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St. John's College

A 29-year history comes to life for Les Wiens  

February 2, 2024 — 
The long-time alum met his wife in his second class held in St John’s, where they connected, studied together, and met many friends whom are still connected to this day. Amongst meeting his wife and staying connected with his close friends, also known as “the beer boys,” Les and Terry Wiens have always felt at home in St John’s.   

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Asper School of Business

Asper MBA a promise of freedom for Arconas executive vice president

January 16, 2024 — 
Asper MBA alum Pablo Reich [MBA/02] is the executive vice president of Arconas, a Canadian manufacturer and distributor of high-performance furniture for airports and passenger terminals in North America. Reich has built on the company’s legacy of sustainability, all while growing a successful business in a unique market.

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Asper School of Business

MBA alum leads with bravery, vulnerability and truth

January 10, 2024 — 
Kathleen BlueSky [MBA/15] has always been driven by a desire to uplift Indigenous people and create more sustainable, just systems in her community.

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St. John's College

World travelling alum comes back to her home roots

December 19, 2023 — 
Growing up in rural Manitoba, specifically Kenton then Neepawa, Nicole has always been a curious person, wanting to try new things, travel the world, and enjoy herself while doing it. Upon graduating high school, Nicole spent a year in Taiwan as a Rotary Exchange student, then received her Fine Arts degree at the University of Manitoba. Coming from a small community, Nicole stayed at the St John's college residence while studying. She was the international student representative and a Don in her last year. She loved every minute of the small college community.

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Asper School of Business

Meet the Asper alum innovating in Winnipeg’s culinary scene

November 17, 2023 — 
An Asper School of Business Bachelor of Commerce alum, Mike Del Buono [BComm(Hons)/13] is the managing partner of Burnley Place Hospitality Inc., which led the launch of local Winnipeg favourites King + Bannatyne, a premium sandwich shop in the Exchange District, and Nola, an elegant gem of Saint Boniface.

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Celebrating St John’s College alums at Lunch and Lively in part of Homecoming 2023  

September 22, 2023 — 
As Homecoming 2023 ends, we were thrilled to connect with our St John's College alums this past week in the Cross Common Room for our Annual Lunch and Lively event.   

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Asper School of Business

Asper BComm alum finishes on the podium of The Amazing Race Canada 9

September 21, 2023 — 
Since graduating from the Asper School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce in International Business and Marketing, Ben Chutta [BComm(Hons)/15] has travelled to 52 countries across six continents, facilitated over $95 million in sales with multi-million- and billion-dollar corporations, and recently completed all 10 legs of The Amazing Race Canada Season 9 with longtime friend Anwar Ahmed.

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Graphic of Homecoming celebrations Sept 19-23.

Homecoming in the News

September 18, 2023 — 
Executive Director, Alumni Relations Tracy Bowman joined CBC and Global Winnipeg Morning Show to highlight some of the events happening on campus.

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Maclean’s: Education without borders: Muraly Srinarayanathas has an inclusive vision for Canada’s newcomers

September 15, 2023 — 
Education without borders: Muraly Srinarayanathas has an inclusive vision for Canada’s newcomers


Members of the UM campus community gather inside a tipi


Connect with UM alums at Indigenous Homecoming

September 11, 2023 — 
Indigenous Homecoming is a time to connect and re-connect with UM Indigenous alumni. This year's Indigenous Alumni Connect event will feature a living library - an opportunity to hear the stories of celebrated UM alums who are making a difference in the community – good food and guided walking tours. 

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