Rosa Walker

President & Chief Executive Officer

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Rosa is a member of Peguis First Nation of Manitoba. She is currently the Founder, President and CEO of the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute, Inc. in Manitoba and was responsible for the start-up as the Executive Director of Taking Charge! Inc. – a Federal and Provincial initiative for single parents to transition into the workforce. She was also employed at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs as Managing Director, Workplace Diversity. Rosa worked with the Bank of Montreal in the capacity of Manager, workplace Equality for Manitoba and Saskatchewan. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University o Winnipeg, and is a graduate of the Social Work Diploma Program at Confederation College, Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Rosa was a former Board Member of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board, the Aboriginal Training and Employment Services, National Aboriginal Youth Association, Inc., and a Member of Inter provincial Association on native Employment, Manitoba Chapter. Board Member of Accreditation Canada,

Melanie Dean

Director, Executive Training

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Born in The Pas Manitoba and member of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation Melanie received her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Winnipeg ’02. She is the Executive Director of Empowering Indigenous Youth in Governance and Leadership (EIYGL), she’s worked at Income Security Programs and Winnipeg Housing and Homelessness Initiative with the Federal Government as an intern during her University experience, transcriber and editor at APTN, Acting Coach at Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Youth Care worker and Cultural Coordinator at Seven Oaks School Division Keeping Balance after school program, and an actor that performs in various onstage plays such as, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, The Crisis in Oka Manitoba with Red Roots Theatre Company, August Osage County with MTC, and Jail Baby with Sarasvati Productions. She is a Jingle Dress dancer and active volunteer within the community and with various Committees and Boards.

Mackenzie Oatway

Project Assistant

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Mackenzie Oatway is a member of Peguis First Nation. She received a certificate for completing a 5 week intensive Get into Administration course before her employment with Indigenous Leadership Development Institute, Inc. (ILDI). At the beginning of her employment with ILDI she assisted with the enrolment process for the Introductory Carpentry Program and soon after coordinated and acted as the retention and support worker for the Skills Link Program. Currently, Mackenzie is the Project Assistant, coordinating and managing the Executive Training courses ILDI offers. Mackenzie is also an active volunteer with Empowering Indigenous Youth in Governance and Leadership.

Rhonda Kirkness

Manager, Special Projects

Phone: 204.940.1700 

Rhonda Kirkness is a member of the Fisher River Cree Nation in Manitoba. Currently, Rhonda is the Director of Human Resources for Southeast Resource Development Council Corporation. She was Executive Assistant for Fisher River Cree Nation assisting Chief & Council for 10 years in a variety of capacities and is also a proud mentor/member of the youth group Empowering Indigenous youth in Governance & Leadership (EIYGL). She is a member of the Indigenous Learning Centre’s scholarship committee formerly the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association (AFOA) of Canada going into her fourth term and is a Certified Professional Trainer & Registered Professional Recruiter from the Institute of Professional Management.

Jared Bone

Special Projects Administrator

Phone: 204.940.1700 

More info to come

Mitzy Lizarraga

Project Coordinator

Phone: 204.940.1700 

More info to come


The Indigenous Leadership Development Institute Inc. is a non-profit organization established to build leadership capacity in Indigenous people. We are run by Indigenous people and directed by a volunteer board reflecting the diversity of the Indigenous community. This board identifies specific training required to produce able and accomplished Indigenous leaders.

Contact Info
The Indigenous Leadership Development Institute Inc.
  • 206 – 1075 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3G 0R8
  • 204.940.1700, 1-855-940-1700 (Toll Free)
  • 204.940.1719