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Collegiate Advisory Committee

The Collegiate Advisory Committee is a direct result of The Collegiate's strong history of alumni leadership and advocacy, which has helped sustain and strengthen the long-lasting impact that only a Collegiate education can have. The idea of a separate and distinct Collegiate Alumni Association was introduced and championed by Bob Stuebing (Class of 1965) and his wife Eileen, with mentorship from Dr. James MacDonald (Class of 1964) and Susan Thompson (Class of 1967). In collaboration with The Collegiate and the University of Winnipeg Foundation, The Collegiate Advisory Committee was established in the fall of 2021 with Bob Stuebing serving as Chair.

The Collegiate Advisory Committee is a dynamic group of engaged and informed Collegiate community members who represent alumni, parents of alumni, future alumni (students), faculty and administration.

The Committee has provided critical advice and support in the development of exciting initiatives that will benefit our Collegiate community now and into the future:

  • A new Collegiate Engagement Strategy that envisions a proud and involved community of alumni and students engaged in the life and success of The Collegiate.
  • The 2022 Collegiate Alumni Survey, which will help us understand the needs and interests of our increasingly diverse alumni.
  • Building the legal structure of a new Collegiate Alumni Association that will allow our alumni to remain connected to one another and The Collegiate.

Thank you to our Committee members for their time, passion and insightful feedback!

 

Meet the Collegiate Advisory Committee

Bob StuebingBob Stuebing
Chair, Alumni (1965) Representative

Bob attended grade 11 at The Collegiate in 1962/63, and after working for a year, returned to the Collegiate, completing his grade 12 in 1965. He then attended United College and graduated with a BA in 1968 as a member of the first graduating class of the University of Winnipeg. While at United College, he met Eileen Roper whom he married in 1970, and they recently celebrated their 52nd anniversary.

Following graduation, Bob worked with the CIBC for four years prior to attending the University of Western Ontario (now the Ivey School of Business) where he graduated on the Dean's Honor List with an MBA in 1974. He then continued his career in banking with the Mercantile Bank of Canada (then controlled by CitiBank, N.A.) for two years after which he brokered large ticket, tax oriented equipment leases for three years. In 1980, he co-founded Dore, Sutherland and Stuebing Inc. with two partners. DSS was the first incarnation of what is today The MCAP Group and MCAN Mortgage Corporation.

The MCAP Group is the largest non-bank mortgage banking company in Canada with over $140 Billion in mortgages under administration. MCAP is owned (approximately) 78% by Caisse de depot, 14% by MCAN and 8% by management. MCAN is a mortgage investment company under section 130 of the Income Tax Act which is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (ticker MKP). Bob retired as the CFO of MCAN in 2006, but remained on the Board until 2013. During his tenure as a Director, Bob Chaired the Investment Committee and was a member of the Audit Committee.

Bob and Eileen believe strongly in the obligation to give back. Bob identifies the Ivey School of Business and The Collegiate as pivotal to the success he has enjoyed, and they are annual benefactors to both schools.

Regarding The Collegiate, Bob says bluntly, "I never would have made it into university but for The Collegiate," and he specifically acknowledges the life changing impact Dean Lorne Tomlinson had on him. This passion for The Collegiate led Bob to be an early proponent for a stand-alone Collegiate Alumni Association. He pitched the idea to Javier Schwersensky when Javier became CEO of the University of Winnipeg Foundation in 2020 and then underwrote the Foundation's financial requirements to move forward. Bob currently Chairs The Collegiate Advisory Committee and looks forward with great anticipation to being a member of The Collegiate Alumni Association when the Association becomes a reality this year.

 

Dr. Kevin ClaceDr. Kevin Clace
Collegiate Dean – Administration Representative

Dr. Kevin Clace joined the University of Winnipeg Collegiate as Dean of Collegiate in July 2018. As an academically-focused high school, The Collegiate provides students with a rich, diverse and challenging learning experience specifically designed to prepare them for University. Prior to joining The Collegiate Dr. Clace served as a principal for 15 years in rural Manitoba. Dr. Clace places emphasis on creating an academically challenging, diverse and respectful learning environment in which students assume responsibility for their learning and cultivate the knowledge and skills they require to be successful in their future education. As a student-centered leader, Dr. Clace is passionate about supporting students as they strive towards achieving their future goals.

Jennifer JanzenJennifer K. L. Janzen B.Ed., M.S.
Faculty Representative

Jennifer Janzen has been teaching for over 30 years, and is a 2015 winner of the "Governor General's Award for the Teaching of History". At present, she is an instructor at the University of Winnipeg, teaching in the Geography department, as well as teaching Geography and History for The Collegiate. Her passion for teaching centers around experiential learning and primary documents, and using film to teach History. When she is not teaching, she enjoys cycling, cross-country skiing, composting and thinking about teaching. Jennifer is interested in working on the Alumni Committee because she loves to know what former students are doing. The answers are always surprising and inspiring.

Stacey KatzStacey Katz
Alumni (2005) and Faculty Representative

Stacey graduated from the University of Winnipeg Collegiate in 2005 during which time Stacey was actively involved in the student council. Upon graduating from The Collegiate, Stacey received a Bachelor of Science and Education, as well as post-baccalaureate in education from the University of Winnipeg. Stacey was thrilled to be able to join the Faculty at The Collegiate and hopes to build a connection between the past, present and future of The Collegiate.

Dr. Aziz MhanniDr. Aziz Mhanni
Parent of Alumni Representative

Dr. Mhanni is a Clinician Scientist in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health & the Department of Biochemistry and Medical genetics, in the Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada. He is a practicing Consultant in Medical Genetics and in Metabolic Disorders. Dr. Mhanni in the academic setting, is passionate about, and actively engages in teaching at the Graduate and Postgraduate level.

Farah PerelmuterFarah (Vinsky) Perelmuter
Alumni (1987) Representative
CEO & Co-Founder, Speakers Spotlight & The Spotlight Agency

Farah Perelmuter was born an entrepreneur. She started her first business when she was nine years old performing at birthday parties. Her second big entrepreneurial success happened when she was 16. She had a flop in her early twenties, but it was followed by her best idea yet…Speakers Spotlight.

In 1995, Farah and Martin Perelmuter got married, moved into an apartment, quit their jobs and started Speakers Spotlight. The young couple had no experience, no clients, no staff, no money and shared a phone. They scoured the local phonebook looking for opportunities. They eventually had enough funds to purchase a computer and business cards. Their adventure began.

Speakers Spotlight represents, and books, the most fascinating personalities to speak at events around the world. They represent anyone from bestselling authors, Olympians, acclaimed business leaders, and well-known comedians, to celebrities and astronauts. To date, they have booked nearly 35,000 keynotes in more than 35 countries. The Spotlight Agency connects brands with high-profile personalities to collaborate on various types of projects. Talent includes; celebrity chefs, television personalities, athletes and more.

Speakers' Spotlight was selected by Profit Magazine as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in Canada, and Farah and Martin have been named finalists for the Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of The Year Award" twice.

Farah has been recognized in the events industry numerous times. Profit Magazine ranked her as one of Canada's "Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs" for seven consecutive years, and she was selected as one of "Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100" through the Women's Executive Network. The Women's Post named her one of Canada's "Top 20 Women of the Year."

Farah has been featured numerous times in media and has twice been featured on the covers of national magazines. Her opinions have been quoted in various business books, including in the first Canadian edition of Contemporary Business Communication, a college and university textbook. She currently serves on the Western University Alumni Board and has served on the board of Young Presidents Organization (YPO, local Toronto Chapter) and the University of Winnipeg Collegiate Advisory Committee. She will transition to the role of Strategic Advisor to the Collegiate Alumni Association in Fall 2022.

Although Farah moved away from Winnipeg many years ago, she still feels the pull from "home". She agreed to join this committee as she is grateful for her time at The Collegiate and hopes Alumni have the opportunity to connect with, learn from, and be inspired by one another.

Learn more about Farah by visitng Speakers Spotlight.

Fatima SherefaFatima Sherefa
Future Alumni (2023) Representative

Fatima Sherefa is a Grade 11 student at the University of Winnipeg Collegiate. She is co-chair of the Youth in Philanthropy club, member of the BIPOC club, and previously played on the girl's volleyball varsity team. As a member of The Collegiate Alumni Advisory Committee, she is excited to help create an alumni association that will facilitate a positive, long standing relationship between The Collegiate and its graduates. Outside of school, she enjoys working at her local museum, writing, and playing video games. Fatima chose to join the Advisory Committee because she wanted to help foster student-alumni relations and help to create a network that both mentors and gives back.

Mackenzie Anderson
Alumni (2018) Representative

Devyansh Sharma
Alumni (2020) Representative