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Employment Sector Table

* We are looking for Winnipeg employers to join our Employment Sector Table!

IPW's Employment Sector Table is composed of employment stakeholders from various sectors in Winnipeg that analyze, prioritize, build awareness around and act on key issues that influence the success and inclusion of newcomers in Winnipeg workplaces. See our Terms of Reference for more details.

Sector Table Priorities

Our Sector Table's 2021-2023 Strategic Plan highlights three priority areas that guide our work:

  1. Employer and Stakeholder Engagement;

  2. Credential Recognition for Internationally Educated Professionals and Skilled Workers; and

  3. Newcomers Secure Meaningful Employment

Current Members Include:

  1. Ajibola Akindipe, New Media Manitoba

  2. Anjana Kattel, Immigrant Centre Manitoba

  3. Amie Membreno, Immigrant Centre Manitoba

  4. Andrea Aiello, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

  5. Barb Bowen, Manitoba Aerospace

  6. Diane Burelle, City of Winnipeg

  7. Carinna Rosales, SEED Winnipeg

  8. Elizabeth Cron, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

  9. Gaurav Sharma, Edge Skills Centre

  10. Gololcha Boru, City of Winnipeg

  11. Natasha Jainarine, Province of Manitoba

  12. Judith Hayes, Manitoba Start 

  13. Lizeth Ardila, Seed Winnipeg

  14. Shannon MacKay, Province of Manitoba

  15. Maria Polovinka, Opportunities for Employment

  16. Maria Rabadi, Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute

  17. Maricel Bucher, NEEDS Centre

  18. Monika Feist (Chair), Success Skills Centre

  19. Michelle Johnson, Red River College

  20. Nef Villagonzalo, SEED Winnipeg

  21. Patty Griffith, Supply Chain Canada

  22. Ralph Kurth, Stantec

  23. Ramir Diaz, Manitoba Construction Sector Council

  24. Seid Oumer, Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations

  25. Samantha Lee, Manitoba Start

  26. Shakerah Jones Hall, University of Manitoba – Access Hub for Internationally Educated Healthcare Professionals

  27. Sanjana Vijayann, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

  28. Todd Demers, City of Winnipeg


Sector Table members are individuals who are committed to enhancing the employment opportunities for all newcomers in Winnipeg. These members can be individuals; representatives of specific sectors, businesses or employers; or representatives of key organizations whose perspectives and expertise could add value to the activities of the sector table.


Member Commitment

  • To attend 4-6 meetings a year and provide guidance and advice on Sector Table initiatives and share their expertise.

  • To commit to the Sector Table for at least one year, and there is no maximum length that a member can sit on the Sector Table.


Why Become a Member of the Employment Sector Table

  • Have your experience, expertise, and advice used to develop more inclusive workplaces in Winnipeg

  • Receive training on workplace EDI practices and best practices for creating an inclusive workplace

  • Expand your network and connections with other employment stakeholders in Winnipeg

  • Learn of relevant events and services available in the City

  • Give back to your community.


To learn more about IPW’s Employment Sector Table and see how you can get involved please contact Erika Frey, Project Manager at 

or 204-943-2561 ext 242

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