Our Team and Board

AllAdvisory BoardBoard of Directors and Officers
Chairman & Coordinator

Yisa Akinbolaji

Executive Director

Mridul Bhargava

Director of fundraising

Afeez Ismail

Treasurer/Secretary

Babatunde Akinjo

Communication Director

Gurjot Rehal

Students Outreach

Abby Akinbolaji

IT Expert and Social Media

Lakshita Malhotra

Vice President

David I. Fatimehin

Event Coordinator

Funmi Akinola

Event Coordinator

Mayowa Adedara

Entrepreneur

Garry Green

University Professor

Catherine Rust-Akinbolaji

Medical Surgeon

Dr. Tito Daodu

AI Expert

Tanmay Bakshi

Chairman & Coordinator

Yisa Akinbolaji

Yisa Akinbolaji who obtained M.F.A in Visual Arts from the University of North Dakota, Diploma in Advertising Art (Graphic Design) from Red River College Polytechnic, and HND from Yaba University College of Technology is a Winnipeg experimental artist. He is former College educator at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin and he had taught Fine Art in High School at the Lagos State Model College, Badore. Yisa is also past president of the Manitoba Society of Artists (2001 – 2003). Before immigrating to Canada in 1997, he was recognized as a leading Nigerian artist with inclusion in “Nigerian Artists: A Who’s Who and Bibliography” (1993), a publication of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington. D.C. Yisa was featured on the cover of Art Business News, New York, in Nov. 2011 for his distinctive technique. For the technique, Yisa uses Removable Glue medium he developed; he named it Remoglue. Yisa’s artistic contributions have thrice made it into the Canadian Parliament’s Chamber in Ottawa: one on Feb. 27, 2019, the 2nd on Sept. 30, 2020, and third May 10, 2023 presented by Hon. Pat Bovey. Yisa is a recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal and the Manitoba 150 Award. In 2018, Yisa received the Manitoba Premier’s Volunteer Service Award. Yisa was appointed to the board of the Manitoba Arts Council in 2010 serving for 3-year term of total of 9 years. Yisa’s painting “Wisdom Thread” is featured in the Government of Alberta department of Education’s Curriculum, since 2021.

Yisa is the Chairman & Coordinator of the Creative Foundation and of the Canadian Black Artists United.
For more information, visit: www.yisagallery.com www.yisagallery.com

Executive Director

Mridul Bhargava

Mridul Bhargava has done extensive post graduate training – Masters in Business Administration, Masters of Commerce & Masters in Finance & Control. He is also Certified Management Accountant from IMA, USA and associate member of The Institute of Cost Accountants of India.

Mridul has supervisory 15+ years India & International experience with multi-lingual ability, supporting finance functions and worked at international locations viz. Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Thailand, Brazil, Singapore & Malaysia.

Director of fundraising

Afeez Ismail

Afeez Ismail is a Nigerian-Born Canadian and a Financial Analyst that is best recognized for his professionalism and creativity. He has worked in several capacities as an accountant, finance manager and a financial analyst within both the private and public sectors. Afeez completed a Bachelor of Commerce (honours) degree in Accounting and Management Information System (MIS) at the Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba. He is currently a public service employee with the Government of Canada.   

In joining the Creative Foundation’s team of volunteers, Afeez assumed the Financial Secretary position where he was responsible for defining the organization’s financial needs and implementing strategies for fundraising and revenue generation. His innovative ideas, competence, and excellent performance informed Creative Foundation board’s decision to appoint him as a Treasurer. It was owing to Afeez’s expertise and outstanding efforts that Creative Foundation attained its Registered Charitable status in 2018. He now serves as the Treasurer of the Creative Foundation, the positions he continues to fulfil proficiently.   

Afeez’s enthusiasm to be part of a creative and charity-oriented organizations like Creative Foundation is driven by his passion to always strengthen programs, events and activities that feature youth development and empowerment. Afeez likes to work with the youth as he finds that the society would benefit a lot more from the young population in the future. 

Treasurer/Secretary

Babatunde Akinjo

Babatunde Akinjo is the Secretary and Financial Secretary of the Creative Foundation Inc. 

He is a Winnipeg based accountant who holds a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Accounting from Bowen University (Nigeria), and a graduate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). 

‘Tunde loves art, music and sports; and hopes to integrate these with his academic and professional ingenuity to support the mandate of the CFI.

Communication Director

Gurjot Rehal

Gurjot Rehal has a business management honours degree from Asper School of Business in Canada with a degree in an accounting and supply chain management, her qualifications extend to assisted research in international business publication of MNEs, and property valuation. She builds an international and diverse growing business in e-commerce across North America, India, and the UK.

Students Outreach

Abby Akinbolaji

Abby Akinbolaji is a junior board member of the Creative Foundation. An honours student at Dakota Collegiate Institute in Winnipeg, Abby is an active member of her school community as a regular volunteer in several programs and loves connecting with other students across Manitoba.

Abby has been participating in the activities of the Creative Foundation since age 7. Abby now manages student coordination for the Creative Foundation. Her responsibility is from her experience with the organization itself as a participant since her early childhood.

Abby highly values creativity and innovation; she has spent time learning both computer coding and art and she recognizes the importance of both of these disciplines. Abby is an athlete, with her first introduction to the sport being dance classes at age 5. Presently, she plays basketball and volleyball. She is bilingual, a fluent speaker of both English and French and enjoys learning new languages. Abby is delighted to be an inspiration to her peers through Creative Foundation.

IT Expert and Social Media

Lakshita Malhotra

Lakshita Malhotra originally from India and moved to Canada in 2021 loves computer coding, reading novels, listening to music, and dancing. Lakshita is fond of developing, creating, and designing websites that help to ease people’s work and make an impactful change in the lives of people. She likes to explore the world, traveling different countries, and connect with people from different cultural backgrounds, races, classes.  

Lakshita loves to crack jokes and help make the people around her feel comfortable. She believes in giving back to society, especially the needy and underprivileged, and she aims to enable all individuals to grow together. 

Vice President

David I. Fatimehin

David is a member of board of the Creative Foundation. He is a performing artist, mentor, community development outreach coordinator with marketing experience.

David is co-founder of F.R.A.M.E. Art warehouse. He is a passionate advocate for the preservation and promotion of African art forms and cultural heritage, including art, food, dance, and languages. David performs at the Folklorama African Pavilion where he uses dance techniques to tell stories about African cultural ceremonies. David is happily married to Amanda Fatimehin and blessed with three children.

Event Coordinator

Funmi Akinola

Funmi Akinola is a Bachelor’s degree graduate in Accounting at the Ondo State Polytechnic. Funmi loves reading and learning subjects relating to Science and Medicine when she is not busy supervising the homework of her young daughters. Funmi’s interests include learning new skills, cooking, planning events and meeting new people. She has particular interest in childcare and mentoring the young ones so they can do well in their academics with a balanced healthy lifestyle. Funmi always loves to ensure that people stay safe and happy; If she had not gone into Accounting as a profession, Medicine would have been another profession of choice.

Event Coordinator

Mayowa Adedara

Mayowa Adedara is a Nigerian-born Canadian. She holds a Bachelor of Human Ecology (honours) in the department of Family Social Sciences from the prestigious University of Manitoba. Mayowa specializes in Child and Youth Developmental Health and Family Violence. She has worked in various capacities as a Family Violence Counselor, Wellness Support Coordinator, Parenting Coach and Clinical Case Manager. As a Social Worker, she is passionate about empowering others, influencing change, and providing support to families and individuals. She has high emotional intelligence which includes self-awareness, empathy, and sensitivity to others. These qualities and her passion for helping others distinguish her in the field of humanity – Social Work.
Mayowa also has a background (HND) in Electrical Engineering with a Major in Electronics and Telecommunications from Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Ondo State, Nigeria. She has over 5 years experience in this field before she relocated to Canada. She loves music, family, travelling and fashion. She hopes to use her passions and qualities to support her role as a Public Event Coordinator of the Creative Foundation.
Entrepreneur

Garry Green

Garry Green is a Winnipeg-based entrepreneur. He holds degrees from Red River College in Carpentry and Graphic Arts. Garry has been operating his store, Framing & Art Centre, for twenty years as a retail custom picture framer, gallery, and gift shop. Firmly rooted in the local arts scene, Garry has been representing almost exclusively Manitoba-based artists and artisans with the goal of connecting artists to art buyers within their community. In joining the board of Creative Foundation, Garry hopes his knowledge and passion for the arts will be an asset towards inspiring young people in the community to explore and develop their creative abilities. 

University Professor

Catherine Rust-Akinbolaji

Catherine Rust-Akinbolaji is an Assistant Professor at Providence University College. She loves teaching World Music and training teachers of English. She has lived in Hong Kong and Slovakia and has been to 18 different countries. She dreams of travelling to more places but is equally happy learning about other cultures from her students. 

Medical Surgeon

Dr. Tito Daodu

Tito Daodu is currently a Pediatric Surgery Fellow at Alberta Children’s Hospital. She finished medical school at the University of Manitoba in 2013 and completed her residency in General Surgery in 2018 at the University of Calgary. She was heavily involved in traditional African cultural dance and played a major role in Folklorama as a youth and young adult. Over the years, Tito has strived to faithfully serve her community through volunteer work and social endeavors. In Winnipeg, she has worked with West Broadway Youth Outreach as a mentor and leader as well as with several other community organizations. She has returned several times to her home country of Nigeria to work with hospitals and conduct research in child health and surgery. She continues to work with young people and acts as a mentor and speaker. Tito is the first Black woman to practice pediatric surgery in Canada. Dr. Tito Daodu is a Life Mentor Award recipient of the Creative Foundation Incorporation. 

AI Expert

Tanmay Bakshi

Tanmay Bakshi – coding since the age of 5 is an Artificial Intelligence expert, a Canadian author, TED & keynote speaker, and a media personality who has appeared in CNBC, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, just to name a few. He has addressed over 200,000 executives, leaders, and intellectual at international conferences, universities, and multinationals worldwide. His passion to develop algorithms and work with machine learning leads him to apply this expertise mainly in the fields of education and healthcare. His goal is to help at least 100,000 aspiring coders in learning how to code and innovate. Tanmay does this through his books, workshops, and seminars. Tanmay’s YouTube channel called “Tanmay Teaches” and his consistent work towards his goal for the past 8 years has earned him numerous recognitions like The Knowledge Ambassador award, IBM Champion, Google Developer Expert, Twilio Doer award, and Global Goodwill Ambassador at Linkedln, just to name a few. And he is – just – 15 – years – old!!! Tanmay Bakshi is a Life Mentor Award recipient of the Creative Foundation Incorporation.

Board of Directors and Officers

Chairman & Coordinator

Yisa Akinbolaji

Vice President

David I. Fatimehin

Executive Director

Mridul Bhargava

Treasurer/Secretary

Babatunde Akinjo

Director of fundraising

Afeez Ismail

Event Coordinator

Funmi Akinola

Event Coordinator

Mayowa Adedara

IT EXPERT AND TUTORING

Sanchez Saintus

MEDIA AND SOCIAL MEDIA

Teniola Akande

Chairman & Coordinator

Yisa Akinbolaji

Yisa Akinbolaji who obtained M.F.A in Visual Arts from the University of North Dakota, Diploma in Advertising Art (Graphic Design) from Red River College Polytechnic, and HND from Yaba University College of Technology is a Winnipeg experimental artist. He is former College educator at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin and he had taught Fine Art in High School at the Lagos State Model College, Badore. Yisa is also past president of the Manitoba Society of Artists (2001 – 2003). Before immigrating to Canada in 1997, he was recognized as a leading Nigerian artist with inclusion in “Nigerian Artists: A Who’s Who and Bibliography” (1993), a publication of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington. D.C. Yisa was featured on the cover of Art Business News, New York, in Nov. 2011 for his distinctive technique. For the technique, Yisa uses Removable Glue medium he developed; he named it Remoglue. Yisa’s artistic contributions have thrice made it into the Canadian Parliament’s Chamber in Ottawa: one on Feb. 27, 2019, the 2nd on Sept. 30, 2020, and third May 10, 2023 presented by Hon. Pat Bovey. Yisa is a recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal and the Manitoba 150 Award. In 2018, Yisa received the Manitoba Premier’s Volunteer Service Award. Yisa was appointed to the board of the Manitoba Arts Council in 2010 serving for 3-year term of total of 9 years. Yisa’s painting “Wisdom Thread” is featured in the Government of Alberta department of Education’s Curriculum, since 2021.

Yisa is the Chairman & Coordinator of the Creative Foundation and of the Canadian Black Artists United.
For more information, visit: www.yisagallery.com www.yisagallery.com

Vice President

David I. Fatimehin

David is a member of board of the Creative Foundation. He is a performing artist, mentor, community development outreach coordinator with marketing experience.

David is co-founder of F.R.A.M.E. Art warehouse. He is a passionate advocate for the preservation and promotion of African art forms and cultural heritage, including art, food, dance, and languages. David performs at the Folklorama African Pavilion where he uses dance techniques to tell stories about African cultural ceremonies. David is happily married to Amanda Fatimehin and blessed with three children.

Executive Director

Mridul Bhargava

Mridul Bhargava has done extensive post graduate training – Masters in Business Administration, Masters of Commerce & Masters in Finance & Control. He is also Certified Management Accountant from IMA, USA and associate member of The Institute of Cost Accountants of India.

Mridul has supervisory 15+ years India & International experience with multi-lingual ability, supporting finance functions and worked at international locations viz. Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Thailand, Brazil, Singapore & Malaysia.

Treasurer/Secretary

Babatunde Akinjo

Babatunde Akinjo is the Secretary and Financial Secretary of the Creative Foundation Inc. 

He is a Winnipeg based accountant who holds a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Accounting from Bowen University (Nigeria), and a graduate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). 

‘Tunde loves art, music and sports; and hopes to integrate these with his academic and professional ingenuity to support the mandate of the CFI.

Director of fundraising

Afeez Ismail

Afeez Ismail is a Nigerian-Born Canadian and a Financial Analyst that is best recognized for his professionalism and creativity. He has worked in several capacities as an accountant, finance manager and a financial analyst within both the private and public sectors. Afeez completed a Bachelor of Commerce (honours) degree in Accounting and Management Information System (MIS) at the Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba. He is currently a public service employee with the Government of Canada.   

In joining the Creative Foundation’s team of volunteers, Afeez assumed the Financial Secretary position where he was responsible for defining the organization’s financial needs and implementing strategies for fundraising and revenue generation. His innovative ideas, competence, and excellent performance informed Creative Foundation board’s decision to appoint him as a Treasurer. It was owing to Afeez’s expertise and outstanding efforts that Creative Foundation attained its Registered Charitable status in 2018. He now serves as the Treasurer of the Creative Foundation, the positions he continues to fulfil proficiently.   

Afeez’s enthusiasm to be part of a creative and charity-oriented organizations like Creative Foundation is driven by his passion to always strengthen programs, events and activities that feature youth development and empowerment. Afeez likes to work with the youth as he finds that the society would benefit a lot more from the young population in the future. 

Event Coordinator

Funmi Akinola

Funmi Akinola is a Bachelor’s degree graduate in Accounting at the Ondo State Polytechnic. Funmi loves reading and learning subjects relating to Science and Medicine when she is not busy supervising the homework of her young daughters. Funmi’s interests include learning new skills, cooking, planning events and meeting new people. She has particular interest in childcare and mentoring the young ones so they can do well in their academics with a balanced healthy lifestyle. Funmi always loves to ensure that people stay safe and happy; If she had not gone into Accounting as a profession, Medicine would have been another profession of choice.

Event Coordinator

Mayowa Adedara

Mayowa Adedara is a Nigerian-born Canadian. She holds a Bachelor of Human Ecology (honours) in the department of Family Social Sciences from the prestigious University of Manitoba. Mayowa specializes in Child and Youth Developmental Health and Family Violence. She has worked in various capacities as a Family Violence Counselor, Wellness Support Coordinator, Parenting Coach and Clinical Case Manager. As a Social Worker, she is passionate about empowering others, influencing change, and providing support to families and individuals. She has high emotional intelligence which includes self-awareness, empathy, and sensitivity to others. These qualities and her passion for helping others distinguish her in the field of humanity – Social Work.
Mayowa also has a background (HND) in Electrical Engineering with a Major in Electronics and Telecommunications from Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Ondo State, Nigeria. She has over 5 years experience in this field before she relocated to Canada. She loves music, family, travelling and fashion. She hopes to use her passions and qualities to support her role as a Public Event Coordinator of the Creative Foundation.
IT EXPERT AND TUTORING

Sanchez Saintus

Sanchez Saintus has a profound affection for poetry, making words dance and to make emotions resonate. In addition to his love for poetry, Sanches finds joy in the world of coding and sharing his knowledge. His first interest was medicine, but that changed at a young age, when his parents bought him a computer. The computer later became his favorite toy, which led him to becoming inseparable from the world of technology.

MEDIA AND SOCIAL MEDIA

Teniola Akande

Teniola Akande is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a degree in philosophy and management. Teniola’s talents are in Design, Photography, Animation and Painting. He has
developed design solutions for a wide range of clients from podcast posters to Album cover art, Campaign projects and event flyers. When he is not designing on Photoshop he can be found
painting traditionally or engaged in photography.

Advisory Board

University Professor

Catherine Rust-Akinbolaji

Medical Surgeon

Dr. Tito Daodu

AI Expert

Tanmay Bakshi

Entrepreneur

Garry Green

Students Outreach

Abby Akinbolaji

University Professor

Catherine Rust-Akinbolaji

Catherine Rust-Akinbolaji is an Assistant Professor at Providence University College. She loves teaching World Music and training teachers of English. She has lived in Hong Kong and Slovakia and has been to 18 different countries. She dreams of travelling to more places but is equally happy learning about other cultures from her students. 

Medical Surgeon

Dr. Tito Daodu

Tito Daodu is currently a Pediatric Surgery Fellow at Alberta Children’s Hospital. She finished medical school at the University of Manitoba in 2013 and completed her residency in General Surgery in 2018 at the University of Calgary. She was heavily involved in traditional African cultural dance and played a major role in Folklorama as a youth and young adult. Over the years, Tito has strived to faithfully serve her community through volunteer work and social endeavors. In Winnipeg, she has worked with West Broadway Youth Outreach as a mentor and leader as well as with several other community organizations. She has returned several times to her home country of Nigeria to work with hospitals and conduct research in child health and surgery. She continues to work with young people and acts as a mentor and speaker. Tito is the first Black woman to practice pediatric surgery in Canada. Dr. Tito Daodu is a Life Mentor Award recipient of the Creative Foundation Incorporation. 

AI Expert

Tanmay Bakshi

Tanmay Bakshi – coding since the age of 5 is an Artificial Intelligence expert, a Canadian author, TED & keynote speaker, and a media personality who has appeared in CNBC, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, just to name a few. He has addressed over 200,000 executives, leaders, and intellectual at international conferences, universities, and multinationals worldwide. His passion to develop algorithms and work with machine learning leads him to apply this expertise mainly in the fields of education and healthcare. His goal is to help at least 100,000 aspiring coders in learning how to code and innovate. Tanmay does this through his books, workshops, and seminars. Tanmay’s YouTube channel called “Tanmay Teaches” and his consistent work towards his goal for the past 8 years has earned him numerous recognitions like The Knowledge Ambassador award, IBM Champion, Google Developer Expert, Twilio Doer award, and Global Goodwill Ambassador at Linkedln, just to name a few. And he is – just – 15 – years – old!!! Tanmay Bakshi is a Life Mentor Award recipient of the Creative Foundation Incorporation.

Entrepreneur

Garry Green

Garry Green is a Winnipeg-based entrepreneur. He holds degrees from Red River College in Carpentry and Graphic Arts. Garry has been operating his store, Framing & Art Centre, for twenty years as a retail custom picture framer, gallery, and gift shop. Firmly rooted in the local arts scene, Garry has been representing almost exclusively Manitoba-based artists and artisans with the goal of connecting artists to art buyers within their community. In joining the board of Creative Foundation, Garry hopes his knowledge and passion for the arts will be an asset towards inspiring young people in the community to explore and develop their creative abilities. 

Students Outreach

Abby Akinbolaji

Abby Akinbolaji is a junior board member of the Creative Foundation. An honours student at Dakota Collegiate Institute in Winnipeg, Abby is an active member of her school community as a regular volunteer in several programs and loves connecting with other students across Manitoba.

Abby has been participating in the activities of the Creative Foundation since age 7. Abby now manages student coordination for the Creative Foundation. Her responsibility is from her experience with the organization itself as a participant since her early childhood.

Abby highly values creativity and innovation; she has spent time learning both computer coding and art and she recognizes the importance of both of these disciplines. Abby is an athlete, with her first introduction to the sport being dance classes at age 5. Presently, she plays basketball and volleyball. She is bilingual, a fluent speaker of both English and French and enjoys learning new languages. Abby is delighted to be an inspiration to her peers through Creative Foundation.