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Directors and Management


Below are listed each of the directors and executive officers of of FP Newspapers Inc. and FPCN General Partner Inc. ("FPGP"), the managing general partner of FP Canadian Newspapers Limited Partnership ("FPLP").

Ronald N. Stern - Vancouver, British Columbia
Chairman of the Board and Director
Chairman of FPLP from November 2001 to present. President of Stern Partners inc., a management services company, providing services to related companies involved in paper production, real estate, wholesale distribution, pre-press graphics and apparel manufacturing, from September, 1997 to present. President of Alberta Newsprint Company from August 1989 to present.
G. Stephen Dembroski(1) - Toronto, Ontario
President of Indigenous Inc., and former Managing Director, Investment Banking, TD Securities Inc. from 1997 to May 2002.
Daniel Koshowski - Winnipeg, Manitoba
Director of Finance of the Winnipeg Free Press from January 2000 to November 2001. Controller of the Winnipeg Free Press from February 1995 to January 2000.
Phil de Montmollin(1) - Holmes Beach, Florida, U.S.A.
Retired Newspaper Executive, formerly President of Currow & de Montmollin, Inc., a newspaper management consulting company, from 1995 to 2003. Worked for 32 years with the Newspaper Division of Knight Ridder, Inc., including as President of the Miami Herald.
Harvey Secter(1) - Winnipeg, Manitoba
Chancellor of the University of Manitoba from January 1, 2010 to present. Previously a professor at the University of Manitoba and until June 30, 2008, the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. From 1995 to present, President of Resolution Processes Inc., a mediation and arbitration services company.
Robert Silver(1) - Winnipeg, Manitoba
President of Western Glove Works Ltd., an apparel manufacturer, from 1981 to present.

(1) Member of the audit committee.

Senior Management of the Business

The following individuals are employed as the senior management of the Business:

Bob Cox, Publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press, joined the Winnipeg Free Press in May 2005. Mr. Cox has more than 20 years experience in the newspaper industry including the last five years at the Globe and Mail where he held various editorial positions. Prior to the Globe and Mail, Mr. Cox was City Editor of the Edmonton Journal from 1997 to 2000. Mr. Cox has also worked at the Canadian Press and at the Winnipeg Free Press where he was a Reporter from 1984 to 1987.

Laurie Finley, Vice President of Special Projects & Strategy, has been with the Winnipeg Free Press since June 1993. During his career with the Winnipeg Free Press, he has held the positions of Special Products Manager, Retail Advertising Sales Manager and Director of Advertising. Currently, as Vice President of Sales, Mr. Finley is responsible for all advertising and associated revenues for the Winnipeg Free Press and Canstar Weekly group. Prior to joining the newspaper, Mr. Finley spent 12 years with the Xerox Corporation in sales management roles, followed by four years as General Manager of a commercial printing company.

Paul Samyn, Editor of the Winnipeg Free Press: Paul Samyn has been part of the Free Press newsroom for a quarter century, working his way up after starting as a rookie reporter in 1988. And if you count the time he spent delivering the newspaper as a boy growing up in St. James, his connection to the Free Press goes back even further. As a reporter, Mr. Samyn wrote for every section of the paper, covered elections, wars overseas and the funerals of a royal princess and a prime minister. The graduate of the University of Winnipeg and Red River College helped lead the Free Press’s political coverage for a decade as its Ottawa bureau chief before being named city editor in 2007. Mr. Samyn was appointed to the Editor’s office in the summer of 2012.

Daniel Koshowski, Vice President, Finance and Administration of FPLP, joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1995 as Controller and was appointed Director of Finance in January 2000 and Vice President, Finance and Administration in November 2001. Prior to joining the Winnipeg Free Press, Mr. Koshowski spent nine years with KPMG LLP. Mr. Koshowski is a CPA, CA and has a B. Comm. (Hon.) from the University of Manitoba.

Grant Suderman, Vice-President Sales & Marketing of the Winnipeg Free Press. Grant joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 2016, as Vice-President of Advertising Sales & Marketing. In 2018 he also assumed responsibility of Creative Services. Over a lengthy career spent in senior management at three global companies in the pharmaceutical and B2B industries, he brings considerable expertise in strategic/operations planning and sales force effectiveness. Prior to joining the Winnipeg Free Press he was Principal of strategy consulting firm, Verge Strategy Group. His practice with Verge focused on strategic planning, organizational development and building repeatable sales cadence.

A graduate from the University of Manitoba (UofM), Faculty of Administrative Studies, with a B. Comm. (Hons.) in Marketing. Grant is now, also, a sessional lecturer at the Asper School of Business. He is a long time head coach of the JDC Business Strategy Team, mentors with Futurpreneur Canada and is an annual judge at the Stu Clark Investment Competition, among others.

Dian Trinkaus, Director Human Resources, joined the Winnipeg Free Press in March 2004 after more than 15 years experience working in unionized manufacturing sectors. Ms. Trinkaus specializes in the field of labour relations. Ms. Trinkaus holds a B.A. (hon.) and Certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Manitoba.

Glen Parker, Sales and Marketing Director of the Brandon Sun, joined the Brandon Sun in 2003 following an extensive career in the finance and automotive industries. Mr. Parker is responsible for the advertising sales department and all external marketing of the Brandon Sun brand. He reports to the Brandon Sun’s publisher.

Jonathan Kirkup, Controller of the Brandon Sun, joined the company in 2011. Prior to joining the Brandon Sun, Mr. Kirkup was in public practice with the accounting firm Meyers Norris Penny in Brandon. He is a CPA, CA and in his position reports to the Brandon Sun’s publisher.