The Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association (MRFA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Feduniw as the association’s new executive director. Feduniw brings nearly 30 years of progressive business and community leadership to the role and is a passionate and respected voice within business, government and academic circles province-wide.
Most recently a senior manager at Economic Development Winnipeg (EDW), Feduniw was responsible for working with business, government and institutional leaders to develop economic development projects and initiatives contributing to increased investment and economic growth. He will now champion the province’s restaurant and foodservices association as it works strategically to enhance its value proposition in the coming years.
“Tim’s collaborative leadership style, warm and engaging personality, and extensive professional and volunteer expertise coalesce in a seasoned executive who is well-equipped to articulate and meet the MRFA’s challenges and opportunities in the years ahead,” said Robert Walker, chair of the MRFA’s board of directors.
An economic development veteran with more than 25 years’ experience working for agencies in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, Feduniw’s accomplishments are many and varied. From leading investment attraction efforts for Western Canadian communities that resulted in new cumulative investments totaling over $500 million to initiating efforts that led to establishing Western Canada’s first digital manufacturing hub, Feduniw is a consummate facilitator with an innate ability to identify, communicate and connect with the people and organizations boasting the resources and know-how to help deliver practical yet innovative solutions within multiple public- and private-sector environments.
In addition to spearheading an international investment attraction framework for Winnipeg, and orchestrating and hosting international trade missions and media tours, Feduniw’s diligent efforts to build and maintain collaborative working relationships prompted the establishment of four industry sector alliances during his tenure at EDW. These alliances all convened applicable industry experts focused on identifying strengths weaknesses, opportunities and threats, then implemented creative ways to make meaningful inroads within each of these diverse areas of the Winnipeg economy.
Feduniw’s ongoing cultivation of a substantial and broad-based personal and professional network is further enriched by his laudable volunteer work, which has seen him participate on numerous boards, councils and committees over the years, including memberships on the boards of the Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Developers Association of Canada, as well as serving as a council member of the Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation and on the Indspire Awards Gala committee.
“You need only look at what Tim has accomplished both personally and professionally to appreciate what he brings to the proverbial table,” said Walker. “His well-earned reputation amongst colleagues and peers, his acute strategic sensibility and his proven capacity to build consensus around complex issues are attributes that will serve him well with the MRFA’s membership as the association enters its next phase.”
“I’m excited to be joining the MRFA at such an interesting point in its evolution,” said Feduniw. “The work the MRFA has done to date on behalf of its members is important and impressive, but I believe greater things are possible if a concerted effort is undertaken to define organizational priorities and develop complementary initiatives through a structured strategic planning process. This exercise should yield an even more consequential value proposition with current and prospective association members, and I can’t wait to see how 2018 unfolds in this regard.”
About the Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association
The Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association (MRFA) is a non-profit organization that serves as an industry advocate on behalf of its 400 restaurant members and 100 associate members. In addition to keeping its broader stakeholder community informed about relevant industry news, trends and issues, the MRFA primarily serves its members by providing networking opportunities and a forum to share ideas and offer solutions to industry-specific challenges. Also available are education and development initiatives, as well as product and service discounts from fellow MRFA members.
Represented on multiple boards and committees province-wide, the MRFA works with politicians, government departments, Crown corporations and others to address industry concerns. While lobbying government and other regulatory bodies is a vital aspect of its operations, the provision of member services (e.g., insurance programs and credit-card savings) is an equally integral part of the MRFA’s mission as it helps to facilitate the day-to-day success of restaurateurs.
With a history dating back to 1944, the MRFA was then known as the Manitoba division of the Canadian Restaurant Association. A new branch of this entity was later formed as a fee-sharing affiliate of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA). Steady growth and a desire to better serve its local membership prompted a split from the CRFA in 1998, after which the MRFA was officially incorporated. Managed by a volunteer board of directors, the MRFA operates entirely on revenues from membership dues as well as proceeds from seminars and special events presented throughout the year.