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University of Manitoba Board of Governors Election now open

Vote now for the alumni representative on the University of Manitoba Board of Governors

U of M alumni can elect fellow graduates to serve on three of the 23 University of Manitoba Board of Governors positions. Alumni elected to serve on the Board of Governors may do so for a maximum of three consecutive three year terms. One of these term positions is ending. As such, votes are now being accepted to fill the vacant role.

Voting is only available for University of Manitoba alumni. Please vote for only one individual. We are collecting information to verify your ballot and update your contact information. Only ballots with completed information will be considered valid. If you have any questions, please email Alumni Relations at alumni@umanitoba.ca, or call 204-474-9946; 1-800-668-4908 [toll free].

Meet the Candidates

Hugh Adams

Hugh Adams

Hugh Adams [LLB/77]

Hugh Adams is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer. He recently earned his master of laws specializing in arbitration and mediation, which included a major focus on the dynamics of culture and diversity. In both his personal life and career of practising law, Hugh is dedicated to providing thoughtful direction and astute guidance. He has an aptitude for considering all sides of an issue and identifying creative solutions in pursuit of compassionate resolution. Hugh is a proud Manitoban and long-standing member of the Winnipeg community. As corporate secretary and lead Canadian counsel for Arctic Glacier Income Fund, he is known for his proficient leadership, governance and teamwork capabilities. Hugh has frequently appeared as an expert in legal proceedings and lectures. His commitment to education includes mentoring young members of the legal community and taking on parent council volunteer leadership roles. A lifelong learner, Hugh places great value on educational institutions that work toward a better future for all.


Douglas Edmond

Douglas Edmond

Douglas Edmond [BA(Hons)/76, CertEd/77, MEd/79]

Douglas Edmond has just retired after 42 years as an educator, researcher and executive manager (32 years) with various school divisions, provincial governments and four western Canadian universities. He has sat on or chaired a wide variety of advisory committees over his career as well being president of Manitoba school superintendents’ association, and Jazz Winnipeg board of directors. Douglas has a successful singer-songwriter career including a number of years as a jury member for the Juno’s, Western Canadian Music awards and Factor. Douglas has re-established his consulting business related to educational research, evaluation and technology planning. He believes he can offer his wealth of experience to the Board of Governors of the university.


Mark Hearson

Mark Hearson

Mark Hearson [BSc(CE)/12]

Mark Hearson immersed himself in the University of Manitoba while completing a BSc in civil engineering. He served as a representative to UMSU and Senate, as a UMES Vice Stick, as president of the ITE Student Chapter and as a member of faculty search committees. Mark continued his studies at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, completing an MSc in nature, society and environmental policy, and a master of business administration. Mark has since returned to Winnipeg, where he is an emerging leader in transportation infrastructure, technology and urban design. Mark’s choice of work with consultancies and technology-focused start-ups is guided by social value; this is demonstrated by his dedication to developing creative solutions and in the way that he supports clients as they measure and improve their social impact through outcome-driven, evidence-based investment and decision making. Mark hopes to bring this asset and organizational management expertise to the Board of Governors. Mark values both volunteerism and philanthropy; he is a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and helped establish the Fireseeds North Foundation.


Masroor Khan

Masroor Khan

Masroor Khan [BComm/17]

Masroor Khan has completed undergraduate studies with honors degree in accounting from Asper School of Business. He has been a dedicated community leader having served as the founding president of the Pakistani Students’ Association on campus for two years. Masroor has always believed in and put a strong commitment to serving the community at large while in academic life as he lent his leadership skills to the Commerce Students Association serving as co-chair of international communications in his final year of studies and being on the executive board of Asper School of Business Accounting and Cooperative Associations. Masroor’s academic, professional, and leadership experience here has instilled in him a strong conviction and belief that the University of Manitoba is a center of excellence and the success of this institution is directly proportional to the success of the province. This is precisely why he wants to play his role in helping the university prosper and reach new heights. Masroor is currently embarking upon a bright professional career at a top public accounting firm but he wants to give back and contribute to this great institution.


Jeff Lieberman

Jeff Lieberman

Jeff Lieberman [BA/80, BComm/83]

Incumbent

Jeff Lieberman has really enjoyed his almost three years representing alumni on the University of Manitoba Board of Governors. He was elected by the members of the Board of Governors to chair the Board after his first year on the board and this has certainly been a very interesting experience. Jeff chaired the Chancellor Search Committee in 2018 and they selected Anne Mahon, only the second female Chancellor in the history of the University of Manitoba. The University of Manitoba is currently searching for the next president of the university and Jeff is the Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. The Board hopes to hire and announce the next president before the end of 2019. Jeff hopes to be re-elected to represent the alumni association on the Board of Governors and if he is re-elected, he will remain the chair of the Board and help to provide an easy transition for the new president of the university. Jeff has also received The William Norrie Outstanding Community Leadership Award in 2013 and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation Community Champion Special Award in 2018.


Deirdre McCaughey

Deirdre McCaughey

Deirdre McCaughey [BMRPT/00, MBA/01, PhD/08]

Deirdre McCaughey is an associate professor in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and conducts research into healthcare delivery systems to improving patient/family outcomes. Prior to accepting this position, she was healthcare management faculty at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Deirdre’s broad work experiences include being a physical therapist at the St Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, working in a variety of leadership positions in the retail private sector and independent consulting for a variety of organizations including the Canadian Federal Government and ARAMARK Healthcare. As a three-time graduate of the University of Manitoba, she is a proud Bison and knows the university is well positioned to be a leader in education in Western Canada. She will bring her diverse international experiences to the Board of Governors and hopes to share her passion for the university with students, faculty, staff and alumni.


Cindy Miller

Cindy Miller

Cindy Miller [BA/97, MA/17]

Cindy Miller is a graduate of the U of M, twice over. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in English, she spent a decade working as a communications professional for both the provincial government as well as at the municipal level. After starting her family, she changed gears, starting her own business as a pre-and postnatal fitness trainer. Although she holds several fitness certifications, she decided a few years ago to go back to school and finish a master’s degree in kinesiology. With a span of two decades between her two degrees, it was great to come back for the second time and see all the exciting and important changes the university had made and is still making. Cindy would like to be a part of those changes and believes her professional experience, community involvement and academic background provides her with the knowledge to contribute thoughtful ideas and meaningful plans and procedures as the university moves into the future.


Rayendra Ramrattan

Rayendra Ramrattan

Rayendra Ramrattan [BSc/93, ExtEd/07]

Rayendra Ramrattan’s main interest in serving on the Board is because he has a genuine care in the governance of the university and care for the general community that it serves. He has been employed by Bell MTS for the past 21 years and has been in management for over 11 years, currently as manager IT technology. He understands the responsibilities of the Board and is experienced in executing good governance. He has experience serving on internal governance committees. Rayendra has a long history in community involvement in the areas of education, culture and sports. He has volunteered as a mentor in a formal mentorship program for high school students. Served on boards of cultural organizations for over 20 years. Rayendra has served on the board of the Manitoba Cricket Association for 10 years. Currently he is the president and general manager of the most successful cricket club in Manitoba overseeing growth and programs for high school and junior high students; and programs for the highest competitive level in Manitoba. Rayendra will bring strong organizational and administrative skills to the Board.


Al Shell

Al Shell

Al Shell [BA/69, MBA/74]

Al Shell is an independent financial advisor. Before starting his business in 1990, he was a management analyst from 1972-78 and a retailer owner operator from 1979-1989. Al has made repeated efforts to keep in touch with the University of Manitoba by attending many alumni events. He is currently a board member of the Canadian Cancer Society and Committee of March of Dimes (Manitoba). He has also served on several boards in the past. Among them: vice-chair of Friends of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights (of which he chaired the cabinet meetings for a year), first president of the Eaton Place Merchant’s Association, and Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers board member. Al is confident that he can add a valuable prospective to the Board of Governors at the University of Manitoba.


Chipalo Simunyola

Chipalo Simunyola

Chipalo Simunyola [BComm(Hons)/12]

Chipalo Simunyola is currently working in sales at Canadian National Railway. He spent over 15 years in community leadership through volunteering on policy development, community management and leadership development. His focus on strategic planning and execution has convinced him to run for Board of Governors for the University of Manitoba. Chipalo’s time at the university was one of the greatest in his life and he would like to be part of the distinguished group that gets the change to shape the future of the beloved university.


Steven Wong

Steven Wong

Steven Wong [BSc(Hons)/17]

Steven Wong graduated in 2017 with a BSc (Hons) in biotechnology. During his studies, he was heavily involved with the Science Students’ Association (SSA) and the University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU). In three years with the SSA, he led various projects and tasks similar to the responsibilities of the Board of Governors. As President, he worked closely with the executives to create an annual budget for the fiscal year. Additionally, he worked with his vice-president to evaluate councillors’ performance. Furthermore, he collaborated with the deans in the Faculty of Science and worked with UMSU as both president and an UMSU representative on various subject matters. The SSA has developed his leadership skills and given him the necessary qualifications to excel in the Board of Governors. Steven believes he can bring fresh insights and ideas for the university. He wants to be a voice and a representative for not just the alumni in whole, but specifically the young alumni. Steven would love to come back and contribute to the university again on a broader platform.

About the Board of Governors

The University of Manitoba’s Board of Governors is responsible for overseeing the administrative and business affairs of the U of M, serving as the corporate governing body of the university. Its duties include approving the annual budget and appointing and monitoring the performance of the President and Vice-Chancellor.

U of M alumni elect fellow graduates to serve on three of the 23 University of Manitoba Board of Governors positions. Alumni elected to serve on the Board of Governors may do so for a maximum of three consecutive three-year terms. One of these term positions is ending.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the position, the candidate must be a graduate of the University of Manitoba and have a degree, diploma or certificate approved by the University of Manitoba Senate.

For more information about the Board of Governors, visit: umanitoba.ca/admin/governance/bog/index.html.

Voting is only available for University of Manitoba alumni. Please vote for only one individual. We are collecting information to verify your ballot and to update your contact information. Only ballots with completed information will be considered valid.

The voting period has now ended.

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