Asset and Campus Enhancement (ACE) plan

Thank you to all who participated in our ASSET AND CAMPUS ENHANCEMENT (ACE) plan consultations.

A report has been developed and can be viewed/downloaded below:

Consultations were held:

Completed:  March 6 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm;
Completed: March 14 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm;
Completed: March 23 from 8:30 to 10 am;
Completed: March 30 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm;
Completed: April 4 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm;
Completed: April 13 from 8:30 to 10 am.


In 2015, Dr. Annette Trimbee unveiled five Strategic Directions for UWinnipeg, based on extensive consultations with the UWinnipeg community and other stakeholders. Since then much work has been done to develop an Integrated Academic and Research Plan, a Strategic Enrolment Framework, a plan for Indigenization, and a Financial Resources plan within the context of our three-year budget.  Now we are embarking on a consultation exercise to determine what asset and campus enhancements are required to support faculty, staff and students in fully achieving our Strategic Directions.

Originally chaired by Bill Balan and now Jino Distasio, an ACE Planning Committee has been established to seek input and coordinate feedback from the UWinnipeg community to determine what we need now and over the next several years. The ACE members are: Neil Besner, Jino Distasio, Serena Keshavjee, Craig Willis, Gina Sylvestre, Julie Nagam. Advisors: Mike Emslie, Brian Daly. Communications support: Diane Poulin.

The ACE Planning Committee seeks your input on a number of fronts including:

Activities: including knowledge mobilization, research, Indigenization, research chairs, and other activities.

Programs: including scholarships, bursaries, endowments, international student programs, and other programs.

Campus:  including collegial student spaces, stewardship and consolidation of new development, sustainability, energy efficiency, integrated spaces, conservation spaces, and other needed physical spaces.

A “What We Heard” document and feedback loop will be part of the process.

PHASE TWO: Activating ACE (Fall 2017)

It is anticipated that a Priorities for Action recommendation report and potential companion fundraising plan will be developed for executive and Board of Regents consideration in Fall 2017.  


Scott McCullough, MCP, BEnvD, BA, LEED® AP

Assistant Director, Senior Research Associate
Institute of Urban Studies, University of Winnipeg

Scott McCullough is the Assistant Director and a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Urban Studies (IUS) at the University of Winnipeg. Scotts work at the IUS covers a wide range of housing and urban issues including: homelessness, housing and housing market dynamics, neighbourhood analysis, Aboriginal community development, urban core change, immigration settlement needs, and urban poverty. Scott has a design background with experience in urban revitalization, urban design, and architecture. His personal research interests focus on the relationship between climate change and cities, specifically, addressing urban energy planning through urban design and policy.

Marcella Poirier, M.C.P., B.A (Honours), MCIP

Senior Manager Real Estate Development & Project Management Services
University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation

Marcella Poirier is a community planning professional with over a decade of design and development experience. As a Senior Manager at the UWCRC, she leads capital projects and is accountable to ensure the values-driven goals of the organization are maintained at all stages of work. Understanding and meeting diverse stakeholder needs are essential Project Management services she provides. Her role includes leadership of the Integrated Project Delivery process with architects, engineers, contractors and key sub-trades to ensure the owner’s project requirements are met.

Previously, as Managing Director of an Architecture and Planning firm, Marcella worked with community non-profit clients and all levels of Government. Her practice included master planning, feasibility studies, project management, community engagement, facilitation and operational leadership. She collaboratively led seven award-winning Universal Design (accessibility) projects and six Heritage award-winning projects for preservation and adaptive reuse. She has provided facilitation and consultation services to Universities, First Nations, municipalities and community organizations.

Marcella has taught Regional Planning and Community Planning at the Master’s level in the Planning Department of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. She remains engaged with student development as a Master’s thesis professional advisor. Marcella is volunteer Board Chair of SISTARS Community Economic Development Co-Op and member of the City of Winnipeg Access Advisory Committee. She has collaboratively led four Jane’s Walks in the City of Winnipeg from (2013 – 2016) to explore themes of child-friendly cities and accessibility.