About IDEA Inc.

IDEA Inc. is a non-profit organization that offers unique and innovative newcomer youth programs and community-wide projects that promote inclusion, diversity and equality in Manitoba.

IDEA Inc. recognizes and appreciates Manitobans that actively contribute to improving the lives of newcomers; workplaces that demonstrate a commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace; and newcomers who contribute to ensuring Manitoba is a welcoming community.

 

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OUR VISION
To be an organization where inclusion and diversity is celebrated.

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OUR MISSION
To engage people of all cultures and ages to understand, appreciate, and champion diversity, inclusiveness, and equality; resulting in improved lives and a stronger Manitoba
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OUR VALUES
We value Inclusion
We value Diversity
We value Equality
BOARD & MANAGEMENT
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Wendy Martin White
Director
Wendy Martin White

Wendy is a member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Manitoba Bar Association and the Law Society of Manitoba. With more than 20 years of legal experience behind her, Wendy Martin White is a respected criminal defence lawyer with a particular passion for youth work. She has served on a number of provincial and national committees, including the CBA Saskatchewan Branch as a Member of Council, the Executive, the Nominating Committee, Chair of Communications and Editor of Bar Notes. Nationally, she was a member of Council and Chair of the National Standing Committee, Law Day. She has been an Executive Board Member of the Criminal Defence Lawyers Association of Manitoba since 2015.

Wendy is committed to the Winnipeg community and devotes significant volunteer time to a number of organizations. She is currently a board member and Chair of Mediation Services, an organization devoted to the peaceful resolution of conflicts, including a respected court diversion program. She also served as President of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba, an organization which advocates for, provides resources to and supports for women who come into conflict with the criminal justice system.

She is the current Chair of the 2017 Gratitude Gala planning committee, an event that recognizes organizations, employers and individuals who are creating workplace diversity, improving living conditions for new Canadians and creating opportunities for immigrants living in the province of Manitoba.

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Sue Baragar
Sue Baragar graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a 4 year Science degree, and the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Laws degree. She also has a diploma in Psychiatric Nursing from the Selkirk School of Nursing. Sue received her call to the Manitoba bar in 1984 and has practised primarily in the areas of criminal and family law. Since 2003 she has been employed by the Manitoba Department of Justice. Currently she is a youth prosecutor with the department of Prosecutions.
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Daniel Peimbert
Daniel joined the Manitoba Institute of Trades & Technology in February 2016. He has over 10 years of experience working locally in a variety of areas within the education, business, hospitality and non-profit sectors. Prior to coming to MITT, he was the Manager of Employment Services at the Immigrant Centre Manitoba for 6 years where he created opportunities for immigrants, refugees, and international students to access the Labor Market in Canada. Daniel’s expertise includes program planning and implementation, recruitment, program administration, facilitation of training and workshops, and small business development. Daniel holds a Diploma in Hospitality Management from Red River College and is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He has also taken courses in Financial Management, Accounting, Social Media, and Human Resources and Leadership. Concurrently he has worked in various initiatives that promote opportunities and access for newcomers. He has also participated in various projects and initiatives that promote diversity and labor equity. At MITT, he holds the position of Coordinator of International Recruitment & Partnerships and is responsible for recruitment of international students and building partnerships with various stakeholders.
Belle-Jarniewski
Director
Belle Jarniewski

Belle has been Chair of the Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada since 2008. Since 2013, she has served on the federally appointed delegation to IHRA- the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. She is also the current President of the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Multifaith Council.

As a child of two Shoah survivors, Belle has felt compelled to educate students of all ages about the Shoah and other genocides. Among the events the Holocaust Education Centre organizes is an annual symposium for Manitoba high school students at the University of Winnipeg attracting up to 2000 students.

Her book, Voices of Winnipeg Holocaust Survivors (2010), documents the stories of 73 local survivors. Belle’s passion for tikkun olam (mending the world) has led her to pursue a graduate degree in Dialogue Theology at the University of Winnipeg.

Believing that actions speak louder than mere words, she co-founded a Muslim-Jewish interfaith dialogue group in 2015, which meets regularly. She is also one of the original founders of Operation Ezra, an initiative to sponsor Yazidi refugees to Canada and to focus world awareness on this genocide occurring “in broad daylight.”

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Director
Maria Mitousis

Maria was born and raised in Winnipeg, the city her parents made to their home after they immigrated from Greece and Austria to seek new opportunities in Canada.
As a first generation Canadian, Maria knows firsthand the contributions that immigrants make to the social and economic fabric of this city and recognizes the long history of support from the Winnipeg community in welcoming its newcomers.

Maria is a lawyer and practises family law at Petersen King Law Corporation. She volunteers actively by sitting on committees and boards of various arts and community groups. She is a past board member of the Hellenic Greek community.

Brian Rochat
Director
Brian Rochat

Brian is a college instructor, consultant, and human resources diversity and inclusion specialist. Brian teaches at the Manitoba Institute of Trades and technology and serves as the Manitoba Coordinator for the Prince’s Responsible Business Network where the focus is on youth employment and collective collaboration. Brian currently sits on the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Workforce Committee and Northern Economic Development Committee.

Brian has previously served the Canadian Race Relations Foundation as the Western Canada Consultant for “Our Canada” Workshops which focussed on accommodating religion and spirituality in the workplace, the Ready, Willing and Able Initiative which focussed on the employment of persons with disabilities, and as Provincial Manager for the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.

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Director
Edmund Opoku-Agyeman

Edmund is a professional administrator with over 20 years’ experience in export trade facilitation, administrative coordination, human resource management, organization development and customer service.

Through his work with the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, the Ghana Microfinance and Small Loans Centre and his collaborative work with such international organizations as the International Trade Centre, he contributed to the formulation and implementation of public policy and programs on export development, and microfinance as a tool for poverty-reduction.

Edmund set up the Services Export Development Department at the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, and led efforts to create national awareness about and promote the potential of services as an exportable offer. He later founded and served as Coordinator of the Services Export Support Initiative (SESI), a not-for-profit private organization committed to the promotion of the services sector as an exportable offer. Through his work with SESI, he collaborated with the International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty (ILEAP) towards creating national consensus for and the eventual formation of the Coalition of Service Industries, Ghana.

He has had professional tour of duty in several countries, participating in trade and investment missions, expositions, trade fairs, business match-ups, conferences, and market investigation missions in countries like Japan, China, Switzerland, Turkey, Italy, Greece, Spain, Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Zambia, and Qatar, among others.
For 19 years, Edmund served as a volunteer Youth Service Teacher of the Hope Congregation of the Presbyterian Church in Ghana, where he also provided mentorship to the young people of the Church in his capacity as the CEO of the Presbyterian Professional Mentorship Program.
Edmund migrated to Canada with his family in 2013 and has since been involved in providing donor support solutions for several not-for-profit organizations in Canada and the United States.
Edmund possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and post-graduate qualifications in International Marketing and Organization Development.

BOARD SUB COMMITTEES

Brian Rochat

Chair of the Diversity Youth Summit: Brian Rochat


Wendy Martin White

Chair of the Gratitude Gala: Wendy Martin White


MANAGEMENT 

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Serge M. Kaptegaine: Executive Director

SPONSORS

Thank you to our Sponsors for their Generous Support.

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