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Distinguished Alumni Awards

2018 Celebration of Excellence

Thank you to all who attended the sold-out 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration of Excellence in the grand Metropolitan Entertainment Centre in downtown Winnipeg.

From the opening notes of One Moment in Time, by Desautels Faculty of Music student Elena Howard Scott to the closing remarks of host, former U of M Bison and NFL alumnus Israel Idonije, it was a spectacular evening in celebration of five of the University of Manitoba’s most outstanding alumni.

We look forward to seeing you again in 2019!

About the Awards

The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize graduates who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in their professional and personal lives, and who have been an inspiration to fellow alumni, current students and the community, both close to home and around the globe.

This year, the University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Awards are being given to five recipients who are accomplished community builders and leaders and who have made an indelible impact both within our province and around the world.

2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Paul Soubry – Lifetime Achievement Award

Paul Soubry [BComm(Hons)/84] thinks big. For that reason, Canada’s top CEO has accomplished in his career what few can do in a lifetime. He has transformed two Manitoba companies into Canada’s greatest international success stories and revolutionized product development in the aerospace and transportation industries.

Dr. Lorrie Kirshenbaum – Professional Achievement Award

Dr. Lorrie Kirshenbaum’s [BSc/86, MSc/88, PhD/92] research may sound like science fiction, but the advances he has made in human health are very real and the implications have had a 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.

Tina Jones – Community Service Award

Philanthropist Tina Jones [BEd/89], of Banville & Jones Wine, is gifted with the ability to not only see—but bring to life—a better future for Manitobans. Her visionary spirit and business-savvy have driven fundraising efforts in all areas of our community, leading to improvements in health care and innovative, internationally-accredited educational programming.

Jan Lederman – Service to the University of Manitoba Award

Renowned corporate lawyer Jan Lederman [BA/74, LLB/77] is a champion for innovation. She is at the helm of numerous non-profit organizations, programs and clinics, helping hundreds of startups founded by University of Manitoba students, researchers and alumni bring their products and services to the world.

Dr. Shayne Reitmeier – Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Dr. Shayne Reitmeier [BSc(Maj)/13, MD/17] began changing the face of health care while still in medical school. Balancing academics with advocacy, he created safe spaces for and dispelled myths against LGBTTQI* individuals on campus, while pioneering research into the unique needs and experiences of LGBTTQI* patients and health-care professionals. Today, he is a rural physician in family medicine.

This “class of 2018” joins an esteemed group of past recipients that includes inventors, innovators, activists and artists.

Recent Distinguished Alumni Awards Stories

Paul Soubry photo by Thomas Fricke.
Snapshot: Building community

The recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards are back on campus and telling us about the work they do (or wish they did)

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