Meet the Team
Leanne Lemieux, Executive Assistant
Leanne Lemieux is the executive assistant at Denise Zaporzan & Associates.
Leanne earned an office administration diploma from Academy of Learning in 2009, and a photography diploma from Stratford Career Institute in 2010. She is well versed in Microsoft and Mac interfaces and various Microsoft and adobe software.
In her roles, she’s published a quarterly newsletter for the Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation, planned and managed conferences, events and annual general meetings, managed client relationships, and maintained marketing efforts.
Leanne has over eight years of administrative experience, is an accomplished photographer, and owns Leanne Lynn Photography.
Leanne’s experience running her own business gives her a deep appreciation of the challenges owners face running their businesses, making her a valuable asset to Denise Zaporzan & Associates. Leanne lives in Winnipeg with her husband, daughter, and pets.
In addition, Leanne has volunteered at Canadian Diabetes Association, Variety – the Children’s Charity, and CAARE Rescue.
Judy Mathieson, CMA, MBA, CACE, FCMA
Judy Mathieson is a facilitator, coach and strategist. She brings an innovative and creative approach to leadership development, strategic planning and implementation, performance metrics, and goal setting.
Judy has worked for over three decades in the private and public sectors as an executive leader and manager. Over the past 15 years, she's created content and facilitated workshops for many individuals within organizations to develop their leadership skills in a number of areas.
Judy's passionate about connecting organizations to their strategic vision, using leadership development and goal setting. She uses real-world experience and adult-learning principles to create powerful interactive workshops and programs that challenge and energize her clients.
Education / Designations:
- Certificate in Adult Continuing Education from the University of Manitoba.
- Certified Management Accountant.
- MBA from Dalhousie University.
- In 2003 Judy was named a fellow of the Society of Management Accountants.
Judy is an active volunteer in her community and has held leadership roles in several organizations, including the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Alzheimer Society (Manitoba and Canada), and Risk Management Association. She is currently on the board of Safety Services Manitoba, and the Competency Development Committee, CMA Canada.
Kirby Wright, PhD
Dr. Kirby Wright is President of KRW Knowledge Resources, an Edmonton-based consulting and applied research firm. He specializes in the areas of innovation and workplace learning. His practice in the area of innovation involves helping organizations in program and service design and strengthening their innovation capacities. Learning engagements involve designing technology applications to support learning through work, e-learning, developing knowledge networks and knowledge management. He frequently works with clients on strategic management, policy development, evidence-based practice and leadership development engagements.
Over the past twenty years Kirby has worked with a wide range of private, public and non-profit clients, across many industries and locations. In addition to consulting and research activities, he is a frequent presenter at conferences and facilitates numerous workshops and training programs.
Previously, he served as an Assistant Deputy Minister in Saskatchewan and was a faculty member with the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. Earlier in his career he was actively involved in continuing education and international development, including education projects in South East Asia.
His PhD examined the relationship between learning and innovation management in technology firms. As well, he holds an MBA, B.A. (Honours) and B.Ed.
Stephen L. James, MA, MEng, MBA, CPA, CMA
Stephen is an independent strategic management consultant and a senior member of the executive education team at the Asper School of Business. Steve draws upon three decades of rich and progressively senior management and business educator experience—experience that rests on a rich academic foundation, and one that crosses the private, public, defence and not-for-profit worlds.
Steve started his professional career as an Air Force officer and pilot. He joined the Canadian Forces in 1973, earning his BSc (Physics) and BA (History), and his pilot wings over the next ten years. In 1987, as a Major, he left operational flying for PG training, and spent the following two years earning his MA exploring government-defence relations and inter-agency dynamics. On graduation he assumed a strategic planning position in National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa and spent the following six years participating in a series of national-level policy and restructuring initiatives. In 1995, on developing the Air Force’s first comprehensive business plan, he received the Air Force’s Commendation for his contributions in the areas of strategic planning and defence forecasting.
In 1995, Steve left the military to once again further his education, receiving in 1996 an MBA, as well as a Certificate in Public Sector Management, from the University of Manitoba. In the immediate years following, he undertook, as an independent consultant, a variety of public, private and not-for-profit strategic planning and change management assignments. In 2001, having always enjoyed academia, Mr. James assumed a full-time position at the University of Manitoba’s I.H. Asper School of Business where he directed the School’s MBA program for the next ten years. In 2011, looking for a new challenge, he moved to the University’s Faculty of Graduate Studies where he assumed lead of a special project to establish aerospace graduate programming on campus. In 2015, having set-up three graduate aerospace programs as well as completing his MEng in systems engineering , he left Graduate Studies and the University to return to private consulting. That said, he still teaches on a part-time basis for the Asper School of Business and the Department of Political Studies in the areas of business strategy, executive management, and public administration. Beyond his academic credentials, he is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CMA legacy).