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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} Jane Barter

Dr. Jane Barter is a Professor in the Department of Religion and Culture at The University of Winnipeg. She graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, obtained her Masters of Theological Studies from the Atlantic School of Theology and obtained her PhD in Theology from The University of St. Michael’s College. Dr. Barter previously sat on the University’s Budget Committee from 2012 to 2013. She volunteers during Winnipeg Folk Fest, is an Executive Member of Diocese of Rupert’s Land, and is a member of the Central Council for the Centre for Christian Studies. She was elected to The University of Winnipeg Board of Regents in 2019 and sits on the Board’s Governance and Community Relations Committee.  Dr. Barter is also a member of 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} Madison Carver

Madison Carver is a current student at The University of Winnipeg. She is working towards a four year Science Degree in Biochemistry. She has volunteered over 200 hours at the Health Sciences Centre supporting paediatric patients and their families. Ms. Carver is a 2019 recipient of the Undergraduate Student Research Award through NSERC. She was appointed to The University of Winnipeg Board of Regents in 2019 and sits on The University of Winnipeg Senate as a Regent representative.


${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} Ruth Dickinson

Ruth Dickinson has worked as a Business Administrator for 31 years with the last 15 years at Reflections Dental Health Centre and Campus Dental Centre.  She is an alumni of The University of Winnipeg, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Honours (Classics) in 2018 and Bachelor of Arts (Geography) in 2015. (Twice earning the Chancellor’s Gold Medal for the highest standing). From 2010 to 2020 she has been a tutor, lab demonstrator, marker, invigilator and teaching assistant. She also attended Niagara College where she obtained her Dental Assisting Diploma in 1989.   Ms Dickinson is the co-founder/organizer of the New Directions in Classics public lecture series out of the UWinnipeg Classics Department, which is entering its 4th season.  She also sits on The University of Winnipeg Alumni Association/Council as the new Past-President, as well as The University of Winnipeg Golden Key Chapter Executive Committee as the current Past-President. Ruth was awarded the UWinnipeg Dr. and Mrs. Roderick Hunter Scholarship for her volunteer work. Ruth was appointed to The University of Winnipeg Board of Regents in 2020, and sits on the Board’s Governance and Community Relations Committee.


${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} Romona Goomansingh

Romona Goomansingh is an alumni and third generation graduate of The University of Winnipeg. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (4 year) in Sociology, being given a Student of Distinction designation. Dr. Goomansingh also attended the University of Manitoba where she obtained her Masters of Education, and received her Doctor of Philosophy in Education from the University of Toronto. She is an educator at McNally Robinson Booksellers of Winnipeg as well as an instructor for the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Education. She is a freelance writer and features South Asian arts and culture as well as local businesses in Winnipeg; her writing appears regularly in the Winnipeg Free Press. Dr. Goomansingh has been engaged with various volunteer and community organizations for years and has been involved with promoting arts and culture through the India Pavilion for Folklorama. From 2015 to 2019 she was appointed to the Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council by the Province of Manitoba, Status of Women Division. Dr. Goomansingh currently serves as the Representative for the University of Toronto Alumni Group (Winnipeg Chapter). She was appointed to The University of Winnipeg Board of Regents in 2019 and currently sits on the Board’s Nominating 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} Holly Hunter

Holly Hunter is a current student at The University of Winnipeg, enrolled in the Master of Public Administration Program.  Holly obtained her Bachelor of Arts in 2012, Bachelor of Education in 2014 and Master of Education in 2019, all at the University of Manitoba.  She is in her seventh year working as a classroom teacher in the Seven Oaks School Division, where she strives to ensure her students have the knowledge and skills necessary to be critical observers of the world and therefore work towards positive social tranformation.  In addition, in 2018, she was elected to be a school trustee in the St. James-Assiniboia School Division, where she worked collaboratively with her fellow trustees to determine the overall strategic direction for the division while ensuring prudent use of its finite resources.  Holly has previously volunteered at the Grace Hospital (2005 to 2009), Manitoba Schools Sciene Symposium (2009 to 2016), Girl Guides of Canada (2010 to 2017), as well she served on The Manitoban’s Board for one term (2016 to 2018).  She is passionate about furthering authentic and meaningful reconciliation initiatives and practices.  Holly was elected to The University of Winnipeg Board of Regents in 2020.


${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 president of the Icelandic National League of North America and a board member for the St. James Scholarship Foundation. This past year Stefan was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon for his service to journalism, religion, and the Icelandic Canadian community. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents and Chair of its Governance and Community Relations Committee.


${name} Richard Jones

Richard Jones is Vice-President, Information Services Infrastructure and Governance at Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Corporation.  His portfolio covers Corporate Technology, Service Management, Architecture and IS Risk.  Mr. Jones sits on the Board for the Manitoba Childrens Museum and has previously volunteered his time working with United Way of Winnipeg.  He was appointed to The University of Winnipeg Board of Regents in 2020, and sits on the Board’s Audit & Risk Committee.  He looks forward to contributing his technical expertise.


${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 joined the Board of Regents in 2016 and has been Chair since 2019.  He has held increasing level of responsibility including Vice Chair of the Finance and Audit and Risk Committees, Vice Chair of the Board, and chaired the University’s Chancellor Search Committee, a joint Committee of the Board and Senate, which recommended the appointment of the University’s current Chancellor, Barb Gamey.  He also currently Chair's the Advisory Committee on Presidential Search, responsible for recommending the next President of the University to the Board.

Rohith is a claims executive at The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, where he is responsible for overseeing legal, casualty, and special investigations strategy.  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.  Rohith is also currently a director of The University of Winnipeg Foundation, which is responsible for managing the University’s endowment fund.


${name} Kathleen McCandless

Kathleen McCandless is a Partner with Pitblado Law, working in the field of civil litigation.  She is an alumni of The University of Winnipeg where she obtained her Bachelors of Arts in 1999, with a major in Psychology.  She also attended the University of Manitoba where she obtained her Bachelor of Laws in 2006.  Ms McCandless was the recipient of the University Gold Medal for the highest standing in the Bachelor of Laws program.  She was a Council Member of the Manitoba Bar Association from 2011 to 2017.  She is also a member of the board of The Laurel Centre Inc., where she has served as Chair, as well as Counsel on the Executive Committee.  Ms McCandless was appointed to The University of Winnipeg Board of Regents in 2020, and sits on the Board’s Finance Committee.  She looks forward to giving back to the University.


${name} Greg Messer

Greg Messer is an alumni of The University of Winnipeg, where he obtained a double major in Administrative Studies and History in 1985.  He also attended the University of Manitoba where he completed the Public Sector Management Program in 1993 and the Human Resources Program in 1996.  Mr. Messer worked for the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba for 30 years.  In his last 18 years, he spent his career overseeing the case management division, both at a manager and director level.  In an operational management role, he was required to perform key functions related to human resources, budgeting, performance management, customer service to stakeholders, along with decision making based on The Workers Compensation Act and Regulations.  He recently served on the Kirkfield Westwood Community Club Board, as both a sports director and on the executive team as the Vice-President of Facilities.  Mr. Messer was appointed to The University of Winnipeg Board of Regents in 2020. 


${name} Bruce Miller

Bruce W.J. Miller is the Senior Development Manager, Indigenous Programs for Right To Play’s Canadian National Office in Toronto.  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.  Mr. Miller has been a member of the Board of Regents since 2017 and is the Vice-Chair of the Governance & Community Relations Committee.  He also sits on the Advisory Committee on Presidential Search.


${name} Grace O'Farrell

Grace O’Farrell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Business and Administration at The University of Winnipeg.  She is an alumni of the University, where she obtained her BA in Administrative Studies and Economics.  She also graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Masters of Business Administration, and is also a Chartered Professional Accountant.  She was awarded the Faculty of Business and Economics Chartered Accountants of Manitoba Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012.  Ms O’Farrell is actively engaged in service within the University including chairing a multitude of committees and being involved in various on-campus charity campaigns.  She was elected to The University of Winnipeg Board of Regents in 2020 and sits on the Board’s Finance Committee.


${name} Michelle Pereira

Michelle Pereira was appointed to the Board in 2019. She is the Vice-President of Marketing, Communications and Philanthropy at Habitat for Humanity Manitoba. She was previously the Publisher of Canstar Community News where she successfully rebranded six community papers. Ms. Pereira sits as a Director on the Board for Camp Arnes and the St. Vital Mustangs Football Club. She completed the Leadership Winnipeg course through the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and has continued her leadership development by completing a Project Management course in 2017. Ms. Pereira looks forward to making a positive impact on the Board of Regents and she currently sits on the Board’s Governance and Community Relations Committee.


${name} Shanna Sterling

Shanna Sterling was appointed to The University of Winnipeg Board of Regents in 2016. 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.  She currently sits on the Board’s Finance Committee as Vice-Chair and the Audit and Risk Committee as Chair.


${name} Anna Stokke

Dr. Anna Stokke is a 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 the non-profit organization Archimedes Math Schools, as Co-founder and President; 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, the Executive Committee and the Nominating Committee.


${name} Cory Sul

Cory Sul is a dentist and the owner of Rivertrail Dental Centre and Funzone. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Doctor of Medical Dentistry and was inducted for Fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the International College of Dentists. Dr. Sul was the President of the Dental Regulatory Authority in Manitoba from 2018 to 2019. He was the Treasurer for the Manitoba Dental Foundation from 2015 to 2018, and was a founding board member at the University of Manitoba for the Dental Alumni Association from 2008 to 2012. He was appointed to The University of Winnipeg Board of Regents in 2019 and currently sits on the Board’s Governance and Community Relations 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} Sandy Tolman

Sandy Tolman is an Administrative Assistant in the Department of History at The University of Winnipeg. For the past 22 years she has provided office services to 24 Faculty and CAS staff by implementing administrative systems and procedures. Ms. Tolman previously sat on the Board of Directors for Dalhousie Daycare as President for four years. She obtained a diploma in Public Relations from the University of Winnipeg’s Professional, Applied, and Continuing Education (PACE) program. Ms. Tolman was appointed to The University of Winnipeg Board of Regents in 2019 and sits on the Board’s Finance Committee.


${name} Jennifer Trotman

Jennifer Trotman has been the Director of Campus Living at The University of Winnipeg since 2014.  She is responsible for all aspects of University residences including budgets, human resources, programming and services for students.  In addition, Jennifer has participated on the New Student Orientation Committee, the Health and Wellness working group, the Transportation sub-committee, the Intercultural Competency working group, the Student Affairs Communication Committee, Bison Pride working group, Alcohol Awareness Committee and is a member of the Sexual Violence Response Team.  She also sits on the Campus Assessment and Support Team where she assists students at risk or in crisis on campus.  Jennifer attended Trent University where she majored in English and Sociology, and obtained her Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at Athabasca University.  In her spare time, Jennifer volunteers at Siloam Mission and Free the Children and has been involved with the Ethnic Diversity Task Force for three years.  Prior to her leadership role at The University of Winnipeg, Jennifer was a Residence Life Coordinator at the University of Manitoba and maintains strong connections with residence systems across the country.  She was elected to The University of Winnipeg Board of Regents in 2020 and sits on the Board’s Governance and Community Relations Committee.


${name} Dorothy Young

Dr. Dorothy Young was appointed to The University of Winnipeg Board of Regents in 2019. She is an alumni of The University of Winnipeg where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in 1975. She also attended the University of Manitoba where she obtained her Bachelor of Education Degree in 1978, her Masters in Educational Administration in 1992, as well as her PhD in Educational Administration in 2011. From 1967 to 2006 she worked as a teacher, administrator and assistant superintendent in the St. James-Assiniboia School Division. Dr. Young has an extensive volunteer background which includes the Canadian Education Association Board of Directors, volunteering at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, as well as being a guest lecturer in the Faculty of Education at St. Boniface University (2012 to present) and Red River College (2001 to 2016). She has been the Scholarship Committee Chair of the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority (Education) Beta Chapter since 2011 and is a Life Member in both The Manitoba Teacher’s Society and the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents. She has received the Dr. J. M. Brown Award for outstanding contribution to teacher education in Manitoba from the Faculty of Education of the University of Manitoba in 2004 and the Paul Harris Fellow Award for vocational excellence from the Winnipeg-Assiniboine Rotary Club in 2005. She currently sits on the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee.