Newcomer Employment Hub Advisory Council

What is the Newcomer Employment Hub Advisory Council?

An advisory council of 18 members that represent a mix of newcomer service agencies and businesses in Winnipeg, advise us on the creation and execution of our Newcomer Employment Hub initiative within CODE. The Hub aims to streamline connection between newcomer job seekers who are represented by newcomer service agencies with Winnipeg businesses who are eager to tap into a diverse talent pool.


Our Co-Chairs

Brittany Penden | Owner, Practical HR Solutions
Maria Polovinka | Program Manager, Opportunities for Employment (OFE)

Our Council

  • Loren Remillard, President & CEO, The Winnipeg Chamber
  • Elizabeth Cron, VP of Programs and Marketing, The Winnipeg Chamber
  • Sanjana Vijayann, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, The Winnipeg Chamber
  • Jessica Praznik, Project Manager, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg
  • Elijah Osei-Yeboah, Research Consultant and Program Officer at End Homelessness
  • Monika Feist, ED at Success Skills Centre
  • Kevin Gill, Owner & President, Staffmax Staffing and Recruiting
  • Mariana Sferelli, Senior Human Resources Business Partner, Birchwood Automotive Group
  • Kate Aiello, Seniro Human Resources Advisor, Bison Transport
  • Michelle Gazze, Career Consultant, Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba
  • Rafiq Punjani, Owner, Anago
  • Seid Oumer, MANSO Manitoba
  • Yachar Barakat, Immigrant Centre
  • Wadood Ibrahim, Protegra
  • Iain Coates, Protegra
  • Gololcha Boru, City of Winnipeg