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Joel Templeman

Executive Director

Experienced Independent Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the professional training & coaching industry. Skilled in Leadership, Requirements Analysis, IT & Network Security, and IT Management. Strong consulting professional with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) focused in Information Technology Project Management from Royal Military College of Canada.


Vice Chair

Kathy Knight


Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Negotiation, Business Planning, Coaching, and Government. Strong business development professional graduated from Red River College and University of Manitoba.

Jim Forestell


Major James MJ (Jim) Forestell, was born in Saint John, New Brunswick and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as an Officer Cadet in 1962. After earning his wings he served as a pilot at 101 KU in Shearwater, NS; 4 FTS in Portage La Prairie, MB; 437 Sqn and ATGHQ in Trenton, ON; 442 Sqn in Comox, BC; NDHQ Ottawa, ON; 413 Sqn in Summerside, PEI; and a number of postings in Air Command and CFB Winnipeg.

He flew more than 7500 hours, mostly on transport and search and rescue aircraft, and in 1978 he served with the United Nations in Egypt as Commanding Officer of 116 Air Transport Unit. Before coming to Winnipeg in 1986 he was Commanding Officer of 413 Search and Rescue Squadron in Summerside, responsible for search and rescue operations on the east coast of Canada. Jim served in Winnipeg for eight years, as Senior Staff Officer for Air Transport and Search and Rescue, as Base Administration Officer and as Senior Staff Officer for Flight Safety. He retired from the military in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in September, 1994.

Since retirement he has volunteered his time to administer the Rotary International Youth Exchange program and to serve as Rotary District Governor in 2001. In 1995 he joined the board of the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, was named its President in April, 1996, and currently serves as Corporate Secretary.

In 1998 Jim joined the Cadet Instructor Cadre as Administration Officer for 176 Boeing of Canada RCACS; he became the squadron’s Commanding Officer in June, 2001. He served as CO of the Region Gliding School (Prairie) from June 2001 until September 2004. In September, 2003, he became CO of 199 St Vital RCASC, a new unit that he organized. He was appointed CO of the Cold Lake Air Cadet Summer Training Centre in 2005.

Jim retired from the Cadet Instructor Cadre in June of 2007 however continued to volunteer his time for a number of years furthering Aviation Training at 199 Squadron.


Nathan Snider

Board Member

Nathan Snider is the Manager of Research & Stakeholder Engagement for the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC). Nathan has taught in the School of Business and Management at Canadore College and the School of Business and Information Technology at Cambrian College. He sits on Nipissing University’s Alumni Association Board, the Board of Directors for the Near North Mobile Media Lab (providing those in Northern communities the means to produce and present media art) and is co-founder of CoDesign, North Bay’s design and technology meet-up network. Through his work, Nathan has been a committed advocate for tech accessibility in Northern Canadian communities. Nathan’s previous research has focused on the social and economic barriers of the ICT field facing Indigenous communities in Canada as well as tech-equity issues as they relate to broadband connectivity and low-income families.

Nathan Snider

Board Member

Dr. Wayne Kelly believes that a vibrant rural Canada is essential for the country’s continued economic success and quality of life. Living, working, studying and travelling across Canada and internationally has reinforced the importance of rural development for Wayne and has highlighted that there are wide range of opportunities for rural development in our changing world. To contribute to the development of rural Canada, Wayne has been working in and studying rural development for more than 10 years and has received his Masters of Rural Development from Brandon University. At the Rural Development Institute, Wayne is focused on applying innovative development research to help rural Canada realize the opportunities facing it as society, the economy and technology change. As part of the RDI team and as the coordinator of the RPLC Wayne hopes to explore new and creative areas to support communities, organizations, businesses and government in rural Canada as well as to further promote the goal of the RPLC.