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At MMDF, our staff consists of exceptionally passionate, hard-working individuals who sincerely care about our mission and look forward to growing the northern communities.

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Jessica Ferris

Program Manager

Jessica is a planner and rural development professional who has a passion for working with rural and remote communities. Prior to her role as Program Manager of MMDF, she worked on municipal and regional planning and development projects in the Interlake Region. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University, and is currently working towards her Masters in Rural Development at Brandon University. Outside of work, she can be found hiking, biking, and exploring Manitoba.

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Matthew Benger

Project Support and Research Specialist

Matthew Benger is a Project Support and Research Specialist at the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce. After completing his Master’s Degree in Political Studies, Matthew spent several years in the not-for-profit sector. There he specialized in research, fund development, and grant writing. Matthew is a policy nerd and likes to stay up to date on politics and current events. He is an advocate for life-long learning and an obsessive reader.