Craig Baker | Executive Director

Craig has spent his personal and work life involved in sport; from athlete, to coach, to administrator. Craig has worked with multi-sport Games, world championship, and provincial sport organizations. Currently, As Executive Director of CurlManitoba and he leads a team of dedicated staff to pursue and develop initiatives targeting the growth, development and events. Previously, Craig was the Executive Director of the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Manitoba and the Development Coordinator for Hockey Manitoba. Craig has also been a Canada Games athlete, provincial team coach and a volunteer with a variety of local sporting events and community teams. Craig’s most important job is being the father of two aspiring multi-sport athletes and he spends as much time as possible coaching and cheering them from the sidelines.

You can contact Craig at [email protected] or (204) 925-5725.

Elaine Owen | Event/Development Manager

Role at CurlManitoba:

  • Assist athletes, coaches, umpires and clubs in all areas of development. Contact Elaine if you have questions about rules, coaching, umpiring, clinics, and lessons.

Curling Involvement/Philosophy:

  • Elaine was a competitive athlete for many years. She believes curling can make better citizens by teaching life skills through the sport of curling, encourage good sportsmanship, and respect. Learn now and play forever as curling is a lifelong sport at all levels.

You can contact Elaine at [email protected] or (204) 926-8408.

Connie Laliberte | High Performance Director

Curling Involvement/Philosophy:

  • One of the best curlers to hail from Manitoba, she skipped the first Manitoba women’s team to a world title. She won junior provincial titles in 1976 and 1977, and in total has skipped six provincial-title winning teams. With her sisters Corinne and Janet, and Chris (Pidzarko-More) Scalena, Laliberte took the 1984 provincial and Canadian title before proceeding to win the women’s world championship. She won two more Canadian titles, in 1992 and 1995 before retiring from competitive curling in 2000, the same year she was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame.
  • “You get out of it what you put in”

Personal Interests:

  • Outside of curling, Connie enjoys photography.

You can contact Connie at [email protected] or (204) 981-7217.

Laurie Macdonell | Event/Development Coordinator

At CurlManitoba Laurie is responsible for helping to grow the game with our development programs and to assist host committees with providing quality championship events for our athletes and spectators.  Laurie previously worked at MTS as an account manager on the cellular side of the business after which she was a stay at home mom to her two boys who are now in high school.

Laurie has curled for over 30 years.  She has played both recreationally and competitively, and has participated in seven provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts, three mixed provincial championships, and three mixed doubles provincial championships.  She also enjoys golf (even though she is regularly beaten by both of her children) and playing ultimate Frisbee.  In her spare time, she can be found in a hockey arena, curling rink or on a golf course cheering her boys on.

You can contact Laurie at [email protected] or (204) 925-5726.

Tracey Ewasko | Office, Partner & Membership Coordinator

Role at CurlManitoba:

  • Tracey’s responsibilities at the office are generally membership and customer based.
  • Look after all membership inquiries, club-related information, scholarship information, entries, administrative duties, and all office-related tasks.

Curling Involvement/Philosophy:

  • Tracey has been a competitive curler for almost 30 years and participated in many Provincial Championships. She has taken the last 10 years off to raise her two sons and spends her extra time helping them with their junior curling program, managing their hockey teams, and driving them to baseball & soccer league games and camps. Curling is her passion and she looks forward to being part of CurlManitoba for many years to come.

Personal Interests:

  • She enjoys spending time with her family in the many sporting activities they are involved in.

You can contact Tracey at [email protected] or (204) 925-5723.

Rob Gordon | Event/Development Assistant

Role at CurlManitoba:

  • Rob’s role is to encourage the growth of the sport at the grassroots level by assisting in the development of athletes, coaches, and umpires along with ensuring curling clubs remain healthy and sustainable. Contact Rob if you have any questions regarding clinics, open houses, or any other developmental-related initiatives.

Curling Involvement/Philosophy:

  • Rob has been a competitive curler for 12 years, highlighted by a Manitoba and Canadian junior title in 2016. He loves the sport of curling and is excited to assist in its growth within the province.

Personal Interests:

  • In the summer, Rob enjoys golfing and spending weekends at the lake.

You can contact Rob at [email protected] or (204) 925-5721.

Bill Hargreaves | Accountant

CurlManitoba Role:

  • Bill is responsible for management information on the finance side of CurlManitoba and organizes support for the Curling for Life Endowment Fund and the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame.

Curling Involvement/Philosophy:

  • A lifelong student of the game, curling remains a passion even though stepping on ice is now challenging. As Bill puts it, “I would be a competitive curler if it were not for my shoulders, my hips, and my knees.” Now in the Dan Hildebrand lounge of Fort Rouge Curling Club, he does not miss any shots, resulting in no need to shift the blame to tricky ice or the wrong ice! However, there still are “chirpy front end players” that seem always to want attention. It is a great game!

You can contact Bill at [email protected] and (204) 925-5724.

Krysten Karwacki | Public Relations Coordinator

Role at CurlManitoba:

  • Krysten’s role is running CurlManitoba’s social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, designing and sending out the twice-monthly e-newsletter, and updating the website. She assists in promoting leagues, bonspiels, and the many programs CurlManitoba has to offer.

Curling Involvement/Philosophy:

  • Krysten has been a competitive curler for 15 years and is a two-time Manitoba junior provincial champion. She has competed in elite curling events such as the Grand Slam of Curling, Scotties Tournament of Hearts, and the Manitoba women’s provincial championships. She loves being able to assist in developing the sport throughout the province by combining her two passions of curling and social media marketing.

Personal Interests:

  • Krysten loves spending time with family and friends, working out, and spending time at the lake in the summer.

You can contact Krysten at [email protected]