Our Staff

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Denys Volkov

Executive Director

Since joining the AMM in 2011, Denys has played an instrumental part of the AMM team in his capacity as Director of Advocacy and Communications. As of January 1, 2020, Denys transitioned to the Executive Director role to lead the AMM.

As Executive Director, Denys coordinates the overall activities and business affairs of the AMM.  He liaises with senior officials from external organizations, the federal and provincial governments, municipalities and the media.

Prior to joining the AMM, Denys 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

Linda Hargest

Director of Administration and Marketing

Linda began with the UMM in 1994…..and is still here! ; )

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.

Linda is responsible for managing the finances of the AMM and the AMM Trading Company, overseeing the Trading Company and the AMM Events as well as providing the Human Resource functions for the AMM.


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

Nick Krawetz

Director of Policy and Communications

Nick began with the AMM as our Senior Policy Analyst in 2015 and was hired as the Director of Policy and Communications in December 2019.

Nick coordinates and develops the lobbying activities of the AMM as well as oversees the preparation of written materials and policy research activities. Nick is also responsible for coordinating the resolutions process and the communication strategy of the AMM.

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.


204-856-2371 nkrawetz@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 Trading Company rebates and shipping orders to the municipalities.

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

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 flawlessly executing the AMM’s events, she creates the AMM Education Program as well as researches topics and speakers for a variety of training opportunities for our members.


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

Stefanie Vieira

Senior Policy Analyst

Stefanie began with the AMM in 2019.

Stefanie finished her Masters in Public Administration (MPA) at the University of Manitoba in 2019. She completed her undergrad at the U of M where she attained her BA, in Sociology and History in 2014 and received her Family Social Sciences degree in 2017.

She was previously employed with the City of Winnipeg in the Community Services Department and also worked for the Province of Manitoba with the Department of Education and Training and the Department of Families.

Stefanie’s 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.


204-856-2376 svieira@amm.mb.ca

Nanette Eserio

Administrative Assistant

Nanette began with the AMM in 2019.

Nanette brings extensive office management and customer service experience from the private sector after working for a prominent insurance firm with strong ties to the municipal sector in Manitoba.

Nanette’s key responsibilities are to provide primary reception services, handle incoming and outgoing correspondence, event support and coordinate meetings between the AMM and stakeholders.

Recently Nanette has become the ‘Zoom guru’, managing our virtual meetings making all calls professional and seamless.

She provides administrative support to the Executive Director and works closely with all AMM staff.

204-856-2365 neserio@amm.mb.ca

Ainsley Murdock

Client Relations Manager, Canoe Procurement of Canada

Ainsley began with the AMM in 2019.

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 ainsley@canoeprocurement.ca

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