost forecasting, cost control and life cycle costing. 

Postma Consulting is a full-service consulting firm with expertise in financing, real estate, loan monitoring, estimating, life cycle costing and project management.  The firm has been in operation since its founding in 1996 and operates across Canada.

We look forward to seeing you there!


We are pleased to share an invitation from RMA Fraser Valley to attend their upcoming virtual seminar
Lending our Expertise: Business Exits - Considerations for Management Buy-out & Employee Buy-ins 

Join the conversation with special guest speaker Bob Lawrence, CPA, CA, CBV of VEER Business Advisors.

Fact or fiction?
Selling a business to employees is a horrible idea.’  Join VEER Business Advisors’ Bob Lawrence as he debunks different myths about employee/management ownership transitions, and highlights what your business owner clients should know before considering their ownership transition options.  

DATE: Thursday, January 27, 2022
TIME: 10:00 - 10:30 AM PST  (12 noon CST)

Registration:  Registration Link  

Register via the link below in the 'Register Now' button. Please make sure to sign up with your e-mail. A unique Zoom link will be available after registration.

Bob Lawrence, CPA, CA, CBV
President, VEER Business Advisors

After earning his CA designation in 1987, and since leaving public practice accounting in 1992, Bob has served in executive management positions with companies in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail, resource extraction and software development. With his hands-on operations and management experience, he can identify with the challenges facing business owners, especially as they look 5-7 years down the road at their inevitable business exits.

Bob launched VEER Business Advisors in 2013, providing Value Enhancement & Exit Readiness assessments, Transaction Support for internal ownership transitions, and sell-side M&A services for small and lower-mid-market companies. He became a Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) in 2016 and has spoken on the topics of exit readiness and business valuation across Western Canada. He is active in the community, having mentored young entrepreneurs, and is a founding board member of West Coast Kids Cancer Foundation.


Happy new year! Please join us virtually via MS Teams on January 20th, 2022 at 10am for our annual Women in Finance Event.

This year we have the honor of having Amanda Buhse, CEO & Chief Creative Officer, Coal and Canary + Co-Founder, Piper & Perro speak on "Harnessing your Personal Power to Live Beyond Your Dreams". Amanda will share her personal story about risk, entrepreneurship, leadership and personal growth.

This event is has been graciously sponsored by Stewart Title.


Event details:

  • Topic: Harnessing your Personal Power to Live Beyond Your Dreams
  • Date and time: January 20th, 2022 at 10AM CST
  • Duration: 1 Hour (Q+A afterwards if time-permitting)
  • Located: Hosted virtually through MS Teams – Please register with the link below to receive the calendar invite/link.
  • Cost: Free
  • Sponsor: Stewart Title


Please register via the link where you will receive a calendar invite/link after your registration:
Registration Link - MS Teams

Biography of Amanda Buhse

Amanda Buhse is a multi-award-winning marketing maverick, entrepreneur, speaker, and overall creative force. Her creative efforts with Coal and Canary have been featured in numerous national and international media outlets including, Forbes, the GRAMMY, Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe swag bags, The Globe and Mail, Good Morning America, Cameron Diaz’ The Body Book, Style at Home, Canadian Living and many more.


She’s lives and breathes creativity and brings design brilliance to every aspect of business and life. This quality was a keystone in growing her brand from a $40 investment to become a multi-million dollar business. Forbes Magazine has since recognized Coal and Canary as "Canada's favourite artisan candle" under Amanda's leadership. 


Recently named Insight Success Magazines “Top 10 Most Successful Businesswomen to Watch in 2021” as well as “Female Entrepreneur of the Year” (WBOM, 2019), “Volunteer of the Year” (Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, 2019), “Small Business of the Year” (TWAD, 2019), and Spirit of Winnipeg Award winner, Amanda is grateful to be recognized for entrepreneurial accomplishments. Her largest accolade to date came in early 2021, when Amanda was named a G20 YEA Canadian Delegate for the global G20 Summit hosted in Milan which will focus on COVID-19 socio-economic recovery, as well as a global renaissance, for inclusive, sustainable, and innovative prosperity. 


Amanda’s leadership and commitment to the small business community are evident as she is a current Board Member for the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Co-Chair of the Small Business Advisory Council (WCOC, 2019), and a Chamber representative chosen to sit on the Mayor of Winnipeg’s COVID-19 Business Task Force to advise on the COVID-19 related impacts felt by the Winnipeg business community.


Amanda is a passionate voice in the Canadian female entrepreneurial scene with a mission to empower other to harness their personal strength, trust their intuition and live fearlessly. Sharing her journey of overcoming tragedy, she has inspired audiences across the country to live a life of their own design by showing up in the world as the truest expression of themselves.


Please join us virtually via MS Teams on November 23rd at 11AM for an exciting presentation where we dive into financial analysis fundamentals that come up often in commercial lending: EBITDA and Cashflow. This presentation is intended for individuals that have fundamental financial analysis knowledge in the commercial lending space. Our presenter Andrew Holmes, Specialist Trainer and Consultant at Moody's Analytics will be presenting key aspects of EBITDA, Cashflow, and its key differences. This is a great opportunity to brush up on the fundamentals and learn a few best practices from an industry expert!

There will also be opportunities for Q and A after the discussion.

This event has been graciously sponsored by Deloitte.

Event details:

  • Topic: EBITDA versus Cashflow... what's the difference?
  • Date and time: November 23 at 11AM CST
  • Duration: 1 Hour (Q+A afterwards if time-permitting)
  • Located: Hosted virtually through MS Teams
  • Cost: Free
  • Sponsor: Deloitte

To register, please do so via the MS Teams link: Registration


We look forward to seeing you there!


RMA has been actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and the health and safety of our members is our primary concern.  Given the potential risks associated with COVID-19, we have restricted all in-person gatherings and events until further notice.

RMA has developed a members-only, free resource center in response to COVID-19. Its purpose is to help you and your organization respond to the challenges of the pandemic.  Access it here: https://landing.rmahq.org/coronavirusresourcecenter.

It includes:

  • A members-only blog providing market intelligence that sheds light on how financial institutions are managing pandemic planning risks in various ways
  • Pandemic Planning checklist
  • Recommended internal and external communication protocols
  • Articles, podcasts and updates from government agencies
  • Pandemic Planning webinars: https://landing.rmahq.org/riskreadiness/webinar-extras-2284R-358068.html
    • and more

Don't forget to renew your annual membership a http://www.rmahq.org/membership-types/ .

label,blue,newBreakfast Meeting location: Winnipeg Winter Club, 200 River Avenue

Time: 8:00am - 9:00am
Cost: $20 Members / $35 Non-Members (includes buffet breakfast)
RSVP: Colin Zhong colin.zhong@scotiabank.com

If you are interested in being a Keynote Speaker, please contact Natalie Davy at Nathalie.Davy@td.com

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Watch for upcoming details regarding the RMA Young Professionals and RMA Women in Finance events throughout the year. These are a great opportunity to expand your business network by meeting other professionals!​​​