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Board of Governors Alumni Representative

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Public announcement of successful candidate: May 26, 2020 

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Meet the Candidates

* indicates those who have been nominated by the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
† indicates those who have been nominated by alumni.

Boakye, Albert †

Albert Boakye

Albert Boakye [MPA/17] †

Albert Boakye is a Community Animator with the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg. He has experience in policy research, program development and strategic planning. He has also worked as a Policy Analyst. Albert was the Vice-President (External) for the UM Graduate Students’ Association and actively involved in decision making on awards, U-PASS, tuition fees, and healthcare for students. He served on the Joint Senate Committee and the Joint Discipline Committee between UM and UWinnipeg.

Albert is interested in serving on the board to represent diversity – which he believes to be a hallmark the University promotes in teaching and learning. He wants to bring solutions to confront the challenges we face together.

Bruneau, Carlo †

Carlo Bruneau

Carlo Bruneau [BRMCD/08] †

Carlo Bruneau is a sports management executive with 12 years of experience in the business. He has spent the last 7 years as the Executive Director of the Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association. He is also a volunteer treasurer for the Winnipeg Soccer Federation and the Sage Creek Residents Association. As a committee member he has helped bring high-profile events to Winnipeg, such as, the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In 2008, Carlo graduated as class valedictorian with a Bachelor of Recreation Management and Community Development from UM. He possesses significant experience in Board and Committee governance and attends best practice seminars to ensure he is to providing quality contributions to those organizations he serves.

Carlo’s main motivation to serve is to ensure that the voice of the UM non-academic community influences the direction of the establishment.

Fahim, Al-A Imran †

Al-A Imran Fahim

Al-A Imran Fahim [BA/19] †

Al-A Imran Fahim currently serves as the Vice-President for Manitoba Youth Association of Multiculturalism (MYAM), an organization that celebrates cultural diversity and helps newcomers to Manitoba. While completing a B.A. at UM, Fahim was president of the University of Manitoba Bangladeshi Students’ Association (UMBSA) and was also involved with UMSU and the ICM student council. He focuses on developing positive social change through organizing cultural, academic and social awareness events. He launched the UMBSA Alumni Night and Networking Social, an annual event connecting UM alumni and students.

Fahim believes that his diverse experience with different associations and his passion for the UM will be an asset to the governing body.

Knysh, Jerome (incumbent) *

Jerome Knysh

Jerome Knysh [MBA/90, ExtEd/87, BSc(IE)/84] (incumbent) *

Jerome Knysh is a professional engineer, certified management consultant and LEED accredited professional with more than 30 years of management experience. He is an owner and Vice-President of Builders Furniture Ltd and has operational, financial, human resource, and project management expertise. Jerome holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from UM. He currently serves on the Board of Governors at UM where he serves as the Vice-Chair of the Finance, Administration and Human Resources committee and as a member of the Audit and Risk Management committee. He is the past Vice-Chair of the Alumni Association, current member of the Alumni Council and a mentor in the UM Café, our online networking and mentoring platform. He is also the Vice-President of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Manitoba.

Jerome wishes to continue to serve on the Board to advance and oversee the administrative and business affairs of the University.

McCaughey, Deirdre *

Deirdre McCaughey

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

Deirdre McCaughey is a three-time graduate of the University of Manitoba and a former UMSU representative.  Currently, Deirdre is an Associate Professor in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, where she conducts operations research into healthcare delivery systems. She was a healthcare management faculty member at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Deirdre has also worked as a physical therapist at St Boniface Hospital, held leadership positions in the retail private sector in Western Canada, and done independent consulting for the Federal Government.

Deirdre has first-hand experience in education practices within large USA universities and insights into how leading universities manage change in education expectation, delivery, and outcomes consistent with our changing society. As a proud Bison, Deirdre believes UM is well positioned to be an innovative leader in education and she would like to bring her diverse international and Canadian experiences to the Board of Governors.

Murdock, Nora †

Nora Murdock

Nora Murdock [PhD/16, MEd/05, CertEd/78, BA/78] †

Nora Murdock is the Director of Instructional Services and developmental lead for the Manitoba First Nations School System (MFNSS), a unit of Manitoba Education Resource Centre (MFNERC). She is the former Director of both the Education for Fisher River Cree Nation and the University of Winnipeg Board of Regents, and sat on the MFNERC Board of Directors. She is currently on the CUSO International Board of Directors.

Nora is from MissIpawistik Cree Nation and a band member of Fisher River Cree Nation. She has a B.A., Certificate in Education Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Manitoba. She has been involved in various Faculty of Medicine/Health Sciences research projects (PAX, SPECTRUM) focusing on the education, health, and well-being of First Nations children. Nora has an interest in being on the Board of Governors for the University of Manitoba, as she closely follows UM responsiveness to reconciliation with First Nations/Indigenous people in Manitoba.

Torbiak, Dan *

Dan Torbiak

Dan Torbiak [BComm(Hons)/80, CA/81] *

Dan Torbiak has thirty years of experience as a financial and tax advisor for multinational accounting firms and ten years of experience adjudicating tax appeals as Chief Tax Appeals Commissioner for Manitoba. Dan has held multiple positions at UM including Financial Counsellor at the Rady College of Medicine, Sessional Lecturer at the Robson Hall Faculty of Law and Asper School of Business, and Instructor at the Asper Executive-Education Centre. He also held the volunteer role of Executive-in-Residence at the Asper School of Business.

After a decade of helping to prepare the next generation of successful UM graduates, Dan hopes to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Governors.

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.

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