Our Staff

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Joe Masi

Executive Director

Joe has been the AMM Executive Director since 2001.  As Executive Director, Joe coordinates the overall activities and business affairs of the AMM.  He liaises with senior officials of external organizations, the federal and provincial governments, municipalities and the media.

Joe enjoys sports, hiking and contributing back to his community.  He served as a board member of the Portage Credit Union since 1999 until 2017, including serving as President for five years.  Joe believes strong and effective municipal government is important for the success of Manitoba and believes the AMM must continue to evolve to meet the needs of the membership in these ever changing times.

204-856-2360 jmasi@amm.mb.ca

Linda Hargest

Director of Administration and Marketing

Linda has made Portage la Prairie her home for 20 years, after being raised in southwestern Manitoba. Originally she worked for the AMM’s predecessor, the Union of Manitoba Municipalities (UMM) and helped the organization transition into the AMM as it is today. Responsible for managing the finances of the AMM and the Trading Compnay and overseeing AMM event and education planning, she also has a diploma in Human Resource Management.

Linda has a son, daughter and son-in-law, two beautiful granddaughters named Emilie and Isabelle, and two puppies, all of whom she adores.

204-856-2361 lhargest@amm.mb.ca

Denys Volkov

Director of Advocacy and Communications

Denys coordinates and develops the lobbying activities of the AMM, and oversees the preparation of the written materials and research activities for the AMM lobbying strategies. Denys is also responsible for coordinating the resolutions process and the communication strategy of the AMM.

He was previously employed in the Mayor’s Office at The City of Winnipeg for over six years, and served as a representative on the Mayor’s Environmental Advisory Committee and the Mayor’s Seniors Advisory Committee. Denys also worked as a liaison with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Big City Mayors’ Caucus, North America’s Corridor Coalition (NASCO) and the Winnipeg-Kansas City Economic Partnership Agreement.


204-856-2362 dvolkov@amm.mb.ca

Patti De Baets

Finance Coordinator

Patti joined the AMM in 2000. She is responsible for the general accounting of the AMM, Trading Company and Loss Pool including accounts receivable/payable, and inventory control. She also reconciles the investment accounts, processes Loss Pool claims payments and MTCML rebates, shipping orders to the municipalities as well as posting tenders on the MERX website.

Patti has lived in Portage for the past 21 years but is truly a farm girl at heart having been raised on a dairy/grain farm south of Cypress River. She loves everything nature has to offer and enjoys her cottage near Victoria Beach, where she enjoys hiking with her dog Cooper and riding her quad in the Belair forest!

204-856-2367 pdebaets@amm.mb.ca

Nick Krawetz

Senior Policy and Communications Analyst

Nick holds a MA in Political Studies (International Relations) from Queen’s University and a BA (Double Advanced) in Economics and Political Studies from the University of Manitoba.

Nick joined the AMM in 2015 and his work can be viewed in the AMM’s departmental position papers, policy documents, and other AMM publications such as the quarterly magazine The Municipal Leader.


204-856-2371 nkrawetz@amm.mb.ca

Donna Belbin

Events Coordinator

Donna joined the AMM in 2004, after several years working in hotel management. Her experience and attention to detail help to ensure the AMM’s membership events are second to none.

In addition to planning and executing the AMM’s events, she researches and provides administration for the AMM Education Program.


204-856-2374 dbelbin@amm.mb.ca

Ainsley Murdock

Client Relations Manager

The AMM and Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) are pleased to announce that a Client Relations Manager, Ainsley Murdock, has been hired in Manitoba to work specifically with AMM members, vendors and suppliers to promote and administer procurement programs throughout the province.

Ainsley will be contacting Manitoba municipalities to outline membership benefits and describe how they can utilize the trade and fuel programs while receiving preferred membership pricing.

204-249-0203 amurdock@amm.mb.ca

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