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The MDP Advisory Circle

Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) in Indigenous Development


The Advisory Circle is a body comprised of individuals, both internal and external to the University, with a shared interest and expertise in Indigenous Development. The Circle provides an institutional mechanism to facilitate the contribution of Indigenous perspectives and development practitioner insights to the MDP program.  Members have expertise and professional experience in a range of relevant areas, including, but not limited to, health, education, economic development, governance, human rights, and the environment.

Advisory Circle members serve as informed advocates in local, national and international communities for the advancement of the Master's in Development Practice at The University of Winnipeg.


Dr. Margaret Noodin, Assistant Professor, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dr. Wendy Makoons Geniusz

Brent Ballingall, Aboriginal Affairs Manager, CN

Dr. Jaime Cidro, Department of Anthropology, The University of Winnipeg

Wayne Dunn, Wayne Dunn & Associates

Chief Glenn Hudson, Peguis First Nation

Leah LaPlante, Economic Development Associate Minister, Manitoba Metis Federation

Dr. Mary Jane McCallum, Department of History, The University of Winnipeg

Dr. Paul De Pasquale, Department of English, The University of Winnipeg

Dr. Julie Pelletier, Chair, Department of Indigenous Studies

Claire Reid, MDP Director

Diane Roussin, Project Director, The Winnipeg Boldness Project

Dr. Leslie Spillett, Executive Director, Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc.

Dr. Octaviana Trujillo, Professor of Applied Indigenous Studies at Northern Arizona University

Commissioner James Wilson, Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba

John Fox, Male Representative, Aboriginal Student Council, The University of Winnipeg

Raven Hart-Bellecourt, Female Representative, Aboriginal Student Council, The University of Winnipeg

Leah McDonnell, MDP Student Associate, The University of Winnipeg

Dev Kashyap, MDP Student Association, The University of Winnipeg