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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To be an organization where inclusion and diversity is celebrated.

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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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We value Inclusion
We value Diversity
We value Equality
Wendy Martin White
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.

Mia Sally Correia
Mia Sally Correia

Mia Sally Correia is a trained social scientist who holds a Master’s Degree in the discipline of cultural anthropology. She also holds a Certificate in adult and continuing education.

Ms Correia currently works as a senior organization development Consultant in public sector organization management for the Government of Manitoba.

Ms Correia is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction and maintains external interests as a cultural anthropologist.

Sally recently self-published a work of fiction and is working on a biographical work of historical fiction as well as other publishing pursuits.

Sally encourages others to share stories: www.naveganteculturalnavigator.com


Ebenezer Fatimehin
Ebenezer Fatimehin

Fatimehin Adesola Ebenezer is a chartered accountant, a graduate from Yaba College of Technology, University of Lagos and also holds a Master Degree in Banking and Finance from University of Ado-Ekiti. He is a financial management specialist, a tax management practitioner and auditor in practice in both private and public sector in Canada.

Ebenezer had been extensively involved in designing initiating, planning and execution of financial and management consultancy and financial audit assignments. He is the currently owner of Ebby Consulting (Bookkeeping and Taxation Service) in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

He is the current President of Christian Drama Ministers of Canada, with five Faith base movie to his credit.

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Kenny Daodu

KENNY DAODU has been as selfless and a positive role model in coordinating and organizing events in the African community for many years.

She has received several awards including the “MANITOBA BLACK COMMUNITY SERVICE” award in February 2016, for outstanding achievement and significant contribution to the Black community.

She is one of the founders (NICCOM) Nigeria Canada Congress of Manitoba (a multi-ethnic, multicultural and multi-racial community organization) that welcomes and settles new immigrants into Manitoba. She is long-time member of the Manitoba Congress of Black Women. She was a council member at MEAAC (Multiculturalism Council) at the Legislative Manitoba and served as a board member in various organizations. Kenny is currently elected as an executive activist (giving her voice) to represent her membership and working closely with The Manitoba Government and General Employees Union (MGEU)
She ran political elections as candidate twice at the provincial and federal levels. She remains actively involved, working with different organizations and volunteering her time to building strong children, strong families and strong communities.

Kenny is an employee of WRHA (Winnipeg Regional Health Authority) for 23 years.

She has great passion for travelling, photographs and gardening. She loves her culture and loves her church.

She is happily married with two daughters, one is a medical doctor and the other into law.

Brian Rochat
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.

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.”

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.
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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.


Brian Rochat

Chair of the Diversity Youth Summit: Brian Rochat

Wendy Martin White

Chair of the Gratitude Gala: Wendy Martin White


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