Judges for Stone Soup 2017
Welcome to our four celebrity judges for Stone Soup 2017, which happens on March 22, 2017, at Manitoba Hydro Place in Winnipeg from 11:15am to 1:15pm. Please join us! Thank you to our four judges for donating their time to help us nourish Manitoba children and teens in schools across the province.
Natalie Bell, Blogger
Natalie is the founder of PegCityLovely.com, a personal lifestyle blog sharing engaging stories in Winnipeg and beyond with an energetic flair! Natalie demonstrates a clear passion for people both offline and online. She thrives on experiences as they happen and is authentic with her love for live videos. Natalie’s ultimate purpose in life is to make meaningful connections with people all over the world and have a great time doing it!
Chuck Davidson, President & CEO, Manitoba Chambers of Commerce
Since May 2013 Chuck Davidson has been the President & CEO of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC), the largest business organization in the Province of Manitoba. MCC, which was established in 1931, is the umbrella organization for 70 local Chambers throughout the province and represent close to 10,000 businesses.
Prior to joining the MCC, Chuck spent close to a decade at the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce as the Vice-President of Policy and Communications.
Chuck grew up in Northern Manitoba in both Flin Flon and Snow Lake, where he attended high school. He is a former Creative Communications student who graduated from Red River College in 1993, majoring in Journalism.
Chuck is the Past-President of the South Winnipeg Community Centre Board of Directors and is active in the following organizations: Riel Community Centre Board of Directors, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada, the Canadian Chamber Accreditation Council, and the Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance Plan.
Irvine Ferris, Mayor, City of Portage la Prairie
Mayor Ferris’ family settled in the Portage area in the 1870s. The two original Ferris Farms are still owned and operated by family members.
Irvine was raised and educated in Portage la Prairie. In his younger years, Irvine worked for Campbell Soup Ltd and then worked for the Manitoba Department of Justice, retiring after 31 years.
Irvine is passionate about his community and served two terms as a City Councillor from 2006-2014. He was elected Mayor in October 2014. He has served as the Chairman of the Board of Portage la Prairie Regional Economic Development, past chair of Portage Regional Landfill and the Public Safety Committee, and is a past board member of the Portage la Prairie Regional Library, Fort la Reine Museum, Tourism Advisory Committee, and Habitat for Humanity.
Irvine currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Portage la Prairie Hospital Foundation, Regional Planning District, Regional Landfill, and the Active Transportation Committee. He is the Chairperson of the Portage Regional Recreation Authority and is a member of the Food Security Council of Portage.
Irvine is married and has three grown children and two grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys organic farming, landscaping, and family activities.
Jason Syvixay, Planner
Jason joined HTFC Planning & Design with six years of downtown management experience through his tenure as Managing Director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, where he worked towards building a safer, more resilient and inclusive downtown neighbourhood through placemaking, placebranding, events, community consultation, and public participation.
He is an award-winning public relations professional, having been selected as the Canadian Public Relations Society’s Communicator of the Year in 2014 and CBC’s Future 40 in 2015, and has developed city-wide marketing campaigns that have attracted hundreds of thousands of local and out-of-province visitors to the downtown.
Jason is a Masters of City Planning candidate, who holds a BSc and BA from the University of Winnipeg. He has served on many boards/committees, including: University of Winnipeg Board of Regents and Senate, WPRC Task Force to End Homelessness’ Research and Data Management Committee, and Graffiti Art Programming’s Studio 393. He spearheaded the first CEO Sleepout in Canada, which fundraised close to a million dollars to support employment programs for individuals experiencing homelessness.
He is passionate about helping communities generate ideas for their future, building consensus between varied stakeholders, and supporting with implementation and evaluation.