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About Us

About Us

Board of Directors

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Diana Wiesenthal, Chair

Diana created and leads a company called “Corporate People Responsibility ®, (CPRinc) Ltd, a company in the business of helping organizations establish a clear vision for their workplace culture that is fully integrated with their strategic business plan. During her previous experience as a member of a corporate executive team, Vice President, People & Organizational Services for the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB), Diana led the HR team to award winning status year over year.  For over 35 years she has held business operations and HR positions at numerous organizational levels.

Her academic training in Human Resource management was completed at Queen’s University, the University of Manitoba and Red River College. Diana obtained her professional human resource designation, CHRP, in 1993; and she was awarded the Fellow designation in 2012.

Robert Vineberg, Past Chair

Robert Vineberg has a BA in History from University of Toronto as well as an MA in Canadian History and a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, both from Carleton University. His career in the Federal Public Service spanned over 35 years, of which 28 were with the immigration program, serving abroad, in policy positions at national headquarters and, more recently, as Director General of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Prairies and Northern Territories Region, based in Winnipeg. He retired from the public service in 2008. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, the Chair of the Board of Governors of Immigration Research West, and a member of the Council of the Immigration Partnership Winnipeg.  He has published a number of peer reviewed and other papers, mostly on the subject of immigration history and policy.

Holly Toupin, Vice Chair

Holly Toupin is the Regional Vice President, Financial Planning for Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Northwestern Ontario. She leads a talented team of over 146 accredited Financial Planners who work collaboratively with clients to develop personalized financial plans that help them achieve their short and long-term life goals. During Holly’s extensive career with RBC, she has left many deep footprints across several dynamic environments including business banking, human resources, and regional office sales leadership.

With a passion for employee volunteerism, the newcomer experience, and the health and wellness of young Canadians, Holly brings her unwavering commitment to community leadership as a Board Member of The Boys and Girls Club of Canada, the Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Immigrant Centre, the India Centre, and the organizing committee for Children’s Hospital Teddy Bear Picnic.

Holly holds an MBA from Dalhousie University, a Financial Planning designation from the University of Regina, and has completed Not for Profit Governance from the Rotman School of Management.

Yemi Olaleye, Treasurer

Yemi Olaleye is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) with over 15 years experience in accounting and finance, cutting across different organizations within the manufacturing, financial services, energy, and technology industries. Yemi is graduate of the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, where he obtained a Master’s degree in international accounting and finance.

Yemi has a passion for helping organizations grow and achieve their goals by providing quality finance and business advice.

Milton Corado, Director

Milton is founder and president of One Brand Design, a multidisciplinary graphic design studio, new-media and printing firm overseeing creative services for numerous corporate, government, retail and individual clients. His professional background includes working for one of the largest international advertising agencies in Central and South America, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide – Modernoble Publicidad, and several years as Art Director for El Diario de Hoy, a major Latin American newspaper with a daily circulation of 750,000.

In 1993 Milton and his young family relocated to Winnipeg from El Salvador. His education includes studies at Dr. José Matías Delgado University, Graphic Design Program, and a Digital Technician diploma from Multimedia Technology Center. He joined the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce in 2009, and became co-chair of the Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador Program in September of 2012. In March 2014, Milton was the recipient of the ‘2013 Volunteer of The Year” Award by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Board of the Canadian Marketing Association (Manitoba) during 2008 and 2012.

Lori Wilkinson, Director

Lori Wilkinson is a Professor at U of M in the Sociology Department, Acting Dean of Studies at the University of Manitoba’s St. John’s College, Director of Immigration Research West, and the Editor of the Journal of International Migration and Integration. Lori does research in Human Rights, Race, Ethnicity and Politics and International Relations. Her research agenda focuses on the integration of refugees and immigrants.

Lately, she has worked on various aspects related to the successful economic integration of refugees in Canada, settlement service use among immigrants and refugees and the health and well-being of immigrant and refugee youth. Previous projects have examined the long-term labour market trajectories of those arriving to Canada as children or teens. Other areas of research interest include the health outcomes of newcomer children and youth and labour market transitions of immigrant women.

Kim Stephens, Director

Kim has worked in Canada and abroad, in a variety of businesses including Sales, Marketing, IT, Procurement, and HR. Among her many professional achievements, she has launched 2 sales channels, 3 websites, 2 international brands, 2 national private label programs, and 5 mobile apps.

Her diverse resume includes working as Director of Events and Promotions at Vodafone in the Czech Republic, and a consultant at Nakheel in the United Arab Emirates and at Telenor in Serbia. Currently, Kim is an instructor of International Business Program at Red River College, after working as a consultant for Banfield Commercial Properties Group.

Sabena Singh, Director

Sabena Singh holds a Bachelor of Education degree and a Masters degree in Adult Education from the University of Manitoba, where her topics of interest included anti-racist education, immigration, program planning and social and public policies. Her Masters research examined the impact of immigration policy on the livelihoods of immigrants to Canada. She is currently a PhD student in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba with scholarly interests in decolonization, non-violence; and critical and emancipatory peacebuilding.

She has worked in the field of adult education for over 20 years with experience in South East Asia, Latin America and in Canada. In addition to her teaching experience which was mostly with the immigrant and refugee community, she served as the Education Director for an adult literacy program for seven years and subsequently worked at Red River College as Curriculum Consultant, Intercultural Teaching and Learning. She is now a full-time PhD student.

Sabena’s extensive Board, Committee and Volunteer work include Diversity Ad-hoc Committee (PACS), Adult Secondary Education Council (ASEC), Folklorama, LGBTT* Steering Committee (Red River College), Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Literacy Selection Committee, Manitoba Association for Multicultural Education (MAME, dissolved ), and Siloam Mission.

Marj Wiebe, Director

Marj has worked in the charitable sector for most of her career, with key planning and development roles at Manitoba non-profit organizations including Assiniboine Park Conservancy and the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba. At the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, Marj helped create and manage a successful planned giving program called the Endowment Book of Life, and other fund development initiatives including the Women’s Endowment Fund and a Bar/Bat Mitzvah program.

With a keen interest in planning, organizational health and fund development, she currently contributes her experience and energy in a volunteer capacity with organizations she cares about, like the Immigrant Centre. Marj is a life-long volunteer, and has been active in a variety of church, school and community activities.

Hugh Adams, Director

Hugh Adams is a senior corporate and commercial lawyer, and a qualified commercial and residential real estate lawyer. Hugh assists both public and private clients with corporate governance compliance, secured financings, corporate acquisitions and reorganizations in both Canada and the United States. He acted as the Corporate Secretary for The Arctic Group Inc. from 1997 until 2002. In 2002 he became Corporate Secretary and lead Canadian counsel to Arctic Glacier Income Fund, continuing his responsibilities to the Board of Trustees and Fund Committees and remaining responsible for all continuous disclosure compliance including insider trading reporting.

Hugh recently received his Master of Laws (Osgoode Hall Law School) specializing in arbitration and mediation. He is married with two children and is very active in the equestrian community. He spends much of his free time traveling with his family to horse shows within Manitoba and throughout North America.

John Alexander, Director

In 1993, John Alexander started a company called Alexander Brokerage, where he sold fish in the back of his pickup truck. In 1985 he formed another company called Mariner Seafood; realizing how competitive the market was, they merged with another company, Neptune’s. Over the years, Mariner Neptune has bought three companies: two in Saskatchewan and another meat company in Winnipeg, and today they employ 100 people between the two provinces.

John is married and has two daughters. His interests include co-chairing Share our Strength, raising over 2 million dollars for the organization during 24 years until he retired in 2019. Some of these funds have gone to support the Immigrant Centre. Currently, in addition to serving at the Immigrant Centre’s Board of Directors, John volunteers at the centre as an English one-on-one tutor.

Karen Toews, Director

Karen is a recently retired Human Resource professional who spent the majority of her career with the City of Winnipeg. She has experience as a Manager of Human Resources, Human Resource Consultant, Staffing Specialist, and PeopleSoft HR Coordinator.  Karen has been a Chartered Professional in Human Resources since 2007. Her education includes certificates in Human Resources and Management Development from Red River College, and a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from York University.

Karen’s Mennonite grandparents immigrated to Canada from Ukraine in 1875 and 1926, and because of this, her first language was German. In the late 1970’s, her parents, through the First Mennonite Church, supported the immigration of a Vietnamese family to Winnipeg which was a life-long enriching experience.

Karen’s interests include travelling, gardening, cooking, and fishing. She especially enjoys spending time at the lake with her husband Ray, family and friends.

Wes Schollenberg, Director

Wes has 34 years of real estate experience and is the Managing Director, Broker Investment Retail Sales & Leasing for the Manitoba Office of Avison Young. He holds diplomas in Electronic Technology and Industrial Supervision from Red River College, and is also a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Management. Wes has a Broker license and has completed all courses required for a CCIM designation.  

Wes previously served as Board Director, President, Past President and Chairman of the Commercial Division Council for the WinnipegREALTORS® Association, and also served on the National Commercial Council of the Canadian Real Estate Association, and more recently as Vice-Chair and Finance Chair of Winnipeg BIZ Management board. He was awarded the WinnipegREALTORS® 2008 Community Service Award, and the Community Spirit Award from Winnipeg’s commercial Realtors.

Wes is an avid volunteer and fund-raiser for the Children’s Rehab Foundation and a founding builder for the Realtors Shelter Foundation. He presently serves on Winnipeg Realtor’s Governance Task Force and on the Manitoba Real Estate Association Education Committee. Wes believes in giving back to the community.