Executive Director


David Pensato is a place management professional with a background in public engagement, strategic planning, and brand strategy with a career spanning a wide range of client work in both the private and public sector. In his current role as the Executive Director of the Exchange District Business Improvement Zone in Winnipeg, he has been directly involved in advocating, leading, and creating a broad range of initiatives related to urban development. David’s connection to the Exchange District stretches back to his teenage years in the early ’90s, when he regularly visited to shop at the fledgling, alternative shops and eateries, walk through the galleries and occasionally take in a movie at Cinematheque. As an innovator, strategic planner, and branding expert, Pensato’s eye for detail and ability to continually see the big picture (and beyond) compliment his love for the area, making him the ideal person to engage and interact with the Exchange’s many member businesses, residents, and visitors.

Manager of Operations and Strategic Initiatives


Active in the local arts scene as well as a history nerd, Sandy has always been drawn to the rich creative and heritage offerings of the Exchange District. A Creative Communications grad, Sandy has a background in journalism and project coordination and is delighted to bring her skills to an organization committed to enhancing one of Winnipeg’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. Most recently she worked as Manitoba coordinator for the International Boreal Conservation Campaign, after a stint as a news producer at CTV Winnipeg. In her spare time, Sandy is a visual artist exploring the obscure and nearly lost historic craft of Victorian hairwork.