Board of Directors:

Adrian C Ong,
Board Chair,
Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)

Adrian is a CPA, CMA (Certified Management Accountant) and currently works in the Department of Sustainable Development as the Acting Manager of Comptrollership. He earned his MBA degree from Ateneo de Manila University in Philippines. Adrian speaks English, Tagalog, Chinese (Mandarin, Taiwanese and some Cantonese), and a little Spanish.

Gonzalo Agrimbau, Vice Chair

Environmental Advocate, Red River Basin Commission

Gonzalo joined the AMI board in June 2014. He studied political science at the University of Buenos Aires, and worked in Argentina as a teacher and sailing coach, among other things. After graduating from university, he took a year off to travel and work abroad, and decided to stay in Winnipeg. Gonzalo co-facilitated “Finding Your Voice”, a storytelling and writing program for new Canadians at the Millennium library.

Maggie Demarchi, Board Member

Realtor, Happiness Facilitator (PHEc, MSc)

Margarida has been an AMI board member since 2011 and is a leader in the Brazilian community of Manitoba. She came to Canada through the Family Class stream in 2000. She is a Home Economist with a PHEc, and a Master of Science degree in Family Social Sciences and Financial Education. She has served on several non-profit and for-profit boards. Margarida is an entrepreneur, long time investor in Winnipeg Real Estate, and works with real estate sales and management.

Bobby Varghese,
Board Member

Instructor, Red River College

Bobby joined the AMI board in June 2015. He works at Red River College as an Employment Advisor. He has over 10 years of experience teaching and advising in multi-disciplinary areas and in diverse settings. He has a degree in Dentistry, a Master of Arts degree, a Certificate in Adult Education and a Certificate in Applied Counselling. Bobby is currently pursuing a Master of Education degree at the University of Manitoba, graduating in October 2015. Bobby is looking forward to drawing on his experience in the fields of adult education, health and human services as he serves in the community.

Sijian Peng, Board Member

Sijian Peng,
Board Member

MSc in International Economics, MSc in Economic Demography
Stay-at-home Mom, former investment consultant and Economics teacher. 
Hobby – clothing design.

Sijian was born in China. She obtained her two Master degrees from Lund University in Sweden. Sijian used to work as an investment consultant and volunteer in an international school. She came to Winnipeg in March 2017 and joined the AMI board in June 2017 because she would like to give back to the society and be a role model to her kids.

Judianne Jayme, Secretary

Judianne Jayme,

B.A. (Hons), B. Ed.

Founder of Dalagita, educator/mentor for Winnipeg School Division, news anchor and blogger

Judianne was born in Manila, and was raised in Winnipeg from the age of 4.  She has been an active presence in the Filipino community since her late teens and takes pride in the program she created called Dalagita, a public speaking contest that empowers youth to speak up and take action.  She joined the board in 2015 because of her passion in helping communities and creating cultural connections.


Idris Knapp,
Board Member

Executive Director, Winnipeg Central Mosque





Minh Nguyen, Board Treasurer

Minh Hoang Nguyen,
Board Member

B.Comm (Hons)

Financial Planner, Investors Group