Who We Are


Organizing Committee

The organizing committee for the New World Ideas is made up of individuals and organizations interested in education. Our purpose is to develop educational resources that encourage and celebrate Indigenous knowledge in the classroom and workplace.

Wendell Wiebe

Wendell is the Chief Executive Officer for Manitoba Aerospace Inc. He holds a Master’s Degree in Education and has worked in the aerospace industry for over 25 years. Manitoba Aerospace is known for its innovative programs and collaborative approach.

Barbara Bowen

Barb is the Director of Special Programs with Manitoba Aerospace Inc. and has a background in education and human resources. She is a liaison to educational institutions including Tec Voc High School, Neeginan College, Red River College, the University of Winnipeg, and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba.

The Three Sisters Project is one of Manitoba Aerospace’s many initiatives to encourage Indigenous youth to seek out science, technology, engineering and mathematical careers.


Randy Herrmann

Randy is an engineer and the director of the Engineering Access Program in the Faculty of Engineering, University of Manitoba. ENGAP is the most successful program of its kind in Canada, graduating hundreds of Indigenous students into the world of engineering.

Peter Jordan

Peter produced the videos and companion books for New World Ideas: Indigenous Innovations that Changed Everything. As president of Birch Bark Productions, he is dedicated to telling Canadian stories. He is a multi-award winning television writer/ broadcaster and his show “It’s a Living” ran for seven years on the CBC National network.

Pauline Broderick

Pauline is a veteran teacher, educator and curriculum developer with a special interest in the arts and social change. She has taught in the public school system and in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. She works with Birch Bark productions and is currently a writer and editor with New World Ideas: Indigenous Innovations that Changed Everything.