Manitoba Financial Literacy Forum Advisory Council
Cynthia Duncan - Co-chair
Cynthia Duncan is a financial planner at Desjardins Financial Security Investments Inc. She has been with the company since 2002, taking on the role of “in-house” financial planning specialist in 2010. During her tenure as an advisor, she has received her MBA majoring in Finance from the Asper School of Business, plus earned several industry designations including her CFP, CLU, FMA, FCSI, CIWM, and TEP. In 2006 she received the Leslie Dunstall award for her academic achievement related to her CLU designation. She is a member of Advocis (the Financial Advisor’s Association of Canada) and the CIFP (Canadian Institute of Financial Planners) and has held various positions on the local Advocis Winnipeg Chapter board from 2009 until present. She is currently serving as the representative for Individuals and Families on the Financial Literacy Council.
Sally Massey Wiebe - Treasurer
Sally Massey Wiebe graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Human Ecology and holds the designations of Certified Counsellor under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and Accredited Financial Counsellor Canada (AFCC).In 1988, she began working with United Way, Community Financial Counselling Services (CFCS), as a Financial Counsellor and Financial Literacy Educator. She is currently involved in developing CFCS's financial literacy curricula, delivering presentations and facilitating workshops for consumer groups and professional development. Sally is also the Manitoba provincial coordinator for the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education's Talk With Our Kids About Money program, facilitates the United Way of Winnipeg’s Living on the Edge poverty simulations and serves as a volunteer tax preparer with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program.
Alexandra Blinder is a finance professional with an MBA and over 10 years of experience in financial forecasting and analysis functions. She has a proven track record leading finance and business operations teams, coupled with international experience. She led a team of eight accountants at Paamonim, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families and individuals conduct their household finances with balance, responsibility, and integrity, thereby strengthening Israel’s economic and social fabric. She immigrated with her family to Winnipeg in 2016 from Israel. Alexandra is currently working volunteering as a board member in three non-profit organizations. One of her volunteer positions is on the Manitoba Financial Literacy Council.
Gayle works on contract for BCS Financial Forensics Ltd., a firm of forensic accountants. She learned this specialty when working for Canada Revenue Agency, both in business audit and in the criminal investigations division. She has met and assisted many people that end up in financial difficulty whether it be a large tax bill or as a victim of fraud. Gayle believes that with financial literacy, these situations are preventable, and as such, she is pleased to be a member of the Manitoba Financial Literacy Forum council.
Trevor Krahn is an Honours graduate from the Business Administration program at Red River College in Winnipeg, MB. He began working with Investors Group in 2000 and contributed to several departments before embarking on the role of managing the company’s Community Investment Program. During Trevor’s time at Investors Group, he obtained the Investment Funds Institute of Canada Certificate, Marketing Management Certification and a Certificate in Corporate Community Involvement Management through Boston College.