University of Manitoba Board of Governors
2018 Election – Voting closes on Wednesday, May 23 at 4:00 p.m.
As a member of the University of Manitoba’s Board of Governors, one of these individuals could help make a difference in the lives of students and the community at large by playing an important role in guiding the direction of the U of M. A seat on the Board presents an opportunity to help define the university’s future, develop professional skills as well as serve as a voice for fellow alumni in U of M governance.
The University of Manitoba’s Board of Governors is also responsible for overseeing the administrative and business affairs of the U of M as well as 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.
There are three seats on the U of M Board dedicated solely to U of M alumni, each running on three-year terms, for a maximum of three terms. One of these terms is ending and as such, votes are now being accepted.
The Board of Governors have verified the nominees. Their short biographies can be read below. Voting closes on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 4 p.m.
*These bios have been written by the candidates themselves. Slight edits have been made for greater consistency.
Hugh Adams [LLB/77]
Hugh graduated from the U of M’s Robson Hall Faculty of Law. Forty years later he earned his Master of Laws, specializing in mediation and arbitration, from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School.
A partner at MLT Aikins LLP, Hugh is a senior corporate and commercial lawyer with significant experience in commercial arbitration and mediation. He assists public and private clients with corporate governance compliance, secured syndicating financings, corporate acquisitions and reorganizations in Canada and the United States.
Hugh acted as corporate secretary for The Arctic Group Inc. (1997 – 2002). In 2002, he became corporate secretary and lead Canadian counsel to Arctic Glacier Income Fund and continues his responsibilities to the Board of Trustees and Fund committees.
He has taught paralegal courses for many years at Red River College and presented at numerous law-related functions, including the Isaac Pitblado lectures as well as being an occasional lecturer at Robson Hall.
Hugh is a proud Manitoban and has lived in Winnipeg his entire life. His wife and children are also U of M graduates.
Khalique Ahmed [PhD/87]
Khalique Ahmed holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the U of M. He has worked at several distinguished institutions in Canada and the United States such as the University of Manitoba, University of Alberta, the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada and Harvard University.
Khalique has been loyal to the U of M mission and has periodically visited the campus since his graduation. He is committed to supporting the U of M’s mission, establishing even higher ethical standards in the Board’s conduct and help strengthen its governance. Khalique also sees defending autonomy and independence of the university, providing inclusive representation for all, further enhancing the public image of the U of M a priority. He believes that fostering openness and trust among the Board is important as well as helping catalyze the links between U of M graduates in the global community
Khalique is presently employed as a full professor at the Lynn University in Florida and leads its division of natural and applied sciences. Khalique writes Op-Eds that often appear in the media on the topics of science, health, peace, and environmental justice.
Oluwafemi Bamikole [MA/17]
Oluwafemi Olanrewaju Bamikole is a recent graduate of the U of M, earning a Master of Arts degree in Economics in June 2017.
Prior to the completion of his degree at the U of M, Oluwafemi also completed a Master of Science (with distinction) in Economics at the University of the West Indies in 2011. This led to an internship with the Caribbean Policy Research Institute in 2012. During the internship, he was both a researcher and an administrative officer. Currently, Oluwafemi is a private tutor assisting students from both the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. Oluwafemi says he is very sociable and values the dignity of labour.
Sheila Billinghurst [Cert. Ed./61, BA/62]
Sheila has more than 40 years of experience as a principal, teacher and educator. Her work as a school trustee provided significant experience with budget allocation, hiring decisions, and policies on student and staff assessment. She received her M.Ed. from the University of Toronto and became a pioneer in the field of adult education in Manitoba. Sheila established and ran one of the first computerized language labs in Manitoba. Sheila taught grades 3 to 12, as well as students at Red River College and the Adult Centre. Sheila used her expertise to guide the implementation of 50 community education programs across Winnipeg. She also worked as a faculty advisor at the U of M’s Faculty of Education, where she trained new teachers in school. Sheila’s excellent work in the field earned her the YMCA-YWCA 2014 Woman of Distinction Award for Education, Training and Mentorship. Her past community involvement includes appointments to the discipline committee, College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, the Board of Revision for the City of Winnipeg, and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Community Health Advisory.
Howard Burston [BPE/90, BEd/93]
Howard is a band member of Fisher River Cree Nation and lives in Winnipeg. He received both his B.P.E. and B.Ed. degrees from the U of M. He has been an educational leader in Manitoba and has been a part of the development of many educational institutions such as the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC), Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate and the First Nations School System. Howard serves on the advisory board for Manitoba Education Research and Learning Information Networks and the board of directors for Information and Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba. He has provided the overall vision for educational technology programs offered by the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre. Howard’s professional work requires the collaborative efforts between the first nations, provincial and federal governments.
Bob Chrismas [MPAdm/09, PhD/17]
Throughout his 35-year public-service career, Bob has remained connected with the U of M, achieving his Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies in 2017 and Masters in Public Administration in 2009. Bob’s widely published book, Canadian Policing in the 21st Century (McGill-Queen’s Press), raised awareness around Canadian Justice issues. His Ph.D. research amplifies the voices of survivors combatting sex slavery in Canada. Professor Sean Byrne of the U of M describes Bob as “an invaluable asset to Winnipeg’s peace and justice community. He is generous in sharing his pragmatic ideas regarding peace building and social change.” Bob is passionate about inspiring others’ educational fulfillment, proud of the U of M’s role enriching the community through research, education, and professional development.
Outside of policing, Bob loves his wife and four kids, and volunteers on several non-profit Boards, volunteering and working to raise awareness around social justice issues. Bob would like to serve on the Board of Governors to support and give back to the institution, teachers and fellow students who’ve given so much to him in return.
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 previously worked at Richardson International as a controller in oilseed and lead company initiatives to become a CA training office and its co-op recruitment campaigns.
Mark also believes in supporting the community through volunteering and mentorship. 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.
Outside of work, Mark is an active powerlifter and recently competed in a MPA event. He is happily married to his wife Karen.
Doug Collier [BSc/87]
Doug is senior vice president (SVP), chief commercial officer and president, International for La-Z-Boy Incorporated. He rejoined La-Z-Boy as chief marketing officer (CMO) in June 2007 after two years with Select Comfort as CMO and SVP, Marketing. Prior to Select Comfort, he held various leadership positions with La-Z-Boy from 2002 to 2005. From 2000 to 2001, Doug was SVP, marketing and product management for Iomega Corporation and, in addition, headed up their Asian and European businesses. Prior to that he held various positions with NIBCO, a private manufacturer of flow control products, as well as Whirlpool Europe, Whirlpool North America and GE Canada.
Doug is a board member on the CMO Council of the National Retail Federation, the Global Retail Marketing Association and the American Home Furnishings Alliance. He serves as a mentor for Endeavor Detroit, a high impact entrepreneurship movement.
Doug was born and raised in Portage la Prairie and graduated from the U of M with a Bachelor of Science. He also holds an MBA from the University of Toronto. He currently resides in Ann Arbor, MI.
Gerry Couture [BEnv/81, MCP/86]
Gerry’s background is in city planning with expertise in long-range planning, public sector management, and governance practices. He recently retired as president of Urban Edge Consulting, a company Gerry founded in 2006. Prior to this, he was a senior consultant at the City of Winnipeg. Notably, Gerry was responsible for developing Plan Winnipeg: 2020 Vision and the award winning downtown plan, CentrePlan.
Gerry has been an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Architecture’s department of city planning since 2003. He spent two terms as president of the Manitoba Professional Planners Institute and one term as national president of the Canadian Institute of Planners. In 2003, Gerry was awarded the distinction of fellow by the Canadian Institute of Planners.
Gerry has been on the Boards of several of Winnipeg’s cultural institutions including eight years with the Winnipeg Art Gallery, 13 with the Winnipeg Folk Festival (including two terms as president), and 10 with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre (one term as chair). In 2012, he was presented the Volunteer of the Year Award for Arts and Culture by Volunteer Manitoba.
Samuel Davidson [BComm(Hons)/15]
Samuel is an emerging professional and proud Asper School of Business alumnus. He worked at the U of M in Bison Sports and as a residence life coordinator. He also volunteered with the Commerce Students’ Association and the Resident Students’ Association Council, the latter as a resident advisor. Having spent six years as a student and employee, Samuel believes he understands how student engagement in and out of the classroom is integral for the growth and development of prospective alumni.
Winnipeg is a tight-knit community and, in his words, “one of the keys to succeeding in this wonderful city is to network and connect with a diverse group of individuals, many of whom are alumni of the U of M.” As someone who has connected with a variety of alumni and has found support throughout his university years, Samuel wishes to represent alumni with a fresh perspective. Samuel believes that students need to take advantage of the knowledge and skills that U of M alumni have to offer and he hopes to accelerate the connections between U of M students and alumni.
Outside of continuous learning, Sam is passionate about sports and fitness by utilizing the University’s Active Living Centre as well as participating in hot yoga.
Beverley Eert [AMM/72, BMus/73, BFA(Hons)/78]
In 2010, Bev and her husband returned to Manitoba to pursue their retirement dream: a carbon reduction demonstration project. The photovoltaic-powered, earth-sheltered, passive-solar home is functioning beyond expectation. The garden, greenhouse and orchard are in production. Their new vehicle is a fully-electric car.
With an architecture degree from UBC, Bev has enjoyed careers in both music and construction. She has also operated two small businesses at different times in her past: a music studio and a design-build company.
In the 2015 federal election, Bev was the Green candidate in Portage-Lisgar. In 2017, she was elected to represent Manitoba on the Green Party Federal Council.
Bev also represents Brandon Diocese on the Creation Matters Working Group, an Anglican ecological justice program.
Keenly aware that each of us must reduce our carbon footprint, Bev is active in both Manitoba Sustainable Energy and Manitoba Electric Vehicle Associations.
Bev believes our next big challenge is the development of low-cost sustainable energy for agricultural operations saying, “We must invest in the research necessary to thrive in the post-carbon era.”
Mitchell Etkin [BComm(Hons)/16]
Mitch is a recent graduate of the Asper School of Business. In his four years at the U of M, he was involved in the Commerce Students Association as a manager of corporate relations and the vice president of the finance organization. As well, during his four years at Asper, he owned and operated a small independent car dealership. Immediately after graduating, Mitch pursued his entrepreneurial vision, and created Match Auto Market; a pre-owned vehicle dealership. In the span of one year, Match Auto Market has grown to 10 employees, with $3 million in revenue, a full-service station, 70 vehicles, and a 15,000 square foot building. At only 23 years old, he has shown his ability to create and manage a large organization. “These skills can be utilized to help guide the U of M to future success,” says Mitchell.
Jeff Frank [BES/77, MLArch/84]
Jeff is proud to have grown up in north Winnipeg and to have been educated at the U of M. He has spent his career building communities, protecting urban, rural and wilderness landscapes, and advocating social and environmental stewardship issues across Canada. Recently retired as managing partner of HTFC Planning and Design, Jeff now focuses on volunteering and mentoring the next generation of designers in Manitoba. Recognized for his ability to define problems, think big, build consensus, and derive innovative solutions through transformative and socially conscious developments, Jeff has improved the quality of life of Manitobans through projects such as the University of Winnipeg Master Plan, the Red River Corridor Master Plan, CentrePlan Winnipeg, and the Red River Floodway Recreation Opportunities Plan. A passionate advocate for building better communities, Jeff is a past board member of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, B’nai Brith Camp and former chair of the City of Winnipeg urban design advisory committee. Jeff currently lectures on sustainable community development, indigenous/northern planning, professional practice and project management at the U of M.
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. In her role, she focuses on being nimble, accessible and works hard as an effective access point for companies to get the support they need at international trade events. She helps remove barriers and contributes to providing a Canadian program around the events her team attends. She is proud to not only represent Canada, but her home province of Manitoba at these international shows, while watching the participating companies make a global impact. She is also currently taking part in the Leadership Winnipeg program through the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.
Lasha also welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the world’s work in the community where she is placed. She 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.
Karen Grant [BA/78, MA/81]
Dr. Karen Grant is a sociologist whose teaching and research focused on women’s health and health policy, and the research ecosystem in Canada. She served in senior administrative roles from 1995 until 2012 at the U of M as Associate Dean, Research in the Faculty of Arts and Vice-Provost, Academic Affairs and from 2012 until 2016 at Mount Allison University as Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research. She has a first-hand understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing universities through her 32 years working in the post-secondary sector. Karen has an intimate knowledge of the U of M’s programs and aspirations, and she brings extensive experience in university governance since she has served as a member of Senate, and as a chair or member of Senate Committees as well as on local and national boards such as Health Canada’s Science Advisory Board, the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Winnipeg’s Women’s Health Clinic, and the Riverview Health Centre. She remains committed to advocating for faculty and students and will offer well-informed perspectives to the U of M Board of Governors.
Luigi Imbrogno [BSc(Maj)/17]
Luigi graduated from the U of M with a science degree with a major in psychology and a minor in biology. During his time on campus, he served as the president of University 1 Student Council, an UMSU representative for St. Paul’s College, as well as the senior stick of St. Paul’s for a brief period. Luigi was hired full time at St. Paul’s College where he currently works as a coordinator for the St. Paul’s College Foundation. Luigi has also sat on various committees and boards of various sizes, giving him experience in working with both small and large groups in a dynamic environment with many different individuals.
Masroor Khan [BComm(Hons)/17]
Masroor completed his undergraduate studies with an honors degree in accounting from the 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. He has a strong commitment to serving the community at large. During his time at the U of M, he brought his leadership skills to the Commerce Students’ Association by serving as co-chair of international communications in his final year of studies. Masroor also served on the executive board of the Asper School of Business Accounting and Cooperative Associations. His academic, professional, and leadership experience has instilled a strong conviction and belief that the U of M is a centre of excellence and the success of this institution is directly proportional to the success of the province. “This is precisely why I want to play a role in helping the university prosper and reach new heights,” says Masroor. He is currently embarking upon a bright professional career at a top public accounting firm and wants to give back and contribute to this great institution.
Carla Loewen [BEd/01, BA/03, MEd/16]
Carla is a member of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation and holds a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Education from the U of M. An award-winning researcher and dedicated community leader with a passion for peer mentoring, Carla has received an Innovation Award from the National Aboriginal Student Services Association and a Leadership Sustaining Our Ways Scholarship. Her community work includes being a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2006 as well as being a member of their Mentor Forum. She also sits on the Indigenous Programs Advisory Committee for SEED.
In her current role at the U of M’s Indigenous Student Centre, Carla facilitates first-year student programming and is devoted to advancing Indigenous achievement. In recognition for her campus contributions she has received an Annual Outreach Award and an Annual Award of Excellence. Her years of service on campus and being a part of the Graduate Student Appeals committee gives Carla broad expertise in university administration. Committed to building collaborative relationships, Carla will bring her leadership and thoughtful approach to the U of M’s Board of Governors.
Mary Jane Loustel [BComm(Hons)/88, MA/11]
An Indigenous business professional, CPA-CA, Mary Jane completed an MA in Native Studies to align her goals with Indigenous reconciliation. She shaped her career with CIBC, EY, Investors Group, Red River College, University of Manitoba, Women’s Enterprise Centre and built a strong brand for Indigenous relations in her work with IBM Canada. She is a valued mentor to the Asper School Indigenous Business Education Partner Program. While employed with the U of M, she served as director internal audit and then as executive director budget and strategic resource allocation (99-04).
Mary Jane accelerates the success and inclusion of women in leadership, as co-founder of SHEACCELERATOR and the annual one day event SHEday, which focuses on women’s experience in economy and society.
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.
Wilson Low [BComm(Hons)/16]
Wilson is currently an investment compliance analyst at Great-West Life. Prior to this, Wilson completed the management development program at Investors Group. The program gave him the opportunity to work in various capacities which contributed to his diverse experience in the business and management environment.
Wilson received his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in 2016 from the Asper School of Business. In 2017, Wilson attended the Value Investing |Executive Education Program at Columbia Business School and is currently a candidate for the chartered financial analyst (CFA) level II program.
Wilson is heavily involved in the local community where he serves on the board of the University of Manitoba Students’ Union Endowment Fund, Young Associates, and AIESEC Manitoba. He is also a current member of the public awareness committee of the CFA Society Winnipeg.
Karyn Scanlon [BComm(Hons)/91]
Karyn has worked in the power industry for more than 25 years and has served on the North American Energy Markets Association Board since 2012. She is currently the manager of wholesale power marketing at Manitoba Hydro and is responsible for Canadian and USA export and import power transactions, transmission and non-utility generation procurement strategies, wholesale power contract administration as well as the maintenance of regulatory relationships. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in business including governance, strategic planning and contract negotiations. In addition, she has worked various accounting, information technology and project management roles.
Karyn has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree graduating from the U of M in 1991. She obtained her CPA, CGA designation in 1994 and says her background and enthusiasm will make her a strong addition to the University of Manitoba Board of Governors.
She lives in South Winnipeg with her husband, Jay, and two sons, Dillon and Brett.
Tim Siran [BA/97, BComm(Hons)/00]
Tim completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Commerce at the U of M. Spending his early career in supply chain administration, he entered health care management and has held a progression of positions with health care authorities in Western Canada. When not focused on career matters, Tim can often be found pursuing his love of biking, music, and gardening.
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. Efrem has more than 30 years’ experience in the Hydropower Engineering field and project management.
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 worked in the consulting and utilities fields in Canada, Europe, and Latin America. He 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. Over the years, Efrem is a major contributor and lead to the strong and supportive relationship with research and development projects between Manitoba Hydro ($1.1 million per year) and the Faculty of Engineering at the U of M. He is also a member of the Friends of Engineering at the University of Manitoba.
Efrem is married and a father of four children, two who graduated from the U of M.
Mark Torchia [MSc/97, PhD/01]
As the Executive Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at the U of M, Mark provides leadership, expertise and support in fulfilling the teaching and learning mission at the University. Previously, he held various roles at St. Boniface General Hospital such as the director of clinical research with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, and at the Health Sciences Centre as director of advanced technologies. He was also the director of the pre-clerkship medical curriculum, Max Rady College of Medicine.
Mark continues as an associate professor of surgery, teaching human embryology. He founded two medical device companies including Monteris Medical that provides an option for patients with inoperable brain tumors. He is the author of numerous academic papers, two medical textbooks and holds many patents. Mark has served on a variety of boards including, as chair, with the Heart and Stroke Foundation MB, AOAC International, Manitoba Conservatory of Music, and Canadian Council on Animal Care.
Mark is a holder of the prestigious Manning Foundation Principle Prize and the inaugural Governor General’s Award in Innovation.
Peter Wheatley [BSc(ME)/07, ExtEd/10, MBA/15]
Peter is a young professional who has found a balance between academic excellence, family and real world business acumen. He is a two-time graduate of the U of M with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Aerospace Option) and a Masters of Business Administration. Throughout the past 13 years at StandardAero, Peter has risen quickly to his current role of director of customer programs. He is responsible for the turboprops business unit, which performs maintenance, repair and overhaul of Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A and PW100 engine models.
His past roles include various engineering positions such as quality manager and director of engineering. He has successfully led large teams of professionals in improving key metrics, team unity and morale.
Sports have played a key part in Peter’s early success, teaching him the values of leadership, teamwork, commitment and passion. Some of his highlights include playing junior hockey for both the Winnipeg South Blues and Charleswood Hawks.
Peter strongly believes in lifelong learning and views this opportunity as a chance to help others.
Nominations open Monday, January 8, 2018, 9 a.m. (Central)
Nominations close Friday, February 9, 2018, 4 p.m. (Central)
Elections open Monday, March 5, 2018, 9 a.m. (Central)
Elections close Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 4 p.m. (Central)
Ballots will be counted on Friday, May 25, 2018
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.
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.
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