Board of Directors & Staff


Board of Directors:

The PRED Board is comprised of seven Directors, three Councillors representing the City, three Councillors representing the Rural Municipality, and one member at large.


Preston Meier, Board Chair, City of Portage

Garth Asham, Vice-Chair, R.M. of Portage

Brent Budz, City of Portage

Kam Blight, R.M. of Portage

Peggy May, Member at large

Melissa Draycott, City of Portage

Dale Wood, R.M. of Portage



Executive Director – Eve O’ Leary

Eve O’ Leary joined the PRED team as Executive Director in December 2019. With over 14 years of business experience working at large international companies and Municipalities.
Eve is an accomplished Economic Development Professional that brings a wealth of Economic Development experience and business management knowledge to the organization.

Phone: 204-856-5000

Cell: 204-870-9050






Economic Development Coordinator
– Kellie Verwey

Kellie Verwey joined the PRED team as Economic Development Coordinator in April of 2021 after returning to Portage from spending her university years in Winnipeg.
As an Asper School of Business graduate, Kellie brings an abundance of knowledge and experience in Marketing to our organization.

Phone: 204-856-5000

Cell: 204-903-7293