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Annual General Meeting

The Alumni Association of the University of Manitoba is celebrating its 97th anniversary. Please join Dawn Nedohin-Macek, President of the Alumni Association, board members and your fellow alumni on June 11, 2018 at our Annual General Meeting & BBQ reception. 

Hear from guest speaker Dr. Lorrie Kirshenbaum, the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient for Professional Achievement, who will be sharing his insight on the Trials and Tribulations of Cancer Therapy and Heart Disease.

Dr. Lorrie Kirshenbaum

Special Guest Speaker: 

Dr. Lorrie Kirshenbaum [BSc/86, MSc/88, PhD/92]
His research may sound like science fiction, but the advancesDr. Kirshenbaum has made in human health are very real and the implications have had global impact. His discovery that several of the world’s deadliest diseases—cancer, heart disease, vascular disease—can be treated by “switching off” select cells is a major leap forward in medicine.

Event Details:

5pm: Meeting
6pm: BBQ Reception


Centre Space, John A. Russell Building
Fort Garry Campus

Please RSVP by Friday, June 7 by calling (204) 474 9946 or emailing Free parking is available in P Lot located on Sidney Smith Street behind Max Bell Centre.

The proposed slate of candidates is as follows:

  1. Jessica Carvell, LLB/15
  2. Mark Colley, BComm (Hons)/04
  3. Lasha Glennie, BA/2008, ExtEd/16
  4. Evan Kuz, BFA(Hons)/90
  5. Mattieu Lazarow, BComm (Hons.)/08, MBA/17
  6. Peter Wheatley, BSc(M.E.)/ 07, MBA/15
  7. Mary Jane Loustel, BComm(Hons)/88, CA/91, MA/11
  8. Scott Roehl, BComm (Hons)/04
  9. Efrem Teklemariam, M.Eng/99
  10. Kristjan Mann*, BA/11, BA(Adv)/13
  11. Dawn Nedohin-Macek*, BSc (CompE)/02

*term continuing from 2017-18.

Elected to the Board of Governors:

  1. Jeffrey Lieberman, BA /80, BComm(Hons)/83
  2. Jerome Knysh, BSc(IE)/84, ExtEd/87, MBA/90
  3. Carla Loewan, BEd/01, BA/03, MEd/16

University Representatives:

  1. John Kearsey, Vice-President (External), Representing the University President
  2. Doug Brown, Representing the Provost’s Council
  3. Jakob Sanderson, President, University of Manitoba Students’ Union
  4. Carl Neumann, President, University of Manitoba Graduate Students’ Association

As per By-Law 7.1, the Board will determine the slate of officers (President, 3 Vice Presidents & Treasurer) from the elected Board Members at the first meeting following the Annual General Meeting. I am pleased to advise that Dawn has agreed to serve another term as President, consistent with the practice started two years ago that Presidents sit for a two-year term in that role.

It is important to note that 5 of the proposed Board members are currently running in the election for Board of Governors representative. In the event that one of those individuals is successful in the election, their name will be removed from this proposed slate and they will be an ex-officio member of the Board in their role as BOG representative.

Brief Bios of Proposed New Board Members

Jessica Carvell, LLB/15
Jessica grew up in Mississauga, Ontario and received a honours bachelor of arts from the University of Toronto. She attended the U of M Faculty of Law from 2012 to 2015. During her time at the U of M, she was involved in the University of Manitoba Law Students’ Association, in particular as chair of the professional development committee and tuition review committee member. She was also a board member of the Manitoban. Following graduation, she clerked for the Federal Court of Canada in Ottawa. Jessica returned to Winnipeg in 2016 and received her call to the bar in 2017. She is currently practicing law at Manitoba Hydro.

Mark Colley, BComm (Hons)/04
Mark obtained his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the U of M, is a chartered accountant (CPA, CA) and completed the advance program in management, leadership and strategy through the Asper School of Business executive program. Mark is the chief operating officer for The Winning Combination, Inc., a sports supplement manufacturer based in Winnipeg. He sits on the board of directors for Food and Beverage Manitoba as treasurer and on the board for FEI Canada, Winnipeg chapter. He is an active member of the Associates and is part of the MBA mentorship program as well as a mentor for the CPA program.

Lasha Glennie, BA/08, ExtEd/16
Lasha is a graduate of the U of M with a Bachelor of Arts and a Human Resource Management Certificate. She currently works as a Project Manager for the ICT Association of Manitoba. She is also currently taking part in the Leadership Winnipeg program through the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. Lasha has volunteered with countless organizations such as Crohn’s and Colitis Canada as the Gutsy Walk chair, timeraiser as a project lead and Alpha Gamma Delta as a recruitment advisor.

Evan Kuz BFA(Hons)/90
Evan has been working as a graphic designer and marketing specialist in Winnipeg since he graduated in 1990. Evan started his career working with various small to medium sized design firms, including an advertising agency in Hamburg, Germany, before deciding to start his own firm Bounce Design in July, 2000. Evan has spent 6 years teaching a sessional course at the University of Manitoba called Design Theory and Criticism, while also mentoring design students from the U of M as well as from the design program at Red River College.

He also been involved with some Winnipeg boards and organizations, holding many positions with the following:

  • Graphic Designers of Canada, Manitoba Chapter & National Board (board chair twice);
  • The University of Manitoba Alumni Association (6 years including one year as president);
  • The Manitoba Theatre Centre (2 years);
  • Sprint coach with the local track club Tough Track.

Matthieu Lazarow, BComm(Hons.)/08, MBA/17
Matthieu obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree (2008) as well as his MBA (2017) from the University of Manitoba. He also holds his Chartered Professional Accountant designation which he obtained in 2010. Matthieu currently works for the David Aplin Group in the accounting and finance recruiting practice, focusing on designated accounting and finance professionals. He has coached for Special Olympics Manitoba with the Master Swim Otters for the past 15 years.

Peter Wheatley, BSc(M.E.)/ 07, MBA/15
Peter is a young professional who has found a balance between academic excellence, family, and real world business acumen. Over the past 13 years at StandardAero, Peter has risen quickly to his current role of Director of Customer Programs. His past roles include various engineering positions, quality manager, and director of engineering. Sports have played a key part in Peter’s early success, teaching him the values of leadership, teamwork, commitment, and passion. Peter strongly believes in lifelong learning and views this opportunity as a chance to help others.

Mary Jane Loustel, BComm(Hons)/88, CA/91, MA/11
An Indigenous business professional, CPA-CA, Mary Jane completed an MA in Native Studies. She is a mentor to the Asper School Indigenous Business Education Partner Program. Mary Jane is a founding member of the Winnipeg Police Board, director of Ka Ni Kanichihk Council, a member of the committee on research partnerships with NSERC, and a director of a number of private corporations. Past appointments include chair of Economic Development Winnipeg, Travel Manitoba, Aboriginal Human Resource Council Canada, and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

Scott Roehl, BComm (Hons)/04
Scott graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in 2004 from the U of M, with a major in marketing. Scott is currently the manager of marketing and business development for CPA Manitoba. A member since 2007, he is currently serving as chair of the Young Associates of the Asper School of Business. He is also an active volunteer with the Winnipeg Humane Society.

Efrem Teklemariam, MEng/99
Efrem is professional engineer, project management professional, fellow of Engineers Canada and the manager of water resources engineering at Manitoba Hydro. He is an alumnus of the University of Manitoba and the Delft Technical University, graduating with an M.Sc. degree in engineering from both institutions. Efrem has volunteered on several professional and non-profit organizations such as being a board member on the Citizenship Council of Manitoba and a part of the academic review committee of EGM. He is one of the founding members of IEEQ at the U of M, and a member of the review panel of climate change studies of NSERC projects. He is also a member of the Friends of Engineering at the University of Manitoba.

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