Manitoba Women's Advisory Council

Members of Council


Barbara Bowes, Chairperson (Winnipeg)

Barbara Bowes (Winnipeg) is an accomplished human resource professional, keynote speaker, trainer and author of seven books related to career management and employee relations.  She is president of Legacy Bowes Group, Winnipeg’s premier HR Solutions provider and is also a weekly newspaper columnist with the Winnipeg Free Press.  Barbara is a certified management consultant (CMC), a chartered human resource management professional (CPHR - Fellow), and holds a master of administration in education degree. Following a 7 year stint as a local radio host, Barbara now provides ongoing expert HR and career advice to several local news outlets.

Barbara is well known in Manitoba and NW Ontario for her work in coaching and advising women on how to succeed in their careers and raising scholarship dollars for single parents returning to school. Barbara has also assisted many women across Canada find their voice through contributions to book anthologies and guiding them through the world of self-publishing.

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Kristen Lynch (Winnipeg)

Kristen Lynch is the president and managing partner of KiK Partners, a marketing/communications company based in Winnipeg. As a leading brand and marketing consultant to numerous organizations, many of Kristen’s clients conduct business across Canada and internationally. She is also the Executive Director of NAPHIA (the North American Pet Health Insurance Association). Kristen is a graduate of Red River Community College’s Creative Communications program and has served as a longstanding board member of the Nellie McClung Foundation and volunteer of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

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Debra Jonasson-Young (Winnipeg)

Debra Jonasson-Young is the Director of the University of Manitoba’s Asper Executive Education Centre. Debra is responsible for the strategic development of the Executive Education program in support of delivering leading edge programming for senior leadership in both the public and private sector. Debra was previously President of People First HR Services and prior to that was the Vice-President of Dufresne Furniture and Appliances. Active within the community, Debra is the Past-Chair of the Women of Winnipeg; Past Chair/Board member – Asper School of Business; Past member of TEC Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Manitoba Hydro, Downtown Winnipeg Improvement Zone, Tourism Winnipeg, the Nellie McClung Foundation, as well as Governor of the Manitoba Museum.

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Cindy Kellendonk (Lac du Bonnet)

Cindy Kellendonk has been a Councillor for the RM of Lac du Bonnet since 2014. She is also a small business owner specializing in agricultural products, and is a former branch manager for Atomic Energy of Canada.

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Verna A. Klippenstein Heinrichs (Altona)

Verna A. Klippenstein Heinrichs is a trilingual (fluent in Scandinavian Dutch, English and German) and highly motivated, results oriented professional.  She has extensive experience and a proven high performance record in a unique mix of international trade, agribusiness, agricultural exports, environmental and investment endeavors, as well as a background in post-secondary education and health care.

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Margaret Roscelli (Oak Lake)

Margaret Roscelli is the Executive Health Director for the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation.  She is committed to improving the health status of First Nations people and has over 20 years of experience in the field.  Margaret is a spiritual person, active in her culture; Dakota is her first language and she is a strong advocate for the revitalization of First Nations languages.  She is also active in her community and coordinates many events to bring awareness and prevention on the issue of violence against women and girls. One of her goals for her work and community is to establish overall safety and wellness for all members.

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Lizanne Roziere (Winnipeg)

Lizanne Roziere is a Director in Deloitte’s Human Capital Managerial Design practice. She has over 15 years experience working with both public and private sector clients to review governance, structure and operations, conduct program evaluations, define strategic and operational plans, design operating models, and build alignment between key stakeholders to facilitate effective strategy execution. She specializes in large projects that require significant planning and coordination between multiple and diverse stakeholder groups. Lizanne is skilled in project and change management, building alignment, facilitating complex conversations and decisions, defining and measuring performance, and enabling effective execution of plans. Lizanne has her MBA, CMC designation, Lean Healthcare Yellowbelt, and is PRINCE2 certified.

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Maggie Masi (Winnipeg)

Maggie Masi is a natural and persuasive communicator who is recognized among colleagues as a strong leader with a keen ability to create cohesion among individuals striving toward a common goal.  She is a dedicated civil servant, devoting the last seven years to the safety of the Manitoba public. Maggie is also a strong advocate for LGBTTQ and diverse populations in government, as well as the rights of victims of domestic violence.  She excels in both primary duties and secondary responsibilities within her current employment, while balancing personal development within her profession and community.

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Jennifer Flett (The Pas Opaskwayak Cree Nation)

Jennifer Flett is the first female to be elected into the position of Vice Onekanew (Chief) for the Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN) having been elected into office in September 2016.  Prior to this, she worked in the area of corrections for 20 years and also has extensive experience working for her community in the areas of health, finance, administration and lands.  Jennifer is a graduate from the University of Manitoba and hold a Bachelor of Arts degree (Psychology major).  She looks forward to serving her community and hopes to make many positive, long lasting changes that will provide a fair, transparent and economically viable future for all OCN members.

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