Manitoba Women's Advisory Council

Members of Council


Barbara Bowes, Chairperson (Winnipeg)

Barbara Bowes 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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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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Jagjit Polly Pachu (Polly) (Winnipeg)

Jagjit Polly Pachu (Polly) is a registered cardiology technologist with Victoria General Hospital. She has completed courses through Paddington Technical College and the Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists. Ms. Pachu has served as president to the Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists and the Manitoba Association of Cardiology Technologists, union representative for the Manitoba Association for Health Care Professionals and vice-chair to the Immigrant Women’s Association of Manitoba. Ms. Pachu is a current member of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee, the Coloured Committee and volunteers for the Hindu Health and Wellness Centre.

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Marites (Tes) Aiello (Winnipeg)

Marites (Tes) Aiello is a human resource consultant with the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), where she has served in various roles for over 13 years including her time as an operations support office, branch operations officer and manager of client care. She has a certified general accountantís designation from Red River College and current co-chair of the RBC Employee Resource Group. Ms. Aiello has served as the public relations membership chair to the Manitoba Filipino Business Council and as a public relations volunteer for the Filipino Womenís Group of Manitoba. She has received the TFCC Filipino Champion of the Year and was named Business Woman of the Year by the Manitoba Filipino Business Council. Ms. Aiello received twice both the Mayorís Recognition of Volunteerism and Community Service Award and the RBC Regional Presidentís Community Leadership Award.

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Laura Marrast (Winnipeg)

Laura Marrast is the operations manager for the Reflexology Association of Canada. She has experience as a program coordinator for African & Caribbean Diversity and as assistant manager of university information for The George Washington University. Ms. Marrast has a master of arts with a focus on international affairs from The George Washington University and a bachelor of journalism from Carleton University. She currently volunteers with the Joy Smith Foundation and as a puppeteer for Puppets4Him.

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Theresa Wride (Flin Flon)

Theresa Wride is a job coach with the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies Career Centre. She has also held the role of career counsellor for the Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Centre. Ms. Wride has served as a volunteer for the Northern Pregnancy Care Centre, the Northern Visual Arts Centre and the Northern Health Region.

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