Katherine Johnson wants government services to be better. After seeing her elderly parents struggle to navigate the health system, she was moved to run for office, to bring her experience and skills to improve healthcare, long-term care, services for seniors, climate change adaptation and Manitoba’s competitiveness for business investment.
Currently, Katherine is the Executive Director for the Manitoba Liberal Party. From 2019-2022, she managed the constituency office of the late Hon. Jim Carr, MP for Winnipeg South Centre. There, she listened to the concerns of constituents, helping them access services and have their voices heard.
“Katherine is a person who cares about our community. She will work to improve healthcare, advocate for improvements in our education
system, and strengthen our economy.”
— Ben Carr
Katherine grew up in Winnipeg but started her career in banking in Toronto after doing an MBA at Queen’s University. In 1998, she took a job with Manitoba Industry and Trade. She quickly became a “go-to” person facilitating communication between business owners and government decision makers. She negotiated the terms of three multi-million-dollar, public-private, venture capital funds that funded Manitoba businesses to grow and create jobs.
Later, at Frontier Capital Fund, Katherine worked with small businesses to improve financial and management practices. She has sat on several boards, including the Civil Service Superannuation Board and YMCA-YMCA of Winnipeg. Katherine also owned and operated two small businesses for several years before returning to public service.