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${name} Athar Ata

Athar Ata is a Chemistry Professor and the Chair of the Department of Chemistry at The University of Winnipeg. Dr. Ata graduated from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad with a Master of Science degree in 1989 and the University of Karachi with a PhD in Chemistry in 1995. He was honoured with receiving the Clifford J. Robson Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching. He enjoys contributing to scientific literature and is a fundraising advocate for the Canadian Diabetes Association. He was elected to the Board in 2019 and sits on The University of Winnipeg Senate.


${name} Rachel Beazley

Rachel Beazley was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2017. She is currently in her third year of studies at The University of Winnipeg in the Faculty of Education Integrated Program. She is the recipient of the 2018 Terry Fox Humanitarian Award and is an advocate for mental health awareness, participating in public health campaigns and online education. Ms. Beazley has been the Co-Lead of UWinnipeg Health and Wellness Peer Educators and UWinnipeg jack.org chapter since 2018 and has been a member since 2016. She currently sits on the Board’s Governance and Community Relations Committee, and is also a Board of Regents representative on The University of Winnipeg Senate.


${name} Bern Bileski

Bern Bileski graduated from The University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He obtained his Master of Arts Degree in Special Education from San Francisco State University. Mr. Bileski was a former employee of the Government of Canada. He managed community based processes for the distribution of funds provided through the Urban Aboriginal Strategy and the Housing and Homelessness Initiatives. He was the former Director of Community and Agency Services for the United Way of Winnipeg where he was responsible for the allocation and oversight of funds. He has served as a Board Member of the Association of Community Living and as Chair of the Board of St. Benedicts Monastery. He was elected to the Board of Regents in 2014. Mr. Bileski is a member of the Finance Committee, and also sits on The University of Winnipeg Senate as a Board representative.


${name} Malcolm Bird

Dr. Malcolm Bird was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2017. He has been an Associate Professor of Political Science with The University of Winnipeg since 2011. He is a graduate of The University of British Columbia (Bachelor of Arts Degree in History), York University (Master of Arts Degree in History) and Carleton University, where he obtained his PhD in Public Policy and Administration. Dr. Bird is an advocate for efficient and effective public post-secondary institutions and is honored to be able to serve The University of Winnipeg community. He currently sits on the Board of Regents Finance Committee.


${name} James Currie

Dr. James Currie has been a Professor with The University of Winnipeg for the past 30 years, and is the University’s Vice-President (Academic) and Provost. Dr. Currie received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science at Carleton University and a Ph. D. from the University of Calgary. Dr. Currie currently serves on as Treasurer at Judo Manitoba. Dr. Currie is an ex officio member of the Board of Regents.


${name} Blair Evans

Blair Evans was elected to the Board of Regents in 2015. He is the Chair of the Finance Committee.


${name} Marlene Gallagher

Marlene Gallagher was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2017. She is an alumni of The University of Winnipeg where she completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and History as well as her Aboriginal Educational Assistant Certificate. She also attended the University of Manitoba where she completed her Master’s Degree in Education. Ms. Gallagher is a member of the Sagkeeng First Nation. She speaks Anishinaabemowin and takes part in various cultural practices and ceremonies. She has held many positions over the years including being employed with the Government of Manitoba in the Finance and Education Department, Canada Mortgage and Housing, Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, Portage and Main Press and the Peguis Education School Board. Ms. Gallagher has spent her time volunteering as a board member of the St. Norbert Behavioral Health Foundation, the National Aboriginal Advisory Group, the Springfield Agricultural Society, the Manitoba Association for Right and Liberties as well as the Human Rights Task Force for Global College and The University of Winnipeg. She is the recipient of the Cultural & Education Award, Connor, Clark & Lunn Book Prize Award and the Aboriginal Circle of Educators – Leadership in Sustaining Our Ways Award. Ms. Gallagher currently sits on the Board of Regents Audit and Risk Committee, and has been a member of the Board’s Nominating Committee in the past.


${name} Adam Gerhard

Adam Gerhard is Director of Planning and Governance in the Information Services and Technology Department at the University of Manitoba. His responsibilities include Strategic Planning, Finance and Administration, University IT Governance, Project Management and IT Architecture. Previously he worked at RANA Respiratory Care Group as the Vice-President Corporate Services, and at IBM as an IT Consultant. He holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Manitoba. Mr. Gerhard volunteers with a number of organizations including The United Church of Canada in various roles, Alter Ego Kids of Mud Bike Club as Bike Coach, Wildwood Jackrabbits as a Cross Country Ski Coach, and Scouts Canada as a Scouter. He was elected to the Board in 2015 and serves as Chair of the Governance and Community Relations Committee.


${name} Robert Grant

Robert Grant was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2017.  He graduated from Bemidji State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with Majors in Physical Education and History and a Minor in Social Studies.  He also graduated from North Dakota State University with a Masters in Physical Education.  He has his Education Certificate Level 5 and his Principal Certifications Class 1 and 2.  From 1970 to 2002 he worked as a teacher in the Agassiz School Division as well as Department Head in Physical Education and History at Edward Schreyer School. His last six years were spent as Assistant Principal at Edward Schreyer.  He was on the Department of Education curriculum development team for 4 years, concentrating on the History and Social Studies curriculum for Early and Senior Years. He has been highly involved in multiple community activities and clubs, spending his hours volunteering.  He was National Vice President of the Canadian Junior Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Beausejour Jaycees, and a member of the Brokenhead Community Foundation.  Mr. Grant currently sits on the Board's Audit and Risk Committee


${name} Stefan Jonasson

Stefan Jonasson in the Editor of Lögberg-Heimskringla, a newspaper serving the Icelandic community in North America. Stefan is an alumni of The University of Winnipeg where he graduated from the Collegiate and completed his Bachelor of Arts, receiving the University Gold Medal in Religion. He also earned a Masters of Divinity, receiving the Governor General’s Gold Medal. He was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2015 where he continues to envelop in the rich discussions, overall governance, principles and inspiring overviews of the University as a whole. Stefan is also an ordained Unitarian Minister and held various positions over the years such as Director of Growth Strategies and Large Congregation Development, Unitarian Universalist Association (Boston); Director for Large Congregations, Unitarian Universalist Association; and District Executive for Western Canada, Unitarian Universalist Association. He is an avid volunteer and is currently a board member for the Icelandic National League of North America and the St. James Scholarship Foundation. This past year Stefan received the Joan Eyolfson Cadham Award for promotion of Icelandic culture and heritage through literature, arts and media.  He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents Governance and Community Relations Committee.


${name} Greg Leipsic

Greg Leipsic is a graduate of the University of Manitoba where he majored in Political Studies. He was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2018. Mr. Leipsic is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Junior Achievement of Manitoba, which is dedicated to teaching children about financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. He has been heavily involved in the sports community volunteering his time to the Fort Garry North Hockey Association and Fort Garry Lions Football Club from 2000 to 2012 and is now a member of the 2018 Manitoba 150 Celebration Sub Committee.  Mr. Leipsic currently sits on the Board of Regents Nominating Committee.


${name} Rohith Mascarenhas

Rohith Mascarenhas is a Legal Strategy Manager with Wawanesa Insurance. He is an alumni of the University of Winnipeg and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2011. He also obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 2011 from the University of Manitoba. He was formerly a Director of the St. Paul’s High School Alumni Association and has previously volunteered with a number of organizations including St. Amant, the Manitoba Moose Yearling Foundation, the Winnipeg Cheer Board, Rossbrook House and The United Way throughout the years. Mr. Mascarenhas currently sits on the Finance and Audit and Risk Committees, and is Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents.


${name} Wendy McNab

Wendy McNab was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2018. She is from the George Gordon, Cowessess and Peepeekisis First Nations. For over 10 years Ms. McNab has worked collaboratively to create spaces for learning and sharing stories about Indian Residential Schools in Canada, including community forums, panel discussions, conference presentations and digital storytelling projects featuring survivors and their families. She has six years of experience working closely with post-secondary students, faculty and staff, and First Nations communities. She is an alumni of the University of Winnipeg, completing a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Bachelor of Arts in Conflict Resolution Studies. She has worked in the research department in the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba and currently she is a coordinator for the Partners for Engagement and Knowledge Exchange (“PEKE”) where she is responsible for connecting and facilitating relationships and ongoing collaborations with all PEKE stakeholders including First Nations communities and their service providers. Ms. McNab currently sits on the Board of Regents Governance and Community Relations Committee.


${name} Bruce Miller

Bruce W.J. Miller is a consultant and former Senior Development Officer at Indspire, a national Indigenous-led charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long term benefit of these individuals, their families, communities and Canada. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with his Bachelor or Recreation Studies in 1999. Mr. Miller is the founding member and current lifetime appointed ambassador of the Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. He was a board member and Chair of the Legacy Committee for the 2017 Canada Summer Games and also sits on the Brand Advisory Council at the University of Manitoba. Mr. Miller has been a member of the Board of Regents since 2017, and sits on the Governance & Community Relations and Nominating Committees.


${name} Albina Moran

Albina Moran is a commercial lawyer at the law firm of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP (TDS) with over 30 years of experience. She specializes in commercial financing, purchase and sale of commercial real estate, mortgage sale and foreclosure proceeds and conservation easements for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. She is a member and the past Chair of The University of Winnipeg Board of Regents from which she obtained her Bachelor of Arts. She is currently a director and Member at Large on the Board of Riverview Health Centre and a past Chair of Ronald McDonald House and the YM-YWCA of Winnipeg. She was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2011 and currently sits on the Board Officers Committee.


${name} Bob Silver

Bob Silver obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with honours from the University of Manitoba, majoring in Mathematics and Statistics. For more than 35 years, Bob has made a significant contribution to the business and community sectors at the local, national and international levels. He is the President and Co-Owner of Western Glove Works Ltd. and Co-Owner of Urban Barn, Auld Phillips, and Comark retail chains. Additionally, he is Co-Owner of the Brandon Sun, the Winnipeg Free Press, the CanStar Weekly, and Derksen Printers in Steinbach. In the business community, he has been involved on a number of boards including CentrePort Canada, the Business Council of Manitoba, the First Peoples Economic Growth Fund, the Winnipeg Convention Centre, and was Co-Chair of the Premier’s Economic Advisory Council. In the community-at-large, he gives his time to a multitude of causes such as the Winnipeg Library Foundation, where he helped spearhead the campaign to build the new Millennium Library, and the Grow Winnipeg initiative of the Jewish Federation. He is also a past chair of Destination Winnipeg (now Economic Development Winnipeg) and the United Way of Winnipeg. He has received many honours including the Order of Manitoba in 2012 and The University of Manitoba’s Alumni of the Year award. Mr. Silver serves as the Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg and is an Ex-Officio member of the Board of Regents, Finance, Governance and Community Relations, Nominating and Executive Committees.


${name} Kylie Stasila Therrien

Kylie Stasila Therrien is the Convocation and Academic Programs Officer at The University of Winnipeg. She graduated from the Brandon University with her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and obtained her Master of Arts in History from York University. Ms. Stasila Therrien has spent many years volunteering for various organizations, including but not limited to, the Brandon University Student Union as Women’s Commissioner and as President for Women’s Collective back in 2009. Ms. Therrien is the President and Founder of Brandon’s University History Club. She was appointed to the Board in 2016. She currently sits on the Board of Regents Governance and Community Relations Committee.


${name} Shanna Sterling

Shanna Sterling was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2016, and sits on the Finance and Audit & Risk Committees. Ms. Sterling received a Business Administration Diploma from Assiniboine Community College and obtained her designation as a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified General Accountant (CPA, CGA). She previously worked for the Federated Insurance Company of Canada as the Director of Finance where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Accounting and Payroll Department and the management of financial reporting and compliance. She has volunteered for the past 15 years as an annual SuperWalk participant for Parkinson Canada. For the past four years Ms. Sterling has worked for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority as a Business Analyst for Nutrition and Food Services and Regional Laundry Services. She is responsible for inter-facility invoicing of goods and services, statistical reporting, capital project accounting, and financial accounting and reporting.


${name} Anna Stokke

Dr. Anna Stokke is a Mathematics Professor and Chair in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Winnipeg. Dr. Stokke graduated from the University of Alberta with a Doctorate degree in Mathematics, The University of Manitoba with a Master of Science degree in Mathematics and Brandon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. In 2015 she was honoured with the Clarence Atchison Award for Excellence in Community Service from The University of Winnipeg, as well with the YWCA/YMCA Women of Distinction Award for Community Activism and Social Enterprise. She also received the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Science (PIMS) Education Prize in 2017. Dr. Stokke was previously a Member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Mathematical Society from 2013 to 2015. She is currently involved with multiple organizations, including Archimedes Math Schools, a non-profit organization as Co-founder, President and Program Director; as well as the WISE Math Advocacy Group as Co-Founder. She was elected to the Board in 2018. Dr. Stokke sits on the Board of Regents Finance Committee.


${name} Hamath Sy

Hamath Sy is a Senior Manager with the Canadian National Railway Company. In his current role he is responsible for Pulse and Specialty Crop Logistics. Mr. Sy is recognized as a community leader, financial educator and mentor. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Master of Science Agricultural Economics Degree and from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science Agricultural Economics Degree. He has been involved with the African Communities of Manitoba Inc. (ACOMI) for 16 years and has also been a Board Member of the Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at the University of Manitoba for two years. Mr. Sy was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2017 and sits on the Audit and Risk Committee.


${name} Lauren Tolton

Lauren Tolton has been a member of the Board of Regents since 2015 and is currently the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Ms. Tolton’s area of expertise is accounting and assurance services, and she primarily works with public sector and not-for-profit organizations in several areas, particularly education and local government. Her work in the public sector includes providing tax and accounting advice to companies from manufacturing and construction, to agriculture and retail. She also has experience in conducting federal and provincial government recipient-contribution agreement audits. Ms. Tolton completed her Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in 1999 and became a Chartered Professional Accountant/Chartered Accountant in 2002. She has worked at BDO Canada LLP for 19 years and was admitted to the partnership in 2013.


${name} Annette Trimbee

Dr. Annette Trimbee became President and Vice-Chancellor at The University of Winnipeg on August 1, 2014 and was recently renewed for a second term until 2024. In her role as President she is an Ex Officio member of the Board of Regents and all of the subcommittees. Previous to her role at UWinnipeg, Dr. Trimbee’s legacy of leadership was established during her tenure as a Deputy Minister of several departments in the Alberta government, including Finance and Treasury Board and Advanced Education and Technology.  Key accomplishments include the development of Alberta Budgets 2012 and 2013, redesign of Alberta’s innovation system and creation of the Alberta Innovates Corporation, creation of Campus Alberta, design of Alberta’s Health Policy Framework and development of an Integrated Resource Management Policy Framework. Dr. Trimbee also serves on the boards of Universities Canada and USports, which oversees sports at 56 Canadian universities. She holds a BSc from the University of Winnipeg, an MSc from the University of Manitoba and a PhD from McMaster University in Ecology. She was also a Post-Doc Fellow in aquatic ecology at the University of Alberta.