Notable Alumni


Many of our alumni have achieved great success in their careers and the community.  Some are even household names! Here's a sampling:

By field:

Arts and media

Business and industry

Public service



Arts and media

  • Leonard Asper, former CEO of Canwest Global Communications Corp, media entrepreneur, philanthropist

  • David Bergen, Giller-Prize winning author

  • Trevor Boris, MuchMusic comedian

  • Stephen Borys, Director and CEO of the Winnipeg Art Gallery

  • Lorraine Brandson, curator of Churchill's world-renowned Eskimo Museum

  • Richard Condie, Filmmaker, Writer, Musician

  • Eleanor Coopsammy, CTV Winnipeg Morning Show host

  • Hilary Druxman, jewelry designer

  • Danishka Esterhazy, filmmaker

  • Vince Fontaine, Musician

  • Noam Gonick, filmmaker  

  • Margo Goodhand, former editor, Winnipeg Free Press

  • Peter Herrndorf, President and CEO of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa

  • Linda Holeman, world-famous author

  • Tina Keeper, Former MP for Churchill, actress

  • Ash Koley, pop singer

  • Chantal Kreviazuk, singer and songwriter

  • Devin Latimer, musician and song writer, UWinnipeg chemistry instructor, former member of Grammy award winning band, Nathan and current member of Leaf Rapids

  • Guy Maddin, filmmaker

  • Shannon Martin, Global News anchor

  • Cheryl McKenzie, Gemini award-nominated journalist, host and producer of APTN National News

  • Keith McPherson, musician and songwriter, currently one half of country pop duo, Keith and Renee.

  • Craig Oliver, veteran journalist, Chief Political Correspondent for CTV News

  • Gilles Paquin, CEO/Owner Paquin Entertainment Group

  • John Paskievich, director and photographer

  • Fred Penner, entertainer

  • Lindor Reynolds, journalist, human rights advocate

  • Bill Richardson, CBC radio personality and award-winning author 

  • Brad Roberts, Lead Singer, Crash Test Dummies

  • Shaneen Robinson, journalist, broadcaster, writer, community leader

  • Paul Samyn, Editor, Winnipeg Free Press

  • Khal Sharif, video game maker, virtual world designer, web developer

  • Margaret Sweatman, acclaimed author and English faculty member

  • Beth Torbert, Musician/Singer (Bif Naked)

  • Larry Updike, CBC Radio Host

  • Bill Valgardson, award-winning author

  • Armin Wiebe, local writer, award winning author

Return to top

Business and industry

  • Ida Albo, entrepreneur, philanthropist, community leader

  • Diane Gray, founding President and CEO of CentrePort Canada

  • David R. Henderson, Economics professor, blogger and author

  • Jamie Jurczak, lawyer, Vice-Chair Chamber of Commerce, entrepreneur

  • John Langstaff, Former Chief Executive Officer and President, Cangene Corp.

  • Raymond McFeetors, former CEO of Great-West Lifeco. Inc.

  • Susan Misner, Golden Girl Finance co-founder, entrepreneur, advisor

  • Prashant Modha, Owner and Chief Finance Officer, Mondetta Clothing

  • Michael Phelps, former president and CEO of Westcoast Energy Inc.

  • Donald John Roberts, Professor of Economics, Strategic Management, and International Business in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, award-winning author

  • Ed Romanowski, President & Founder, Bellstar Hotels & Resorts

  • Greg Tretiak, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, Power Corporation of Canada and Power Financial Corporation

  • Omar Zakhilwal, Minister of Finance, Afghanistan

Return to top

Public service

  • Lloyd Axworthy, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, former President of The University of Winnipeg

  • Darlyne Bautista, Philippine education leader, cultural curator/ambassador, School Trustee

  • Donavan Fontaine, Chief, Sagkeeng First Nation

  • Honourable Kevin Chief, Minister of Children and Youth Opportunities

  • Sharon Conway, General Manager, Louis Riel Institute

  • Amanda Furst, GO! Founder, Manitoba Red Cross Young Humanitarian & YWCA Young Woman of Distinction

  • Wab Kinew, MLA for Fort Rouge, award winning journalist and hip-hop artist

  • Troy Lulashnyk, Canada's Ambassador to the Ukraine

  • Tim Martin, Canada's Ambassador to the Republic of Columbia

  • Donna Miller, Manitoba's current Clerk of the Executive Council, the province's highest ranking civil servant

  • William (Bill) Norrie, former Mayor of Winnipeg and Rhodes Scholar

  • Howard Pawley, Former Premier of Manitoba

  • Devi Sharma, Winnipeg City Councillor

  • Annette Trimbee, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg

  • Susan Thompson, former Mayor of Winnipeg, former Consul General to the US in Minneapolis, and former CEO of the University of Winnipeg Foundation

  • The Honourable Vic Toews, Former Minister of Public Safety

  • James Wilson, Treaty Commissioner for the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba

Return to top


  • Alannah Hallas (BSc [Hons], 11) is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Smalley-Curl fellowship at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
  • Reese Halter, Conservation Biologist, science communicator, author

  • Leo Wang-Kit Cheung, Bioinformatics Program Leader, Loyola University Medical Center

Return to top


  • Erfan Nasajpour, professional basketball player in the Iranian Basketball Super League and volunteer coach for UWinnipeg's Summer in the City basketball program

  • Ken Opalko, former Wesmen men's basketball star and inductee into both the Manitoba Sports and Basketball Halls of Fame
Also, see a list of Distinguished Alumni Award recipients and find out how to nominate someone for the award here. Do you know someone whose name should be on this page? Please e-mail with your suggestions.

Return to top