All welcome at farewell event for Dr. Brian Postl
The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences community is invited to attend the retirement celebration for Dean Brian Postl on Monday, June 20 in the Brodie Centre Atrium.
The gathering from 2 to 4 p.m. marks the official farewell to Postl, who has served as dean of the Max Rady College of Medicine since 2010 and dean of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and vice-provost (health sciences) since 2014.
The formal program begins at 3 p.m. and refreshments will be served.
Postl, a 1976 UM alumnus in medicine, is retiring as one of Manitoba’s most distinguished and influential health-care leaders. In 2020, he was appointed to the Order of Canada for his advancement of clinical and academic health care in the province where he has spent his entire career.
He is the former director of the university’s J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit (now Ongomiizwin – Health Services) and former department head of community health sciences and pediatrics. As a researcher, he focused on Indigenous and circumpolar health, documenting health inequities in the North.
In 1999, Postl became the founding president and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority – a high-profile position that he held for 11 years. His many other leadership roles included chair of Research Manitoba and federal advisor on health-care wait times.
Postl has been honoured with many awards, including the MacNaught-Taillon Award in Health Policy, Health Information and Health Informatics in 2017 and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration in 2019.
He was inducted as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2011 and invested in the Order of Manitoba in 2012.
In honour of Postl’s retirement, a UM scholarship has been established. The Postl Scholarship will grant two awards each year to incoming undergraduate Indigenous students, based on academic excellence.
One scholarship will be for a student entering the Max Rady College of Medicine, and one for a student entering another college in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.
To donate to the scholarship fund, visit https://give.umanitoba.ca/PostlScholarship.