Manitoba Opera

Dec 16, 2021

Maria Rodil joins Staff Team

Maria Rodil joined the administrative team last month in a newly created position. She is the Executive Assistant and will provide administrative and research support to the General Director & CEO and the Director of Operations, as well as mange monthly board, committee, and staff meetings.

Maria and her husband and children emigrated from Saudi Arabia this summer to make a new life in Winnipeg. Although born and raised in the Philippines, Maria lived in Saudi for 11 years prior to her move to Canada. During that time, she was an executive assistant for a variety of executives, directors, and advisors including prominent Royal family members.

“As an executive assistant to leaders of various companies, I was responsible for managing their time, providing full administration support, communicating with people around the globe, researching and handling information, and arranging logistics,” Maria explains. “I supported small teams and large firms from a government-funded program for biotechnology start-ups, to large franchise retail firms and family investment offices.”

With encouragement from her father, who was a broadcast journalist, Maria completed her bachelor’s degree in Development Communication at the University of Philippines in Los Banos. During that time, she also led organizations, managed events, and fundraised for dance and pageant competitions held at the university.

“I used to be my father’s sidekick in his radio program,” said Maria. “Connecting with people is what I love to do.”

Maria is looking forward to applying her skills and experience to her work as part of the Manitoba Opera admin team.

“I am excited to join the staff at Manitoba Opera. Everyone is passionate about the arts, and as I am new to Winnipeg and the arts, this will be a great way to get to know the city and the people,” she added. “I am also looking forward to learning more about the positive social impact that opera and the arts can have on a community.”

When not working, Maria, who is a busy mother of three, likes to find time to play with her children, listen to music, read, and improve her self-development and investment knowledge.

Welcome to Manitoba Opera and to Winnipeg, Maria!

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