West End BIZ’s executive director to retire; names new boss

Joseph Kornelsen.
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The West End BIZ has a new boss.

Winnipeg’s largest Business Improvement Zone announced the appointment of Joseph Kornelsen as its new executive director, who will replace Gloria Cardwell-Hoeppner when she retires at the end of July.

Kornelsen, a founding member of Functional Transit, a grassroots organization aimed at improving public transportation in the city, has been with the West End BIZ since 2013, most recently as its promotion and economic development coordinator.

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“I’ve had the opportunity to connect with so many folks in the neighbourhood already, and I’m thrilled to serve this community of dedicated restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, and hard-working business people.”

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The West End BIZ is a non-profit that works with area businesses and stakeholders and covers a catchment area including 1,100 businesses and 35,000 residents.

Outgoing director Cardwell-Hoeppner had served in the role for more than 12 years.

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